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The Cobra H.I.S.S. Drivers are the original armored infantry personnel of Cobra. As tank operators, recruits are taken from a pool of the strongest Cobra Officers with the nastiest scruples when it comes to fighting in armored vehicles. Not only are they tank operators, they are also expected to have knowledge of operating F.A.N.G. helicopters and every NATO and G.I. Joe weapons.
Types of H.I.S.S. Drivers
Driver: These drivers are one rank above Cobra Officers, and can order troops into battle. They make-up the majority of Cobra's Armored Division (next to Track-Vipers, although they might be the same). They have red uniforms, blue chest-plates, and black boots and accessories.
Company Commander: They command a group of HISS Tanks and attached ground forces. They have blue uniforms, black chest-plates, black boots, and red accessories.
Battalion Commander: They command several groups of armored units, with one officer in charge of the whole Armored Division (see: Rip It). They have black uniforms and chest-plates, and blue boots and accessories.
Regular: (These are the Drivers as noted above)
Arctic Assault: They supplement the ranks of Cobra's arctic forces, when call on to fight. They are not as skilled as Snow Serpents, so they cannot operate as long in extreme cold. Their uniforms are similar to the Snow Serpents, but with a white H.I.S.S. Driver helmet and light-blue bandana over mouth.
A Real American Hero continuity
Marvel Comics continuity
Sunbow animated series
- Never spoke. First appeared in Cobra Stops the World. Total appearances: 3. By chance, their appearance in The Funhouse made it into the first season's closing credits.
|A Real American Hero (1983)
The H.I.S.S. Driver is packaged with the H.I.S.S. tank toy. It was released with Series 2 of the A Real American Hero toys in 1983. The H.I.S.S. driver bears some minor similarities to the later Crimson Guard action figure. He also introduced the reflective visor that later dominated Cobra figures.
Appearance: red helmet with crest, silver goggles, and black face mask; red shirt with blue chest panel and white insignia on chest; black wristbands and thigh-high segmented boots; red belt and pants.
|A Real American Hero (2008)|