GI Joe Cobra Stinger In Hand Review
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GI Joe Cobra Stinger & Officer Driver In Hand Review

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The latest release from the GI Joe Retro Collection is the Cobra Stinger and I must say this new Vehicle Driver set is freakin’ rad! Just shipping to collectors everywhere, this Hasbro Pulse exclusive is a perfect homage to to the original 1984 release! This is the first vehicle & driver set to come out of Hasbro’s Retro O-Ring Collection. This new set harkens straight back to 1984 and a beautiful homage to those vintage A Real American Hero O-Ring Figures! This is exactly like the Stinger vehicle we all loved as kids! I had sa blast reviewing this set and photographing it, so let’s dive right in! From the classic packaging and artwork to the original O-Ring articulation, this vehicle set is exactly what O-Ring fans have been waiting for! Let’s dive into this GI Joe Cobra Stinger Review!

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Packaging

The Stinger’s packaging is gorgeous and exactly what we could expect from a Retro release of the Stinger. The front features the beautiful vintage inspired artwork with the Stinger, red rockets are firing, driver behind the steering wheel and a trooper riding on the back. Of course, we get that classic burst explosion, GI Joe logo and “Cobra Enemy” insignia on the front. Rather than the vintage style window box to display the included driver in the box, they choose to go with an illustrated image of the figure instead. This is actually great for those inbox collectors or those who want to display the packaging as you can take the vehicle and figure out of the package to enjoy, but still display the box perfectly!

The rear of the box features a nice color photograph of the Stinger vehicle and the driver figure. You also get that classic Cobra File card for the Stinger driver.

Cobra Stinger Retro Collection front box
Cobra Stinger Retro Collection rear box

The Cobra Officer Stinger Driver File card includes very basic information as it includes those multi-lingual translations that take up most of the card.

Here you can see an image of the file card showing his specialty as Artillery Intelligence, and birthplace as various countries. The Cobra Officers are front-line fighters who lead COBRA attack unite into battle. All are martial arts experts, masters of disguise, deceit and demolitions

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The sides of the box feature any illustrated image of the Stinger vehicle, GI Joe Logo and of course the “Cobra Enemy” insignia.

Cobra Stinger Retro Collection right box
Cobra Stinger Retro Collection side left box

Pack Out

The Stinger set comes in plastic-less packaging just like most of latest releases from Hasbro. You get 2 large main pieces to the vehicle that snap together and several other parts that need to be assembled to the vehicle. It was fairly easy to assemble the Stinger following the included old school style “Blue Print” instructions. The set includes a roof, flip up doors, front and rear bumpers, and turret for the 4 included red rockets.

There is also an included sticker sheet with a number of very high quality stickers that need to be applied to the Stinger. That took a little bit more time, but were still fairly easy to apply.

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Cobra Stinger Retro Collection box contents laid out

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Cobra Stinger Retro Collection instructions
Cobra Stinger Retro Collection box blueprints

Stinger Vehicle

The Stinger vehicle is a perfect tribute to it’s 1984 vintage counterpart. Just like the vintage vehicle, it is mostly a black colored jeep with grey swing up doors, and a grey removeable roof. It comes with a cool swivel and tilt rocket launcher where you can mount the 4 included red rockets. Those attach by pressing them in a small slot in the bottom of the rocket. Hasbro has not improved the way these rockets connect as they connect just like the vintage. They do however stay on much better since these rockets are made of a softer plastic and stay on better.

There is a grey molded winch on the front bumper, and a shovel and engine molded to the front hood. As noted before the two grey doors clip on and attach to a bar on the top of the vehicle. They then swivel up open. The grey roof can be removed to display both in convertible mode or covered top mode. The rear of the Stinger has some more molded engine and component details, and then of course you get the cool rocket launcher on the back. The rear bumper includes two foot pegs for you to place your o-ring figures on standing on the back.

Cobra Stinger Retro Collection Stinger front
Cobra Stinger Retro Collection Stinger rear
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Cobra Stinger Retro Collection Stinger left side
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Cobra Stinger Retro Collection Stinger interior rocket launcher

The interior of the Stinger has some nice detail. It includes a moveable steering wheel , nice dashboard details and molded seats. You can seat 2 figures inside.

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Cobra Stinger Retro Collection Stinger interior 2
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Same as the vintage Stinger and Vamp for that matter, the vehicle was never high enough for the figure to sit inside without his face lining up with the top bar. It would have been nice if they fixed this design flaw but then again, I guess Hasbro was trying to keep this as authentic as possible.

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Cobra Stinger Retro Collection Stinger driver from top

Stinger Driver

Very similar to the Cobra Office the new Cobra Stinger Driver is very similar in design as it uses the same mold. This Stinger Driver has the same chest webbing design as the Cobra Officer. The difference here is the color scheme, which is grey with black and red accents. The translation from the vintage figure was executed perfectly!

His legs are asymmetrical, as his left leg has a black knife strapped to his leg. His right leg is just plain with no pockets or anything. The Cobra Officer is also wearing black boots. This design as well, matches the vintage figure perfectly.

The Cobra Officer is also wearing a black canvas belt, and has some pockets and pouches molded on the front. The back is just the plain canvas belt and then the 2 grey pockets on his rear end. The translation from the vintage figure was executed perfectly!

If you haven’t checked out our in depth reveiw on the Cobra Officer & Cobra Trooper 2 Pack, you can check it out here.

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Cobra Stinger Retro Collection Stinger Driver Front
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Cobra Stinger Retro Collection Stinger Driver left side
Cobra Stinger Retro Collection Stinger Driver Rear

Driver Close Ups

The Cobra Officer Stinger Driver head is just like the 1984 vintage figure with a completely grey colored helmet and black face mask. This helmet, just as on the vintage figure includes the molded chevron on the front forehead portion of the blue helmet. Again, the paint is clean, and the eyes are executed beautifully on this figure as well.

The Cobra Officer Stinger Driver features a large red Cobra Insignia on his chest. This Officer figure is styling red shoulder straps with various black and red pouches on his belly area. The straps then wrap around the back into the classic “H” back design on his back. This figure has the same indented hole for you to place a backpack on him, although this figure did not include any accessories.

The Cobra Officer’s arms are both the same, just in grey and is his wearing black colored gloves. Ther are no pockets, pouches or adornments. He took has the grey colored rivets at his shoulders and elbow joints, which is a very clean look and a much-improved upgrade.

Cobra Stinger Retro Collection Stinger Driver head front
Cobra Stinger Retro Collection Stinger Driver head rear
Cobra Stinger Retro Collection Stinger Driver chest front
Cobra Stinger Retro Collection Stinger Driver back close up
Cobra Stinger Retro Collection Stinger Driver legs front
Cobra Stinger Retro Collection Stinger Driver legs rear

Vinatge Figure Comparison

Cobra Officer Stinger Driver

The Cobra Officer Stinger Driver originally came out in Wave 3 in the A Real American Hero which included the new swivel arm design. The new Retro Collection Cobra Officer Stinger Driver is a perfect version of his vintage counterpart and is anything a vast improvement with the more flexible plastic and blue colored rivets. I can’t be happier with the way this new O-ring figure came out and Hasbro needs to keep them coming! We need more vehicles and playsets!

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Cobra Officer Stinger Driver Retro Collection 2022
Cobra Stinger Driver GI Joe 1984 Figure
Cobra Officer Stinger Driver Vintage 1984 figure

Photography Fun

These GI Joe Retro O-Ring figures are great fun to set up and take cool photos! The great thing is, since they are 3-3/4″ and the same O-Ring design as the vintage figures, they are compatible with all your GI Joe Retro collection and vintage O-ring ARAH vehicles! So, you can have a blast tasking photos of them! If any of you follow our Toy Habits Instagram page and The Toy Sorceress Instagram page, you will see the Toy Sorceress loves Toy Photography, so here are some photographs for your enjoyment and inspiration! Who knows, they might inspire you to pick up a set of these Retro O-Ring figures as well!

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Where to Buy:

These are currently sold out, but keep an eye out if they come back up for sale. They sell for $33.99 on HasbroPulse.com at: G.I. Joe Retro Collection Cobra Stinger with Cobra Officer – Hasbro Pulse

Rating

Rating: 7 out of 7.

Rating: 6.5 out of 7.

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Michael

Given my love for vintage O-Ring A Real American Hero Action Figures, this new Stinger & Cobra Officer vehicle & driver GI Joe Retro Collection O-Ring set is a perfect homage to it’s vintage counterpart! The retro style packaging complete with blast explosion and classic artwork, pulls on all those nostalgia strings! The new more flexible plastic on the figure, and super cool Stinger vehicle was much fun to pose and photograph! I give this set a perfect 7.0 out of 7.0.

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