COBRA HYDROFOIL PILOT
Series: Four (1985)
Lampreys was first released as part of the fourth series (1985) packaged exclusively with the Cobra Moray Hydrofoil. He was also sold in 1986. In 1987, Lampreys and the Cobra Moray Hydrofoil were discontinued.
In 1989, he was available mail-order as part of the "Special Missions Drivers" set with Ace, Thunder, Keel-Haul, Strato-Viper, and Motor Viper.
Lampreys came with a silver submachine gun with a hard plastic strap.
Grade: O3 or equivalent
Birthplace: Various Countries
Primary Specialty: Hydrofoil Pilot
Secondary Specialty: COBRA Frogmen (EELS)
Lampreys are the elite of the COBRA sea-arm. To qualify for Lamprey training, a candidate must be a COBRA Trooper in top physical condition who has completed his EEL training (EEL's are the Frogmen underwater demolition specialists of the COBRA legion) and has been operational as an EEL for more than a year. The training is highly selective and more than 50% of the applicants wash out before completing the course.
No variations of Lampreys (v1) are known to exist.
Lampreys' body is completely original - all new body parts.
Lampreys' entire body and mold were re-used for the Sonic Fighters Lampreys (v2) (1990), Lampreys (v3) (2000), and Lamprey (v4) (2003).
Starting with this series (Series Four, 1985), the head joint on G.I.Joe figures was changed into a head "ball." This ball allowed the head to look up and down, in addition to left and right.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Lampreys (v1).
Original Retail: $13.99
Product Number: 6024
Lee's Guide: GIJ-85055
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 51 (1st Ed.), Pg. 85 (2nd Ed.)
Desimone Guide: #90
Tomart's Guide: #GI5409b
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a