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Range-Viper

(aka Range Viper)

Note: The 2006 filecard gives a file name of Keith B. Holland and birthplace of Australia for the individual described in the text.







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Animated Appearances

DiC VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Various271,801 seconds64443

Notes: DiC's Range-Vipers wore the 1990 outfit. In commercial animation they had larger eyes, blue teeth, and white ammo belts. The numbers above do not include the character Evy, who is called a Range-Viper but wears a different uniform.

 

United We Stand15 seconds 
Revenge of the Pharaohs22 seconds2 lines
Granny Dearest27 seconds 
Victory at Volcania Part 120 seconds 
Victory at Volcania Part 298 seconds1 line
The Nozone Conspiracy14 seconds 
Pigskin Commandos316 seconds41 lines
Injustice and the Cobra Way3 seconds 
General Confusion4 seconds 
Night of the Creepers24 seconds1 line
That's Entertainment66 seconds 
I Found You...Evy184 seconds11 lines
An Officer and a Viperman379 seconds1 line
D-Day at Alcatraz Part 1109 seconds1 line
D-Day at Alcatraz Part 271 seconds 
The Mind Mangler3 seconds 
El Dorado–The Lost City of Gold143 seconds 
Long Live Rock and Roll Part I37 seconds 
Long Live Rock and Roll Part II63 seconds6 lines
The Sludge Factor Part I12 seconds 
The Sludge Factor Part II53 seconds 
Messenger from the Deep12 seconds 
The Greatest Evil Part I2 seconds 
A Is for Android61 seconds 
Shadow of a Doubt53 seconds 
Basic Training5 seconds 
The Legend of Metal-Head5 seconds 

Headcanon

Range-Vipers were introduced to Cobra's forces in late 1986, with their appearance represented by Version 3. They ranked in the fourth tier of Vipers, alongside Rock-Vipers, SAW-Vipers, and generics, but above Desert Scorpions.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1990 2. 2005 (DTC) 3. 2006 (Flaming MOTH)
Version 1: 1990 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0254: Cobra Wilderness Trooper
  • head: Range-Viper (90, 06), Rock Viper (01), Skull Buster (02), Imperial Guard (05)
  • arms: Range-Viper (90, 06), Rock Viper (01), Skull Buster (02)
  • torso: Range-Viper (90, 06), Rock Viper (01), Skull Buster (02)
  • waist: Range-Viper (90, 06), Rock Viper (01), Skull Buster (02), Imperial Guard (05)
  • legs: Range-Viper (90, 06), Rock Viper (01), Skull Buster (02), Imperial Guard (05)
Accessories: grey backpack (new, squarish with mortar shells); black grenade launcher (new) with removable chamber; grey mortar (new, with ribbed handle); grey mortar shell (new, cylindrical); black knife (new, with pins on either side of blade); black hose (short standard)
Range-Vipers are usually committed to long-term operations deep within unfriendly territory, completely cut off from communications or supplies. They have an unusually high tolerance for discomfort and can survive on a diet of snakes, grubs, roots, berries, nuts, and whatever slow rodents they can catch. They are expected to build their shelters out of indigenous materials, usually rocks and mud, and procure their own ammunition by way of hit and run raids on enemy ammo depots.
"Range-Vipers are favorites of the Cobra High Command since they are so inexpensive to sustain. Once they're in the field, they don't cost anything to feed, clothe, and arm. Range-Vipers don't care who they shoot, as long as they shoot at someone or something. That's why the Cobra High Command makes sure they stay out in the bush."
Toy Notes: Featured in 1990's second new figures commercial. Item #6573.
Version 2: 2005 Direct-to-Consumer Wave 2 carded assortment
Fig. #1093: COBRA Wilderness Trooper
Range Viper
  • head: Range Viper (05), Cobra Trooper (06/I), Nullifier (06/I, 06/II), Cobra Officer (08/V)
  • arms: Destro (04), Range Viper (05)
  • torso: Swamp Rat (04/I, 04/II, 05), Range Viper (05)
  • waist: Swamp Rat (04/I, 04/II, 05), Range Viper (05)
  • legs: Swamp Rat (04/I, 04/II, 05), Range Viper (05)
Accessories: blue helmet (new, with grey faceplate); grey submachine gun (05 Duke's MP5K); grey sniper rifle (03 Recondo's Dragunov SVU); two black knives (04 Swamp Rat's, with silver blade)
RANGE VIPER troopers are usually committed to long-term operations deep within unfriendly territory, completely cut off from communications or supplies. They have an unusually high tolerance for discomfort and can survive on a diet of grubs, roots, berries, nuts, and whatever they can catch. They are expected to build their shelters out of indigenous materials such as rocks and mud, and procure their own ammunition by way of hit-and-run raids on enemy ammunition depots. They are favorites of COBRA COMMANDER because they are so inexpensive to sustain. Once they're in the field, they don't cost anything to feed, clothe, or arm.
"We don't care who we shoot, as long as we get to shoot at someone or something. It's a real party when a G.I. JOE patrol comes by. Otherwise, it becomes pretty boring."
Toy Notes: Item #61851.
Version 3: 2006 Operation Flaming MOTH two-pack assortment, #2
Fig. #1142: COBRA Wilderness Trooper
Range Viper
MOS 1: Long Range Recon
MOS 2: Survivalist
  • head: Range-Viper (90, 06), Rock Viper (01), Skull Buster (02), Imperial Guard (05)
  • arms: Range-Viper (90, 06), Rock Viper (01), Skull Buster (02)
  • torso: Range-Viper (90, 06), Rock Viper (01), Skull Buster (02)
  • waist: Range-Viper (90, 06), Rock Viper (01), Skull Buster (02), Imperial Guard (05)
  • legs: Range-Viper (90, 06), Rock Viper (01), Skull Buster (02), Imperial Guard (05)
Accessories: black backpack (90 Range-Viper's); black grenade launcher (90 Range-Viper's) with chamber; black mortar (90 Range-Viper's); black mortar shell (90 Range-Viper's); black hose (long standard)
RANGE-VIPERs are trained to survive long-term operations deep within unfriendly territory, completely cut off from communications or supplies. They have an unusually high tolerance for discomfort and can survive on a diet of snakes, grubs, roots, berries, nuts, and whatever slow rodents they can catch. They are expected to procure their own ammunition by way of hit and run raids on enemy camps and ammo depots. These troopers are the top of the food chain and can flourish in the uninhabited wastelands of any region.
The sole survivor of a suspicious accident in the Simpson Deset that claimed his entire family, this anti-social youth grew up to be the perfect candidate for the COBRA corps. Coincidentaly, it was years later as a RANGE-VIPER that he was the only survivor of a long range recon team that went into the rugged desert and disappeared without a trace. He actually enjoys being posted in remote locations, left to his own devices, and lying in wait to take out a G.I. JOE patrol. He was chosen by SKULLBUSTER, the Range-Viper Commander, to return to the Australian Outback for Operation: Flaming M.O.T.H. because of his knowledge of the area and his apparently uncanny knack for survival. He grudgingly accepts the aid of one of COBRA COMMANDER's top FLAK-VIPERs, but no one is counting on them both making it back.
"No one enters my territory and leaves alive!"
Toy Notes: Boxed in a Collector's Club-exclusive Desert Theater two-pack with Flak-Viper (06).