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Rip It

File name: Fred T. Booth III of Fall River, Massachusetts.
Notes: Fall River is in the southeast part of the state, about 18 miles southeast of Providence, RI.

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Animated Appearances

To my knowledge, Rip It was never animated.


Born June 19, 1953. Rip It was one of the original HISS Drivers and began serving Cobra as a special agent when the organization re-emerged in June 1991. His appearance is represented by Version 1.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 2000 (HISS III) 2. 2007 (Convention)  
Version 1: 2000 Real American Hero Collection Wave 1 boxed HISS III vehicle
Fig. #0547: Heavy Equipment OperatorMOS 1: Heavy Equipment Operator
Branch: Cobra Operative
  • head: HISS Driver (83), Rip It (00, 07)
  • arms: HISS Driver (83), Rip It (00, 07)
  • torso: HISS Driver (83), Rip It (00, 07), Infantry Division (05/III, 05/V)
  • waist: Cobra Commander (92, 93, 00, 03/I, 04/II, 05/III, 05/IV), Rip It (00)
  • legs: HISS Driver (83), Rip It (00, 07)
Accessories: none
Knows only one thing . . . destroy or be destroyed, and he obviously lives for the former. Generally one to carry out orders, Rip It sometimes takes matters into his own hands by using the H.I.S.S. III to wage private battles of his own against G.I. Joe. Oddly enough, as part of the H.I.S.S. training, Rip It was required to master the game of golf. Through the strategies and movements of the game, with its winding courses and natural obstacles, Rip It learned how to analyze and negotiate a wide variety of similar battlefield problems. Cobra's only concern is when Rip It loses his patience—and temper—during training maneuvers and wraps his clubs around fellow trainees' necks. Lucky for the pros, Rip It won't be hitting the links on tour any time soon.
Toy Notes: Item #57758.
Version 2: 2007 Tanks for the Memories two-pack
Fig. #1200: Tank CommanderMOS 1: Heavy Equipment Operator
MOS 2: Armor
  • head: HISS Driver (83), Rip It (00, 07)
  • arms: HISS Driver (83), Rip It (00, 07)
  • torso: HISS Driver (83), Rip It (00, 07), Infantry Division (05/III, 05/V)
  • waist: Cobra Commander (82, 84), Rip It (07)
  • legs: HISS Driver (83), Rip It (00, 07)
Accessories: grey shotgun (05 Maj. Barrage's); clear figure stand
RIP IT is the COBRA chief heavy equipment operator and tank battalion commander. He is a talented but utterly vicious individual. The man has no allies, even within the devious ranks of COBRA, yet has risen quickly through their hierarchy based on his inarguable skills alone. Other COBRA troops consider RIP IT to be a coward because he unleashes his metallic mayhem safely enshrouded in a cocoon of multi-layered titanium alloy. But in or out of a tank, most troops avoid him when he is in a bad mood—which is all the time!
Although he prefers the maneuverability of the H.I.S.S. (High Speed Sentry) series of vehicles when sowing chaos on the battlefield, his working knowledge of virtually all tracked vehicles makes him the de facto leader of the COBRA armed vehicle division. He is also the perfct candidate to drive a recently developed prototype of the upgraded G.I. JOE Manned Battle Tank. His mission will be to quickly blast into the Rocky Mountain Arsenal in the Colorado Rockies. Using the familiar vehicle profile to temporarily confuse US military ground radar, will allow an elite task of COBRA Night Stalkers to continue on their own mission inside the facility.
"The COBRA blue paint job is an improvement, but I would have used black—it just looks MEANER!"
Toy Notes: Originally intended for sale with the Shredder, a recolored Mauler which was not available in time for the 2007 convention. Sold in a two-pack with Steeler (07) in limited numbers there, and the remaining stock was sold off in November when broken molds made the long-awaited Mauler re-release impossible. This figure is considered a high-demand item. Promotional photo courtesty of Master Collector Online.