DESERT SCORPION (v1)
COBRA DESERT TROOPER
Series: Ten (1991)
Desert Scorpion was released carded as part of the tenth series (1991). He was discontinued domestically in 1992.
Desert Scorpion came with a black machine pistol (which can be handheld or attached to the swivel), a black backpack, a black missile rack (pictured attached to the top of the backpack), a black hose (which attached the backpack to his head), two black digger devices (that clipped to his wrists), a light orange missile (which attached to the swivel), and a large, black pet scorpion.
Nobody volunteers to be a SCORPION. It is a punishment give to under-motivated VIPERS who refuse to follow orders. In order to survive, they quickly learn to mimic the attack patterns of the venomous, desert scorpions with which they live.
After one year of unblemished service as a Scorpion, a Cobra trooper can be reinstated in the Viper Corps or whatever special force he originated from. A Scorpion fights hard because he knows that if he messes up, he'll go straight into TOXO-VIPERS, the Cobra Hostile Environment Detachment, better known as the "Leaky Suit Brigade".
"A Scorpion prefers to be in the midst of fighting, because it's safer than being in the garrison. In the field, where the whole unit is under threat, everybody pulls together because every trooper's life hinges on their combined firepower and team effort. In the barracks, each Scorpion thinks of himself as a desperate, isolated individual, surrounded by thieves, cutthroats and scoundrels - and he's right."
There are two versions of Desert Scorpion's head - one has a head of rigid plastic, the other has a helmet made of vinyl rubber so that the peg for the hose bends.
Desert Scorpion's body is entirely original - no parts were taken from other figures.
In Canada, Desert Scorpion was released in dual-language packaging.
In the United Kingdom, Belgium, and other European countries, Desert Scorpion was sold with new card art and the backpack, missile launcher, and missile from Mercer (v2) (1991).
Funskool released Desert Scorpion in India with different colors.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Desert Scorpion (v1).
Original Retail: $2.97
Hasbro Product: 6585
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: n/a
Desimone Guide: #301
Tomart's Guide: #GI6517
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 185 (1st Ed.), Pg. 238 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a