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HEAT Viper

(stands for High Explosive Anti-Tank)









Previous character: TARGAT
Next character: Gnawgahyde

 

Animated Appearances

HEAT Vipers were animated only for commercials.

Headcanon

HEAT Vipers were introduced to Cobra's forces in 1986 as anti-tank specialists under the personal command of Scrap-Iron, with their appearance represented by Version 1. They ranked in the fourth tier of Vipers (same as generic Vipers), alongside Frag-Vipers and Laser Vipers. They were succeded by Fast Blast Vipers in 1991.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1989 2. 1993 (Battle Corps) 3. 2003 (Python Patrol)
Version 1: 1989 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0207: Cobra Bazooka Man
  • head: HEAT Viper (89, 03)
  • arms: HEAT Viper (89, 03), Fast Blast Viper (01, 02)
  • torso: HEAT Viper (89, 03), Fast Blast Viper (01, 02)
  • waist: HEAT Viper (89, 03), Fast Blast Viper (01, 02)
  • legs: HEAT Viper (89, 03), Fast Blast Viper (01, 02)
Accessories: light grey backpack (new, with exhaust pipes); light grey bazooka (new, with top handle); six light grey bazooka shells (new, with tab holes); light grey sight cable (new, attaches to bazooka and helmet); black hose (medium standard)
The new generation of Cobra anti-tank specialists are equipped with the latest in hyper-kinetic, high-speed, wire-guided, armor-piercing technology. The harness supported launch tube has active heat vents and an infra-red suppressor to cut down detection hazards. The sighting system is fiber-optically linked to the operator's helmet which contains range-finders, trajectory computers, and image intensifiers. This allows the H.E.A.T. Viper to fire his weapon from behind cover under adverse visibility conditions.
"You gotta hand it to these guys. It takes a lot of nerve to squeeze off a hand-held rocket at 60 tons of rolling G.I. Joe armor and sit still while holding the tracker sights on target to guide in the projectile. If he misses with the firsts hot, there isn't a G.I. Joe worth his salt who'll let that poor fool try for seconds! A proverbial world of hurt is gonna hit that Cobra like a ton of bricks!"
Toy Notes: Item #6534. The prototype shown in the 1989 insert catalog had black accessories and trim.
Re-releases: A slightly different version was released in Brazil as Estilhaco.
Version 2: 1993 Battle Corps Wave 1 carded assortment, #5
Fig. #0353: High-Explosive Anti-TankMOS 1: Anti-Tank Trooper
MOS 2: Earthquake Driver
  • head: HEAT Viper (93)
  • arms: HEAT Viper (93)
  • torso: HEAT Viper (93)
  • waist: HEAT Viper (93)
  • legs: HEAT Viper (93)
Accessories: bright green laser pistol (88 Iron Grenadier's); bright green submachine gun (89 Annihilator's); bright green sniper rifle (90 Rock-Viper's PSG-1); black spring missile launcher (shared with Night Creeper Leader, long with wrist brace and bright green trigger); two bright green missiles (common for 93 Cobras); bright green figure stand
This new generation of Cobra anti-tank specialists are equipped with the latest in hyper-kinetic, high-speed, armor-piercing technology. When they spot a G.I. Joe vehicle (especially a nice Battle Wagon, Patriot, or Mudbuster) they sit perfectly still, lining up the tracker sights on target to guide their projectile. Then they try to squeeze off one of their hand-held rockets knowing they've only got one shot because if they miss, there isn't a G.I. Joe worth his salt who'll let that poor fool try for seconds!
Toy Notes: Item #6866. This and other figures from the first wave of Battle Corps were available in most stores by Thanksgiving 1992.
Version 3: 2003 Python Patrol carded set
Fig. #0720: High Explosive Anti-Tank Trooper
  • head: HEAT Viper (89, 03)
  • arms: HEAT Viper (89, 03), Fast Blast Viper (01, 02)
  • torso: HEAT Viper (89, 03), Fast Blast Viper (01, 02)
  • waist: HEAT Viper (89, 03), Fast Blast Viper (01, 02)
  • legs: HEAT Viper (89, 03), Fast Blast Viper (01, 02)
Accessories: black backpack (89 HEAT Viper's); dark green bazooka (89 HEAT Viper's); six silver bazooka shells (89 HEAT Viper's); black sight cable (89 HEAT Viper's); black hose (medium standard)
These COBRA anti-tank specialists are equipped with the latest in hyper-kinetic, high-speed, wire-guided, armor-piercing technology. The harness-supported launch tube has active heat vents and an infrared wuppressor to cut down detection hazards. The sighting system is fiber-optically linked to the operator's helmet, which contains range-finders, trajectory computers, and image intensifiers. This allows the COBRA H.E.A.T. VIPER troops to fire their weapons from behind cover under adverse visibility conditions. It takes a lot of nerve to squeeze off a hand-held rocket at a 60 ton G.I. JOE vehicle coming at you, because they know that if they miss, any G.I. JOE guy worth his salt won't let them get a second try.
"We don't just fire at anything; we fire at everything!"
Toy Notes: Carded in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive set with Maj. Bludd (03), Lamprey (03), Laser Viper (03), Rock Viper (03), and SAW Viper (03). Item #53400.