SNOW SERPENT (v1)
COBRA POLAR ASSAULT
Series: Four (1985)
Snow Serpent was first released as part of the fourth series (1985). He was also available in 1986 and was discontinued in 1987.
Leftover Hasbro stock of this figure was packaged a new accessory and sold at the 1992 G.I.Joe Convention misnamed "Cobra Snow Viper."
Snow Serpent came with a white survival backpack, a blue parachute pack, two white snow shoes, a gray AK-47 rifle, a gray anti-tank EK99 missile, and a gray missile stand.
Birthplace: Various Countries
Primary Specialty: Arctic Operations
Secondary Specialty: Infantry
Snow Serpents are the Arctic Specialist branch of the Eels (COBRA Frogmen). They must undergo the same rigorous training program as the Eels with the addition of a six month cold weather course somewhere above the Arctic Circle. Other aspects of their training include airborne operations (under arctic conditions), anti-tank procedures and the use of snow-shoes, skis and kayaks.
"If the Eels are the elite of COBRA's naval branch, then the Snow Serpents are the best of the best. How else could you characterize an individual who would parachute onto an ice floe in sub-zero temperatures and then be prepared to march 50 miles with full field pack, assault rifle and anti-tank weapon?"
The 1992 G.I.Joe Convention release came with a gray missile launcher and a gray missile.
Snow Serpent's body is completely original - all new body parts.
Snow Serpent's head was later recolored and used to create Heli-Vipers. Snow Serpent's entire body and mold were re-used for the Snow Serpent Commander.
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.
Snow Serpent was released in Canada in dual-language packaging.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Snow Serpent (v1).
Original Retail: $2.29
Product Number: 6449
Lee's Guide: GIJ-85006
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 52 (1st Ed.), Pg. 86 (2nd Ed.)
Desimone Guide: #83, #390 (Convention)
Tomart's Guide: #GI5385
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a