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Tele-Viper

(aka Python Tele-Viper)









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Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Various22565 seconds34239
DiC VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
None320 seconds00

Notes: Sunbow's Tele-Vipers had alternately dark grey or black gear on their headsets, with or without a chinstrap. A red mirror image of words often scrolled across their goggles. Operation Dragonfire included the 1985 outfit in Day 2 and introduced the 1989 outfit in Days 4 and 5. The 1989 outfit was also animated for the Python Patrol ad, but with a black vest instead of a grey one.

 

Lights! Camera! Cobra!5 seconds2 lines
Red Rocket's Glare31 seconds5 lines
The Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 18 seconds 
The Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 219 seconds1 line
Spell of the Siren8 seconds1 line
The Gamesmaster26 seconds2 lines
Where the Reptiles Roam2 seconds 
Lasers in the Night43 seconds1 line
The Germ4 seconds1 line
Captives of Cobra, Part 146 seconds2 lines
Worlds Without End Part I26 seconds1 line
The Great Alaskan Land Rush28 seconds3 lines
There's No Place Like Springfield, Part 29 seconds1 line
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 49 seconds 
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 568 seconds6 lines
The Most Dangerous Thing in the World17 seconds2 lines
Not a Ghost of a Chance1 second 
Sins of Our Fathers73 seconds3 lines
In the Presence of Mine Enemies16 seconds1 line
Into Your Tent I Will Silently Creep113 seconds1 line
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 19 seconds1 line
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 44 seconds 
Operation Dragonfire: Day 212 seconds 
Operation Dragonfire: Day 44 seconds 
Operation Dragonfire: Day 54 seconds 

Headcanon

Tele-Vipers were introduced to the Cobra forces in late 1982, and their appearance is represented by Version 1, changing to Version 3 in 1991. They are in the third tier of Viper ranks, one step above regular Vipers but below the more specialized Mega-Vipers and Cyber-Vipers.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1985
2. 1989 (Python Patrol)
3. 2003 (Spy Troops)
4. 2004 (VvV Wave 5)
5. 2005 (Single Pack)
6. 2008/I (Flight Pod)
7. 2008/II (Extreme Conditions)
Version 1: 1985 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0066: Cobra CommunicationsMOS 1: Communications
MOS 2: Electronics
  • head: Tele-Viper (85, 89)
  • arms: Tele-Viper (85, 89)
  • torso: Tele-Viper (85, 89), Claymore (86)
  • waist: Tele-Viper (85, 89)
  • legs: Tele-Viper (85, 89)
Accessories: black backpack (new, with hose peg and wide antenna); black rifle (new, comm-scan gun); black hose (long standard)
These are the RTOs (Radio Telecommunications Operators) of the COBRA ground forces. They carry a standard modular radio pack that contains as a main unit a VHF transceiver equipped with an automatic frequency hopper, a crypto unit and passive jamming and anti-jamming devices. The Tele-Viper helmet contains high resolution earphones with overload dampers and two sets of voice actuated microphones. The interior of the helmet offers an alternative LED readout triggered through the optional computer pack. Optional transmission modes include microwave beam and laser - Both available as add-ons to the basic pack.
Toy Notes: Item #6447.
Version 2: 1989 Python Patrol carded assortment
Fig. #0223: Python Patrol Communications
Python Tele-Viper
  • head: Tele-Viper (85, 89)
  • arms: Tele-Viper (85, 89)
  • torso: Tele-Viper (85, 89), Claymore (86)
  • waist: Tele-Viper (85, 89)
  • legs: Tele-Viper (85, 89)
Accessories: black backpack (85 Tele-Viper's); black rifle (85 Tele-Viper's comm-scan gun); black hose (long standard)
He's the RTO [Radio Telecommunications Operator] of Python Patrol's ground forces. The PYTHON TELE-VIPER is equipped with a modular radio pack that contains all new, sophisticated radar jamming devices. He carries digital scrambler/decoders and low speed recording decks for ultra-high speed burst transmissions, enabling Python Patrol personnel to communicate rapidly with other Cobra units and support elements.
"It's almost impossible to stay undetected as long as this guy is in the field! As soon as your position is discovered, you might as well 'call it a day' because he is going to radio in for an air strike on your location before you can get away! Once he has you, he has you!"
Variations: Some copies may have come without the black hose.
Toy Notes: Item #6623-3.
Re-releases: Also bagged with two copies of Countdown's pistols at a 1992 convention, identified simply as Tele-Viper.
Version 3: 2003 Spy Troops Wave 8 two-pack assortment
Fig. #0783: COBRA Communications Specialist
  • head: Tele-Viper (03, 04, 05)
  • arms: Tele-Viper (03, 04, 05)
  • torso: Tele-Viper (03, 04, 05)
  • waist: Tele-Viper (03, 04, 05)
  • legs: Tele-Viper (03, 04, 05)
Accessories: grey mic (new, slightly bent); black pistol (02 Shipwreck's with silencer); black shotgun (02 Dart's Armsel Striker, no tab); grey shoulder-mounted antenna (new); grey walkie-talkie (new, tiny and rounded)
TELE-VIPER troops are the radio and satellite communications specialists of the COBRA legions. The micro-miniaturized equipment built into their helmets and web gear includes a high-speed burst microwave transceiver, VHF and laser signal units, a random series digitial encryption module, third generation passive jamming devices, a GPS receiver, a voice synthesizer, and an FM receiver with automatic frequency control. All high-end COBRA command personnel have a TELE-VIPER trooper assigned to them as their personal link to headquarters and as bodyguards. Each TELE-VIPER trooper carries a multi-shot grenade launcher and a suppressed sub-machine gun as well as all his communications equipment, which means that even while he is calling down an air strike he can be laying down his own cover fire. It is suspected that off-duty TELE-VIPER troopers are employed by COBRA as telemarketers to sell pirated technology.
"Half of our job is to provide clear communications up and down the COBRA chain of command. The other half of our job is to degrade or completely jam all G.I. JOE communications"
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Halo Jumper/Sgt. Airborne (03). Item #55454.
Re-released: Also boxed in 2004 with the Costco-exclusive Battle-in-a-Box.
Version 4: 2004 Valor vs. Venom Wave 5 two-pack assortment (Python Patrol)
Fig. #0922: COBRA Communications Specialist
  • head: Tele-Viper (03, 04, 05)
  • arms: Tele-Viper (03, 04, 05)
  • torso: Tele-Viper (03, 04, 05)
  • waist: Tele-Viper (03, 04, 05)
  • legs: Tele-Viper (03, 04, 05)
Accessories: grey mic (03 Tele-Viper's); black pistol (02 Shipwreck's with silencer); black shotgun (02 Dart's Armsel Striker); gold shoulder-mounted antenna (03 Tele-Viper's); gold walkie-talkie (03 Tele-Viper's)
TELE-VIPER troops are the radio and satellite communications specialists of the COBRA legions. The micro-miniaturized equipment built into their helmets and web gear includes a high-speed burst microwave transceiver, VHF and laser signal units, a random series digital encryption module, third generation passive jamming devices, a GPS receiver, a voice synthesizer, and an FM receiver with atutomatic frequency control. All high-end COBRA command personnel have a TELE-VIPER trooper assigned to them as their personal link to headquarters and as bodyguards. Each TELE-VIPER trooper carries a multi-shot grenade launcher and a suppressed sub-machine gun as well as all his communications equipment, which means that even while he is calling down and air strike he can be laying down his own cover fire. It is suspected that off-duty TELE-VIPER troopers are employed by COBRA as telemarketers to sell pirated technology.
"Half of our job is to provide clear communications up and down the COBRA chain of command. The other half of our job is to degrade or completely jam all G.I. JOE communications!"
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Viper (04/II). Item #03535.
Version 5: 2005 Valor vs. Venom Wave 3 single-pack assortment
Fig. #1036: COBRA Communications Specialist
  • head: Tele-Viper (03, 04, 05)
  • arms: Tele-Viper (03, 04, 05)
  • torso: Tele-Viper (03, 04, 05)
  • waist: Tele-Viper (03, 04, 05)
  • legs: Tele-Viper (03, 04, 05)
Accessories: black mic (03 Tele-Viper's); black pistol (02 Shipwreck's with silencer); black shotgun (03 Burn Out's M4 Super 90); blue shoulder-mounted antenna (03 Tele-Viper's); black walkie-talkie (03 Tele-Viper's)
TELE-VIPER troops are the radio and satellite communications specialists of the COBRA legions. The micro-miniaturized equipment built into their helmets and web gear includes a high-speed burst microwave transceiver, VHF and laser signal units, a random series digital encryption module, third generation passive jamming devices, a GPS receiver, a voice synthesizer, and an FM receiver with atutomatic frequency control. All high-end COBRA command personnel have a TELE-VIPER trooper assigned to them as their personal link to headquarters and as bodyguards. Each TELE-VIPER trooper carries a multi-shot grenade launcher and a suppressed sub-machine gun as well as all his communications equipment, which means that even while he is calling down and air strike he can be laying down his own cover fire. It is suspected that off-duty TELE-VIPER troopers are employed by COBRA as telemarketers to sell pirated technology.
"Half of our job is to provide clear communications up and down the COBRA chain of command. The other half of our job is to degrade or completely jam all G.I. JOE communications!"
Toy Notes: Item #06113.
Rereleases: Later carded without accessories as part of the 2008 wave of single-carded figures (Item #35368).
Version 6: 2008 RAM/Flight Pod vehicle two-pack (08/I)
Fig. #1279: Cobra Communications
  • head: Tele-Viper (08/I, 08/II)
  • upper arms:Cobra Viper (08/I, 08/II, 09/I, 09/II, 09/III), Tele-Viper (08/I), Mutt (08)
  • lower arms: Cobra Viper (08/I, 08/II, 09/II), Tele-Viper (08/I)
  • body: Cobra Viper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 09/I, 09/II, 09/III), Tele-Viper (08/I), Mutt (08), Scrap-Iron (08/I), Lift Ticket (09), Duke (09/II), Firefly (09/II)
  • legs: Cobra Viper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 09/I, 09/II, 09/III), Tele-Viper (08/I), Cobra Trooper (08/IV)
Accessories: purple vest (new, with criss-cross pattern on shoulders); black Cobra figure stand
TELE-VIPER troops are electronic communications specialists using headgear outfitted with transceivers, receivers, GPS units, signal jamming devices, encryption modules, and more. They are deployed with COBRA FLIGHT POD vehicles to use their electronic gadgets to monitor and disrupt the G. I. JOE team's communications. When all else fails, they can simply blast the team with missiles, mines, and other firepower. All high-end COBRA command personnel have a TELE-VIPER trooper assigned to them as their link to headquarters and as bodyguards.
"We provide clear communications to and from COBRA command - and at the same time, destroy G. I. JOE communications whatever way we can."
Toy Notes: Boxed with Cpl. Breaker (08) and the vehicles RAM (08) and Flight Pod (08). Item #32397.
Version 7: 2008 Extreme Conditions: Arctic Assault Squad boxed set (08/II)
Fig. #1386: Arctic Communications SpecialistMOS 1: Communications
  • head: Tele-Viper (08/I, 08/II)
  • 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: Snake Eyes (08/VI), Tele-Viper (08/II)
Accessories: blue backpack (08 Lt. Falcon's) with black radio and antenna; dark grey assault rifle (86 Dial-Tone's HK 53); black knife (08 Lt. Falcon's, with silver blade); blue computer (08 Dataframe's) with supports; black wakie-talkie (86 Mainframe's); black Cobra figure stand
TELE-VIPER troops are electronic communications specialists. Their helmets and web gear have built-in micro-miniaturized equipment that includes a high-speed burst microwave transciever, VHF and laser signal units, a random seires digital encryption module, third-generation passive jamming devices, a GPS receiver, voice synthesizer, and FM receiver with automatic frequency control. Each TELE-VIPER trooper also carries a grenade launcher and a submachine gun, so that while he's calling down an air strike, he can also be laying down his own cover fire. Communication is especially tricky in arctic regions because of severe weather and ionospheric disturbances, making the job of a TELE-VIPER all the more challenging.
"Half of our job is to provide clear communications up and down the COBRA chain of command. The other half of our job is to degrade or completely jam all G.I. JOE communications!"
Toy Notes: Sold in an Internet-exclusive boxed set with Scrap-Iron (08/II), Snow Serpent Officer (08), two versions of Cobra Viper (08/II, 08/III), and two copies of Snow Serpent Trooper (08/II).