I loved the suggestion made by Brian Van De Walker for a not-quite-althistory-and-not-quite-scifi generic equivalent to GI Joe/Action Man Heroic Contractors-vs-Ruritanian Terrorists war game sort of thing. Seems like the not-COBRA guys would kitbash nicely with sci-fi kits to make a combat faction for sci-fi games, while the not-Joes guys would work for a variety of purposes: historical mercenaries or militias, or a team of “operators” for a “Predator” style combat scenario, or colonial marines for an “Alien” or “Starship Troopers” type game, or a post-apocalyptic army faction to fight zombie hordes.
And, I’m really surprised nobody out there has officially made a licensed GI Joes-vs-COBRA miniatures skirmish wargame: it seems like it would have been a natural idea, something that would combine nicely with 1:48 scale modern military vehicle model kits, and maybe sci-fi and 20-minutes-into-the-future cyberpunk style stuff as well (robots and drones, for example, would fit right in! Hmmm… Reaper’s “Bones V” Kickstarter will produce some great 28mm “not-Terminator” robots! Reaper has also produced things like shipping containers that might also work well as scenic items in this sort of quasi-cyberpunk anti-terrorist setting, along with 28mm power-armor and the like….)
Anyway, some cyberpunk/Joe-vs-COBRA style mercenary/paramilitary models – and, for that matter, Shadowrun style cyberpunk-meets-fantasy stuff (cyberpunk orcs and trolls!) would really touch a niche that doesn’t seem to get much attention out there….