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G.I. JOE — Cobra Commander w/MASS Element Carded Variant

November 16, 2008

I only just noticed this because it is only a packaging variation of a figure that isn’t terribly exciting to begin with. However, for completion’s sake, I offer the following pics:

Wave 8 release

Wave 8 release

1) COBRA COMMANDER w/MASS Element — Wave 8

This is the carded figure that was released initially with Wave 8. This wave was the first one to officially mark the end of the 25th Anniversary logo in the upper right corner. In its place one would find one of three different logos that would place the character’s source: 1) A faction logo such as Python Patrol or Tiger Force, 2) A “From the G.I. Joe Comic Series” logo, or 3) A “From the G.I. Joe Cartoon Series” logo. Here you will see a logo for the TV series. Also, the foil treatment of the G.I. Joe logo and card border was ended and a plain white color was substituted.

Wave 12 release

Wave 12 release

2) COBRA COMMANDER w/MASS Element — Wave 12

Much to my chagrin, this figure was re-released for the Wave 12 case assortment; while its inclusion makes sense as you get three characters with all the MASS element cannisters needed for the MASS Device, I had wished that another character had been mixed into the assortment. Anyway, completists and collector’s may find the package variation enough of a reason to seek this figure.

l. Wave 12 release, r. Wave 8 release

l. Wave 12 release, r. Wave 8 release

  • Emblem changed from Cartoon Series call-out to Comic Series call-out
  • “A Real American Hero” tagline removed
  • Artwork angle rotated clockwise slightly and enlarged
  • In the character art, Cobra sigil enlarged and placed on center of chest
  • Background explosion not as high contrasting, more diffuse
  • “Cobra Enemy!” shield moved over the stripes in the G.I. Joe logo
  • Type size of “Cobra Leader” reduced
  • Background behind the packaged figure changed from white to yellow

 

l. Wave 12 release, r. Wave 8 release

l. Wave 12 release, r. Wave 8 release

  • “Cobra Enemy!” shield removed from upper-left corner
  • File card artwork and copy reverted to that found on the Cobra Commander 5-pack version; black color-field instead of yellow
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