COBRA H.I.S.S DRIVER (v1)
Series: Two (1983)
The Cobra H.I.S.S. Driver was released as part of the second series (1983), packaged exclusively with the Cobra H.I.S.S Tank (High Speed Sentry).
H.I.S.S. Driver and the H.I.S.S. Tank were also sold in 1984. The H.I.S.S. Driver was no longer available in stores in 1985.
In 1987, the H.I.S.S. Driver was packaged with five other figures in the "Special Missions Drivers" set available through mail-order from Hasbro Direct.
H.I.S.S. Driver came with no accessories.
Birthplace: Various Countries
Primary Specialty: H.I.S.S. Driver
Secondary Specialty: Mechanical & Electrical Systems
COBRA H.I.S.S drivers are selected from the best and most evil of COBRA Command's thousands of yearly recuits. Each is chosen for his physical strength and total dedication to evil! H.I.S.S. drivers are graduates of: COBRA Battle School, Advanced Weapons Systems Training. Qualified Experts: H.I.S.S. Vehicle, F.A.N.G. Copter, knowledge of all NATO and G.I. Joe weapons.
COBRA H.I.S.S. drivers are committed to the destruction of G.I. Joe! This newly developed battle vehicle is a real match for the G.I. Joe team. Beware!
No variations of the H.I.S.S. Driver are known to exist. [SEE BODY CONSTRUCTION BELOW]
There are two versions of H.I.S.S. Driver's filecard. The one that came from Hasbro Direct has a glossy red backing, while the one that came with the H.I.S.S. Tank does not.
With the exception of his waistpiece, H.I.S.S. Driver's body construction is completely original. The waistpiece was originally used by both the Cobra Soldier and Cobra Officer.
The head, torso, arms, and legs of H.I.S.S. Driver were re-used to create Rip It (2000).
Note that the Cobra logo on the H.I.S.S. Driver's chest is made of a silver paint that easily scratches off. A mint-condition H.I.S.S. Driver has a sharp silver Cobra logo - ones that lack the Cobra logo have been played with.
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 the United Kingdom and Europe, H.I.S.S. Driver was renamed Enemy Trooper and released with the Escape Armour. The H.I.S.S. Driver was later available with the black Hyena tank. Finally, this figure could also be found in randomly packed figure four-packs.
Versions of Cobra H.I.S.S. Driver
In 2009, the H.I.S.S. Driver was renamed "Arctic H.I.S.S. Driver," and in 2010 renamed to "H.I.S.S. Tank Driver." So while there are several names, they are all based upon the same Cobra specialty.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Cobra H.I.S.S Driver (v1).
Original Retail: $6.39
Product Number: 6051
Lee's Guide: GIJ-83060
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 25 (1st Ed.), Pg. 36 (2nd Ed.)
Desimone Guide: #21
Tomart's Guide: #GI5161b
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a