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Snow Serpent

(aka Snow Serpent Trooper)









Previous character: Eel
Next character: Crimson Guard

 

Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Various12215 seconds1580
DiC VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Various10240 seconds861

Notes: Sunbow's Snow Serpents wore the 1985 outfit but had a white face mask, belt, and chest straps. The shape of the eyeholes in the mask varied. The DiC series used the 1991 outfits, with pink snowboards and red-striped laser pistols.

 

Haul Down the Heavens15 seconds 
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 358 seconds1 line
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 48 seconds 
Money to Burn12 seconds1 line
The Phantom Brigade13 seconds2 lines
Spell of the Siren7 seconds 
The Gamesmaster13 seconds1 line
The Viper Is Coming20 seconds1 line
An Eye for an Eye27 seconds3 lines
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 23 seconds1 line
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 331 seconds5 lines
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 18 seconds 
The Nozone Conspiracy41 seconds5 lines
Cold Shoulder45 seconds2 lines
D-Day at Alcatraz Part 179 seconds1 line
D-Day at Alcatraz Part 219 seconds 
BIOK11 seconds 
The Eliminator13 seconds 
The Greatest Evil Part I2 seconds 
Cobra World17 seconds 
Basic Training5 seconds 
The Legend of Metal-Head8 seconds 

Headcanon

Snow Serpents were introduced to the Cobra forces in late 1982, with their appearance represented by Version 9, changing to Version 4 in late 1986, and to Version 6 in 1991. Snow Serpents ranked in the top tier of Vipers, alongside Morays and Ice Vipers and a step above the Eels from which they were selected.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1985
2. 1991
3. 1993 (Arctic Attack Force)
4. 1998 (3-Pack)
5. 2002 (Joe vs. Cobra)
6. 2003 (Polar Blast)
7. 2005 (DTC)
8. 2008/I (post-25th Wave 9)
9. 2008/II (Extreme Conditions)
Version 1: 1985 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0068: Cobra Polar AssaultMOS 1: Arctic Operations
MOS 2: Infantry
  • head: Snow Serpent (85), Heli-Viper (92), Snow Serpent Commander (07)
  • arms: Snow Serpent (85), Snow Serpent Commander (07)
  • torso: Snow Serpent (85), Snow Serpent Commander (07)
  • waist: Snow Serpent (85), Snow Serpent Commander (07)
  • legs: Snow Serpent (85), Snow Serpent Commander (07)
Accessories: blue waist pouch (new); two white snow shoes (new); white backpack (new, large pouches); grey assault rifle (new, AK-74); grey missile launcher (new, with missile tip visible) with stand
Snow Serpents are the Arctic Specialist branch of the Eels (COBRA Frogmen). They must undergo the same rigorous training program as the Eels with the addition of a six month cold weather course somewhere above the Arctic Circle. Other aspects of the training include airborne operations (under arctic conditions), anti-tank procedures and the use of snow-shoes, skis, and kayaks.
"If the Eels are the elite of COBRA's naval branch, then the Snow Serpents are the best of the best. How else could you characterize an individual who would parachute onto an ice floe in sub-zero temperatures and then be prepared to march 50 miles with full field pack, assault rifle, and anti-tank weapon?"
Toy Notes: Item #6449.
Re-releases: Also bagged with Capt. Grid-Iron's missile launcher at a 1992 convention.
Version 2: 1991 Wave 1 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0284: Cobra Snow Trooper
  • head: Snow Serpent (91, 93, 98)
  • arms: Snow Serpent (91, 93, 98)
  • torso: Snow Serpent (91, 93, 98)
  • waist: Snow Serpent (91, 93, 98)
  • legs: Snow Serpent (91, 93, 98)
Accessories: purple backpack (new, with sled slot, hole, and pegs); white pistol (new, wrapped with hose peg); white machine gun (new, wrapped with hose peg); purple missile launcher (new, attaches to backpack); white missile (new, with long fins); purple snowboard (new, with snake design); two black hoses (medium standard)
SNOW SERPENTS are the Cold Weather Environment Specialists of the EELS, and are specially trained and equipped to fight under Arctic conditions that would give a polar bear frostbite. Equipped with down-filled suits heated by the same backpack heating system that circulates hot air through the working parts of their weapons, Snow Serpents can continue to fight in temperatures low enough to freeze the bolts of most G.I. Joe weapons.
"A Snow Serpent is expected to endure rigorous physical and psychological training as part of his everyday existence. His barracks are unheated, his mess hall doesn't serve hot food, and it's considered a point of honor to take nothing but cold showers. All of this enhances his ability to be a formidable Arctic fighter, mainly because it makes him exceedingly mean-tempered and nasty."
Vehicle Proficiency: Cobra Grade 7.
Licensed to operate: Heavy attack vehicles, including Polar Class Ice Saber [sic, should be Sabre].
Toy Notes: Item #6585. The prototype pictured in the catalog has a purple missile. The missile launcher was reused in different colors for 1993's Transformers Generation 2 toys Jazz, Sideswipe, and Onslaught.
Version 3: 1993 mail-order Arctic Commandos
Fig. #0431[joint filecard for all 4 figures]
  • head: Snow Serpent (91, 93, 98)
  • arms: Snow Serpent (91, 93, 98)
  • torso: Snow Serpent (91, 93, 98)
  • waist: Snow Serpent (91, 93, 98)
  • legs: Snow Serpent (91, 93, 98)
Accessories: black submachine gun (88 Hit & Run's Colt 635); black figure stand
Cobra has recently developed a weapon so dangerous that it threatens the safety of our entire planet! Perched high upon Mt. Everest, what is believed to be a giant thermal conversion laser cannon stands ready to strike targets at strategic military base camps and heavily populated world cities. The laser cannon must be destroyed to prevent global devastation, a task perfectly suited for G. I. Joe's elite Arctic Attack Force. With SUB-ZERO—a winter operations specialist—leading the mission, he's assigned DEE-JAY to climb Everest and plant explosives at the base of the laser cannon. For them to succeed it will be up to STALKER and Sub-Zero to fight off platoons of SNOW SERPENTS, Cobra's polar assault troopers who specialize in Arctic warfare and have adapted to Mt. Everest's freezing winter temperatures. The mission is risky, but the job has to be done . . . FAST!
Toy Notes: Sold in a bagged set with Dee-Jay (93), Stalker (93), and Sub-Zero (93) in 1993 through the Terrifying Lasers of Destruction mail offer. Apparently at least some of these figures were intended for inclusion with 1993-94 vehicles and were made available by mail once the vehicles were canceled.
Version 4: 1998 three-pack assortment
Fig. #0528: Cobra Polar Assault TrooperMOS 1: Arctic Operations
MOS 2: Infantry
  • head: Snow Serpent (91, 93, 98)
  • arms: Snow Serpent (91, 93, 98)
  • torso: Snow Serpent (91, 93, 98)
  • waist: Snow Serpent (91, 93, 98)
  • legs: Snow Serpent (91, 93, 98)
Accessories: black backpack (91 Snow Serpent's); white pistol (91 Snow Serpent's); white machine gun (91 Snow Serpent's); blue-grey snowboard (91 Snow Serpent's); black hose (medium standard); black figure stand
Snow Serpents are the arctic specialist branch of the EELS (COBRA frogmen). They are specially trained and equipped to handle the cold weather. Each soldier is Airborne qualified and licensed to operate COBRA's full arsenal of Polar attack vehicles. Their methods include low opening parachute drops and bombarding their enemies with anti-tank weapons. These elite troops use the latest advancements in down-filled, heated suits, allowing them to fight in temperatures low enough to freeze the bolts on most G.I. Joe weapons. Snow Serpents are expected to endure rigorous physical and psychological training as part of their everyday existence in Polar regions. They can march 50 miles with full field packs, then go for a swim in sub-zero ice flow just for the fun of it. All of this activity enhances their ability to become formidable arctic fighters, mainly because it makes them exceedingly mean and nasty - perfect traits for COBRA.
From the G.I. Joe files: "Snow isn't the only thing dropping from the sky. These guys are the best at what they do - and that's trouble for us. If they surround your base camp on a cold winter's night, you'd better hope your insurance is paid up."
Toy Notes: Carded in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive Cobra Polar Force three-pack with Firefly (98) and Night-Creeper (98). Item #57068.
Version 5: 2002 Joe vs. Cobra Wave 3 two-pack assortment
Fig. #0656: COBRA Polar AssaultMOS 1: Arctic Environment Combat Specialist
  • head: Snow Serpent (02, 03), Snow Wolf (04)
  • arms: Snow Serpent (02, 03, 05), Snow Wolf (04, 05)
  • torso: Snow Serpent (02, 03, 05), Snow Wolf (04, 05)
  • waist: Snow Serpent (02, 03, 05), Snow Wolf (04, 05)
  • legs: Snow Serpent (02, 03, 05), Snow Wolf (04, 05)
Accessories: two silver snowshoes (new, modern design); brown and white cape (new, "fur" fastening around neck); silver auto-assault pistol (87 Cobra Commander's); black machine gun (88 Spearhead's, with Sound Attack tab); grey and white German Shepherd dog (87 Law's, probably intended to be a wolf)
Candidates for the SNOW SERPENT unit are specially selected from the ranks of the elite EELS (COBRA frogmen) cadres. They are screened for optimum strength, endurance, and motivation, and then subjected to a grueling and dangerous training program with over a fifty percent drop out rate. In order to graduate the trainees must complete a HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) jump in a blizzard, ski cross country fifty miles carrying a hundred pound pack, hit over 95% of pop-up targets on the combat range, and swim a hundred meters in freezing water while carrying fifty pounds of ammunition.
SNOW SERPENTS are expected to operate in conditions where other less hardened troops would simply hunker down and wait for a break in the weather. If they could enter the biathlon, they would sweep the event hands down. On the downside, they tend to get listless and complacent in warm weather. Flame weapons can really ruin a SNOW SERPENT's day. This is why they have a picture of BLOWTORCH on the dart board in their rec room at COBRA Headquarters.
"We don't mind jumping from planes in bad weather and skiing across mine fields while under fire. We'd rather do that than march around a parade ground and stand in formation."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Blowtorch (02). Item #53207.
Version 6: 2003 Spy Troops Wave 8 carded Polar Blast vehicle
Fig. #0786: COBRA Polar AssaultMOS 1: Arctic Environment Combat Specialist
  • head: Snow Serpent (02, 03), Snow Wolf (04)
  • arms: Snow Serpent (02, 03, 05), Snow Wolf (04, 05)
  • torso: Snow Serpent (02, 03, 05), Snow Wolf (04, 05)
  • waist: Snow Serpent (02, 03, 05), Snow Wolf (04, 05)
  • legs: Snow Serpent (02, 03, 05), Snow Wolf (04, 05)
Accessories: two silver snowshoes (02 Snow Serpent's); white cloak (02 Snow Serpent's, with brown hairs)
Candidates for the SNOW SERPENT unit are specially selected from the ranks of the elite EELS (COBRA frogmen) cadres. They are screened for optimum strength, endurance, and motivation, and then subjected to a grueling and dangerous training program with over a fifty percent drop out rate. In order to graduate the trainees must complete a HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) jump in a blizzard, ski cross country fifty miles carrying a hundred pound pack, hit over 95% of pop-up targets on the combat range, and swim a hundred meters in freezing water while carrying fifty pounds of ammunition. SNOW SERPENTS are expected to operate in conditions where other less hardened troops would simply hunker down and wait for a break in the weather. If they could enter the biathlon, they would sweep the event hands down. On the downside, they tend to get listless and complacent in warm weather.
"We don't mind jumping from planes in bad weather and skiing across mine fields while under fire. We'd rather do that than march around a parade ground and stand in formation."
Toy Notes: Item #55429. Due to uneven distribution, this vehicle was considered a hard-to-find item at the time of its release. Distinguished from 2004 Snow Wolf by the solid Cobra emblem on the figure's upper right arm.
Version 7: 2005 Direct-to-Consumer Wave 2 carded assortment
Fig. #1092: COBRA Polar Assault TropoerMOS 1: Arctic Environment Combat Specialist
  • head: Snow Wolf (05), Snow Serpent (05)
  • arms: Snow Serpent (02, 03, 05), Snow Wolf (04, 05)
  • torso: Snow Serpent (02, 03, 05), Snow Wolf (04, 05)
  • waist: Snow Serpent (02, 03, 05), Snow Wolf (04, 05)
  • legs: Snow Serpent (02, 03, 05), Snow Wolf (04, 05)
Accessories: white helmet (04 Snow Wolf's, with blue goggles and black faceplate); two black snowshoes (85 Snow Serpent's); blue belt (85 Snow Serpent's); white backpack (85 Snow Serpent's, with black trim); grey laser pistol (04 Firefly's); grey light machine gun (05 Duke's Stoner 63A)
Candidates for the SNOW SERPENT unit are screened for optimum strength, endurance, and motivation, and then subjected to a grueling and dangerous training program with over a 50% drop out rate. In order to graduate, trainees must complete a HALO jump in a blizzard, ski cross country fifty miles carrying a hundred pound pack, hit over 95% of pop-up targets on the combat range, and swim a hundred meters in freezing water while carrying fifty pounds of ammunition. SNOW SERPENTS operate in conditions in which less hardened troops would hunker down and wait for a break in the weather. If they could enter the biathlon, they would sweep the event hands down. On the downside, they get listless and complacent in warm weather.
"We don't mind jumping from planes in bad weather and skiing across mine fields while under fire. We'd rather do that than march around a parade ground and stand in formation."
Toy Notes: Item #61850.
Version 8: 2008 post-25th Anniversary Wave 9 carded assortment (08/I)
Fig. #1303: Cobra Polar AssaultMOS 1: Arctic Operations
MOS 2: Infantry
  • head: Snow Serpent (08/I, 08/II), Snow Serpent Officer (08)
  • arms: Snake Eyes (08/VI), Snow Serpent (08/I, 08/II), Snow Serpent Officer (08), Tele-Viper (08/II), Arctic HISS Driver (09)
  • body: Snake Eyes (08/VI), Snow Serpent (08/I, 08/II), Snow Serpent Officer (08), Tele-Viper (08/II), Blowtorch (09), Arctic HISS Driver (09)
  • upper legs: Snake Eyes (08/VI), Snow Serpent (08/I, 08/II), Snow Serpent Officer (08), Tele-Viper (08/II), Blowtorch (09), Arctic HISS Driver (09)
  • lower legs: Snow Serpent (08/I, 08/II), Snow Serpent Officer (08), Arctic HISS Driver (09)
Accessories: two white snowshoes (85 Snow Serpent's with peg holes); white fur lining (new), white pouch backpack (new, soft plastic); grey assault rifle (new, AK-47 with open stock); grey mortar (85 Snow Serpent's) with stand; black Cobra figure stand
SNOW SERPENTS are the Arctic Specialist branch of the COBRA EEL unit (COBRA frogmen). They must undergo the same rigorous training program as COBRA EEL troops with the addition of a six-month cold weather course somewhere above the Arctic Circle. Other aspects of the training include airborne operations (under arctic conditions), anti-tank procedures and the use of snowshoes, skis, and kayaks.
"If the COBRA EEL troops are the elite COBRA naval branch, then the SNOW SERPENTS are the best of the best. How else could you characterize an individual who would parachute onto an ice floe in sub-zero temperatures and then be prepared to march 50 miles with full field pack, assault rifle, and anti-tank weapons?"
Toy Notes: Item #32499.
Version 9: 2008 Extreme Conditions: Arctic Assault Squad boxed set (08/II)
Fig. #1384a: Polar Combat Specialist
Snow Serpent Trooper
MOS 1: Infantry
Fig. #1384b: Polar Heavy Weapons Specialist
Snow Serpent Trooper
MOS 1: Anti-Armor Weapons
  • head: Snow Serpent (08/I, 08/II), Snow Serpent Officer (08)
  • arms: Snake Eyes (08/VI), Snow Serpent (08/I, 08/II), Snow Serpent Officer (08), Tele-Viper (08/II), Arctic HISS Driver (09)
  • body: Snake Eyes (08/VI), Snow Serpent (08/I, 08/II), Snow Serpent Officer (08), Tele-Viper (08/II), Blowtorch (09), Arctic HISS Driver (09)
  • upper legs: Snake Eyes (08/VI), Snow Serpent (08/I, 08/II), Snow Serpent Officer (08), Tele-Viper (08/II), Blowtorch (09), Arctic HISS Driver (09)
  • lower legs: Snow Serpent (08/I, 08/II), Snow Serpent Officer (08), Arctic HISS Driver (09)
Polar Combat Accessories: two white snowshoes (08/I Snow Serpent's); white fur lining (08/I Snow Serpent's); white pouch backpack (08/I Snow Serpent's); grey assault rifle (08/I Snow Serpent's AK-47); grey mortar (85 Snow Serpent's) with stand; black Cobra figure stand
Heavy Weapons Accessories: two white snowshoes (08/I Snow Serpent's); white fur lining (08/I Snow Serpent's); dark grey backpack (08 Bazooka's); black shotgun (Burn Out's M4 Super 90); black missile launcher (08 Bazooka's LAW, with grey strap); four black missiles (08 Bazooka's); black Cobra figure stand
SNOW SERPENT troopers are expected to operate in conditions in which less hardened troops would simply hunker down and wait for a break in the weather. They are chosen for their endurance and strength, then honed even further to be able to withstand the most extreme polar environments on Earth. If they could enter the biathlon, they would sweep the event, hands down. On the downside, they tend to get listless and complacent in warm weather. As part of an elite assault squad, this SNOW SERPENT trooper guards a COBRA weapons system under construction in the Arctic.
"We don't mind jumping from planes in bad weather and skiing across mine fields while under fire. We'd rather do that than march around a parade ground and stand in formation."
SNOW SERPENT troopers thrive in extreme cold. They undergo brutal training that hardens them to sub-zero temperatures, avalanches, hidden crevasses opening underneath their feet, and perpetually frozen faces and food. To do their job, they must be able to work at optimum efficiency in spite of the harsh conditions. SNOW SERPENT troopers in charge of anti-tank systems are experts at adjusting weapons and trajectories to allow for variables wrought by arctic weather conditions. Anyone hoping that a trooper's fingers are too numb with cold to be able to blast a tank into a million pieces is truly out of luck.
"One of the perks of firing a rocket launcher is seeing that big bang when you hit the target. The other benefit is that lovely blast of hot air that you get from the explosion."
Variations: As detailed above, the two figures in the Extreme Conditions set differ in their filecard and accessories. The figures themselves are identical.
Toy Notes: Two copies were sold in an Internet-exclusive boxed set with Scrap-Iron (08/II), Tele-Viper (08/II), Snow Serpent Officer (08), and two versions of Cobra Viper (08/II, 08/III). Both variants' figure stands read "Code Name: Snow Serpent." Distinguished from version 8 by a silver buckle on the belly pack.