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AVAC

(Air-Viper, Advanced Class)









Previous character: Strato-Viper
Next character: The Fridge

 

Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Various8143 seconds1390

Notes: Introduced to the Sunbow series a year prior to the other 1986 characters, AVACs wore the 1986 outfit with a narrower helmet, blue-tinted goggles, an extra silver band around the elbows, and sometimes large black backpacks without visible straps.

 

The Phantom Brigade28 seconds5 lines
The Gamesmaster8 seconds 
Worlds Without End Part II16 seconds4 lines
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 34 seconds1 line
Joe's Night Out44 seconds3 lines
Sins of Our Fathers4 seconds 
In the Presence of Mine Enemies33 seconds 
G.I. Joe: The Movie Opening6 seconds 

Headcanon

AVACs were introduced to the Cobra forces in late 1982 as Vipers in the Air Corps who had completed sufficient training to serve as combat pilots. Their appearance is represented by Version 1. Assigned to light aircraft, they ranked in the third tier of Vipers, alongside Strato-Vipers, above ordinary Air-Vipers, and below the more elite Aero-Vipers. AVACs were active in Cobra continuously until its defeat in 1994.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1986 (Firebat) 2. 2004 (Built to Rule) 3. 2008 (25th Firebat)
Version 1: 1986 boxed Terror Drome playset with Firebat vehicle
Fig. #0110: Cobra Terror Drome Firebat Pilot
  • head: AVAC (86)
  • arms: AVAC (86)
  • torso: AVAC (86)
  • waist: AVAC (86)
  • legs: AVAC (86)
Accessories: black parachute harness (new, with Cobra emblem)
Piloting a Firebat is somewhat akin to strapping yourself onto a cannonball. The cockpit is cramped by any standard and utterly lacking in even the kindest amenities. No engine status display, no weather instruments, no navigation aids, and no ejection seat. Just the basic flight panel, throttle, pedals, and stick. But after the initial high-G's of vertical takeoff, the Firebat levels out to being the fastest, most responsive single-seat fighter in the Cobra arsenal.
"A.V.A.C. pilots are drawn from the Air-Viper pool. They must be capable of complex mental calculations to make up for lack of on-board computers are absolutely fearless to cope with the Firebat's basic unforgiving nature. The aircraft is not what you would call user-friendly. Surprisingly, there is no lack of recruits for the program. All the best fighter-jocks want a ride on the 'Pocket Rocket.'"
Toy Notes: Item #6003. The Air-Vipers mentioned here would not receive their own figure until 2003, and it is on their filecard that the abbreviation AVAC is explained.
Version 2: 2004 Built-to-Rule boxed Headquarters Attack playset
Fig. #0977: PilotSkills: Aircraft Pilot
  • head: AVAC (04)
  • arms: Shadow Viper (04), AVAC (04)
  • torso: AVAC (04)
  • waist: Shadow Viper (04), AVAC (04)
  • upper legs: AVAC (04)
  • lower legs: Shadow Viper (04), AVAC (04)
Accessories: none
[The 2004 Built-to-Rule filecards had no main text.]
Toy Notes: Also included the figure Snake Eyes (04/VI). Appeared in the 2004 BTR catalog but thought unreleased until the items surfaced in 2005. It was apparently released in one or two local test markets and pulled due to low sales. Item #6876. This playset is considered an ultra-high-demand, hard-to-find item.
Version 3: 2008 boxed Firebat vehicle
Fig. #1335: Cobra Pilot
A.V.A.C. (Air Viper, Advanced Class)
MOS 1: TERROR DROME FIREBAT JET Pilot
MOS 2: COBRA Air Fleet Pilot
  • head: AVAC (08)
  • arms: Sgt. Flash (08), Grand Slam (08), HISS Driver (08/I, 08/II), HISS Commander (08), Tripwire (08), AVAC (08), Cobra Trooper (08/VI)
  • body: Sgt. Flash (08), Grand Slam (08) Tripwire (08), Cobra Trooper (08/VI) - modified: HISS Driver (08/I, 08/II), HISS Commander (08), AVAC (08), Maj. Bludd (08/II, 08/III)
  • legs: Zartan (07, 08, 09/I, 09/II), Maj. Bludd (08/I), AVAC (08)
Accessories: black belt (08 Flash's); black knife (07 Zartan's, with silver blade); black Cobra figure stand
The elite A.V.A.C. pilots are specially trained to fly the FIREBAT JET fleet. They must have exceptional piloting and navigation skills, because the FIREBAT JET has been designed with minimal pilot instrumentation to increase its speed and maneuverability. A.V.A.C. pilots relish the challenge of "real" flying, in which their control and calculations determine whether they succeed - or whether they go down in flames. They are chosen from the ranks of the COBRA pilots for their utter fearlessnes as much as their impressive piloting skills.
"The FIREBAT JET is an unforgiving aircraft, so you've got to be the best to fly it. And, of course, we ARE the best."
Toy Notes: Item #32840.