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Wave 8, 2008 COBRA Trooper

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Review by Justin Bell

I feel like I've already talked about the influx of generic "blueshirt" COBRA Troopers in another recent review...but with all of the generic "blueshirt" COBRA Troopers we've received over the past year and a half, it could have been any number of reviews. It's an army builder's dream, but sometimes a completist's nightmare.

In some ways, though, it's not necessarily an army builder's dream, since many of those folks like their troopers to look the same. And try as they might, Hasbro just can't quite find a way to give the fanbase what they want. For all of those folks who love the red scarf look of the cartoon and comic troopers, there seem to be infinitely more people who prefer the direct homage of the past versions of the figure with the more "toy accurate" black face cloth and neck covering. Sure, we got the black facecloth look way back in Wave 2, but the COBRA symbol was silver! Now we finally get the COBRA logo changed to red to satisfy the vocal fanbase, but with a red facemask and bare neck, it ends up angering those folks who wanted the black. From an aesthetic standpoint, I actually prefer the black mask look myself, so this is a bit of a bummer to me, too, even though I'm not necessarily an avid army builder or anything.

In my own personal perspective I don't really see a glaring need for more single packed COBRA Troopers as it is. I mean, we've got a TON of them already, through various multi-packs, single packs, Comic Packs, etc... but I know there are folks out there who want to plop down $7.00 and just buy a Trooper. For them, I think this figure works okay, even with the red mask, though I think people would be a lot crazier for it if they had the black.

There are no new weapons here, no new packaging, nothing really new at all, andiinion p I think I've made my opinion pretty well known about how sick I get of the constant repaints and rehashes. Part of that is due to how excellent the figures are these days, though. When you're getting fantastic offerings like the Eel, Sgt. Airborne, Para-Viper, and Zartan, it just feels like these rehash figures sting a little bit more. But heck, everyone loves the troopers, so why not, right?

Personally, I could do without any more of these troopers coming down the pipeline. Seeing the COBRA Paratrooper from the latest DVD Battle Pack has made me realize what a HUGE difference a new head and helmet can make, and personally I hope we see more of that in the future and less of these. I've had my fill, I'd rather start seeing something new. It's pretty tough to really grade a figure like this, simply because it's a matter of "been there, done that". I really liked this figure when he first came out, but what does this one bring to the table that the last eight versions have not? Pretty much zip.

Yeah, I know this is a "bonus wave" and it's essentially figures that we weren't going to get. I realize that Hasbro wants to put these troopers out in single cards because all of the collectors are asking for them ...I just have to say that I'm not one of those collectors, and the endless COBRA Troopers honestly don't do a whole heck of a lot for me.

GRADE: out of 5

Archive entry:
COBRA Trooper (v14)

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