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Imperial Guard











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Animated Appearances

To my knowledge, Imperial Guards were never animated.

Headcanon

Imperial Guards were introduced to Cobra's forces in 1991, with their appearance represented by Version 1. As elite troopers, they answered directly to Cobra's most senior agents. They were unrelated to the Crimson Guard and replaced them as personal bodyguards due to Cobra Commander's (justified) suspicion of Tomax and Xamot. However, the CG forces continued to serve Cobra in various other capacities.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 2005 (Imperial Procession)    
Version 1: 2005 Imperial Procession carded set
Fig. #1071: Elite Guards for COBRA COMMANDER
  • head: Range-Viper (90, 06), Rock Viper (01), Skull Buster (02), Imperial Guard (05)
  • arms: Cobra Commander (87, 97, 01, 05/II), Imperial Guard (05)
  • torso: Cobra Commander (87, 97, 01, 05/II), Imperial Guard (05)
  • waist: Range-Viper (90, 06), Rock Viper (01), Skull Buster (02), Imperial Guard (05)
  • legs: Range-Viper (90, 06), Rock Viper (01), Skull Buster (02), Imperial Guard (05)
Accessories: black flag (new, with white Cobra emblem, on gold snake-topped flagpole)
The COBRA IMPERIAL GUARD are hand-picked by COBRA COMMANDER to be trained as guards to protect him from attack at any cost. They are chosen for their strength, fearlessness, and loyalty, but because the evil commander does not trust anyone, the recruits are bio-mechanically "adjusted" to make sure that their one and only thought is to protect their leader. They form a silent, stony wall of protection around COBRA COMMANDER and seem to detect betrayal and attack before the perpetrator has made a move. They strike down the threat swiftly and efficiently, without so much as the twitch of an eyebrow. They consider themselves a highly elite force and will not fraternize with anyone outside their unit.
Toy Notes: Four copies were carded in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive set with Baroness (05/II) and Cobra Commander (05/III). Item #07254.