Straight from the terrorist organization(s) nefarious plot to give collectors across the country heart attacks and strokes, today we are taking a look at the exclusive Cobra Island Baroness and C.O.I.L. set. The first 3 exclusives – Cobra Trooper, Beach Head and Roadblock V2 came first, with Baroness hitting stores a week or so later. She is still trickling out, so if you are still looking hopefully you can score without hitting the aftermarket. I was lucky enough to have a friend of a friend find one in the wild and offer it at cost, so big props to KamenRiderOOO and TokuChris over at TokuNation for that. That being said, I’ve hit Targets an absolutely stupid amount of times since the end of July, probably more than I have been in that store in the last 3 years combined, and have only seen Roadblock on the pegs, once. And that’s with tracking via Popfindr, bugging employees, and doing 100 mile circuits (at the start of this mess).
What makes it all that more frustrating – these figures are GREAT. And Baroness especially. Modernized suit with classic notes, color palette on point, epic face sculpt, good weapons. It has it all. The bike – the sculpt is good for a future techy style vehicle, but there is a lot of raw plastic going on and it feels a bit Playskool. Some detailed paint and washing to bring it a bit more real world and it could work.
Bottom line – Baroness is a win. Hopefully she keeps releasing widely at stores, and really – hopefully she releases single packed with minimal changes down the road. Red, blue and alt decos are cool, but she needs to be easily accessible in this black version at some point.
Read on to check some additional thoughts and over 75 HD images after the break!