Behind the scenes of G.I. Joe – Rock-Viper

Today’s post reveals some development artwork for the 1990 Cobra Rock-Viper.  First, a not-great photo by me of the production toy to serve as a baseline for all you casual fans.

Interesting to note this Cobra soldier, of which there were many (rather than a specific individual like Destro or Gristle) has a moustache.  So I guess graduates from training school had a facial hair requirement?

First up is Dave Hasle’s sculpt input drawing for the Rock-Viper’s backpack:

A black and white photocopy (probably of a color photocopy and not a chrome) of Dave Dorman’s internal presentation painting:

Note above and below there’s no moustache.  Here’s the pencil sketch of what will become the final package painting.  I’m attributing this to Hector Garrido:

Here’s the almost complete layout of the cart front and back, in b+w photocopy form, with Garrido’s drawing now a finished painting:

I don’t have a color copy of the painting or a full blister card (any readers want to help?) so this cropped close-up from my dossier and the tiny back-of-package thumbnail of Garrido’s final painting will have to do for comparison.

If you didn’t read this above, check it out here.  Dossier writer Larry Hama’s sense of humor on display.

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Filed under G.I. Joe Behind the Scenes, Toys and Toy Art

2 responses to “Behind the scenes of G.I. Joe – Rock-Viper

  1. Nate

    I never noticed it until looking at the images you provided here, but looks like the Rock Viper has both a mustache AND a soul patch/gotee.

  2. Jogunwarrior

    Ive always been a huge Rock Viper fan, but have always wondered why they decided to give him a mustache, but it’s not the first time; they gave Aero Viper a Zoro-esquire soul patch too.

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