Archive: Cobra Viper - Infantry (Desert Battle)

August 8, 2011

The Cobra Viper was released in the Spring of 2011 as part of the sixth wave--which arrived at retail before wave five--of figures in the Pursuit of Cobra line. The Pursuit of Cobra line features environment-themed missions in which the G.I. Joe team pursues Cobra operatives to the ends of the earth. As part of the Desert Battle mission theme, the G.I. Joe team battles Cobra's newest weapon, the H.I.S.S. Tank, through the heavy sandstorms and arid wastelands of the desert.

Vipers lend Cobra more credibility as a technologically menacing terror organization than the traditional blue-shirted Cobra Troopers. As soldiers, Vipers sit at the bottom of the Cobra pecking order, working to develop an expertise in hopes of moving up the ranks. As action figures, Vipers are the base infantrymen that inspired an army of uniquely specialized troopers donning the Viper designation, such as the Alley-Viper, Night-Viper and Techno-Viper.

Release Date:
Figure Number: 1119
Retail Price: $6.99
Accessories: flak vest, assault rifle, backpack, spring-loaded missile launcher, missile launcher tripod, missile, display stand with Cobra logo (COBRA VIPER)

Did You Know? The Cobra Viper is not the first figure to have the Viper designation in its name. In 1983, three years before the release of the original Viper, a Cobra Viper Pilot was included with the Cobra Viper Attack Glider, making it the first Viper figure.

Cobra Viper
Primary Weapon: V.P.R. Standard-Issue Pulse Rifle
Combat Gear: Tactical Pack, Missile Launcher, Missile, Stand

Cobra Vipers are the highly motivated, superbly trained and formidably equipped backbone of the Cobra legions. Their combination assault rifle/grenade launcher can function as a short burst assault weapon, sustained fire cover support weapon, or long-range marksman rifle with a night vision telescopic sight and range-finder.


John said...

This was a great update but the problem is the 30th anniversary figure is just around the corner, and it has a red forearm which is more classic like than this. I wish instead of that missile launcher Hasbro could have added more guns, a hand gun or knives. I just hope that this Vipers can have more of a distinctions as a unit maybe much like the storm troopers in Starwars. All the stormtrooper came from one mold but because of different paint apps they look like several different units.

I don't know but I think your lighting was a little low in the front. I can't see the details on the Vipers chest. Another suggestion I hope you could also make comparison shots with different modern era Vipers.

Rich Alot said...

It's funny, but I would say that the Vipers were actually the inspiration for the modern Star Wars Clone Troopers, where the Stormtrooper is the equivalent of the base Viper and the Clones (with their unique paint and environment deco) are the equivalent of the different specialty Vipers.

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