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Laser-Viper

(aka Cobra Laser Viper)









Previous character: Freefall
Next character: SAW-Viper

 

Animated Appearances

DiC VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Various10390 seconds537

Notes: DiC's Laser-Vipers wore the 1990 outfit with a blue belt. In the series, their cannons fired the same sort of lasers as any other weapon on the show. In commercial animation, the colors of the chest panel were inverted (blue on silver).

 

Season 1 Opening (DiC)2 seconds 
United We Stand2 seconds 
Revenge of the Pharaohs94 seconds 
Victory at Volcania Part 131 seconds 
Pigskin Commandos3 seconds 
Cold Shoulder57 seconds2 lines
Injustice and the Cobra Way71 seconds3 lines
That's Entertainment2 seconds 
D-Day at Alcatraz Part 186 seconds 
D-Day at Alcatraz Part 242 seconds 

Headcanon

Laser-Vipers were introduced to Cobra's forces in late 1986, with their appearance represented by Version 1, changing to Version 3 in 1991. Primarly ground troops who used their adjustible-strength lasers both for target-spotting and as direct weapons, they ranked in the fourth tier of Vipers, alongside HEAT-Vipers, Frag-Vipers, and generics.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1990 2. 2001 (RAH Collection) 3. 2003 (Python Patrol)
Version 1: 1990 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0250: Cobra Laser Trooper
  • head: Laser-Viper (90, 03)
  • arms: Laser-Viper (90, 03), Hotwire (08)
  • torso: Laser-Viper (90, 03)
  • waist: Laser-Viper (90, 03), Hotwire (08)
  • legs: Laser-Viper (90, 03), Hotwire (08)
Accessories: silver helmet (new, with black visor); silver backpack (new, square) with sliding control arm and two swivel cannons; two black hoses (short standard)
Laser weapons are only effective at relatively short ranges because of the amount of energy lost through atmospheric dissipation. Therefore, a LASER-VIPER's primary function on the battlefield is "target illumination" for H.E.A.T. VIPERS and AERO-VIPERS. The Laser-Viper places his beam on the target, then squeezes off a heat-seeking, anti-tank missile or guided bomb that "rides" the beam to destroy the target.
"Don't underestimate the Laser-Vipers. You might get the impression that all they do is shine flashlights and spot targets, but that's not the case. These guys can sit well outside the range of your weapons and drop a world of hurt down on your head within seconds! If you're lucky enough to sneak in close to get a shot at them, you're also close enough for them to make it overly hot for you!"
Toy Notes: Featured in 1990's second new figures comercial. Item #6569. The prototype shown in the 1990 insert catalog has a clear visor on its helmet.
Version 2: 2001 Real American Hero Collection Wave 3 two-pack assortment
Fig. #0564: Special Weapons Development
Cobra Laser Viper
Special Training: Heat-Generated Weapons Systems, Laser Optics, Hand-to-Hand Combat, Covert Operations Specialist
  • head: Laser Viper (01)
  • arms: Sci-Fi (91, 93), Laser Viper (01)
  • torso: Sci-Fi (91, 93), Laser Viper (01)
  • waist: Sci-Fi (91, 93), Laser Viper (01)
  • legs: Sci-Fi (91, 93), Laser Viper (01)
Accessories: black backpack (91 Sci-Fi's); black laser rifle (91 Sci-Fi's); black hose (medium standard); black figure stand
Specialists in infra-red laser technology, Laser Vipers can set their sights on a target thousands of yards away and "zap it" in less than a milli-second. These guys are no slouches! Each one has a masters degree in mechanical engineering and spends his spare time increasing the firepower capability to make his laser weapon more destructive. Ever wonder how the hole in the ozone layer really got there? To get the attention of COBRA Commander, they "test" their latest modifications on each other. Not exactly the best way to see if something works, but it's one way to eliminate the competition.
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Cobra Commander (01). Item #53041.
Version 3: 2003 Python Patrol carded set
Fig. #0722: Cobra Laser Trooper
Cobra Laser Viper
  • head: Laser-Viper (90, 03)
  • arms: Laser-Viper (90, 03), Hotwire (08)
  • torso: Laser-Viper (90, 03)
  • waist: Laser-Viper (90, 03), Hotwire (08)
  • legs: Laser-Viper (90, 03), Hotwire (08)
Accessories: gold helmet (90 Laser-Viper's, with black visor and red stripe); black backpack (90 Laser-Viper's) with swivel cannons and control arm); two black hoses (short standard)
Laser weapons are only effective at relatively short ranges because of the amount of energy lost through atmospheric dissipation. Therefore, the primary function of a COBRA LASER VIPER trooper on the battlefield is "target illumination" for other COBRA VIPER units. The COBRA LASER VIPER trooper places his beam on the target, then squeezes off a heat-seeking, anti-tank missile or guided bomb that "rides" the beam to destroy the target. These guys should never be underestimated. You might get the impression that all they do is shine flashlights and spot targets, but that's not the case. They can sit well outside weapon range and drop a world of hurt on your head within seconds.
"If you're lucky enough to get close enough to peel off a shot at me, then you're close enough for me to make it overly hot for you."
Toy Notes: Carded in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive set with Maj. Bludd (03), HEAT Viper (03), Lamprey (03), Rock Viper (03), and SAW Viper (03). Item #53400.