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Desert Scorpions are Cobra characters from the A Real American Hero series.
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Controlling unruly Cobra troopers have always been a problem. A solution for this was to instill fear upon them by assigning them to the ranks of Toxo-Vipers. However, somebody in the Cobra heirarchy realized that it wouldn't make sense to lose some of their best recruits to defective protection suits built by the lowest bidder. A solution was found by creating an infantry unit to be based in one of the few environments that few soldiers want to specialize in, let alone live in. That one environment? The desert.

As Desert Scorpions, these troopers must learn to work together as a team if they are to survive the rigors of their sandy surroundings. If a Desert Scorpion manages to get through one year with a spotless record, he can be reassigned back to the ranks he originally came from. Else, it's straight to the Leaky Suit Brigade for him. It's not going to be easy. Desert Scorpions may be one of the most cohesive units in the field. But at the end of the day, when it's time to be in the barracks, each man is still the cutthroat he is, plotting and backstabbing his way back to the limited reinstatement slots waiting at the end of one year.



A Real American Hero continuity

Marvel Comics continuity
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Devil's Due Comics continuity
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Animated continuity

DiC animated series

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Generation 1
Desert Scorpion 1991 A Real American Hero (1991)

The only Desert Scorpion action figure to be released was part of the 1991 series of A Real American Hero toys.

Appearance: brown helmet with antenna; red goggles and yellow facemask; yellow sleeveless shirt with brown chest armor, strap, and gloves; yellow shorts with black leggings; brown leg straps

Accessories: small, black backpack with retractable hook and detachable missile launcher; black machine pistol with magazine on top; two black spiked digging tools attaching to arms; dark yellow finned missile; standard short, black hose; giant black scorpion.

Variations: Desert Scorpion's antenna was either plastic or rubber. page/Filecard


  • The European version of the Desert Scorpion figure was slightly different from the U.S. version. While the figure itself is identical, it came with Mercer's (1991 version) backpack, missile launcher, and missile. The card art is also different to reflect the inclusion of the missile launcher. The plastic scorpion was still included.
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