Saturday, March 27, 2021

Toy Review: Battle Mode Kobra Khan from Vinyl SODA by Funko


   When Funko listed the exclusives for the Funko Virtual Con Spring 2021 earlier this month I was able to order both of the Vinyl SODA figures available: Kobra Khan and Man-At-Arms. I had already ordered the Mantenna POP! vinyl through Walmart but I missed the Pez set (had to obtain that one elsewhere) but I was glad to get my hands on the Vinyl SODA releases as they're one of my current favorite toylines. They arrived in the mail last week and I was thrilled to discover when I opened Kobra Khan that I actually got the limited variant: Battle Mode Kobra Khan! Each of the Vinyl SODA releases has a chase variant and this is the first time I've pulled one from a can. How exciting! This is actually the first Vinyl SODA chase variant I've owned, too! Let's take a look at Battle Mode Kobra Khan and see if he's worth the hunt after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 4 inches

Articulation: None

Accessories: 2 piece metal soda can and a "POG shaped collector card."

Non-Scalper Price: $12 dollars

Edition Size: 1,250

The Positives:

* I'm loving Kobra Khan! Like the rest of the line he's a simple, solid vinyl figure but the style is just so appealing! Since he doesn't have the same style of eyes as the rest of the figures he doesn't seem as stylized but he still fits in well with the rest of the crew. The balance is great on these, too, and they stand together beautifully.




* I love the cans these come in! The soda can design is so incredibly cool and makes for a rather unique display piece on a shelf. Kobra Khan soda would definitely be greenish, so maybe like a green apple soda? I love apple soda (I spent some time in Mexico between high school and college and it was very prominent there) and a bright green apple would be amazing. Kobra Khan did appear a few times in the Filmation series (where he's referred to as a Repton) so Funko used his appearance there for the art. The can displays all of the expected labels while the back shows off the figure and includes all of the legal info, etc. The top of the can separates so you could use the can to store trinkets as well, and it's even sculpted to look like the top of a soda can. It's made from a much more durable metal than your average soda can, too, so it's quite a nice collectible.

*  Inside the can is a round, sturdy cardboard disc. It's kind of like a POG, though a bit larger. On the front is Kobra Khan's head in battle mode with his hood up (he did raise it up on the Filmation series) while the back has the figure's name and the run amount listed. It also says "You found the chase" so that's pretty cool. 





* I honestly prefer these to POP! vinyls as I love the way the harder vinyl used here captures the details. The proportions, while still stylized, are really appealing too. This is just a fantastic, fun rendition of Kobra Khan in plastic. The paintwork is neat and clean and the work on the orange ridges on his chest have some fantastic green highlights, a paint app that seems more complex than I'd expect on a figure in this style.


* Battle Mode Kobra Khan's key feature is his giant snake hood that's raised up like he's about to start spewing venom everywhere. It looks really cool and the work on his serpentine eyes and the creepy scales all over him is excellent. His mouth is actually hollowed out, too, which gives his fangs some more depth since they're truly hanging down and just a wee bit pointy.


* Kobra Khan comes equipped with his pistol, which was just a more orange version of Zodac's pistol. The sculpt is great and it captures the look of the vintage toy's accessory quite well. I wonder when we'll get Zodac? I hope Zodak isn't a chase variant of Zodak since he's a completely separate character. That would be really cold, Funko. Don't do that!



   Battle Mode Kobra Khan is a Great and a 1/2 vinyl figure and another cool addition to one of my favorite current MOTU lines. Seriously, I love these guys and I'm really hoping that Funko continues them. I'd love to see the vintage line completely recreated in this style, along with the Princess of Power cast and some other random favorites like New Adventures He-Man. I haven't really hunted down any of the chase variants thus far as they've mostly just bee repaints and the prices get a little crazy but I'm sure glad to have pulled this one from the can. 


 If you're looking for more of Kobra Khan then check out my reviews of the M.U.S.C.L.E. Kobra Khan from the #1 Masters of the Universe (green), the Funko POP! Kobra Khan #41, and the MOTUC Camo Khan.

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