I’m a bit conflicted on this one. On the one hand, I love the fact that The Terror Drome has gotten their hands on a nice allotment of unproduced Pursuit of Cobra figures, then made some very in depth updates to their image galleries. But on the other hand, the more I see these detailed images, the sadder I get over the fact that some of this stuff won’t hit retail, especially a figure as nice as “City Strike” Scarlett.
Sure, the base figure is simply Resolute Scarlett, painted up in darker colors and with an updated Rachel Nichols head. But what kills me here is the gear. Even though the major piece of equipment with Scarlett, the flight pack, is one we’ve seen a couple of times already, adding that oxygen mask, that sword/sheath combination, and those incredible bladed tonfa swords makes for a whole new look for the Joe covert ops specialist. She fits in so well with the Pursuit of Cobra City Strike theme… a damn shame that she’s destined for the scrap heap, but even if you can’t have her, you can enjoy the terrific images. I’ve mirrored them below, but you really should check out The Terror Drome directly.
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Along with Scarlett, they’ve also posted a pretty slick set of images for the unreleased Jungle Assault Cobra Commander. Even though he comes with the same fishbowl head sculpt, the addition of the jacket adds some nice bulk to the figure, I really like the gray color variations, and that crazy robotic bug is too cool for words. Sure, if this guy hit retail, he probably wouldn’t have been among my favorites, but he’s got such a unique look, I find myself really loving the figure and accessories, and hoping that some day I can get my hands on him as well.
You can see some mirrored images below, but also check out the gallery at The Terror Drome.
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These figures weren’t the only showcases either… awesome new images of City Strike Beachhead, Jungle Assault Duke (Tatum and non-Tatum), as well as Quick Kick are also there as well. I just wanted to showcase two of my personal favorites.
A big kudos to The Terror Drome for getting images of these out to the fans. A great look into what “could have been”.
What gets me about these figures is the following: Hasbro creates new tooling for the figures, but cancels them anyway and lets the tooling sit idle. Hasbro is ALWAYS going on about how they have to reuse tooling to make their money back and that’s why there are some many repaints and reuses of parts, yet they are able to cancel these. What about the money spent on the tooling?
I’m sure we’ll end up seeing these in some form. We saw how they repainted the Ripcord into a new guy with all the same flight gear, so I imagine we’ll see this Scarlett either repainted or turned into someone new. Either that, or the gear and mold will be split up to go to different figures (and the mold somewhere else). They don’t waste this stuff. Just ’cause we didn’t see ’em for this wave or next year’s stuff doesn’t mean it’s gone for good.
That Scarlett not getting released is a real shame, if only because the HAIR was so much better than what actually came out in ROC. This looks like it wouldn’t render the neck articulation useless, and just generally looks better than the ponytail.
Jungle Cobra Commander I can imagine coming out with a different head (and possibly accessories given that the bug was a missile launcher equivalent, and the virulent anti-nano fan reaction to the movie’s plot) like Skydive/Ripcord.
They’ll use that Scarlett head sometime down the line. Maybe a store exclusive, Renegades or box set.
I really hope that either Hasbro eventually uses the gear that Scarlett was going to come with, or that one of the fans who picked one up lets someone make molds of them. I was really looking forward to using some of that stuff.
Thing is Hasbro molded a bunch of new parts for the “Iron Klaw Tropper” and the decided to put that on the shelf, refuting the argument they’re constantly making.
That’s the main accessory that I want. 🙁