Cobra Rat (1992)
What’s the goofiest Cobra vehicle ever made? The one vehicle that doesn’t seem to come together as a concept yet is awesomely, stupidly lovable? The Buzz Boar? The Pogo? Those two are probably the most ridiculously specific yet pointless vehicles, to be sure. But for sheer bat-excrement insanity, it doesn’t get much more bat-excrementally insane than the Cobra Rat.
The 90’s vehicles trended toward a cheaper product. Many of them were designed as single molded pieces rather than the multi-piece kits of the past. The most involved that these vehicles got was to simply snap bits on to them. Another change was the quality of the stickers. Instead of the old plastic based clear stickers, Hasbro changed to paper. The sticker design reflected a change to 90’s sensibility. The Rat’s deco makes it looks like it would be at home in the Ninja Turtles’ motor pool.
So back to the vehicle’s purpose. The box touts it as an attack hovercraft vehicle, but I think that when the Cobra temple’s lawn gets a little unkempt along the driveway, they also bust out the Rats to do a little edging. Check out the weed whackers on the front. Heck, they even show it trimming weeds on the front of the box. Add in a firing rotor on the left side of the vehicle and Cobra can do some serious long-distance landscaping.
The Joe line has always had it share of vehicles that bend the rules of plausibility, but the Rat takes plausibility, cuts it off at the ankles and fires a spinning rotor at its face.