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VIPER (v5)



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YoJoe ID: 118-HAF-1997-VIPER-05

Series: Fourteen (1997)

Vipers (version 5) was released as part of the fourteenth series (1997) in the Viper Team set with the Cobra Flight Pod.

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Vipers came with a black submachine gun, a black backpack, and a black battle stand.

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Motto: "Greed, ambition, and ruthlessness."

Vipers are the backbone of the COBRA Legions. They are the bottom of the pyramid, which leads to the hierarchy of material wealth and power within the organization. When COBRA received word that G.I. Joe operations had been shut down by U.S. Government, he promptly began recruiting more soldiers. Within weeks, the most cruel, greedy, back-stabbing lot - joined the ranks; tripling the original size of their ground forces. All Vipers are issued a combination assault rifle/grenade launcher, along with a three day field pack. Multi-layered body armor and wrap-around acrylic/composite helmets with built-in radio telecommunications gear are standard issue. This equipment and a bad attitude makes them very dangerous opponents. Vipers are highly motivated, and superbly trained. However, to make them follow orders, the punishment for failure is to be left on the battlefield when the B.A.T.S. (Battle Android Troopers) are deployed. This is due to the fact, these Androids are programmed to shoot and incinerate anything that moves in front of them. That is the last thing any Viper would want, better to take his chances with the real enemy. Vehicle Specialty: COBRA Flight Pod a.k.a. "Trouble Bubbles."


No variations of Viper (v5) are known to exist.

Body Construction

The head, arms, and torso of Vipers (version 5) are repainted from the original 1986 Viper. The waist and legs are repainted from the 1986 B.A.T.S..

This exact same arrangement of parts was used to create Cobra Officer (v2) (1998), Cobra Troopers (1998), Cobra Viper (v6) (2002), Cobra Viper (v7) (2002), Cobra Viper (v8) (2003), and Cobra Viper (v9) (2003).

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