Cobra H.I.S.S. (High Speed Sentry)
The HISS tank! I almost can’t believe I haven’t covered Cobra’s most famous and versatile ground vehicle after lo these almost eight years. It’s cliche to put this forth, but what can you say about this toy? I can think of a few things, and some are no quite sunshine memories and rainbow nostalgia.
The HISS was for me, until the Stinger showed up, the all-around Covra people-mover. It wasn’t just an attack tank in my Enemy Motor Pool. This thing was sleek enough to compete with the VAMP in getting around the battlefield. The fact that four figures could pile onto it put the HISS in the fast-attack category for me. That’s not to say I didn’t have a wish list for the tank.
As a comic fan, I yearned for a HISS that reflected the Marvel aesthetic. The comic HISS seemed much larger, accommodating two people in the cockpit. The canopy also opened from the bottom, which makes more sense in a real-world application than an opening glass cover. Even the rear of the vehicle was larger, as Hawk and Destro famously threw down in issue 16. We’d have to wait a few years until the HISS II to get these two features, but I’d still like to see a revisit of the first tank in a bit larger scale. Maybe HasLab can hook us up?