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Sand Viper











Previous character: Black Out
Next character: Depth Charge

 

Animated Appearances

To my knowledge, Sand Vipers were never animated.

Headcanon

Sand Vipers were introduced to Cobra's forces in late 1992, as newly acquired resources allowed the organization to finance better-equipped hostile-environment troopers. Assigned primarily to scouting and ambush missions and allowed some degree of autonomy while in the field, Sand Vipers ranked in the third tier of Vipers, alongside Pit Vipers and above Range-Vipers and Neo-Vipers. Their appearance is represented by Version 1.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 2003/I (Spy Troops Wave 6)
2. 2003/II (Spy Troops Wave 7.75)
3. 2004 (Tiger Storm)
4. 2005/I (Air Assault)
5. 2005/II (Single Pack)
 
Version 1: 2003 Spy Troops Wave 6 two-pack assortment (03/I)
Fig. #0708: Cobra Desert Infiltrators
  • head: Sand Viper (03/I, 03/II, 04, 05/I, 05/II)
  • arms: Sand Viper (03/I, 03/II, 04, 05/I, 05/II)
  • torso: Sand Viper (03/I, 03/II, 04, 05/I, 05/II)
  • waist: Sand Viper (03/I, 03/II, 04, 05/I, 05/II)
  • legs: Sand Viper (03/I, 03/II, 04, 05/I, 05/II)
Accessories: grey helmet (03/I Grunt's, with dark red goggles); black vest (03 Sgt. Hacker's, with red Cobra emblem); black assault rifle (new, G36 with AG36 grenade launcher); brown monitor lizard (new, with white belly)
SAND VIPERS are trained and equipped to operate in deserts as hostile to human life as the Sahara and the Mojave. The ability to endure high temperatures, blistering sun, and a total lack of water is the prime requirement for a SAND VIPER candidate. In addition to total proficiency with the entire range of COBRA small arms, the SAND VIPER is also expected to maintain and repair his weapons under conditions that are highly destructive to finely machined metal parts. His body armor is capable of deflecting shrapnel and most pistol bullets. The armor is actually the outer layer of a watertight suit that retains, purifies, and recycles body moisture to keep them cool and hydrated. The suit allows SAND VIPERS to function in extremely arid environments for extended periods without a re-supply of water.
"Stalk like a lion, sting like a scorpion, vanish like a mirage."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Beachhead (03). Item #57420.
Version 2: 2003 Spy Troops Wave 7.75 two-pack assortment (03/II)
Fig. #0759: Cobra Desert Infiltrators
  • head: Sand Viper (03/I, 03/II, 04, 05/I, 05/II)
  • arms: Sand Viper (03/I, 03/II, 04, 05/I, 05/II)
  • torso: Sand Viper (03/I, 03/II, 04, 05/I, 05/II)
  • waist: Sand Viper (03/I, 03/II, 04, 05/I, 05/II)
  • legs: Sand Viper (03/I, 03/II, 04, 05/I, 05/II)
Accessories: tan helmet (03/I Grunt's, with dark red goggles); black vest (03 Sgt. Hacker's, with red Cobra emblem); black assault rifle (03/I Sand Viper's, G36); brown monitor lizard (03/I Sand Viper's, with white belly)
SAND VIPERS are trained and equipped to operate in deserts as hostile to human life as the Sahara and the Mojave. The ability to endure high temperatures, blistering sun, and a total lack of water is the prime requirement for a SAND VIPER candidate. In addition to total proficiency with the entire range of COBRA small arms, the SAND VIPER is also expected to maintain and repair his weapons under conditions that are highly destructive to finely machined metal parts. His body armor is capable of deflecting shrapnel and most pistol bullets. The armor is actually the outer layer of a watertight suit that retains, purifies, and recycles body moisture to keep them cool and hydrated. The suit allows SAND VIPER forces to function in extremely arid environments for extended periods without a re-supply of water.
"Stalk like a lion, sting like a scorpion, vanish like a mirage."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Desert CLAWS (03). Item #56910.
Version 3: 2004 Valor vs. Venom Wave 1 carded Tiger Storm vehicle.
Fig. #0809: COBRA Desert Infiltrators
  • head: Sand Viper (03/I, 03/II, 04, 05/I, 05/II)
  • arms: Sand Viper (03/I, 03/II, 04, 05/I, 05/II)
  • torso: Sand Viper (03/I, 03/II, 04, 05/I, 05/II)
  • waist: Sand Viper (03/I, 03/II, 04, 05/I, 05/II)
  • legs: Sand Viper (03/I, 03/II, 04, 05/I, 05/II)
Accessories: silver revolver (02 Dr. Mindbender's); black carbine/shotgun (02 Ripper's M4 with shotgun barrel)
SAND VIPER troops are trained and equipped to operate in deserts as hostile to human life as the Sahara and the Mojave. The ability to endure high temperatures, blistering sun, and total lack of water is the prime requirement for a SAND VIPER candidate, in addition to total proficiency with the entire range of COBRA small arms. The SAND VIPER is also expected to maintain and repair his weapons under conditions that are highly destructive to finely machined metal parts. Their body armor is capable of deflecting shrapnel and most lasers. The armor is actually the outer layer of a watertight suit that retains, purifies, and recycles body moisture to keep them cool and hydrated. The suit allows SAND VIPER troops to function in extremely arid environments for extended periods without a re-supply of water. Their natural compatibility to arid regions made them the number one choice of COBRA COMMANDER and DR. MINDBENDER to change them into SAND SCORPION hybrid warriors.
"Stalk like a lion, sting like a scorpion, vanish like a mirage." (Motto of the SAND VIPER troops)
Toy Notes: Carded in a Value Zone vehicle pack with Recondo (04), Wild Bill (04/I), the Tiger Storm vehicle, and a mini-comic. Item #54117.
Version 4: 2005 Valor vs. Venom Wave 7 carded Air Assault vehicle (05/I)
Fig. #1030: COBRA Desert Infiltrators
  • head: Sand Viper (03/I, 03/II, 04, 05/I, 05/II)
  • arms: Sand Viper (03/I, 03/II, 04, 05/I, 05/II)
  • torso: Sand Viper (03/I, 03/II, 04, 05/I, 05/II)
  • waist: Sand Viper (03/I, 03/II, 04, 05/I, 05/II)
  • legs: Sand Viper (03/I, 03/II, 04, 05/I, 05/II)
Accessories: black assault rifle (03 Sand Viper's G36)
SAND VIPER troops are trained and equipped to operate in deserts as hostile to human life as the Sahara and the Mojave. The ability to endure high temperatures, blistering sun, and total lack of water is the prime requirement for a SAND VIPER candidate, in addition to total proficiency with the entire range of COBRA small arms. The SAND VIPER is also expected to maintain and repair his weapons under conditions that are highly destructive to finely machined metal parts. His body armor is capable of deflecting shrapnel and most lasers. The armor is actually the outer layer of a watertight suit that retains, purifies, and recycles body moisture to keep them cool and hydrated. The SAND VIPER forces have become more proficient with the use of AIR ASSAULT gliders to swoop down on unsuspecting prey.
"Stalk like a lion, sting like a scorpion, vanish like a mirage." (Motto of the SAND VIPER troops)
Toy Notes: Item #56220.
Version 5: 2005 Valor vs. Venom Wave 3 Single Pack assortment (05/II)
Fig. #1034: COBRA Desert Infiltrators
  • head: Sand Viper (03/I, 03/II, 04, 05/I, 05/II)
  • arms: Sand Viper (03/I, 03/II, 04, 05/I, 05/II)
  • torso: Sand Viper (03/I, 03/II, 04, 05/I, 05/II)
  • waist: Sand Viper (03/I, 03/II, 04, 05/I, 05/II)
  • legs: Sand Viper (03/I, 03/II, 04, 05/I, 05/II)
Accessories: black helmet (03 Grunt's); black backpack (84 Firefly's, no cover); black submachine gun (02 Neo-Viper's Skorpion); black assault rifle (02 Neo-Viper's AK-74)
SAND VIPER troops are trained and equipped to operate in deserts as hostile to human life as the Sahara and the Mojave. The ability to endure high temperatures, blistering sun, and total lack of water is the prime requirement for a SAND VIPER candidate, in addition to total proficiency with the entire range of COBRA small arms. The SAND VIPER is also expected to maintain and repair his weapons under conditions that are highly destructive to finely machined metal parts. His body armor is capable of deflecting shrapnel and most lasers. The armor is actually the outer layer of a watertight suit that retains, purifies, and recycles body moisture to keep them cool and hydrated. The suit allows SAND VIPEr troops to function in extremely arid environments for extended periods without a re-supply of water.
"Stalk like a lion, sting like a scorpion, vanish like a mirage." (Motto of the SAND VIPER troops)
Toy Notes: Item #06111.