S.N.A.K.E. Armor

SNAKE Prep 2

“Why the Hell Are You Making Me Wear This?”

The early G.I. Joe line had numerous accessories that weren’t quite vehicles, but were supposed to work in conjunction with the figures, in a similar manner. Some are really only useful for display or dioramas, like the Mortar Defence or Bivouac.

There were a few that were a little more fun to play with, though to be honest “fun” isn’t a word that should actually be used with the S.N.A.K.E. armor. It’s a big grey robot looking thing, that you place over a figure, to be used as “kloaking” armor. It also came with a a rubberized endoskeleton that would make it so you didn’t have to actually waste a figure inside of it.

From a design perspective, it’s big, clunky, and grey. It fits in with a couple other little Cobra things (C.L.A.W., Flight Pod) but it’s hardly an iconic piece of COBRA hardware. While nobody is clamouring for a slightly more posable Deep Six, the S.N.A.K.E. is a thing I’ve found is decent for background action in dioramas, and having a couple kicking around, doesn’t hurt.

The S.N.A.K.E. armor is one of those things, that while the execution of it leaves a lot to be desired, it’s one of those things where it was obvious Hasbro felt COBRA needed a few more toys to balance things out, and a cheap pseudo vehicle thing worked perfectly, as it’s bigger than a figure and would appear to provide more balance to COBRA’s side because, shit they were outnumbered 3:1 in 1983.

SNAKE ARMOR copyUnlike a lot of strange small accessories, the S.N.A.K.E. armor actually did something in the Comic Book. In issue #18, it shows up as this mind control mechanized monster that apparently can’t shoot anything “COBRA Blue” as a safeguard in case someone overcomes it’s mind control powers. Kwinn the Eskimo does, of course, then he dies.

There’s a few SNAKE Armors out there, a Grey one, a Funskool one, a Red Shadows Escape Armor, a Blue repaint that’s really hard to find, and in the mid 2000s they did a Black one for one of those terrible live action G.I. Joe movies. Personally the Grey 1983 one is all I really need, though the grey plastic can yellow like a son of a bitch.


A useful item for background depth


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3 Responses to S.N.A.K.E. Armor

  1. mwnekoman says:

    It’s really cool when used like this, and I’ve grown fond of it for it’s retro-style aesthetic. The interchangeable arms made it a little more fun too.

  2. A-Man says:

    My first Cobra “vehicle” and remained so until Zartan’s Chameleon (i didn’t get hardcore in GI JOE until 1986). I think I just pretended a guy was inside or something. It was an odd item, yeah, of the four 1982 Cobra items, it’s the least iconic, even the Viper Glider edges it out on cartoon appearances.

    Surprises nobody’s customized one as S.N.A.K.E.-Eyes.

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