KOBRA KHAN (200X)
Kobra Khan here is a member of Skeletor’s Evil Warriors from the Master’s of the Universe (MOTU) toy line. Nowadays a lot of people probably remember this series by the name of it’s hero He-Man rather than it’s actual name. This particular version of Kobra Khan is part of what has become known as the 200X line. The Master’s of the Universe figures first came about in the early 80s which is when I was introduced to them. The line was a huge success for a couple of years but as with many toy lines as the years go by, the toys start to suck, people lose interest and the line gets cancelled. Mattel tried to reboot the property in the late 80s with more of a sci-fi element but it was lame and no one cared.
Then in 2002 they relaunched it again with a wicked new cartoon influenced by Japanese animation and a dynamic new toyline. This figure is from that line which ran for about 2 years until 2004. I had a lot of MOTU figures as a kid but I never actually owned Kobra Khan so I don’t have the same nostalgic attachment to him that I have for some of the other characters. The old toy was kinda goofy looking anyway but most of the 80s figures were. The great thing about the 200X line is that they made the figures look how you imagined them to look back in the day.
This Kobra Khan is badass. He’s sleek and snakey instead of squat and frumpy like the old one. He’s got great detailing on his scaly skin and a nice mix of greens and golds in his paint scheme. This figure also retains the action feature of the original, which is the ability to spray “venom” from his mouth when you fill him with water. He looks great and he’s well made. I’d actually let my nephews play with this guy without fear of him coming back to me in pieces and missing parts. 7 out of 10.