The latest issue of the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club magazine reveals the upcoming female Cobra Trooper figures!
During Joe Con 2016, the Club announced that a brand-new three pack would be coming. Designed to work alongside the Toys R Us exclusive (and somewhat elusive) Cobra Legions three-pack Cobra Officer, female Cobra Troopers would be available for order some time in 2016/2017. Thanks to HissTank.com forum user Bluemax, we have our first look at these upcoming additions to the ranks of Cobra.
Okay, the details on the female Cobra Troopers:
- Preorder is “coming soon”
- Figures will be polybagged
- each figure includes a rifle, pistol, knife, stand, and removable helmet
- Three different hair colors will be included
At first glance, these look pretty good. The helmet seems to be a straight re-release of the 2007 Night Stalker from the Tanks for the Memories set. The upper torso seems to be another reuse from the 2016 Pythona figure. For the arms, lower torso and legs the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club opted to use parts from the Rise of Cobra Agent Helix figure. I do miss the painted knee-pads of the classic Cobra Trooper design and I’m not certain why the sleeves are sculpted rolled up but that’s more of a design aesthetic preference. I do wonder why the face masks are red instead of “Sunbow black.”
In terms of the gear, the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club outfitted the female Cobra Troopers with the primary rifle of the Retaliation G.I. Joe Trooper, a silenced pistol with a stock and a yet-unseen combat knife. It’s a light kit and it doesn’t look like the there’s anywhere to stash the blade but I have the feeling that most folks won’t be too worried about using that particular accessory.
The figures will be polybagged which means that they should have a lower per-figure cost than the FSS figures. (The fact that they all use the same tooling should help keep costs down as well.) As such, it’s anyone’s guess what the Club will charge for these. My gut tells me that the Club will still want about $20 – $25 per figure putting this pack around $60 – $75 but that’s just one fan’s guess. I’d love to be pleasantly surprised this time around.
At the end of the day, 2016 has been the Year of the Female Figure for the brand. The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club released Pythona and Carla “Doc” Greer. (There’s also the Ninja Force Scarlett and Dr. Biggles-Jones coming as well!) The SDCC G.I. Joe vs Transformers set gave us a brand-new Scarlett and the Toys R Us exclusive 50th Anniversary line included Shooter, Stiletto, and the female Cobra Officer. With this reveal, it would seem that the ranks of the fairer sex will only continue to grow in 1:18 scale.
We’ll have more news on the pre-orders from GIJoeClub.com as it becomes available.