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The Rattler features removable engine covers and replaceable side panels with bullet holes.

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Introduced in 1984, the iconic Cobra Rattler became the #1 Cobra attack plane as a response to GI Joe's "Skystriker", introduced a year earlier.  Based on the A-10 Thunderbolt II, the Rattler modified the design by moving the twin engines to the wings, which were given the ability to pivot giving the plane vertical thrust,  adding a 3rd engine in the rear stabilizer and adding a stand-up gun turret in the center of the plane. The Rattler came with pilot Wild Weasel and featured a dorsal mounted double machine gun turret, front mounted anti-tank gatling gun, 4 air-to-air missles, 2 large anti-tank bombs, 2 large anti-tank bombs with removable warheads and two bomb racks with 3 bombs in each making the Rattler a more than adequately armed attack plane.  The Rattler also features removable engine covers and replaceable side panels with bullet holes.  Much like many other figures, The Rattler is reused and converted to a GI Joe plane in 1988 as the "Tiger Rat" in the GI Joe "Tiger Force".

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Dakalvia
02/01/2007 06:17

GI JOOOOOOEEEEE!!!!!!! But I always prefer COBRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

Erik
02/01/2007 05:03

This was my original GI Joe that I must've got in 1984. I freakin' love this thing and it's pilot Wild Weasel!

Special K
02/01/2007 03:53

This is easily my favorite GI Joe (or cobra) plane, and is definately one of my favorite vehicles of all time! The removable side panels, rotating wings, INTENSE arsenal, gun turret..... basically EVERYTHING makes this arguable the best toy of all time!! If only it were life size....

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