Series: Five (1986)
Vipers was first released as part of the fifth series (1986). He was also available in 1987 and was discontinued in 1988.
Vipers came with a black fieldpack and a light gray RDT 7 assault rifle with grenade launcher.
Vipers are the backbone of the Cobra Legions. They are highly motivated, superbly trained and formidably equipped. All Vipers are issued a combination assault rifle/grenade launcher; the rifle part of which can function as a short burst assault weapon, a sustained fire cover support weapon, or a long range sniper rifle with an advanced light-intensification night vision telescopic sight with a built-in range-finder. Multi-layer body armor and wraparound acrylic/composite helmets with built-in RTO* gear are standard issue.
"If you want to get anywhere in Cobra, you have to start out as a Viper. That's the bottom of the pyramid, and serving in the Cobra infantry is a small price to pay to gain access to the glittering prizes at the top. Cobra doesn't reward success with parades and medals. They offer material wealth, power and an outlet for the terrible urges that drive the greedy, the envious and the cruel. If that doesn't make a Viper a dangerous opponent, nothing does!"
There are two versions of the Vipers packaging and filecard. The early packaging and filecards read "Vipers." Later, the 1987 packaging read "Viper."
Vipers' body is completely original - all new body parts.
The entire Vipers body was re-used to create Python Viper (v2) (1989) and Viper (v3) (1990).
Vipers' waist and legs were re-used to create Dr. Mindbender (v2) (1993). Vipers' head, chest, and arms were re-used to create Viper (v5) (1997), Cobra Officer (v2) (1998), Cobra Trooper (1998), Cobra Viper (v6) (2002), Cobra Viper (v7) (2002), Cobra Viper (v8) (2003), and Cobra Viper (v9) (2003).
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Vipers (v1).
Original Retail: $2.35
Hasbro Product: n/a
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-86014
Desimone Guide: #112
Tomart's Guide: #GI5559
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 71 (1st Ed.), Pg. 118 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a