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Zarana











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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)
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 2108 seconds11 lines
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 521 seconds2 lines
Let's Play Soldier89 seconds9 lines
Computer Complications66 seconds9 lines
Cobrathon11 seconds4 lines
The Rotten Egg8 seconds (silent)
Once Upon a Joe9 seconds1 line
Glamour Girls97 seconds12 lines
The Spy Who Rooked Me14 seconds3 lines
Grey Hairs and Growing Pains70 seconds10 lines
My Brother's Keeper62 seconds9 lines
Raise the Flagg!185 seconds12 lines
Second-Hand Emotions73 seconds13 lines
Sins of Our Fathers46 seconds8 lines
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 119 seconds1 line
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 262 seconds11 lines
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 315 seconds1 line
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 415 seconds (silent)
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 516 seconds1 line
Operation Dragonfire: Day 164 seconds4 lines
Operation Dragonfire: Day 44 seconds (silent)
Victory at Volcania Part 142 seconds (silent)
Victory at Volcania Part 214 seconds (silent)
The Nozone Conspiracy126 seconds11 lines
Injustice and the Cobra Way24 seconds1 line
General Confusion78 seconds7 lines
The Mind Mangler53 seconds11 lines

Headcanon

Zarana Crow, born September 7, 1960, in Hackney, England. Zarana joined Zartan's work for Cobra in 1983 and often supervised the Dreadnoks while he was away on assignment. She and the Baroness often competed for undercover missions. Her appearance is represented by Version 1, changing to Version 2 in 1991.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1986
2. 2003 (Spy Troops)
3. 2004 (Convention)
4. 2005 (Comic #76)
 
Version 1: 1986 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0095: 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: red backpack (new, with flashlight); black saw rifle (new, razor-honed spur cutting weapon)
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.
Re-releases: A slightly different version (with paler skin) was released in India.
Version 2: Spy Troops Wave 8 two-pack assortment
Fig. #0781: Sister to ZARTAN
  • head: Zarana (03)
  • arms: Zarana (03)
  • torso: Zarana (03)
  • waist: Zarana (03)
  • legs: Zarana (03)
Accessories: dark green ghillie suit (common for 03 figures); silver pistol (86 Low-Light's Uzi, oversized); silver saw rifle (86 Zarana's, undersized with smoother spurs)
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 (03/II). Item #55453. This figure is considered a moderately high-demand item.
Version 3: 2004 Dreadnok Rampage: Escapades in the Everglades boxed set
Fig. #0874: 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: black backpack (86 Zarana's); grey saw rifle (86 Zarana's); clear figure stand
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 (04/I), Hardtop (04), and Mutt (04/I), the Dreadheads Billy-Bob, Cletus, Joe-Bob, Otis, Roscoe, and Vance (all 04), and Dreadnoks Buzzer (04), Crusher (04), Demolishor (04), Ripper (04), and Road Pig (04).
Version 4: 2005 Comic Wave 3 three-pack assortment
Fig. #1061: 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 backpack (86 Zarana's); black saw rifle (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 Cobra Commander (05/II), Zartan (05), and a reprint of Marvel #76. Item #61209.