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Animated Appearances

Overlord was animated only for commercials, in which he was the spokesman introducing new Cobra products.


Max Oppenheimer, born April 21, 1958 in Oldwick, New Jersey. Overlord was a Crimson Guard Commander promoted in fall 1986 to special agent status by Cobra Commander to coordinate Cobra's ground forces. The promotion was made out of pure favoritism based on Overlord's obsequiousness to the Commander, who was not aware of Overlord's ambitions at the time. When Destro rejoined Cobra in 1991, Overlord gathered the remnants of the Iron Grenadiers, those not trusted enough to return to Cobra, and formed the rival mercenary organization The Coil, which continued to operate after Cobra's defeat in 1994. Overlord's appearance is represented by Version 1, changing to Version 2 in 1991.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1990 (Dictator) 2. 2006 (Convention)  
Version 1: 1990 boxed Dictator vehicle
Fig. #0265: Dictator Driver
  • head: Overlord (90, 06)
  • arms: Overlord (90)
  • torso: Overlord (90)
  • waist: Overlord (90)
  • legs: Overlord (90)
Accessories: gold helmet (new, crested); two claw gauntlets (new, webbed)
Rising up from the ranks of one of Cobra's elite legions, the OVERLORD is a power-hungry authoritarian bent on becoming Cobra's supreme ruler! He is a diabolical individual who expects nothing less than complete obedience from his troops. At this point in time, he is the only one with enough strength and charisma to reunite all the sinister personalities within Cobra's hierarchy to form a more dangerous, more vicious Cobra than ever before!
"As far as we can ascertain, the Overlord was a high-ranking officer of the feared CRIMSON GUARD now planning to seize control of both the Cobra organization and its expanded treasury. Of course, like any corrupt politician, he cloaked his own back room dealings and improprieties with a platform of reform, righteous indignation, and a return to traditional values . . . Cobra values!"
Toy Notes: Item #6380. The prototype shown on the box back and in the commercial and 1990 insert catalog has a single claw with an exceptionally long arm.
Version 2: 2006 Cobra's Most Wanted: Mercenaries! boxed set
Fig. #1146: Coil CommanderMOS 1: Strategic Command
MOS 2: Psy-Ops
  • head: Overlord (90, 06)
  • arms: Barricade (92, 93, 04), Gears (94), Steel Brigade Paratrooper (05), Overlord (06)
  • torso: Destro (88), Overlord (06)
  • waist: Barricade (92, 93, 04), Blackstar (94), Gears (94), Overlord (06)
  • legs: Barricade (92, 93, 04), Blackstar (94), Gears (94), Overlord (06)
Accessories: gold helmet (06/I Cobra Trooper's, with red Cobra emblem); two gold claw gauntlets (88 Storm Shadow's); grey personal defense weapon (03 CLAWS Commander's CBJ-MS); clear figure stand
OVERLORD was a former CRIMSON GUARDSMAN who saw an opportunity to usurp the COBRA hierarchy. Charismatic and powerful, he drew many followers to his side using the platform of a return to traditional COBRA values—gradual but steady world conquest and acquisition of personal wealth—rather than hopelessly following the far-fetched schemes of the old leadership. While he has attempted various allegiances over the years with others, he has now foresworn [sic] any further alliances and has devoted himself to raising his own secret army, the COIL. While his plans have taken years to grow to fruition, he continues to slowly writhe his way back into the inner circle of COBRA, and vows to wrest control of the serpent bedecked throne from COBRA COMMANDER once and for all.
In order to win the latest mercenary challenge, OVERLORD must use his amassed knowledge, contacts, and other covert resources to determine the whereabouts of G.I. JOE's premier Drill Instructor, SGT. SLAUGHTER. He wishes nothing more than to sink his claws into the prize. However, his ultimate goal is to use COBRA COMMANDER's own wealth to strengthen the COIL army and use it to overthrow the COBRA Empire!
"Victory goes to the leader with the most indispensable warriors!"
Toy Notes: Boxed in a Convention-exclusive set with Maj. Bludd (06), Cobra Mortal (06), six copies of Coil Trooper (06), and six copies of Skull Squad Trooper (06).