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Scalpel



File Name: Andrew R. Walker of Death Valley, California.
Notes: Death Valley is in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, about 125 miles west of Las Vegas, NV.






Previous character: Sergeant Hacker
Next character: Burn Out

 

Animated Appearances

To my knowledge, Scalpel was never animated.

Headcanon

Born February 6, 1955, the bookish first cousin to Skull Buster, who is also from the Death Valley area. In early 1992, in an effort to streamline its command structure and facilitate loyalty, Cobra designated a single leader from within each of its troop types, a villainous role model to be in command of and accountable for the entire unit, though holding no special rank over other Cobras. Scalpel, commander of the Medi-Vipers, is represented by Version 1.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 2003 (Spy Troops Wave 5)    
Version 1: 2003 Spy Troops Wave 5 two-pack assortment
Fig. #0686: Cobra Medic
  • head: Scalpel (03), Tomax (03), Xamot (03)
  • arms: Scalpel (03), Medi-Viper (05)
  • torso: Scalpel (03), Medi-Viper (05)
  • waist: Scalpel (03), Medi-Viper (05)
  • legs: Scalpel (03), Medi-Viper (05)
Accessories: blue-green helmet (new, soft plastic with white trim); white visor (new, T-shaped); red surgical mantle (new, with white trim) and detachable silver hooks; silver surgical saw (new, wrist-mounted); brown assault rifle (02 Neo-Viper's AK-74); brown knife (91 Low-Light's)
SCALPEL received his medical degree through the mail from a small college that advertised in the back of a magazine. His practical experience came from working as an assistant to a doctor in an illegal clinic that treated wounded gang members and other criminals. He joined COBRA not only for the money, but also for the chance to work on exotic injuries and wounds. His patients have a very high survival rate, but none of them would give SCALPEL points for bedside manner. As a matter of fact, there have been several complaints about "that nervous little giggle he has when he's working."
Unlike most conventional medics, SCALPEL does not object to picking up a weapon and joining in the fight as long as it looks like his side is going to win. As far as he is concerned, it just means more patients for him, and he is above all else, a man who enjoys his work. SCALPEL harbors a personal grudge against G.I. JOE SGT. HACKER for reasons he refuses to reveal.
"Unlike most medical practitioners, my patients never ask me if it is going to hurt. They know it is going to hurt."
Variations: Most copies have a head originally molded in Scalpel's skin color; a few heads are painted.
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Sgt. Hacker (03). Item #57240.