This week, we’ve covered the ECO-Force and the Zombie Hunters but today we head into a darker corner of the Zombie Initiative. It’s an area full of mad scientists, evil soldiers, and, of course, the animated dead! While the G.I. Joe forces in the set are tasked with finding a cure or containment of the Compound Z infected, Cobra has only one goal – to spread the Zombie Initiative as far as they can! Only when the infected have weakened the populace will Cobra make its move!
It’s time again for the annual unveiling of the G.I. Joe Convention figures! Each year, prior to registration the good folks at the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club launch their marketing blitz and tantalizingly unveil the figures from the year’s convention set. It’s a slow “dance of the seven veils” with reveals occurring over the course of days if not weeks until the entire 15 figure 1:18 scale set is unveiled in all its plastic glory.
Of course, as a long time Joe fan, you probably already knew that.
So, who’s this year’s first reveal? It’s none other than the first of several troop builder: the Cobra Lab Rat
Hmm… it’s an interesting concept although not quite as strong of a figure as I’d hoped for a debut. The concept seems pretty simple– take a standard Cobra blue shirt and put him into a lab environment. A such the figure uses the Retaliation Ultimate Cobra Commander body with the same lab coat that we’ve seen tossed around since the days of “Dr. Rex Lewis” from Rise of Cobra. He’s topped off with a repaint of the Pursuit of Cobra Dusty extra head. It’s not a bad look as could have thought of worse ways to make a toxic lab technician. The use of the Cobra Commander body works for the thicker heavier gloves although personally I might have used a standard Cobra Trooper body underneath just to give it a more rank and file appearance. However, aside from some personal preferences, it’s not a bad look.
The Cobra Lab Rat comes complete with a Compound Z injector, tablet, briefcase with Compound Z cannisters, and a figure stand.
That leaves the following as the next preview options: