Archive: Cobra Viper - Infantry

December 5, 2011

The Cobra Viper was released in the summer of 2011 as part of the second wave of figures in the G.I. Joe 30th Anniversary line. The 30th Anniversary line celebrates 30 years since the release of the modern, 3-3/4-inch G.I. Joe action figure. As part of the celebration, Hasbro not only included figures of classic characters from the 1982 A Real American Hero comic and television series, but also those from the G.I. Joe: Renegades animated series.

Heavy retail overstock of early waves of Pursuit of Cobra figures made it difficult to find figures from latter waves in the line. When Hasbro transitioned the Pursuit of Cobra line into the 30th Anniversary line, they took this into account and re-released several of these difficult to find figures as part of the 30th Anniversary collection. For the most part, the re-released figures were identical to their Pursuit of Cobra predecessors, however some, such as the Cobra Viper, have deco and accessory variations.

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Retail Price: $6.99
Accessories: flak vest, backpack, pistol, machine gun, assault rifle (2), rocket-propelled grenade launcher with removable rocket-propelled grenade, display stand with Cobra logo (COBRA VIPER)

Did You Know? The 30th Anniversary Cobra Viper is nearly identical to the Pursuit of Cobra line's Cobra Viper, except for the color of the forearm pads, which was changed from blue to red. The 30th Anniversary Cobra Viper also includes different weapons, most notably a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, which replaces the over-sized, spring-loaded missile launcher.

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.

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