Well, this is it: I've finally decided to start reposting my old "Alexx Shorts" G.I. Joe reviews. They're the reviews that lead to what eventually became this blog! I'll be posting them in straight copy-and-paste format, separating them with bold dotted lines so you know where they begin and end, and then I'll post some final thoughts on what I think of the figure currently.
For those unfamiliar: I used to take random pictures here and there, but by the time the Rise of Cobra toys came out, I was getting annoying with how much people had been bashing the figures which were clearly better than the previous 25th Anniversary offerings. I set out to show people how awesome they were, and things went from there, forming into "Alexx Shorts", named so because I thought I was going to keep to a short format with a few pictures. I did not do that.
It may have not been your kind of Cobra Commander, but ya gotta admit that this figure was cool!
I was totally gona use this guy as someone else, but he's just the right kinda crazy that gets my story-making blood going! My kinda Commander is a born leader, however, I LOVE the psycho-mojo that emanates from this guy! Like he just stabs anyone who doesn't listen and fires up the mind control! On top of that, he's all robotic looking in the torso, so it's like he's scary to tangle with as well! Every pic I take shows off the whites of his eyes, and I think "Man! You don't wana mess with this sucka! He's CRAZY!"
Next, of course, my comedic side loves the needles! He's got his normal little stabby, but you can tell that the missile launcher is supposed to be a giant version of the little needle (like the Viper's launcher is a big version of his rifle). So, although there is a Doctor figure, I can't help but see this needle freak as the worst doctor ever!
Above all that, though, I can't help but look at how slick he is. Yeah, most CCs sport the military jackets 'n such, but this guy has EVIL WINGTIPS!
Most of the time I have CC shaking his fit or pointing an order, but this guy looks so slimy with just his hands behind his back.
By the way, considering the needles, those Venom Drones from VvV look awesome with him! Anyway, take a look at him and tell me you won't at least be buying him for something!
Inception of the movie Trouble Bubble:
If nothing else, a PP SE trenchcoat and some other CC parts can always get you something cool! This setup is thanks to a friend of mine:
So give him a shot! He's way out of the usual norm for CC, but he ain't coming up short on the CRAZY!
I love this guy! Nothin' I can disagree with, Past Alexx. You're on point. Still, this figure might have been pushed aside for the red version with the shiny mask....it's hard to say. Both have merits! This one, in particular, has that awesome meaty face under the mask (which I managed to pry off, later). As I stated in the old review: He looks crazy, but also sinister and creepy. I love that! In the end, I used him as a sort of impersonator of the Commander (which will be gone over in the eventual review of the red version) but I can't help getting a million ideas for other stories by just looking at this figure - and I'm not talkin' just G.I. Joe stories. This figure oozes ideas!
It may have been a drastic redesign for the Commander, but MAN is it a good design outside that fact! It's the kind of thing that saddens me, sometimes, because movie redesigners never understand their medium. You've got to have a nice balance between the classic design and something all your own, because if you don't, you sometimes end up with something AWESOME like this....that is forever left in limbo as just an oddball Cobra Commander. This coulda been a design for some other villain in something unique! Now it's stuck here. They use all their creativity to completely redesign something iconic - and, granted - come up with something amazing! Then, however, the creativity is lost to the fact that you're just covering up an iconic design and people ignore it later on, in favor of the iconic one.
On the other hand, the good part is when toys get made! Now this guy can live on as a toy, which can be any kid's little personal actor, and play any villainous (or heroic, I ain't gona judge) part they want! So while this awesome design is sadly never gona be used anywhere else, at the very least, it's been realized in plastic. Maybe some kid will run across it bagged and cheap in a comic shop, and it'll spark all sorts of stories. I can only hope!