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Raptor is a Cobra character from the A Real American Hero series.
Raptor
Raptor
Military information
Specialties

Falconry; Accountancy

Organizational information
Factions
1st Comic Appearance

G.I. Joe #59

Before he ever donned his bird outfit, Raptor was your typical white-collar tax consultant. It wasn't until he got into falconry that birds of prey became his life, leaving the finance world behind. Raptor turned to hunting and poaching, using and breeding his winged predators to produce and outfit larger and stronger birds of prey. After targeting minks on a Cobra-owned ranch, he was apprehended by Destro and later was brought into the fold. While his world revolves around making predatory birds to attack G.I. Joe, he still knows it's all about the money.


Fiction

Comics continuity

A Real American Hero comics continuity - Marvel

Raptor was working with Crimson Guardsman Fred VII in a secret Cobra facility disguised as a garage. Raptor was a falconer as well as an accountant who was able to work wonders with financial records. He was able to use credit card transactions to track a group of Joes delivering a new weapon. He was initially mocked by Cobra Commander due to his unusual appearance, who asked Fred why Raptor was walking around without s straitjacket. Raptor explained that his appearance made the birds respond better to him.

He was later killed by the real Cobra Commander by means of being sealed inside a large landlocked ship, along with others the Commander considered traitors, such as Fred, Zartan, and Dr. Mindbender.

Action Force (British) Comics continuity

Marvel

Raptor worked for Destro on a mission when a Phantom X-19 stealth plane was shot down in the Jordanian desert. A local warlord sought to auction the plane and other nomad warlords, G.I. Joe the Action Force, Destro and Cobra all converged on the site. Destro was also seeking the fighter and ordered Raptor to kill the Cobra ninja Storm Shadow. One of Raptor's eagles attacked Storm Shadow, scratching the ninja with claws dipped in poison but the Joe medic Lifeline saved Storm Shadow's life. Storm Shadow and Raptor found they had to work together to escape the city of Tehtrad, but vowed to one day kill Raptor.[1]

Ballantine books continuity

Toys

A Real American Hero (1987)

Generation 1
Raptor 1987 A Real American Hero (1987)

The lone Raptor action figure was released in 1987.


Appearance: brown bird-head helmet; black face-paint around eyes; no shirt; red medallion; feathers on shoulders; orange-brown pants; black belts with silver falcon buckle; brown gloves and bird-foot boots with feathers

Accessories: tan wing cape/backpack; brown and off-white falcon.


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Trivia

  • Since the release of Jurassic Park in 1993, the word "raptor" is usually associated with the velociraptor dinosaur, but the term is actually references any predatory bird with a strong notched bill and sharp talons. The word was first recorded in relation to birds in 1873.[2]
  • Raptor was only animated for commercials.
  • Raptor is the boss at the end of section 1-2 in the Taxan NES game G.I. Joe.
  • Working names included "Peregrine," "Gos," and "Skree."

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