I was quite surprised when Cobra Commander didn't appear in the first series of the G.I. Joe Classified Series line but he did make it into series 2, so I'm reviewing him today. Cobra Commander has three main looks that most people picture: His standard costume with the armored helmet, his standard costume with a hood, and his Battle Armor outfit from the vintage toyline and Marvel Comics (also known as the imposter Cobra Commander suit). Of course, being one of the pillars of G.I. Joe, Cobra Commander has had multiple variations over the years and for the Classified Series Hasbro has went with his standard costume with the armored helmet/ silver facemask. This is an excellent modern Cobra Commander, capturing both his military dictator vibe with his love for pageantry. With his dress uniform styling he reminds me of the Cobra Commander design used in the 2008 25th Anniversary Comic Pack with Tripwire as well as Cobra Commander from G.I. Joe Resolute and G.I. Joe Renegades. Hasbro has two variants of this costume already out or coming soon but this is kind of the standard one for the Classified Series. Let's take a look at Cobra Commander after the break...
* Cobra Commander looks fantastic. The dark blue is beautifully accented by gold, silver, and crimson to give off a very regal, very intimidating appearance. The sculpt is excellent and there are so many cool little details you might miss at a first glance. His cape, belt, and the bandolier across his chest are separate pieces but they're not removable. They stay in place perfectly, though, and really give Cobra Commander a very regal air to him. The paintwork is excellent, too, with hardly any slop. Everything looks seriously crisp and perfect.
* 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.
I knew I'd end up with Cobra Commander and I liked him once I got him but, as I was photographing him and trying out different combinations of weapons and alternate hands, I really became impressed by him. He's an amazing figure. Even though he doesn't come with as many weapons as most other figures in the line Cobra Commander absolutely shines with what he's got. He's an Epic figure and one of the best Cobra Commander toys ever made. While Hasbro has the "Regal" variant coming soon and the Snake Supreme variant shipping, I do hope to see a hooded Cobra Commander some day, too. It'd be interesting to give him a very different appearance. I'm not clamoring for many variant in this line but that's a pretty substantial look for for CC, you know?