Cobra Imp (1988)
The Imp is an impressively squat and stocky little one man missile tank with a secret. What look like three large missiles hide an extra surprise payload. Just for this reason, it’s a neat addition to the Cobra ground forces. I also find a lot to like in the design itself. It has a real throwback look to it, and reminds me a bit of the earliest tank designs of the 20th century.
It’s one of those little known pieces that doesn’t have much renown among collectors, yet adds a lot of interest to the Cobra arsenal. The elevating missile rack is well designed, ratcheting up and down in a satisfying “clicky” manner. Some folks may be turned off by the bright yellow parts, but I don’t find them all that distracting. Okay, maybe the machine gun could have been black. And maybe the mines should blend into terrain, but hey, let’s not overthink this.
The three missiles split apart, spilling mines along the ground. I wonder if this is meant to rain destruction directly on the enemy, or is it simply a means to lay down a quick and dirty mine field. The HISS tank may be the star of the Cobra tank divisions, but this little powerhouse makes for a lethal and interesting addition to the field of battle.