The 82-83 ( 1982 - 1983 ) Cobra Commander v1.5, Enemy Leader, came as both a mail order and carded figure. The most typical damage is paint wear to the faceplate since the silver paint scratches off easily. And, what kid doesn't want to make the hero punch the head bad guy in the face for the Hollywood knockout/save-the-world scene? These two factors make finding a flawless faceplate very difficult. Another area of note is paint wear to the pistol strap around the figure's left leg.
If you're set on getting a mint condition Cobra Commander, make sure to get great close-up pics of the faceplate before buying. It's not uncommon for a Cobra Commander to be sealed on card or sealed in bag (in case of mail-in versions) with imperfections on the mask from the factory.
As with all 82-83 figures, Cobra Commander v1.5 is nearly identical to his original 1982 version, with the exceptions of having a slimmer waist piece and swivel-arm elbow joints.
Naming/Identification Problems: 82-83 Figures are often hard to search for with perfect results. The problem lies in the fact that this figure is identified incorrectly a lot of the time. This figure is only a 1982-1983 Figure. A 1982 Cobra Commander came only with straight arms and a bulkier waist piece. There is no 1983 Cobra Commander. Beware incorrect listings, although swivel arms should be fairly easy to spot in a decent picture.