COBRA COMMANDER (v4)
Series: Ten (1991)
Cobra Commander (version 4) was released carded as part of the tenth series (1991). He was discontinued domestically in 1992.
Cobra Commander came with a gold machine gun, a two-piece plastic glider, a blue spring-loaded flying surveillance weapon launcher that could fire the glider, an orange bipod for the launcher, and a black battle stand.
Totally ruthless and utterly devoid of conscience, COBRA COMMANDER wants nothing less than to completely dominate the world through terrorism, social tyranny, and economic slavery! He is basically an ingenious hustler and junk-bond salesman with visions of grandeur, backed by legions of Cobra Vipers, a small air force and navy. A stickler for detail, Cobra Commander keeps track of his most remote Vipers with his radio-controlled, buzz-bomb, flying surveillance weapon equipped with wide-scan view monitor and thermal image enhancements.
"Most dictators and would-be Napoleon types are hampered by the need to pretend that they are pursuing a noble and just cause. Cobra Commander doesn't have that problem. This guy's in it for the money and the power, and if anybody else is interested in these things, he can pick up an assault rifle and get in line behind him!"
A variation exists specifically with this version of Cobra Commander (v4). On one version, the black eyebrows and eyes are very visible through the red mask. On the other, the eyebrows are not visible. The painted features variation is more difficult to find.
Cobra Commander (version 4)'s body is entirely original - no parts were taken from other figures.
Note that the mask and head on this figure are two separately molded pieces held together with glue. While some masks can be removed from the head, more often than not this results in damage to the mask. For those curious, we have included an image showing Cobra Commander's head with his mask removed, giving an unobscured look at his face.
In Canada, Cobra Commander was released in dual-language packaging.
In the United Kingdom and Europe, the mask for Cobra Commander was more more orange than red.
Cobra Commander was also released in India. This release lacked the Cobra symbol on the torso, was made of a lower quality plastic, and only came with the submachine gun in silver.
Versions of Cobra Commander
"The Doctor" represents Cobra Commander before adopting the title in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. "Old Snake" represents a future version of Cobra Commander from Sunbow's The Transformers animated series.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Cobra Commander (v4).
Original Retail: $2.60
Hasbro Product: 6596
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: n/a
Desimone Guide: #270
Tomart's Guide: #GI6535 (w/o eyebrows), #GI6537 (w/ eyebrows)
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 184 (1st Ed.), Pg. 238 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a