Hasbro-Kenner decided to put some muscle on the painting side of their 1997 vehicles and while most figures were poorly made, the included Alley Viper was very decent.
So a cool repaint was out. And Rage was (and still is) one of the most sought-after sets of the 15th "gold series". Made especially for collectors.
Originally released in 1990, with... DIC colors, the 1997 version was darker, and probably more Cobra-like. Filled with weaponry and offensive capabilities.
Mines could be dropped, turret elevated and gatling cannons exposed. Platforms for figures now had a silver color.
The interior had some redish touches and silver was also present inside the engine parts.
The 1990 Cobra Rage was one of my favorite vehicles. And I´m still undecided on which looks better.
They even look great together.
Included, came a new Alley Viper. The 4th version was created with molds or previous figures with a darker look from its new color scheme.
Shield with a clip to hold onto its wrist and a G.I.Joe Dial-Tone figure weapon, also came with a stand.
Original 1989 Alley Viper and 1997 version.
1997 Cobra Rage and driver are not easy to get, they´re usually top-dollar items.
Figure: Alley Viper, v.4 - No originally backpack included.
And as a side note, if you´re looking for a substitute for the original 1989 Alley Viper backpack, keep your eyes out for Chap Mei´s backpacks. CM based many designs on popular lines and G.I.Joe was a main "inspiration"...
Not exactly a copy, they fit perfectly and scale is perfect also. They come in a variety of colors from bright yellow to olive green.