It’s good to have your Doctor Dooms, Magnetos and Kangs, but sometimes The Avengers just needs some lower tier bad guys to beat up. Enter the Serpent Society. Thanks to Avengers: Infinity War fever, Hasbro was able to sneak in a King Cobra figure. I love when Hasbro makes such unexpected character choices, but with his unique look, I think he’ll lead to a few impulse purchases from folks who’ve never heard of him.
Packaging: Hasbro gives the Infinity War wave a purple base color off the black packaging with a light orange accent. The inner orange yellow inner lining really showcases the figures nicely. Hasbro opted not to put King Cobra’s name instead labeling him the more generic Serpent Society. King Cobra has a decent side portrait that makes him look more sinister than the figure.
This is an instance where it would have been nice for the bio to mention some of his allies like Serpent Society figures Eel and Cottonmouth. King Cobra also teamed up with Mister Hyde to fight Thor and later Daredevil so referencing these opponents could help provide some ideas on who to have him fight.
Likeness: King Cobra reuses the scale body we’ve seen on Hobgoblin and the Green Goblin with the more traditional boots. No need to complain as this is more smart reuse and if the armored/scale body wasn’t already made it’s not like Hasbro was going to tool it up for him. He also looks to have new hands and gauntlets. I like the gauntlets and really appreciate the extra attention to detail with them.
What makes King Cobra stand out is the creepy head sculpt with the king cobra hood and cape. The wide, yet thin smile makes it look like he’s just found his next prey and ready to strike. But it’s the cape that is really impressive. This is an original piece and has the ridges just like an actual king cobra. It’s cool actually seeing this on a figure, which makes the comic design look even better.
Scale: King Cobra is about the average height for a Marvel Legends figure. He stands about eye to eye with Daredevil and will have to look at his fellow Serpent Society member Cottonmouth.
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Paint: Hasbro gave King Cobra a metallic green and dark metallic purple. It’s similar to the Green Goblin at first glance, but the green is brighter and the purple is darker. In the comics, he looks to have more of a magenta than purple, but it looks just fine here.
The face has some guyliner around the eyes, small nostril points and the ‘teeth’ of his mask and everything came together cleanly. I always appreciate that especially the first time I find a figure.
Articulation: Thanks to the flexibity of the cape, it doesn’t impact any articulation. Everything you’d want to do with this guy, including his infamous leg squeeze can be accomplished no problem. The arms on this mold are a little bit stiff in that ‘is this going to eventually break?’ kind of tightness, but just be patient and they will be fine.
King Cobra has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knee (double jointed)
Accessories: King Cobra doesn’t get anything on this front besides Thanos’ left arm. Since that’s the one with the Infinity Gauntlet, folks interested in building Thanos can’t avoid him. Savvy move Hasbro.
Worth it? I was able to pick up King Cobra for $18. I wouldn’t have been upset paying $20 for a figure of this quality, but a few dollars cheaper is a good thing.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Stiffness with the arms aside, King Cobra is a welcome addition to my Marvel villain ranks. Only problem now is I want more of the Serpent Society to join him.
Where to get it? I found the set at Wal-Mart, but as of now you should be able to find the Avengers: Infinity War wave at Toys R Us and Target as well as online retailers like Hasbrotoyshop or Amazon.com.