While I actually like each of these versions, at first Hasbro's final choice wasn't my favorite. But the longer I look at it, I completely agree with what they chose in the end.
The challenge was to keep elements of Krake's helmet, with the vents especially, and combine that with the Commander's original look and elements of IDW's previous version.
|You'd think I was more mature then to add the word balloons, but that convention photo was asking for it!|
So it was a matter of incorporating each of these elements. But even in doing that I was able to come up with 3 or 4 versions to choose from.
Cobra Commander's Battle Helmet designs - 158
|Hasbro chose the middle helmet on the top row. But without the raised fin.|
The minor uniform tweak was to replace the belt knife with a second side arm on his left thigh. So that's about it. I did these sketches, once I heard back, I did few more helmet designs. I got approval to move foreword, then I did the turnarounds that I posted a couple days ago. Once those were approved I did the cover that I posted yesterday. All just part of the process, and it was pretty painless considering how fun the challenge was.
Cobra Commander Helmet Model sheet
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