Archive: Rock Viper - Infantry (Arctic Threat)

August 30, 2011

The Rock 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 Arctic Threat mission theme, the G.I. Joe team breaks into a Cobra manufacturing plant--in Greenland--hiding a powerful new Cobra technology.

The ski mask on Hasbro's modern rendition of the Rock Viper is a cruelly ironic addition in that it covers the often disputed mustache found on the character's original figure, released in 1990. The mustache is the topic of many discussions because it begs the question: is the 1990 Rock-Viper a unique character or do all Rock-Vipers have a mustache? With the ski mask, we may never know.

Release Date: 2011
Figure Number: 1118
Retail Price: $6.99
Accessories: helmet, backpack with grapple hooks and rope, sub-machine gun, pistol, knife, climbing pick, spear, rifle, display stand with Cobra logo (ROCK VIPER)

















Did You Know? To more closely resemble the 1990 figure, the Rock Viper's left leg includes a "pouch" that can hold a scope, but the figure did not include a scope that could be stored in the space (nor is the scope on the rifle included with the figure removable). The figure does come with a pistol, unfortunately, the figure isn't equipped with a holster in which to store it.


Rock Viper
Infantry
3232-RV
Primary Weapon: LR-V Long-Range Rifle
Mission Equipment: Rock Climbing Helmet, Backpack with Grapple Hooks, Bullpup Submachine Gun, Pistol, Climbing Pick, Tactical Speak, Climbing Shoes

Cobra Rock Vipers are mountain assault specialists trained in mountaineering and vertical assault. They are experts at climbing treacherous terrain of rock, snow or ice. They use sophisticated climbing gear and weapons designed for compactness and versatility.


2 comments:

John said...

One of POC's rushed characters, this figure was not given a lot of thought. Hasbro could have given us a blue or grey Alley Viper and it would have sold better.

A Real American Hero said...

It does seem rushed and cobbled together with different odds and ends, though it does closely resemble the original. The backpack and climbing gear are the real let down and there is mention of ice boots on the file card, but none are included.

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