ALLEY VIPER (v1)
COBRA URBAN ASSAULT TROOPER
Series: Eight (1989)
Alley Viper was first released carded as part of the eighth series (1989). He was also sold in 1990 and was discontinued domestically in 1991.
Alley Viper came with an orange and blue face shield, a black rifle, an orange and blue shield, and a black backpack with removable grappling hook.
The ALLEY VIPERS are the Cobra equivalent of a police S.W.A.T. unit or British S.A.S. (Special Air Service). They form the spearhead of Cobra's inner-city invasion forces. This elite contingent of marauders are true masters of brutality, possessing a style of ruthlessness not present in other Cobra soldiers! Recruited from Cobra's most diabolical combat divisions, Alley Vipers use various forms of treachery to achieve their objectives! In order to graduate from their training program, they are required to survive a full burst of machine gun fire across their frontal body armor, execute a thirty foot jump onto concrete with full combat load and run down a hundred meter gas-filled corridor without a gas mask!
"Alley-Vipers are big and strong as well as ruthless! Their body armor alone weighs 50 pounds and they carry at least 30 pounds of weapons, ammo, grenades and climbing gear. You definitely don't want one of these gorillas running up and kicking your door down!"
The copyright stamp on the figure states either "Made in Hong Kong" or "Made in China."
Alley Viper's body is entirely original - no parts were taken from other figures. Alley Viper's waist and legs were re-used to create Alley Viper (v2) (1993) and Alley Viper (v3) (1994) - while the waist was re-used to create Alley Viper (v4) (1997) and Alley Viper (v5) (2002).
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Alley Viper (v1).
Original Retail: $2.55
Hasbro Product: 6529
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-89013
Desimone Guide: #241
Tomart's Guide: #GI6101
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 138 (1st Ed.), Pg. 194 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a