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Astro-Viper

(aka Astro Viper)









Previous character: Spearhead
Next character: Muskrat

 

Animated Appearances

To my knowledge, Astro-Vipers were never animated.

Headcanon

Cobra's early and occasional operations in space were manned primarily by Shock Troopers, ordinary Cobra troopers with high marksmanship skills and ad hoc zero-G training. In 1985, as Cobra began more frequent space missions, Shock Troopers were replaced by the more elite Astro-Viper forces. These ranked in the second-highest tier of Vipers, alongside Star-Vipers and above the Strato-Vipers and AVACs from which they were selected. They served as Cobra's primary space troopers until Cobra's last space mission in 1989, with their appearance represented by Version 1.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1988 2. 1993 (Star Brigade)  
Version 1: 1988 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0164: Cobranaut
  • head: Astro-Viper (88, 93), Shadow Viper (01)
  • arms: Astro-Viper (88, 93), Shadow Viper (01)
  • torso: Astro-Viper (88, 93), Shadow Viper (01)
  • waist: Astro-Viper (88, 93), Shadow Viper (01)
  • legs: Astro-Viper (88, 93), Shadow Viper (01)
Accessories: dark grey helmet (new, with yellow visor); silver backpack (new, with jets) with two laser cannons and two control arms (all detachable); two black hoses (short standard)
Satellite surveillance technology is absolutely vital to modern military intelligence. Intricate tracking satellites must be maintained and repaired on site and as Cobra's network of "eyes-in-the-sky" grows older, more and more repairs are needed, necessitating more technicians capable of withstanding repeated high-G launchings and enduring long terms in orbit.
"Cobranauts are recruited from the ranks of the Strato-Vipers; those NIGHT RAVEN pilots, who are naturally and artificially conditioned for high-altitude flying and high-G maneuvering. Cobranauts pilot the launch and recovery vehicles, man the orbital stations, and do the satellite repair work. They like it up there, where it's cold and dark."
Toy Notes: Item #6515. The character art shows a red helmet; it is unknown if the figure was ever supposed to have one.
Version 2: 1993 Star Brigade carded assortment, #11
Fig. #0405: Cobranaut
Astro Viper
  • head: Astro-Viper (88, 93), Shadow Viper (01)
  • arms: Astro-Viper (88, 93), Shadow Viper (01)
  • torso: Astro-Viper (88, 93), Shadow Viper (01)
  • waist: Astro-Viper (88, 93), Shadow Viper (01)
  • legs: Astro-Viper (88, 93), Shadow Viper (01)
Accessories: black space helmet (88 Astro-Viper's, with bright green visor); orange sniper rifle (90 Rock-Viper's PSG-1); orange machine gun (92 Destro's XL-14); gold spring missile launcher (new, large and blocky with arm clips and orange trigger); two orange missiles (new, with fins and notched tip); orange knife (88 Shockwave's); orange figure stand
Among Cobra's vast array of specialized infantry troopers, the only ones qualified—besides Cobra T.A.R.G.A.T.'s—for duty in the dangerous voids of space are the ASTRO VIPERS. They are the only soldiers capable of with standing repeated G-force launchings and extensive tours of duty orbiting distant planets. They were recruited from the ranks of the Strato-Vipers, who are naturally and artificially conditioned for high-altitude flying and G-force maneuvering. COBRA COMMANDER knew he could count on these Vipers not only because of their specialized training and abilities, but also because they are exceptionally ruthless in battle.
Variations: Some missile launchers had a loop for a string.
Toy Notes: Item #81105.