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G.I.Joe Rise Of Cobra Senior Ranking Officers Cobra Set Review

The Senior Ranking Officer 3 packs were popular Toys 'R' Us exclusives for the 25th Anniversary/Modern Era G.I. Joe line, so it's only natural to see it continue in the G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra line. The Cobra set has been reviewed! This set includes:
  • Destro
  • Elite Viper
  • Viper Commando
Is this set worth the $14.99 that it retails for? Click on the discuss button to find out!
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Steel Brigade:
Carrying on the tradition from the GI JOE 25th/ME line, Toys R Us again offers "Senior Ranking Officer" 3-packs with the current Rise Of Cobra movie brand.
The line has previously featured repainted figures & unique characters made up of previously released parts & this offering carries thru with that staple. It was noted that the last SRO packs for TRU (Air, Naval, & IG) were delayed because TRU did not like the packaging (understandable as they were somewhat difficult to stack), but the packaging still went through & was redesigned from the 3-tubes to a box format with the latest SRO offerings in ROC making it much easier for display space in TRU stores. The figures offered in the COBRA SRO pack are Destro, Elite Viper, & Viper Commando (Neo-Viper).

DESTRO:
Here we see the ROC Destro release in a cool color scheme based on the ROC video game (so I'm told). His heavy coat & pants are even separate tones & not the same blue, with the pants being a darker shade. He has added/traded paint apps on his gloves (red) & a shinier silver used on his head (vs. the muted silver on the single release). Although this Destro figure (in any color) is not featured in the Movie per say, he has a wonderful modern Military or even German/Russian/Euro look, & will help qualm some of the fans clamoring for his currently un-mass-produced Resolute-style release figure, because the design aesthetic is so similar. For those who have the single ROC Destro figure, we all know this is one of the best Destro's in Joe history made to date, as not only in design value, but he actually has double-jointed knees rarely seen in larger modern Joe figures. Also being one of the better figures overall from the current ROC line, he is one of the few to feature the leg plug feature so that he can carry all of his weapons (even outside his hands) right on him. He includes the same weapons as the single pack Destro minus the launcher. So you get the 2-piece separation rifle, the short rifle, pistol & stand. Although the single release Destro seems to be a peg-warmer with kids, this SRO pack seems to have the adult collector more in mind with the offerings inside. I think many will prefer this color scheme on Destro as it's not very classic Destro, but IS very "classic Cobra."
Steel Brigade:
ELITE VIPER: I think most fans will agree that Eite-Viper is one of (if not) the best Troop builder in the ROC line, & his inclusion in this Cobra SRO pack is a welcome one. This version of the figure features very different colors then the single release but still maintains a military muted pallet. Less glossy & now with a red visor & Cobra insignia on his chest-plate, many may prefer this color scheme for their Elite. With one of the BEST ranges of motion in the ROC line & being able to carry all of his gear on him, he is unique in the ROC line for having many stowable weapons all in at once without plugs. Both his rifles & axe store on his backpack & his pistol stores on his webgear. The weapons color is reversed here from the single release but the Elite Viper features all the same gear as the single release w/stand, minus the launcher. You'll definitely want one of these guys as your Commanding Elite Viper (or Officer) for your Elite ranks, as it's a quality figure with fresh colors.
Steel Brigade:
VIPER COMMANDO (Neo-Viper): Here we see the Neo-Viper again using the Viper Commando-moniker (as is the the Target ex. Neo-Viper w/Serpent Armor), why this phenomenon is & why it has been changing on Neo-Viper releases is unknown, as the named "Viper Commando" is a different figure in the ROC single releases. The color scheme on this Viper is almost icy, & chilling, & would be great for your Arctic forces as he looks cold weather by nature. The reverse colored helmet & red eyes are a nice touch & helps him fit with the red used on the other 2 figures included. As with the initial figures released for ROC, this Viper features weapons that plug-in, this time (as with the other Neo-Viper releases) in his backpack. He comes with all of the same weapons as the single release, 2 plugable rifles, a pistol, backpack, & stand. Sometimes referred to as the "Turtle Viper" by fans, you'll find this Troop to be welcome addition to your displays & collection.

Compared to Walmart, K-Mart, & Target, these are the best PRICED exclusives currently available rounding out about $15 per pack, or around $5 per figure.
RATFINK:
I just am really surprised at the ROC line truly am
DaViper:
another great review SB! I definitely like this version of destro over the single pack.
vermillion21:
Like the new paint scheme for the Elite-Viper, but not grooving on the other two figs. PASS.
Jaybird:
I love the side-by-side pics in your reviews, SB!

I'm thinking pretty seriously about getting this set even though the figures are all re-paints. They're all good re-paints IMO.
goodbar2k:
Elite viper is sick...Destro is decent, my problem with both this one and the single-carded is that I feel like I can see the skin under his eyes...I prefer the solid silver mask. :(

Not a fan of the Viper Commander before, less so with this version...red eyes are dumb?
Mandingo Rex:
I hate all versions of the new ROC Vipers, as they just feel too goofy and video game/sci-fi... I definitely got this set for the Destro, and will either get a second Destro to give "business suits" to the Twins, or just keep the one I already have and use it as an Cold-Weather-CC, but the Destro in that blue was enough to make me buy it.

I have to admit though, I don't think the Vipers are total crap in these color schemes for some reason... I do plan on making customs out of both of them as I hate their heads and vests, but the bodies are alright, and the weapons could be worse.

They remind of the alien thing from Enemy Mine, and that doesn't go well with Joes.

I also agree with the previous mention, that the Destro makes a better Resolute Destro than the Resolute Destro that we've seen (in my personal opinion)... I dislike the Resolute Destro for some reason, but this one is really great. I also prefer the blue over the gray. The only thing that I don't like is the head... I think they should have done vac-metal on at least one of the film Destros so far, and this would have been a decent place to do it.
IceWolf:
Nice review. Gonna pick it up now!
Steel Brigade:
Thanks for the feedback guys!!
Rhetoric:
I'm really liking both the SRO packs. Thanks SB for the review.
Barefoot Jedi:
I really want this set for that Destro.

I am using the grey ROC Destro body as XAMOT and the blue will be TOMAX for a much less gymnastics-meet look for the Twins. The heads are a little small for the bodies but they could be padded with body armor and such.

The ties say Twins to me more than Destro.
sjames90:
I want these SRO packs too. Hope my TRU gets with the game and gets some in stock.

Excellent review.
Lifeline_MD:


YAY! Rainbow vipers!!!


Ho boy...
arashikage tat:
I really like that color scheme on Destro
steve2477:
Thanks for the review. I already picked up this off Ebay, this is a good set.
diggity1972:
Great review may have to pick up. Also has anyone cracked the torso on this destro mold yet. I'm having a terrible time with it. i wanted to get rid of the high neck collar so i can use this body for the twins i noticed the collar was not a part of the mold itself so when i was pulling to see the seam the whole damn neck pulled out. any advice would be greatly appreciated
Fast_Draw:
I snagged this one a couple weeks ago. I'll take a huge pass on the Joe one though. I like both Vipers and I didn't have a RoC Destro yet, so I could live with him. Besides, it was only $15 plus tax and that's the same as 2 figures anyway. It's like getting the Destro for free to me.
flywheels:
Can't wait to find the Cobra set...they don't quite have the same wow factor other releases have had, but it's good enough to warrant a purchase since it's only $14.99.
Outsider:
Steel Bridgade - I just wanted to let you know you are doing a great job with these reviews. Great details and great photography.

Thank you!
Steel Brigade:
Glad you are enjoying the reviews Outsider, & thanks!!
bigdaddyblue73:
I love the set. The Destro is so much nicer looking that the single card one and the other two repaints are sharp.
dsrader:
Nice review
Recon Viper:
Though they are all great figures, and a good repaint can sometimes be an improvement, none of these guys do anything for me. Pass.
Bulkhide:
I want this set simply to make a new Miles Mayhem from that Destro. That is all I want... MAYHEM!!
M_renegade:
SB, your reviews are great!
Very objetive, straight to the point, and zero negativity.

I really like these SRO sets.
This one is great.

First time we saw the elite vipers months ago, i think the first pic was this version, and instantly liked it.
What i also like of this one, is that it since has a greenish-olive colour, with a switch of head and gear, i can get a new Joe (i'm not the typical Cobra lover)

Destro looks indeed better in this color pattern. It might not work in a movie, but a grey figure as a toy may look dull, and this blueish version looks better, imho.

I don't care much about the Commando viper, but he's always good fodder. I must admit that these colours don't look bad, and again, the greenish colour can make him a joe troop.
Zoltron:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bulkhide View Post
I want this set simply to make a new Miles Mayhem from that Destro. That is all I want... MAYHEM!!
I thought that too.
Weezus:
anybody who wants to sell their elite vipers should message me.

i will pay 5 bucks.
Zefram:
This might be the all-around best Destro figure released. The set is worth it just for him, but the two Vipers put it over the top. All that for LESS that the price of two single card figs? Easily the best exclusive yet.
Steel Brigade:
Quote:
Originally Posted by M_renegade View Post
SB, your reviews are great!
Very objetive, straight to the point, and zero negativity.
Thanks M_renegade!!
Glad you enjoy them!!
Joecom:
Nice review. I give this set a 9
The ELITE VIPER is awesome

and Destro is good
Xerofall:
I am going to swap the ROC Destro head for one of the older 25th heads and make him a cartoon Arctic Destro.

Fast_Draw:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steel Brigade View Post
Carrying on the tradition from the GI JOE 25th/ME line, Toys R Us again offers "Senior Ranking Officer" 3-packs with the current Rise Of Cobra movie brand.
The line has previously featured repainted figures & unique characters made up of previously released parts & this offering carries thru with that staple. It was noted that the last SRO packs for TRU (Air, Naval, & IG) were delayed because TRU did not like the packaging (understandable as they were somewhat difficult to stack), but the packaging still went through & was redesigned from the 3-tubes to a box format with the latest SRO offerings in ROC making it much easier for display space in TRU stores. The figures offered in the COBRA SRO pack are Destro, Elite Viper, & Viper Commando (Neo-Viper).

DESTRO:
Here we see the ROC Destro release in a cool color scheme based on the ROC video game (so I'm told). His heavy coat & pants are even separate tones & not the same blue, with the pants being a darker shade. He has added/traded paint apps on his gloves (red) & a shinier silver used on his head (vs. the muted silver on the single release). Although this Destro figure (in any color) is not featured in the Movie per say, he has a wonderful modern Military or even German/Russian/Euro look, & will help qualm some of the fans clamoring for his currently un-mass-produced Resolute-style release figure, because the design aesthetic is so similar. For those who have the single ROC Destro figure, we all know this is one of the best Destro's in Joe history made to date, as not only in design value, but he actually has double-jointed knees rarely seen in larger modern Joe figures. Also being one of the better figures overall from the current ROC line, he is one of the few to feature the leg plug feature so that he can carry all of his weapons (even outside his hands) right on him. He includes the same weapons as the single pack Destro minus the launcher. So you get the 2-piece separation rifle, the short rifle, pistol & stand. Although the single release Destro seems to be a peg-warmer with kids, this SRO pack seems to have the adult collector more in mind with the offerings inside. I think many will prefer this color scheme on Destro as it's not very classic Destro, but IS very "classic Cobra."
I just noticed that my Destro didn't come with the black single gun you have pictured right next to the silver pistol. WTF. I find it hard to believe that I tossed it, but kept all of the other weapons. I've never done that before. Oh well I suppose.
Steel Brigade:
^ You never know Fast Draw, there has been cases of missing weapons in the past w/ROC, where they just miss/forget to put it in the box during packaging. It may not be your fault at all.
Fast_Draw:
It's possible because all of the weapons were with the figures and only the stands were underneath. I don't remember seeing that gun. It bothers me that he's not complete, but I'm not going to do anything about it.
ero:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Barefoot Jedi View Post
I really want this set for that Destro.

I am using the grey ROC Destro body as XAMOT and the blue will be TOMAX for a much less gymnastics-meet look for the Twins. The heads are a little small for the bodies but they could be padded with body armor and such.

The ties say Twins to me more than Destro.
Would really love to see a pic of that if you've been able to make it happen.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Xerofall View Post
I am going to swap the ROC Destro head for one of the older 25th heads and make him a cartoon Arctic Destro.

Great idea. Let's see it!
MADHATTER:
dose any one know if there is a variation in this release. im trying to find out if the version i have is real or if some one is messen around, the version i have has destro, a tele-viper, and a sand viper. both from what i can tell were released in 2008 the destro figure is the original released figure in the box. the box appears not to of been opened, i also called hasbro who can not confirm if there was a variation
richyungsociety:
Quote:
Originally Posted by MADHATTER View Post
dose any one know if there is a variation in this release. im trying to find out if the version i have is real or if some one is messen around, the version i have has destro, a tele-viper, and a sand viper. both from what i can tell were released in 2008 the destro figure is the original released figure in the box. the box appears not to of been opened, i also called hasbro who can not confirm if there was a variation

You've been the victim of a repack. Congratulations
ChaplainAsst:
I ran into this 3 pack today but I passed simply because there really wasn't enough variation from the originals. Star Wars has really spoiled Hasbro - just repaint a clone in a new color and the collectors will kill themselves buying an army of them. This doesn't quite translate into RoC. While Star Wars actually set the stage with many different clone colors, RoC didn't. And while ARAH did have a lot of different colored uniforms for cobra troops so they could be repaints, they at least explained the difference (gray = stinger driver, etc.). New colors aren't enough a reason for my bank account.
Loose Cannon:
I went 7 since it's just repaints. One new figure and I would have gone 8 or more. But all solid figures. Head swap with the Destro and you can have any Cobra Officer type you like?
DrNightmare:
Turn down the ISO on your camera, that may be what's giving your pics all that "noise" despite having so much light.

And cool, on sale for $10, I'd pick this set up!
Steel Brigade:
^ Yes, I was avoiding using flash because of surrounding light glare that day & opted for ISO. I'll be switching back for upcoming reviews. Good call DrNightmare.
JokerFC:
that Elite Viper is sweet.might pick myself up one loose to command the 3 regular EVs I have
B.A.T.tyBelfry:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fast_Draw View Post
It's possible because all of the weapons were with the figures and only the stands were underneath. I don't remember seeing that gun. It bothers me that he's not complete, but I'm not going to do anything about it.
You can do something about it very easy! these ROC guns are for the most part so plain and repetitive that you can buy any number of cobra ROC figs at ross or marshalls or one of them in several months then you will have a body for modding weapons including that pistol,, if it is the pistol i think it is, and a big lame spring loaded rocket launcher for around $4! I bought a bunch of the halfpriced crimson guard sets and firefly vs greenshirts sets for army building as much as for extra parts and cool classic weapons
 

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