Friday, March 27, 2009

G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra - Cobra Commander Live Action Movie Photo

Wow…that’s all The Blot can think to say after seeing the first leaked photo of the new Cobra Commander movie tie-in 3 ¾” action figure. As you all know The Blot has been extremely excited about the upcoming G.I. Joe live action movie G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, but after seeing what Cobra Commander will look like in the film (see the still photo of the character on the figure’s backing card) I think it’s safe to say this movie might turn out to be a complete disaster.

G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra - Cobra Commander Movie Tie-In 3 3/4 Inch Action Figure
(click on the photo above for a more detailed look)

I originally thought there was no way Cobra Commander could possibly look as bad in the movie as he does in Combat Heroes form (as seen below), but the photo on this action figure’s packaging just reinforces my worst fear…that G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra is going to suck. I can’t believe I’m writing this, but this movie has summer blockbuster flop written all over it. Why are they messing with a sure thing?

G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra Combat Heroes Action Figures - Duke and Cobra Commander in Package
I think the success of the live action Transformers movie has gone to Hasbro’s head. Cobra Commander has been a feared villain for years while wearing nothing more than a blue hood, and yet that was evidently too easy for Paramount to use on screen. Instead they turn him into the monstrosity we see here for simple shock effect. It’s all very disappointing. But, I hope the movie is successful if for no other reason that we get an eventual sequel where we can see more classic G.I. Joe characters adapted to the silver screen.

G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra debuts in theaters August 7, 2009.
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