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Action man; g i joe - COBRA COMMANDER


  • Object:

    Action man; g i joe

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1992-1993 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hasbro, Inc - Hasbro Industries (UK) Ltd (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Moulded vinyl; painted

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

1. doll
2. dog tags; pair of rect. dark pink metal plates hung together around the doll's neck on a metal bead chain; one marked with the Cobra logo and the other COBRA COMMANDER #: CLASSIFIED NAME: CLASSIFIED SUPREME LEADER. 1in x 5/8in (2.5x1.6cm)
3. BDU Uniform; jacket; mid blue cotton with yellow braid trimmed and printed Cobra logo on front and right sleeve. Opens on right side; velcro fastening behind 4 brass stud 'buttons'.
4. trousers; matching jacket; red seam line down outside of each leg; velcro fastening and white plastic press stud at waist
5. black braid belt with black plastic buckle.
6. hood; moulded blue plastic with diamond shaped eye holes; red Cobra logo printed between the eyes
7,8 boots; black moulded plastic; calf height; pull on style; Cobra logo moulded into the soles.
9. Cobra Combat Command Case; steel briefcase shape of moulded grey plastic; when open one side has spaces to contain the pistol and knife while the other a 'command centre'. This panel designed to stay in place actually snaps in to place. 4¼in x 1¼in x ht. 3½in (10.8x3.2x8.9cm)
10. gun; Cobra Commander Machine Gun; black plastic moulded. At the end is a red knob which lights up when a red 'trigger' on the right side is pressed; it is operated by a microchip. L. 5¼in (13.4cm)
11. 9mm Calibre Luger P-08 Pistol; Cobra Commander Personal side arm; black plastic moulded
12. holster; moulded black plastic with black plastic strap and velcro fastening to secure holster to figure
13. Cobra 'Cutter' Knife; cobra head on the handle; moulded black plastic
14. sheath for the knife; moulded black plastic with black plastic strap and velcro fastening to secure sheath to figure's leg.
15. stand; moulded red plastic raised disc with two horseshoe shapes into which the heels of the figure which fit; at the front is a lip moulded with the Cobra logo (this makes the stand look like a cap).
16. OMO1-92 Cobra Enemy Operations Manual; © 1992 Hasbro Inc Pawtucket RI 02862 Printed in Hong Kong P/N42885100. 4in x 3½in (10.2x8.9cm)
17. window box; original packaging; card printed in blue with the logo G
I Joe; the name of the figure and details of the doll and the equipment. Below the window has been placed a self adhesive label printed in red and white on blue ACTION MAN. In the bottom right corner is the HASBRO logo and the product number 6827/6149. At the top straddling the edge of the box is a gold and black paper label - G I JOE COLLECTOR'S EDITION. On the sides and back printed in colours are photographs of the figure and equipment and the set of four figures forming the set. On the back is cut a small hole through which the red button of the gun could be pressed to make the gun work while it was
still in the box. On the base of the box is a white self adhesive label printed to give the details of the British Hasbro division. The box is marked © 1991 Hasbro Inc C-222 Made in China.
18. box lining; card printed in orange and white with the left side covered with a moulded clear plastic bubble which would house the rifle; stand; pistol and knife. The figure is tied to the right side with plastic covered wires around the neck; waist and ankles. The wires passed through holes to the back of the lining where they were twisted around the appropriate support. There is a hole cut under the position of the rifle which matches that in the box so the red button of the rifle can be

19,20. wire supports; white card with ends cut into V's; one is placed
immediately behind the ankles of the figure and the other to match at the back of the lining. gt. l. 3in (7.6cm)
21. wire support; white card with ends into V's; placed behind the lining at the neck level. gt. l. 2in (5.1cm)
22. wire support; black plastic panel with 7 holes; placed behind the lining at the waist level. l. 2¾in (7cm)

Place of Origin

China (made)


1992-1993 (made)


Hasbro, Inc - Hasbro Industries (UK) Ltd (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Moulded vinyl; painted

Marks and inscriptions

moulded - © 1992 HASBRO INC PAWTUCKET RI 02862 MADE IN CHINA; black dot printed number 0 744 8 72 (lower back)


Height: 32.4 cm, Width: 23.5 cm, Depth: 6.4 cm

Object history note

References: Palitoy Archive; Action Man; G I Joe copyright 1992 for the 1993 market

The doll was relaunched in UK February 22; 1993. Caroline Goodfellow of BGM assisted with the promotion by being interviewed for TV and radio
about the original Action Man and the set of four figures was given as a thank-you for the help given.

Descriptive line

Cobra Commander; Action Man; Hasbro; 1992/3 x


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