Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Truth about Cobra

Well, according to me...

The coolest part of the G.I. Joe mythos created by Hasbro is that the essential story of the Real American Heroes characters can be lifted up out of it's original location in history and re-booted into a different time period. G.I. Joe fans constantly do that, rewriting, re-imagining the G.I. Joe concept into their own "Joe-verse."

I think I have finally figured out mine, to somewhat include the 80's versions and move on into the 10's. This will be a multi-part post, chunks getting posted here and there.

So on with the show!

"A ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world!"

That's the tag-line from the animated series from way back in the 80's - and it worked back then. Or did it? Did or does Cobra Commander really want to rule the world? Doesn't he know how much paperwork that would involve? Just the sheer complexity of the bureaucracy would be overwhelming! So what does Cobra Commander want?

Again, just my humble opinion...

Cobra Commander is a chaos bringer. He doesn't want to rule the world, he wants chaos and anarchy. He wants nations to collapse and crumble. He wants people to come to him for help and guidance and protection.

He will use every means possible to wreak havoc - from open warfare to societal influences. He will latch onto any socially progressive right-wing/left-wing extremist and subvert their cause to his.

He would watch the world burn around him and gather the survivors to his fold.

Cobra Commander is a mad man.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

To Infinity and Beyond!

A Great Day at Ross!!

My lovely wife sends me a text yesterday from Ross asking if I would be interested in another HISS tank. Well, yeah! Who wouldn't?

So after several frantic texts, she finally gets me TWO HISS tanks and TWO of the "Twin Terror Battle Gun" sets - with Range Vipers!!

I've seen the Range Viper sets online and knew that they were showing up at Ross, but was never sure that I would make it to Ross and be able to buy them. Of the Target exclusives that Target dropped and Ross picked up (how weird is that?), this was the one that most Joe fans were talking about online. The "Twin Terror Gun" is pretty cool, kind of blah, sort of sucks - but the Range Viper kicks butt!!

More on him in a later post.

Oh, did I mention that my wife rocks? Well, she does!

Pursuit of Cobra Snake Eyes

This is one serious kick-ass figure! Hasbro really did an outstanding job with Snake Eyes. What version is this, by the way? 54 so far according to yojoe.com. At least one more coming out this year, but this is the best so far.

I've added some extras to mine. I found a cool black backpack that works great with him. Plus a better looking explosives satchel.

Looks great on card as well. Most POC figures do, even if they turn out to be bizarre nonsense such as tornado-kick Snake Eyes and dance-party Stormshadow.