COMMUNICATIONS  
  Code Name: TELE-VIPER  
 

The Tele-Vipers were basically the thankless techies of the G.I. Joe universe, whether they were showing Cobra Commander footage of the latest events in the comic, or scrolling random lines across their visors in the cartoon.

The 25th Anniversary version was only really available in a vehicle two-pack, piloting the Flight Pod against Breaker's RAM. An arctic version (with a moulded white coat, as well mishmash of accessories grifted from Mainframe and Falcon) was also made, but this was the only standard version.

Sadly, some severe constraints were based on the mould by this. Firstly the figure came with no accessories, robbing the Tele-Viper of his distinctive backpack and scanner-gun - most of the vehicle drivers were stripped of any accessories, but it's more galling when there's no alternative release as there was for Breaker, Serpentor, Steeler et al. Secondly, in order to make a clean fit with the Flight Pod's control yoke, the wrists are moulded at a bizarre near-right angle to the forearms. The result is the figure fits the vehicle like a glove, but looks a bit weird doing anything else, perennially looking like someone's just stolen his bike out from under him.

On the upside, the original figure's scanner gun is a surprisingly neat fit, while filing and replacing the backpack post means the 1985 communications pack fits just as well. However, whatever you do with the accessories, those wrists still look unnatural pointing out at such a strange angle. It's a shame that this interesting type would get only one botched figure, really (the Arctic version, as mentioned, has a big white coat covering the torso, and was a different blue - preventing parts-swapping). As a pilot for the Flight Pod, the Tele-Viper works. On its' own, it struggles badly.

G.I. Joe Tele-Viper
G.I. Joe Tele-Viper
G.I. Joe Tele-Viper
G.I. Joe Tele-Viper