Archive: Techno-Viper - Cobra Engineer

April 27, 2012

The Techno-Viper was released in the winter of 2011 as part of the third 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.

If you venture into the toy isles of your local department store searching for a purple-colored anything, you'd be best served heading toward the girls' section. While purple isn't a common color in the color palette of action figures today, it fit right in to Hasbro's G.I. Joe 3-3/4-inch lineup 30 years ago, thanks in part to its uniquely diverse cast of characters. Each character had a persona, quirks and distinguishable features--such as a bright purple color scheme--that differentiated it from the others. While the purple on this modern homage to the Techno-Viper is more subdued than on its predecessor, it's still a fitting triubte. Besides, if you were hoping from something brighter, the twentieth anniversary of Battle Corps is right around the corner and fluorescent is making a comeback!

Release Date:
Retail Price: $6.99
Accessories: welder's jacket, belt with holster, pistol, welder, hammer, shears, claw, hose, backpack with tool rack, traffic cone, display stand with Cobra logo (TECHNO-VIPER)

Did You Know? If you're in a bind and don't have access to the PlazArc plasma electric arc welding system used by the Techno-Vipers, you can create an emergency arc welder using three car batteries, a jumper cable and a metal rod.

Cobra Engineer
Name: N/A
Birthplace: Various Countries
Primary Weapon: PlazArc Plasma Electric Arc Welding System
Combat Gear: Welder Pistol; Pneumatic Shears, Hammer Claw, Hose and Power Backpack; Diagnostic Case with Pistol

Techno-Vipers are Cobra engineers who can build, rebuild and retrofit anything from weapons to fortresses. They use whatever materials they have on hand, and send troopers to "take" what they need to complete their project. Their engineering creations are usually powerful, effective and full of deadly surprises.

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