Friday, November 4, 2011

Cobra Jet Pack

GI Joe Cobra JetPack

Released in 1987 by Hasbro for their GI Joe toyline was the Cobra Jetpack. The toy didn't come with a figure. I always considered this to be the upgrade to the old Cobra CLAW that Cobra used for infiltration. In the literature it was a one man jet pack armed with machine guns and air to air rockets.

GI Joe Cobra JetPack

25MM Axial Firing Machine Guns at the top part of the jet pack
GI Joe Cobra JetPack
Screener Micromesh alloy Jet intakes
GI Joe Cobra JetPack

GI Joe Cobra JetPack
Jet Exhaust Discharge Ventilators
GI Joe Cobra JetPack
Neutralizer AIM-44 Air to Air Missile loaded in one wing
GI Joe Cobra JetPack

GI Joe Cobra JetPack
Underside with the peg where you can insert your Cobra figure at.
GI Joe Cobra JetPack

GI Joe Cobra JetPack

GI Joe Cobra JetPack

Close up shot of the Neutralizer AIM-44 Air to Air Missile
GI Joe Cobra JetPack

Control panel was detached from the jetpack for this photo
GI Joe Cobra JetPack

Figure not included in the toy, just added for reference
GI Joe Cobra JetPack

GI Joe Cobra JetPack

I'm not sure, but I think this was the last GI Joe toy I ever got. I was reaching High School at this time and my interests have changed. I started noticing girls and was more into racing Remote Controlled cars. It didn't stop me from reading the Marvel Comic book series however. I really loved those Larry Hama penned comics.

At this stage I was starting to become turned off with GI Joe altogether because their vehicles were becoming more colorful and weirder. What kept me into the toyline was the comic book series really, because of Larry Hama's realistic writing style. At this stage I was veering more towards the Punisher line of comic books. I always considered The Punisher to be Marvel's less popular version of Batman.