VIPER PILOT (v1)
Series: Two (1983)
Viper Pilot was released as part of the second series (1983), packaged exclusively with the Cobra Viper Attack Glider.
The Viper Pilot and Viper Glider were sold in 1984, then discontinued domestically in 1985.
Viper Pilot came with no accessories.
Grade: E-4 (or equivalent)
Birthplace: Various Countries
Primary Specialty: Infantry
Secondary Specialty: Viper Pilot, Sabatoge
One of the nameless, faceless legions of COBRA Command. Each COBRA is highly skilled in the use of explosives, all NATO and Warsaw Pact small arms, sabotage, and the martial arts. Qualified expert; Skorpion (VZOR61) Machine Pistol; Dragunov (SVD) Sniper's Rifle; Uzi Submachine Gun; M-16.
"COBRAS swear absolute loyalty to their fanatical leader...COBRA Commander. Their goal...to conquer the world for their own evil purpose!"
No variations of the Viper Pilot are known to exist. [SEE BODY CONSTRUCTION BELOW]
Viper Pilot's entire body was from the same exact mold as the swivel-arm version of Cobra. The mold was later used for Python Officer from the eighth series (1989).
Note that the Viper Pilot looks exactly like the Cobra, except that it has a silver logo instead of a red one. Unlike the Cobra's red logo, the Viper Pilot's silver logo scratches away extremely easily. If you find a swivel-arm Cobra that has no logo on its chest, more than likely you have a scratched-up Viper Pilot instead of a scratched-up Cobra.
Note that the figure's head only turns left and right - it does not allow the head to look up and down. The heads only turned left and right until the the swivel ball head that was introduced in 1985 (Series Four).
In Brazil, a version of Cobra Viper Pilot was released with the Cobra Asa Delta - the Brazilian version of the Viper Glider. However, the figure has more in common with the straight-arm Cobra Soldier than the Viper Pilot.
Versions of Viper Pilot
This version of Viper Pilot was the only one ever released.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Viper Pilot (v1).
Original Retail: $4.20
Hasbro Product: 6097
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-83061
Desimone Guide: #20
Tomart's Guide: #GI5153b
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 25 (1st Ed.), Pg. 36 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a