It’s 2021, and The Black Major is returning to a lot of his previously issued molds. This is a positive in my opinion, because some of the figures we’ve seen in the last 4-5 years have been hit or miss, and while I like a lot of what I’ve picked up, there’s been a fair number of figures I outright avoided. So COBRA Soldiers, and Crimson Guards making a comeback is welcomed by me.
The 2021 COBRA Soldier, is for the most part closer to the 2009 mold, than the 2016 mold. However, there is still a few differences between the two.
Major differences between 2009 and 2021:
- Paint depicting the mask doesn’t go around the neck (see Crimson vs. Swamp comparison)
- 2021 can wear a backpack.
Though, with the backpack, which the 2016 mold could also wear, the back hole is a slightly smaller diameter on the 2021, so the backpacks are not compatible between those two versions
- No markings on rear end.
Surprisingly, a place with some of the biggest changes were to be seen, were in the Dragonuv Sniper Rifle.
- Far less detail near the handle. Handle seems narrower
- Smoother design
- Very hard plastic
The photo is poor, but the one on the right hand side is from 2021, the middle is 2016 and the left is 2009.
One thing, I failed to mention during the last article, was the fact that the 2009 mold, had a smooth inner-torso. This is something that was changed with the 2016 version, where it was more traditional G.I. Joe. The smooth inner-torso returns again in 2021.
While on the topic of internal differences, the size of the peg on the shoulder joint changed quite a bit on the 2021 figure.