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Okay…yeah, the floodgates have pretty much blown open.  Suddenly over the past week, a few gray market sellers have started stocking the Pursuit of Cobra pre-production items and test shots again.  While I try to make it a policy not to promote the sales themselves, I do, for nosey reasons, like to host the images, just so we can go through them with a fine tooth comb and pick out all the imperfections while they’re still in an unfinished state.  :shifty:
Some observations here.  Yeah, we’ve been choking on Dukes over the past 5 years.  That doesn’t change the fact that Jungle Strike Duke is the balls.  A great military look, awesome accessories.  If Hasbro slapped Muskrat’s name on here, or even Leatherneck, I think fans would be climbing the walls.  As such, it’s a great looking figure, and the new head sculpt makes it even better.  Interestingly enough, these pre-production shots have the old Tatum melon.
I’m not really feeling that Snake Eyes.  He’s all pouched up like crazy, and I can’t really tell what they’re going for.  He started out as an Arctic Threat version at JoeCon, and he’s now a Desert Battle version, though apparently with the same wardrobe.  Not real sure how that works.  The concept of Timber is a noble one, but not really sold on the execution, at least from what we can tell here.  Granted, things might be a bit different at production level.
Storm Shadow looks pretty nice.  Very ceremonial, somewhat middle eastern.  Looks like he’s all decked out with some crazy cool ninja weaponry.  Not bad, though not sure where he really fits.
The Arctic Threat Cobra Commander looks fat, cobbled together, and just sorta…  crappy.  He’s one figure I’m not sad about losing.
Alley-Viper is, of course, awesome.  How long have we been asking for an Alley-Viper with the vintage design, but in better colors?  We’ve got it right here.  He still looks very Cobra, but a whole lot cooler than the orange and purple.  This guy will be flying off the pegs.
All told, a nice assortment.  Some really good, some pretty bad, but mostly a solid selection of product to look forward to.  I really can’t wait to see what JoeCon brings.  Check out all of the various mirrored images below, most pulled from my buddies at The Terror Drome.

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