LASER VIPER (v1)
COBRA LASER TROOPER
Series: Nine (1990)
Laser Viper was released carded as part of the ninth series (1990). He was discontinued domestically in 1991.
Laser Viper came with a silver helmet with black visor, a silver backpack, a silver control arm (that attached to the backpack), two black hoses, and two silver laser guns (that attached to the backpack).
The laser guns are composed of the barrel and the base that snap together. With some effort, the shoulder guns can be separated from the swiveling base.
Laser weapons are only effective at relatively short ranges because of the amount of energy lost through atmospheric dissipation. Therefore, a LASER-VIPER's primary function on the battlefield is "target illumination" for H.E.A.T. VIPERS and AERO-VIPERS. The Laser-Viper places his beam on the target, then squeezes off a heat-seeking, anti-tank missile or guided bomb that "rides" the beam to destroy the target.
"Don't underestimate the Laser-Vipers. You might get the impression that all they do is shine flashlights and spot targets, but that's not the case. These guys can sit well outside the range of your weapons and drop a world of hurt down on your head within seconds! If you're lucky enough to sneak in close to get a shot at them, you're also close enough for them to make it overly hot for you!"
No variations of Laser Viper (v1) are known to exist.
Laser Viper's body is entirely original - no parts were taken from other figures. Laser Viper's entire mold was re-used to make Laser Viper (v3) (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 Laser Viper (v1).
Original Retail: $2.55
Hasbro Product: 6569
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: n/a
Desimone Guide: #274
Tomart's Guide: #GI6325
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 161 (1st Ed.), Pg. 218 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a