1997 Concept Cobra Commander
1997 brought GI Joe back to store shelves after a two year hiatus. The new line included several repaints of classic figures. One of the characters included in the line was Cobra Commander in his 1987 battle armor. However, it seems that was not the original plan. In concept pictures from 1996-97, Cobra Commander is shown in his classic battle mask look from 1982-83. His uniform is a darker blue and the highlights are red and bronze.
I've always been fascinated by unproduced figures such as this. Even though it is a simple repaint, I wanted to do it to include in my ever growing 1997 ME customs collection.
Thanks to YoJoe.com for the reference pic. The last pic is the Cobra Commander that we were supposed to get and the Cobra that we did get, in modern form.
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