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Stinger Driver

(aka The Enemy; Vehicle Driver; Cobra Driver; COBRA Stinger Driver)









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Next character: Thunder

 

Animated Appearances

Stinger Driver was one of four characters never depicted in the Sunbow series despite having figures released before 1987, the others being Grand Slam, Keel-Haul, and Capt. Claymore. He also does not appear to have been animated for ads, as there was no commercial for the Cobra Stinger.

Headcanon

Stinger Drivers were introduced to the Cobra forces in 1980, with their appearance represented by Version 2. Recruited from Cobra Officers with only a change in their color of uniform, they commanded Cobra's light attack vehicle forces, including some Viper units, until the organization went underground in August 1989.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1984 (Stinger)
2. 2007 (Cobra Legions)
3. 2008 (HISS)
4. 2009 (Stinger)
 
Version 1: 1984 boxed Night Attack 4WD Stinger vehicle
Fig. #0044: The EnemyMOS 1: Stinger driver, Infantry
MOS 2: Artillery, Intelligence
  • head: Cobra Officer (82, 04), Stinger Driver (84), Python Trooper (89), Cobra Squad Leader (05/I, 05/II)
  • arms: Cobra Officer (82, 04), Cobra Commander (82, 84), Stinger Driver (84), Python Trooper (89)
  • torso: Cobra Officer (82, 04), Stinger Driver (84), Python Trooper (89, 06/II), Cobra Squad Leader (04/I, 04/II, 05/I, 05/II)
  • waist: Cobra (82, 89), Cobra Officer (82, 89), HISS Driver (83), Viper Pilot (83), Stinger Driver (84), Steel Brigade (87 D-E-F), Duke (88), Cobra Infantry Trooper (04/I, 04/II, 04/III, 04/IV), Cobra Squad Leader (04/I, 04/II)
  • upper legs: Cobra Officer (82, 04), Stinger Driver (84), Python Trooper (89, 06/II), Cobra Squad Leader (05/I, 05/II)
  • lower legs: Cobra Officer (82, 04), Stinger Driver (84), Python Trooper (89, 06/II), Cobra Squad Leader (04/I, 04/II, 05/I, 05/II)
Accessories: none
COBRA Officers are front-line fighters who lead COBRA attack units into battle. Many are also believed to be operating as spies at defense plants, nuclear power facilities, etc. All are martial arts experts, masters of disguise, deceit, and demolitions. Graduated: COBRA Stinger driver's school. Qualified expert: AK-47 Assault Rifle; PM-63 Machine Pistol; M-16; Ingram M-11 Submachine gun.
"COBRA Officers are dedicated to destroying G.I. Joe and the American way of life. Beware . . . they are extremely dangerous enemies!"
Toy Notes: Item #6055-2. A straight-arm version of the Stinger Driver (with grey face mask) is pictured in the 1986 Sears Christmas catalog.
Re-releases: Also available as part of a vehicle drivers set through several mail-in offers from 1986 to 1988, and in the 1992 offer Rescue: Code Blue. In most of these brochures, his name is switched with that of HISS Driver (83). This and the appearance of HISS Driver in the Stinger in the G.I. Joe Bugle offer suggests Hasbro may have long confused these characers for some unknown reason.
Version 2: 2007 25th Anniversary Cobra Legions boxed set
Fig. #1184: The Enemy
Vehicle Driver
MOS 1: Transport
MOS 2: Artillery, Intelligence
  • head: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV, 08/VI), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Driver (08), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Vehicle Gunner (08), Cobra Stinger Driver (09)
  • left arm: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Grunt (08), G.I. Joe Hawk (08/II), Cobra Driver (08), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Cobra Pilot (08), Scrap-Iron (08/I, 08/II), Short-Fuze (08), Steeler (08/II), Vehicle Gunner (08), Maj. Bludd (08/III), Cobra Viper (08/III), Cobra Paratrooper (08), Shockblast (09), Cobra Stinger Driver (09)
  • right arm: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Grunt (08), G.I. Joe Hawk (08/II), Cobra Driver (08), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Cobra Pilot (08), Scrap-Iron (08/I, 08/II), Short-Fuze (08), Steeler (08/II), Vehicle Gunner (08), Cobra Viper (08/III), Cobra Paratrooper (08), Shockblast (09), Cobra Stinger Driver (09)
  • body: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Driver (08), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Cobra Pilot (08), Flint (08/II), Vehicle Gunner (08), Scrap-Iron (08/II), Cobra Paratrooper (08), Shockblast (09), Cobra Stinger Driver (09)
  • upper left leg: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Crankcase (08), Cobra Driver (08), Storm Shadow (08/III, 09/III), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Cobra Pilot (08), Flint (08/II), Vehicle Gunner (08), Scrap-Iron (08/I), Cobra Paratrooper (08), Cobra Stinger Driver (09)
  • upper right leg: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Crankcase (08), Cobra Driver (08), Storm Shadow (08/III, 09/III), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Cobra Pilot (08), Flint (08/II), Vehicle Gunner (08), Scrap-Iron (08/I), Cobra Paratrooper (08), Outback (09), Cobra Stinger Driver (09)
  • lower left leg: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Crankcase (08), Cobra Driver (08), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Cobra Pilot (08), Flint (08/II), Vehicle Gunner (08), Scrap-Iron (08/I), Cobra Paratrooper (08), Cobra Stinger Driver (09)
  • lower right leg: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Crankcase (08), Cobra Driver (08), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Cobra Pilot (08), Flint (08/II), Vehicle Gunner (08), Scrap-Iron (08/I), Cobra Paratrooper (08), Cobra Stinger Driver (09) - new kneecap: Outback (09)
Accessories: grey helmet (07 Cobra Officer's, with grey chevron); black webbing (07 Cobra Officer's, with red trim); light grey assault rifle (07 Cobra Officer's PSL); black knife (07 Cobra Officer's, with light grey blade); black Cobra figure stand
COBRA officers are front-line fighters who lead COBRA attack units into battle. Many are also believed to be operating as spies at military instalations and government facilities around the country. All are martial arts experts and masters of disguise, deceit, and demolitions. Graduated: COBRA Combat Vehicle Driver's School. Qualified expert: AK-47 Assault Rifle; PM-63 Machine Pistol; M-16; Ingram M-11 Submachine Gun.
"COBRA officers are dedicated to destroying the G.I. JOE team and the American way of life. Beware. . . they are extremely dangerous enemies!"
Toy Notes: Boxed in a set with Air Trooper (07), Cobra (07/III), Cobra Commander (07/III), and Storm Shadow (07/III), as well as a sound box that played a portion of the animated movie's theme music. Item #26758. Identified as Cobra Vehicle Driver on the box and filecard, but as Stinger Driver on his figure stand.
Version 3: 2008 boxed Target-exclusive HISS vehicle
Fig. #1252: COBRA Infanry Trooper
Cobra Driver
MOS 1: Vehicle Driver
MOS 2: Mechanical & Electrical Systems
  • head: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV, 08/VI), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Driver (08), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Vehicle Gunner (08), Cobra Stinger Driver (09)
  • left arm: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Grunt (08), G.I. Joe Hawk (08/II), Cobra Driver (08), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Cobra Pilot (08), Scrap-Iron (08/I, 08/II), Short-Fuze (08), Steeler (08/II), Vehicle Gunner (08), Maj. Bludd (08/III), Cobra Viper (08/III), Cobra Paratrooper (08), Shockblast (09), Cobra Stinger Driver (09)
  • right arm: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Grunt (08), G.I. Joe Hawk (08/II), Cobra Driver (08), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Cobra Pilot (08), Scrap-Iron (08/I, 08/II), Short-Fuze (08), Steeler (08/II), Vehicle Gunner (08), Cobra Viper (08/III), Cobra Paratrooper (08), Shockblast (09), Cobra Stinger Driver (09)
  • body: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Driver (08), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Cobra Pilot (08), Flint (08/II), Vehicle Gunner (08), Scrap-Iron (08/II), Cobra Paratrooper (08), Shockblast (09), Cobra Stinger Driver (09)
  • upper left leg: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Crankcase (08), Cobra Driver (08), Storm Shadow (08/III, 09/III), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Cobra Pilot (08), Flint (08/II), Vehicle Gunner (08), Scrap-Iron (08/I), Cobra Paratrooper (08), Cobra Stinger Driver (09)
  • upper right leg: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Crankcase (08), Cobra Driver (08), Storm Shadow (08/III, 09/III), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Cobra Pilot (08), Flint (08/II), Vehicle Gunner (08), Scrap-Iron (08/I), Cobra Paratrooper (08), Outback (09), Cobra Stinger Driver (09)
  • lower left leg: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Crankcase (08), Cobra Driver (08), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Cobra Pilot (08), Flint (08/II), Vehicle Gunner (08), Scrap-Iron (08/I), Cobra Paratrooper (08), Cobra Stinger Driver (09)
  • lower right leg: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Crankcase (08), Cobra Driver (08), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Cobra Pilot (08), Flint (08/II), Vehicle Gunner (08), Scrap-Iron (08/I), Cobra Paratrooper (08), Cobra Stinger Driver (09) - new kneecap: Outback (09)
Accessories: black helmet (07 Cobra Officer's, with white chevron); black webbing (08 Cobra Officer's, with silver buckle)
COBRA drivers are selected from the best and most evil of the COBRA organization's thousands of yearly recruits. Each one is chosen for his physical strength and total dedication and mayhem. COBRA drivers are graduates of: COBRA Battle School, Advanced Weapons Systems Training. Qualified Experts: all COBRA ground vehicles; knowledge of all advanced weapons.
COBRA drivers are committed to the destruction of the G.I. JOE team. This specialized battle vehicle can match the best of the G.I. JOE team's elite vehicles.
Toy Notes: Boxed with the Target-exclusive blue HISS recolor. Item #30790. (Another HISS had a more general release later in the year and included the figure HISS Commander.)
Version 4: 2009 boxed Internet-exclusive Cobra Stinger vehicle
Fig. #1446: Elite Driver
COBRA Stinger Driver
MOS 1: Infantry Vehicle Driver
MOS 2: Artillery, Intelligence
  • head: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV, 08/VI), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Driver (08), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Vehicle Gunner (08), Cobra Stinger Driver (09)
  • left arm: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Grunt (08), G.I. Joe Hawk (08/II), Cobra Driver (08), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Cobra Pilot (08), Scrap-Iron (08/I, 08/II), Short-Fuze (08), Steeler (08/II), Vehicle Gunner (08), Maj. Bludd (08/III), Cobra Viper (08/III), Cobra Paratrooper (08), Shockblast (09), Cobra Stinger Driver (09)
  • right arm: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Grunt (08), G.I. Joe Hawk (08/II), Cobra Driver (08), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Cobra Pilot (08), Scrap-Iron (08/I, 08/II), Short-Fuze (08), Steeler (08/II), Vehicle Gunner (08), Cobra Viper (08/III), Cobra Paratrooper (08), Shockblast (09), Cobra Stinger Driver (09)
  • body: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Driver (08), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Cobra Pilot (08), Flint (08/II), Vehicle Gunner (08), Scrap-Iron (08/II), Cobra Paratrooper (08), Shockblast (09), Cobra Stinger Driver (09)
  • upper left leg: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Crankcase (08), Cobra Driver (08), Storm Shadow (08/III, 09/III), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Cobra Pilot (08), Flint (08/II), Vehicle Gunner (08), Scrap-Iron (08/I), Cobra Paratrooper (08), Cobra Stinger Driver (09)
  • upper right leg: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Crankcase (08), Cobra Driver (08), Storm Shadow (08/III, 09/III), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Cobra Pilot (08), Flint (08/II), Vehicle Gunner (08), Scrap-Iron (08/I), Cobra Paratrooper (08), Outback (09), Cobra Stinger Driver (09)
  • lower left leg: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Crankcase (08), Cobra Driver (08), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Cobra Pilot (08), Flint (08/II), Vehicle Gunner (08), Scrap-Iron (08/I), Cobra Paratrooper (08), Cobra Stinger Driver (09)
  • lower right leg: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Crankcase (08), Cobra Driver (08), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Cobra Pilot (08), Flint (08/II), Vehicle Gunner (08), Scrap-Iron (08/I), Cobra Paratrooper (08), Cobra Stinger Driver (09) - new kneecap: Outback (09)
Accessories: grey helmet (08 Cobra Bazooka Trooper's, with black netting); black webbing (08 Cobra Bazooka Trooper's, with red straps and buckle); black pistol (08 Cobra Bazooka Trooper's); dark grey AK-47 (08/I Cobra Officer's); black knife (07 Cobra Officer's, with silver blade); black Cobra figure stand
Toy Notes: Sold as an Internet exclusive to avoid competing with movie-related merchandise on store shelves. Item #38196.