Since this is the last week of January I'm on a mad dash to wrap up my reviews of 2020 action figure releases and today I'm looking at the last G.I. Joe Classified Series figure I have for 2020: The Regal Variant of Cobra Commander. There's one other G.I. Joe Classified Series figure I haven't reviewed from 2020 yet, the Snake Supreme Cobra Commander HasCon exclusive, but my order for that is still coming. I got my order on the regular day of sale for the figure and thus I'm getting one of the second batch figures. This version of Cobra Commander is a straight up repaint of the standard series 2 Cobra Commander which I reviewed back in October. The Regal variant was sold as a Hasbro Pulse exclusive though a timed preorder and he started shipping out in December. Some folks are very tied to the more brightly colored blue outfit of the vintage Cobra Commander v1 figure so this was a chance to offer up a repaint that definitely has its fans. It's still a pretty fantastic looking figure, too, and while I really hope the Classified Series doesn't become flooded by repaints, this one struck my fancy. Let's check out the Regal variant of Cobra Commander after the break...
* Cobra Commander's gauntlets are wicked cool with raised Cobra emblems on
them. He's also sporting snake skin patterned armored areas on his coat
* Here's a close-up of his chest area. His buttons look fantastic and
you'll notice that the Cobra emblem isn't just painted on: It's a
raised, sculpted element, too. The little gold chain is quite classy, as
is the smaller gold Cobra emblem on strap holding his cape and shoulder
pad in place.
* Cobra Commander is a figure I certainly liked when I got him but it
wasn't until I really started photographing him and posing him for the
camera that I realized how exceptional he really is. I feel the same about this variant. His articulation is
so smooth and every pose felt so natural. He's a wonderfully expressive
figure and is as durable and well articulated as every other figure in
* Cobra Commander is sporting a sheathe for his sword that hangs down
over his left hip. The sword fits inside quite nicely and having it hang
there really completes the look of the figure.
* Cobra Commander comes with 2 alternate hands, allowing you to give him some unique gestures when posing him. For his right hand you get a pointing finger and a pistol grip while for his left hand you get a fist and a wide, gesturing grip.
* Look closely at the tips of the helmet over Cobra Commander's visor and you can see that they're uneven. Mine are kind of bent out of shape and they came like that. I think over time I can get them set right but it's a minor annoyance still.
I didn't anticipate liking this variant as much as I do. In fact, I might even like the Regal variant Cobra Commander a bit better than the standard figure. I don't know, it's a tough call. He's an Epic figure, just like the original figure, but little details like the lighter blue outfit, the gold armor on the boots, and the red blade for his sword really impress me. Too many versions of the main characters have marred many previous G.I. Joe lines so I don't want to see that happen again but I still do really like this figure. He was only a Pulse exclusive so if you want one you'll have to start scouring the aftermarket or find someone who ordered a few more to arrange a trade.
The only other Cobra Commander I've reviewed is the G.I. Joe Classified Series Cobra Commander.
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