Series: Nine (1990)
Viper (version 3) was first released carded as part of the ninth series (1990) as part of the Sonic Fighters. He was discontinued domestically in 1991.
Viper came with a large gold backpack with buttons that made four different electronic battle sounds, a gold machine gun, a gold laser pistol, a gold pistol, and a three-piece gold grenade launcher.
Vipers are the grunts of the Cobra Legions. If there's a dirty job that needs doing, these guys are first in line. Vipers did all of the field testing on the Cobra-built, knock-off imitations of G.I. Joe's sonic weapons, which in itself should have earned each and every one of them the Cobra Medal of Villainous Valor with Bronze Serpent Clusters, considering how easy it was for these shoddy copies to self-destruct when fired. Outfitted with multi-layered body armor and wrap-around acrylic/composite helmets with built-in RTO* gear, Vipers are now armed with multi-burst laser pistols, 5.56 Colt Commando Rifles, 60mm surface-to-surface grenade launchers and standard issue 9mm Cobra service pistols.
"When you know the equipment you're carrying could jam or explode at any minute, you get a little edgy. Especially when hand-to-hand combat is the only safe way to neutralize hostile forces. Sure these guys were tough fighters before, but now, they're unbelievable!"
No variations of Viper (v3) are known to exist.
The entire body of Viper (v3) was originally used to create the original Viper (1986). The mold was also used to create the Python Viper (v2) (1989).
The head, chest, and arms were re-used to create the Viper (v5) (1997), Cobra Troopers (1998), Cobra Officer (1998), Cobra Viper (v6) (2002), Cobra Viper (v7) (2002), Cobra Viper (v8) (2003), and Cobra Viper (v9) (2003).
Hasbro released Viper in Italy and other European countries.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Viper (v3).
Original Retail: $4.99
Product Number: 6315
Lee's Guide: n/a
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 165 (1st Ed.), Pg. 221 (2nd Ed.)
Desimone Guide: #270
Tomart's Guide: #GI6429
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a