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Zarana










chronological: Dial-Tone<< Zarana >>Viper
alphabetical: Zap<< Zarana >>Zartan

 

Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Lisa Raggio201,021 seconds117948
DiC VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Lisa Corps8405 seconds34480

Notes: Sunbow's Zarana wore her 1986 outfit in subdued colors, with hair spiked and orange to match Zandar. Her holster strap was white, and her gloves often left her fingers uncovered. In this series she had a romantic dalliance with Mainframe. The DiC series used a similar outfit but with a top that was blue-grey in Operation Dragonfire and light green in the first season. DiC's Zarana had pink and white hair.

(The numbers below do not include instances where the character's appearance and/or voice were disguised.)

 

Arise Serpentor Arise Part 135 seconds(silent)picture shown at briefing on Dreadnoks; at Dreadnok audition
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 2108 seconds11 linesdisguised as peasant; stealing DNA in Egypt; driving Swampfire in the Yucatan
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 521 seconds2 linesinside Terror Drome; driving motorcycle in Washington DC
Let's Play Soldier89 seconds9 linesdisguised to observe Dreadnoks; disguised as Thai woman to lead Joes into ambush
Computer Complications66 seconds9 linesdisguised as Sgt. Carol Weedler to infiltrate Joe HQ; falling for Mainframe
Cobrathon11 seconds4 linesmaking presentation during telethon; evacuating
The Rotten Egg8 seconds(silent)driving motorcycle to Parris Island; attacking at ceremony
Once Upon a Joe9 seconds1 linebrawling with other Dreadnoks
Glamour Girls97 seconds12 linessupervising Dreadnoks; hypnotized and kidnapped with fashion models
The Spy Who Rooked Me14 seconds3 linesdisguised as secretary and motel clerk; in underground base
Grey Hairs and Growing Pains70 seconds10 linesdisguised as cosmetics expert Jezebel and at spa; helping Mainframe at factory
My Brother's Keeper62 seconds9 linesposing as fan at convention, flying Swampfire against Joes
Raise the Flagg!185 seconds12 lineson oil rig; in manta sub to recover antimatter pod; captured by B.A. LaCarre
Second-Hand Emotions73 seconds13 linesposing as caterer; helping capture Roadblock; deploying B.A.T.s at weapons depot
Sins of Our Fathers46 seconds8 linesdisguised as Chipper Dougan to hire Dial-Tone; capturing Flint and mimicking his voice
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 119 seconds1 linein Serpentor's war room; in motorcycle during attack on B.E.T.
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 262 seconds11 linescommissioned by Pythona; disguised as Heather to rescue Serpentor; escaping in Ferret
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 315 seconds1 linewitnessing Cobra Commander's trial and punishment
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 415 seconds(silent)driving Thunder Machine during lab attack
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 516 seconds1 linein Swampfire to guard tunnel entrance
Operation Dragonfire: Day 164 seconds4 linesmocking Baroness; with Destro during monastery attack; noticing Cobra Cmdr's disappearance
Operation Dragonfire: Day 44 seconds(silent)dumped by Destro
Victory at Volcania Part 142 seconds(silent)inside volcano command center, operating space guns
Victory at Volcania Part 214 seconds(silent)activating space guns
The Nozone Conspiracy126 seconds11 linesat Nozone briefing, in ad, selling Nozone, at valley base
Injustice and the Cobra Way24 seconds1 linedisguised as President Mason
General Confusion78 seconds7 linesdisguised as Dr. Deborah Carday, at Battle World command base
The Mind Mangler53 seconds11 linesdisguised as Megan, helping Duke escape, taken to Joe HQ

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1986
2. 2003 (Spy Troops)
3. 2004 (Convention)
4. 2005 (Comic #76)
 
Version 1: spring 1986 regular carded figure assortment
Zartan's Sister
  • head: Zarana (86, 04)
  • upper arms: Zartan (84, 04/II, 05), Zandar (86), Zarana (86, 04)
  • lower arms: Zarana (86, 04)
  • torso: Zarana (86, 04, 05)
  • waist: Zarana (86, 04, 05)
  • legs: Zarana (86, 04, 05)
Accessories: black gun-shaped spur cutting rifle (new), red backpack with engraved flashlight (new).
Zarana is a professional assassin who gains access to her victims through skillful acting and masterful use of makeup and disguise. While her brother Zartan concentrates on the purely physical aspects of disguise, Zarana works from the method-actor's point of view: to completely become the object of her impersonation - to think, feel, and react like another person. She is an expert in small arms, explosives, and edged weapons. Like her two brothers, she also has the ability to change skin color.
"Zarana could have had a brilliant career on the professional stage if the evil in her nature hadn't been so strong. She throws tantrums, cuts ahead on lines, and never leaves a tip. She posed as an oral hygenist for six months on one assignment armed only with a reel of specially coated dental floss to incapacitate her unwitting victims. She escaped, dressed as a granny lady hobbling on a walker, right past the cops and into a cab. The cabbie remembered her...she didn't leave a tip."
Variations: Early releases of Zarana had earrings, a rounder face, and lighter red trim; this variation is considered quite rare. Also recently discovered is a variation with lighter red trim but no earrings.
Toy Notes: Featured in 1986's Swampfire commercial. Item #6472. The prototype shown in the 1986 insert catalog has blue upper arms identical to Zandar's.
Version 2: November 2003 Spy Troops Wave 8 figure two-pack assortment
Sister to ZARTAN
  • head: Zarana (03)
  • arms: Zarana (03)
  • torso: Zarana (03)
  • waist: Zarana (03)
  • legs: Zarana (03)
Accessories: silver Uzi (02 Nunchuk's), silver cutting rifle with joined blades (new), dark green ghillie suit (03 Cross Hair's).
The sinister sister of the sardonic shape-shifter [is a] disguise artist in her own right. An astounding mimic and a quick study, she needs only moments of observation before she can assume a subject's body language and voice characteristics down to the smallest detail. ZARTAN makes his impersonations work with exact physical resemblance. His sister's approach is far more from the method actor's point of view; she tries to become her subject, going as far as trying to think like them. ZARANA would be much more successful at her craft if she wasn't so rude, tight-fisted, and generally mean. As convincing as her impersonations can be, she can't sustain them for very long without revealing the unbridled nastiness that is at the core of her real self. Getting caught out is a relief for her in a way, since she can then demonstrate her prowess with knives, small-bore pistols, and spiked brass knuckles.
"I disguised myself as ZARTAN once and tried to fool the DREADNOK gang. They said I didn't smell right."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Gung Ho. Item #55453. This figure is considered a moderately high-demand item.
Version 3: July 2004 Dreadnok Rampage: Escapades in the Everglades boxed set
Dreadnok Leader
  • head: Zarana (86, 04)
  • upper arms: Zartan (84, 04/II, 05), Zandar (86), Zarana (86, 04)
  • lower arms: Zarana (86, 04, 05)
  • torso: Zarana (86, 04, 05)
  • waist: Zarana (86, 04, 05)
  • legs: Zarana (86, 04, 05)
Accessories: dark grey cutting rifle (86 Zarana's), black backpack (86 Zarana's), clear figure stand (common).
ZARANA is the sinister sister of ZARTAN - Master of Disguise. She is a professional assassin who gains access to her victims through skillful acting and masterful use of makeup. While her brother ZARTAN concentrates on the purely physical aspects of disguise, ZARANA works from the method-actor's point of view: to completely become the object of her impersonation - to think, feel, and react like another person. As convincing as her impersonations can be, she can't sustain them for very long without revealing the unbridled nastiness that is at the core of her real self. She's smart and ambitious, but throws tantrums when things don't go her way.
ZARANA is the acting leader of the Dreadnoks gang while her brother hatches a plot from within the ranks of the G.I. Joe team. She has arranged a "try out" for a new group of probationary members called the Dreadheads (six cousins with a knack for destruction and a deep-rooted hatred for one of the members of the G.I. Joe team). Although she could handle this unruly bunch on her own, she often uses DREADNOK ENFORCER ROAD PIG to enforce her will and keep the other Dreadnoks in line during a mission.
"I wish there were two of you...then I could bash your heads together and really get your attention."
Toy Notes: Boxed in a convention-exclusive set with Beachhead, Hardtop, Sgt. Mutt, Dreadnok Buzzer, Dreadnok Ripper, Dreadhead Cletus, Dreadhead Otis, Dreadnok Road Pig, Dreadhead Billy-Bob, Joe-Bob, Dreadnok Crusher, Dreadnok Demolishor, Dreadhead Roscoe, and Dreadnok Vance.
Version 4: June 2005 Wave 5 comic three-pack assortment
Sister of Zartan
  • head: Zarana (05)
  • upper left arm: Gung-Ho (83, 97), Roadblock (84, 88, 04/II, 05/I), Duke (97, 04/III, 05/III, 05/IV), Breaker (97), Double Blast (01, 02), Cobra Trooper (04, 06/II), Zarana (05), Cobra Squad Leader (05/I, 05/II), Night Trooper (05/I, 05/II)
  • upper right arm: Roadblock (84, 88, 04/II, 05/I), Double Blast (01, 02), Zarana (05), Cobra Squad Leader (05/I, 05/II), Night Trooper (05/I, 05/II), Cobra Trooper (04, 06/II)
  • lower arms: Zarana (86, 04, 05)
  • torso: Zarana (86, 04, 05)
  • waist: Zarana (86, 04, 05)
  • legs: Zarana (86, 04, 05)
Accessories: black cutting rifle (86 Zarana's), black backpack (86 Zarana's).
The sinister sister of the sardonic shape-shifter is a disguise artist in her own right. An astounding mimic and quick study, she needs only moments of observation before she can assume a subject's body language and voice characteristics down to the smallest detail. ZARTAN makes his impersonations work with exact physical resemblance. His sister's approach is more from the method actor's point of view; she tries to become her subject, going as far as trying to think like he or she would. ZARANA would be much more successful at her craft if she wasn't so rude, tight-fisted, and generally mean. As convincing as her impersonations can be, she can't sustain them for very long without revealing the unbridled nastiness that is at the core of her real self. Getting discovered is a relief for her in a way, since she can then demonstrate her prowess with knives, small-bore pistols, and spiked brass knuckles.
"I wish there were two of you. Then I could knock your heads together and really get your attention."
Toy Notes: Carded in a three-pack with Zartan, Cobra Commander, and a reprint of Marvel #76. Item #61209.