The spoiled offspring of wealthy European aristocrats, the Baroness graduated from student radicalism into international terrorism and finally into the ranks of Cobra. She was severely burned during a Cobra night attack operation and has had extensive plastic surgery. Rumor has it that she is the only one who knows the true identity of Destro. Qualified expert: M-16; AK-47; RPG7; Uzi; H.I.S.S. tank operator.
While the Joe team got their token female in the initial series, it took Cobra two more years to recruit theirs. Baroness was generally looking out for herself, though she could usually be counted on to side with Destro - unless a better deal came along. Gotta love that self-interested sense of entitlement!
The Baroness played a pretty big role in the GI Joe cartoon,
since pretty much any woman who showed up in the story could eventually be expected to pull off a wig and mask to reveal it had been Baroness all along. Though if she could mask her voice that well for that long, why she normally spoke with such a strong Eurotrash accent is a mystery. The figure is a great update of the original, with more detail in the sculpt overall, and a cuter face. The paint is quite nice, as well, with gloss black for all the leather she wears, and a matte grey for the cloth she wears beneath.
Baroness Anastasia Cisarovna comes with the same knife as the Cobra Trooper, a large black rifle (much more realistic than the laser gun the original toy had) and a Cobra backpack. The figure's long hair is swept to the side so it doesn't get the in the way of the backpack, so when that accessory isn't in place, her head has a really nice range of motion.
The 25th Anniversary Collection sets come in angled boxes shaped like the classic GI Joe logo. Press the exposed button and you'll hear a few seconds of the original cartoon theme song. The front of the box flips open to show off the figures inside, and the back is a huge collage of images from the line's history.
The figures themselves are in a lidded plastic tray, so you don't have to worry about twist ties - just Hasbro's weird predilection for those weird trays that have body parts sticking through to the back. In addition to all the accessories listed above, the set includes five black stands with the characters' names on the front, and individual filecards which feature new artwork purposely aping the originals (probably so Hasbro didn't have to find whoever did those old paintings and pay them again). The Cobra set also has a packaging variation, with later shipments displaying the figures in a different configuration. Both versions, however, have the figures in front of a backdrop displaying the top of a Terror Drome.
Surprisingly, the figures are a full 4" tall, not the expected 3¾". Less surprisingly, the articulation is excellent. All five figures feature balljointed heads, shoulders, elbows, chests, hips and ankles. No waists on any of them, but the torsos make up for it. The Trooper, Cobra Commander and Storm Shadow have double knees, while Destro's are single and the Baroness's are balljoints. All the figures feature swivel wrists, though the precise placement of the joint varies from person to person. The Cobra Trooper's left hip is a bit loose (and one of the clips that holds his knife in place broke, but that doesn't have to do with the articulation).
After an absolutely awesome start, the GI Joe TFAC figures have really been keeping up the quality. Most of the figures in this set have just seen re-release in Series 4 of the individually carded figures - Hasbro's way of making sure everybody can get the figures they want. And that's not even counting the reused figures, like Hooded Cobra Commander. In fact, the Baroness is the only one from this set you cannot yet get in any other form, though that's soon to be rectified.