GeneralsJoes continues the 50th Anniversary Two Pack Reviews

We started down this road on Monday and we keep plowing ahead. Today I offer FOUR new reviews of recently released 50th Anniversary figures!

The Troop Build Up pack with Steel Brigade Trooper and Iron Grenadier, as well as the Hunt for COBRA Commander with Shipwreck and the big kahuna himself.

Check out these reviews on my 50th Anniversary Review Page, or via the direct links below.


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G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary COBRA Commander

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One of the best, if not the best, version of Cobra Commander ever released, the G.I. Joe: Retaliation Ultimate Cobra Commander did pretty much everything right.  I think the only complaint I really have is the shallow holes in the feet and rocker ankles that don’t allow him to stand on display very well.  

Beyond that, the figure was perfectly sculpted, excellently detailed, and amazingly well articulated, giving us quite simply the best classic version of the Cobra Commander we’ve seen.  Pretty exceptional.

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For this 50th Anniversary re-release, they chose that figure as a base, and who can fault them for that?  It’s pretty much the perfect choice, and ever since the mid 90’s, repainting Cobra Commander in black has been a staple deco choice.  For this particular release, they went to black and red, and it’s an aesthetic I actually really enjoy.  I loved the colors of the repaint G.I. Joe vs. Cobra Cobra Commander, even if the t-crotch figure itself was lacking a little in execution.  Black and red is a great color scheme for him, in my opinion.  The only real question I have is with the red boots.  I’m not sure what the thought process for that choice was, to be honest.  I love the red hood, the red gloves, and the red shoulder cape, but I’m not too sure about the red boots, mostly because they kind of look like red spats with the pants and shoes combination.

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The look I enjoy most is probably the red cape with the battle helmet, it’s got a great split of black and red and looks good, plus it pays a neat homage to the Spy Troops era, in which a Shipwreck figure came with a Cobra Commander disguise.



Cobra Commander doesn’t come with a whole lot.  He’s got the two heads (black helmet and red hood), shoulder cape, two canisters of a mysterious red liquid, his pistol, and a Rise of Cobra pulse rifle.  It’s an interesting combination of weaponry, but is pretty fun and actually brings some new stuff to the table here.

I could see the red liquid being some kind of power source for his futuristic rifle…that’s the thought process I’m going with.

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Cobra Commander is a decent enough update to the more familiar blue suited original from the G.I. Joe: Retaliation line.  I’m not sure it was a figure that folks were clamoring for, but it’s a nice update and I find myself liking the black and red paint scheme (minus the weird color breaks for the boots).  He’s got some fun gear, and the whole “battle in a box” concept works well here, too.

JoeDeClassified exploding with in hand images of Wave 3.5

That’s right, G.I. Joe fans, G.I. Joe: Retaliation Wave 3.5 (AKA the SUPAH WAVE) is right around the corner, and some folks have already scored figures from the assortment. The pre-production master Glumby as accumulated a nice assortment of early sample figures and posted some images over on

First early looks are of the Crimson Guard as well as Budo and Cobra Commander. Many of these images show these figures in never-seen before in hand formats, including Cobra Commander with his hood and a great look at his FANG helicopter themed backpack.

Huge thanks to Glumby for getting these images out there. Check out JoeDeClassified here and here, and I’ve also mirrored some of the images below.

Sideshow Collectibles new 12″ Cobra Commander Pre-Order is LIVE!

Get him while he’s hot!  Obviously a lot more classically themed than the previous black trench coat version, and certain to sell fast.  With Baroness, Destro, and Major Bludd in the wings, now is the time to build the Cobra hierarchy.  Pre-Order this fantastic looking Cobra Commander by clicking the links below!

G.I. Joe Collectibles Sideshow Exclusive Cobra Commander: The Dictator Sixth Scale Figure

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Sideshow Collectibles new 12″ Cobra Commander gallery and pre-order info!

He’s been teased for a while, and we finally are getting a good look at the upcoming Sideshow Collectibles 12″ Cobra Commander action figure, and it looks marvelous!  No longer sporting his black trenchcoat, this looks like the Cobra Commander we’ve all known for over 30 years.

The Sideshow Collectibles Development Showcase reveals some awesome images of the figure, and announces that the pre-order will launch Thursday, June 6th, most likely between 2 and 3 PM Pacific.  Check out some of the mirrored images below, and the Development Showcase here.

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Committed to world domination, enemy leader of the ruthless terrorist organization COBRA, deadly threat to the G.I. JOE team and the world – we are proud to present our Cobra Commander: The Dictator Sixth Scale Figure.


Cobra Commander dons his dress uniform, complete with fabric cape and COBRA symbol fittings. We’ve included two interchangeable heads, featuring his classic helmet with chromed visor as well as his menacing masked visage. Armed with the following weapons and accessories, Cobra continues his unrelenting assault on freedom and liberty:

  • Cobra Scepter
  • Ceremonial Cobra Dagger
  • Broom Handled Mauser Pistol
  • Multiple gloved hands for commanding and conquering

The Sideshow Exclusive version of Cobra Commander will also include a Laser Pistol accessory (shown above left). This fun throwback to the 1982 mail away figure is the perfect addition to round out the Commander’s arsenal!

The regular and Exclusive versions of Cobra Commander: The Dictator Sixth Scale Figure will be priced at $174.99.

Look for the Exclusive version of this SSS…er, Sixth Scale Figure to be available for Pre-Order in our upcoming weekly Sideshow Newsletter this Thursday, June 6th, 2013, typically published between 2 and 3pm (PST).

Sideshow Collectibles Cobra Commander contest and pre-order announcement!

We’ve seen the smallest of little snippets, but it looks like we’ll be getting our full blown preview and pre-order announcement for the upcoming Battle Helmet Cobra Commander on June 6th!  Until then, you can enter this contest on to win your  very own.  Check out the banner below and click here to check out the contest.

Sideshow Collectibles unleashes another Battle Helmet Cobra Commander preview

Ohh buddy.  Now personally, I loved the first Sideshow Collectibles Cobra Commander.  The hood and the trenchcoat kind of set the stage for what they were going for with some slightly modernized interpretations of the classic G.I. Joe mythology.  But a lot of folks out there lamented the fact that we were without a proper Battle Helmet Cobra Commander.

Looks like Sideshow is definitely out to correct that oversight.  We’ve seen little hints and clues that this figure was on the horizon, but today via the official Sideshow Twitter account it was confirmed that there is a new 12″ Battle Helmet Cobra Commander on the horizon, and we got a nifty little image as well.  Keep following Sideshow on Twitter and Sideshow on Instagram for the latest G.I. Joe and Sideshow Collectibles intel, and see this new preview below.

Thanks to almostahermit and chadlawless on Twitter for the intel!

GeneralsJoes Reviews discount store “running change” Cobra Commander

First of all, a big thanks to Chief over at for the Cobra Commander hook up!  I was running towards the end of this daily review trend leading up to G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and this figure arrived just in the nick of time!  Then my hands were so jittery from the excitement of seeing G.I. Joe: Retaliation tonight I could barely type.

Oh, the humanity!

Regardless, the review is done and posted in the 30th Anniversary section, or you can hit the direct link below.  Thus wraps up my Discount Store “Running Change” versions of these figures.  NEXT!

Characters I’m most looking forward to seeing in G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Larry Hama has always established that G.I. Joe isn’t necessarily about war, action, ninjas, or gun battle…at its core, it is about the characters.  It is the personality of the characters that keeps them alive and keeps them viable throughout the years.

I would maintain that this remains true in Hollywood as well, and that the translation of these characters into film is equally important for the movie to remain timeless.  After all, we don’t all remember the fantastic Aliens movie because of the gun fights, right?  We remember it because of characters like Hicks, Ripley, and Hudson.  THEY are what made that film, not splattering acid blood all over the place.

So now that things are starting to take shape around G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which characters am I most looking forward to seeing in action?  Let’s break it down after the jump:

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GeneralsJoes reviews G.I. Joe Kre-O Battle Platform and Thunderwave Jet Boat

The two largest G.I. Joe Kre-O sets from the first series caused some mixed reactions with me…some very positive, but some not so much.  You’ll have to check out the reviews to see which was which.  G.I. Joe Kre-O week continues on GeneralsJoes on my G.I. Joe Kre-O Review Page, or the direct links below!