COBRA STINGER DRIVER (v1)
Series: Three (1984)
Cobra Stinger Driver was released as part of the third series (1984), and came packaged exclusively with the Cobra Night Attack 4-WD Stinger. They were also sold in 1985. In 1986, Cobra Stinger Driver was discontinued.
In 1987, Cobra Stinger Driver was available mail-order from Hasbro Direct as part of a six figure vehicle drivers set that included Copperhead, HISS Driver, Crankcase, Frostbite, and Thunder.
Cobra Stinger Driver came with no accessories.
Grade: O4 (or equivalent)
Birthplace: Various Countries
Primary Specialty: Stinger driver, Infantry
Secondary Specialty: Artillery, Intelligence
COBRA Officers are front-line fighters who lead COBRA attack units into battle. Many are also believed to be operating as spies at defense plants, nuclear power facilities, etc. All are martial arts experts, masters of disguise, deceit, and demolitions. Graduated: COBRA Stinger driver's school. Qualified Expert: AK-47 Assault Rifle; PM-63 Machine Pistol; M-16; Ingram M-11 Submachine gun.
"COBRA Officers are dedicated to destroying G.I. Joe and the American way of life. Beware...they are extremely dangerous enemies!"
There are two versions of Cobra Stinger Driver's filecard. The one that came from Hasbro Direct has a glossy red backing, while the one that came with the Stinger does not.
Cobra Stinger Driver's entire body was from the same exact mold as the swivel-arm version of Cobra Officer. The mold was later used for Python Trooper from the eighth series (1989).
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).
Versions of Stinger Driver
In 2007, the Stinger Driver was renamed "Vehicle Driver." So while there are different names, they are all based on this 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 Stinger Driver (v1).
Original Retail: $6.49
Product Number: 6055
Lee's Guide: GIJ-84055
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 40 (1st Ed.), Pg. 60 (2nd Ed.)
Desimone Guide: #22
Tomart's Guide: #GI5293b
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a