Cobra Vipers are the backbone of the Cobra legions. This front-line force is heavily equipped and highly trained for battle. If there’s a dirty job that needs doing, these guys are first in line and not only for the sheer pleasure of causing mayhem. They also get rewards as they move up the ranks, making them willing to follow any orders that give them a chance to earn the favor of Cobra Commander.
Art+Science Organization will hold a special 50th Anniversary celebration at this year’s London Toy Fair to commemorate the Action Man toyline by Hasbro.
“To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Action Man, Art + Science International, under licence from Hasbro, is launching a specially developed range of handmade Collector Edition Action Man figures.
The 50th Anniversary collection will be available until autumn 2017, and new additions to the limited edition range will be announced early 2017.
“This unique range has been developed for the gift and collector’s market and we hope that it triggers many fond memories of everyone’s childhood play. Through these product releases we hope to capture the very best of the Action Man brand”, said Peter Rooke, managing director of Art + Science International.”
Those who visit the show can take a look at the 2017 lineup at Stand F36. We’ve attached a scan of a small leaflet with this news post.
Due to multiple Toy Fairs falling close together, Hasbro (along with Mattel) will be skipping this year’s London Toy Fair. Happily however, Hasbro distributor A.B.Gee officially stated that Hasbro’s 2017 toyline will be featured at London Toy Fair by them. The list includes Transformers as well as Nerf. For more information, visit our sister site TFW2005.COM.
Every S.A.W. Viper is equipped with a gyro-stabilized, cryogenically cooled mini-chain gun that has an auto-ranging optical sighting system complete with infraed night vision capabilities. This means that every trooper has a highly accurate, low-malfunction machine gun that won’t burn out the barrel during intense rapid-fire bursts. Don’t get pinned down by these guys; their weapons have integral sound suppressors, effective flash inhibitors, and powerful image-intensifiers: you won’t hear or see them coming.
Cobra B.A.T.’s are mechanized troopers built en masses to create an endless supply of “fire and forget” soldiers: combat machines that keep fighting until the enemy reduces them to scrap metal. They go in first to wear down G.I. Joe forces, paving the way for a fresh wave of flesh-and-blood Cobra Troops to try to finish the job. They’re a bunch of computerized tin cans with guns, but they can do a lot of damage before being reduced to smoking piles of circuits.
These frontline fighters lead attack units into battle, but they are “officers” in name only. The only real rank they have is over their own little squad of troopers. They are among the handful of Cobra troopers who have shown some initiative or leadership skills, qualifying them to be in charge of others, however minimally. Ultimately, someone has to keep the ranks together and moving with a purpose so that even low-level Cobra forces can achieve their given objective.
Outback was an instructor at both the Survival School and the Jungle Warfare Training Center. Most people are intimidated by wilderness. They don’t feel comfortable where there’s no sign of human life for miles – not Outback! He believes in being part of his environment, not its adversary. As a survival expert, he trains the team to spot hidden dangers when setting up a shelter and to be able to fight in remote, inhospitable environments.
A Green Beret like his father, Vincent “Falcon” Falcone spent his boyhood emulating his dad and becoming tough enough to complete the grueling Q-Course. Scaling mountain, parachuting from planes, rappelling down sheer cliffs, and crawling through dense jungle – it’s all a walk in the park for Falcon. leading a covert team at night in poor visibility conditions and under strict noise discipline seems impossible, but Falcon does it by establishing a solid rapport with his team and earning their respect.
Pulling the trigger is the next to last thing Jodie “Shooter” Craig does as an expert marksman. First, she might take days to move into shooting position, progressing by inches. Then she remains motionless in the hide, waiting for the target to appear. Once the target is acquired, she uses hard-won skills and esoteric knowledge to judge wind deflection and bullet drop before exercising precise breathing control prior to trigger break. The last thing she does is the hardest – getting away.
Storm Shadow can trace his family history through 30 generations of Ninjas. He’s an eight-degree black belt in five different martial arts and a qualified expert in multiple martial arts weapons, including longbow, samurai swords, throwing stars, and nunchaku sticks. He and Snake Eyes were once sword brothers in the Arashikage Clan but are now enemies and the two most powerful Ninjas in the world.