This one was very difficult. They are the basic Cobra grunts. The Viper is the updated version, but they serve the same function while being specifically infantry. If Hasbro could figure out a way to combine them into one rank and file or offer one or the other later. The Vipers always had very expansive protective gear compared with the regular Cobra soldiers. Why did Cobra spend so much money for their basic infantrymen? I would buy ten of them!
8. Tomax and Xamot
Tomax and Xamot are the twin commanders of the Crimson Guards and the secret financiers of Cobra. Cobra needs a lot of elite cast around Cobra Commander! Seriously, Xamot and Tomax have to ship together, instead of separately. They need to be mirror versions of each other.
9. Dr. Mindbender
We need Cobra’s chief scientist!
10. Crimson Guard
We need a few Crimson Guards for Tomax and Xamot to lead. They need the bright red suit. I would buy three or four of them.
I struggled with which other Cobra to squeeze in my list. Of all the Cobra troops, outside of those mentioned above, I settled for the Tele-Vipers since they are very useful. The Snow Serpents and the Eels were very close but too specialized. But in future waves, I would buy at least two Eels and two Snow Serpents. I would buy two Tele-Vipers.
An odd choice, right? A vehicle driver without his infamous Water moccasin hovercraft. I’ve always liked the dude. I could have picked Wild Weasel too but I’m not into poetry. Make him some kind of Navy Seal or a Marine for Cobra. By settling on him, I avoided all the Dreadnought which are also a must but there are so many of them, that picking one when there are only twelve spots was impossible. I have faith that we’ll get some Dreadnoughts.
Stalker should have been the one included in the first wave instead of Roadblock. It would have kept some symmetry with the first episode of G.I. Joe when the main cast was introduced. I still want Stalker. I had to pick one green beret so I chose him instead of Lieutenant Falcon which I’m sure we’ll see more of in the future.
You will notice a pattern with my picks. I chose Grunt as the everyman G.I. Joe soldier instead of Footloose. Oh, I still want Footloose, but only after we get Grunt.
How could I not put Hawk on this list? The General is the official leader of G.I. Joe. Duke is the de factor leader on the filed though. I would like them to make Hawk look a bit older, like in his forties. I ignored all the other officers that Hasbro tried to sell us over the years. Hawk is the real deal.
This was painful because I also wanted Sci-Fi. But if we’re going to have one laser riffle infantry soldier, Flash is the one. I also want Grand Slam, but they can reuse Flash’s body and make a variant with a new head and new weapons! Blowtorch could also have been a great pick but with limited space, a future wave can reintroduce him.
Here, I cheated. I did not favour an original 1982 G.I. Joe troop. Well, to be clear, unless you count Sparks, Mainframe had no equivalent in the early cartoons. The closest was Breaker who really was a communications’ guy. But Mainframe also carries a radio pack on his back, plus a laptop! Mainframe was a favourite as a kid. Sorry breaker…
I admit that although I know that Zap is the original Bazooka, I always confused his function with Short-Fuze. But this is why we need him. I still want Bazooka one day, but Zap is less popular.
I don’t recall if here ever was a direct replacement for Short-Fuze. His function on the team was utilitarian and based on actual specialties in conventional warfare. I still like him a lot, even if he is a bit mor obscure. He does have the original soldier look that the first generation of A Real American Hero had.
Ripcord in the comics had a major storyline and he was a HALO jumper. We need working parachutes! For some reason, I always saw him as a replacement for Airborne but cooler. Mond you, I still want an Airborne. I also must mention, Ripcord must not be like the movie version. That, I will not buy!
Torpedo in the cartoon was a cool Hawaiian surfer guy. We need one Navy Seal in his wetsuit. Speaking of wetsuits, I also want Wetsuit but Torpedo came first.
Tripwire was not utilized often in the comic and his action figure was lame. I love him! Mines and their detection is a big deal in modern military. Of course, I also like Tunnel Rat but, you know my drill. Original characters first.
Okay, with Scarlet, Chuckles as the male spy is not as necessary. But Chuckle was unique and had this cool Hawaiian shit without political meaning, much like the Fraggles’ Wembley! I did not pick Lady Jaye nor Shipwreck. I suffered from too much Lady Jaye in the cartoon. Shipwreck can annoy too but I still want him around. I don’t have to worry about whether any of them will come in future waves, so, let’s give the spotlight to someone who needs it.
It was not easy to pick the twelfth member, but we need a medic. Doc was always different from the other characters and much less whiny than Lifeline. Flint, much like Lady Jaye or Shipwreck would have been a good pick. But we know that there will be a Flint so why bother? Cutter and Spirit were good picks too.
So, I'm cheating. Since I counted Tomax and Xamot as one unit instead of two, I must be OCD and add one more Joe that I can't do without! Under utilized but very dynamic-looking!
Other action figures that I would like to see are these.
- Rock’n Roll
- Grand Slam
- Mutt & Junkyard
- Cover Girl
- Lt. Falcon
Flint, he has been announced!
Lady Jaye, she has been announced!
- Quick Kick
Beach Head, he has been released but as an exclusive at Target
- Snow Serpent
- Wild Weasel
I’m excited about the new G.I. Joe Classified series of action figures. The only thing that they are missing are great file cards!