The Real American Hero era came to a close with a whimper in terms of the number of vehicles. Just four were released in that last year. However, within this small group were I think some real hidden gems. The Scorpion is one.
Obviously, this isn’t the first time Cobra had added an ATV to its arsenal. The Ferret is one of the truly iconic vehicles of the line, and a fabulous little toy. The Scorpion, while also an all terrain vehicle, has a different sort of vibe. It doesn’t strike me as much as a fast attack vehicle, as it’s quite a bit bigger than the Ferret. The driver and rider can sit down in it, rather than straddling it like a motorcycle. The Scorpion also surpasses the Ferret in armaments, with a machine gun and (firing) missile launcher. It also has some armor plating and sturdy bumper up front. There’s a spare gas tank, just in case, and an engine lurking under the flip-up hood.
There were two variations to this vehicle. The body and attachable pieces were cast in opposing colors. One version is black with tan pieces, and the other is tan with black pieces. Pick up both, and you can make an all tan or all black Scorpion. What a cool touch. A lot of the later vehicles get flak, (often justifiably so) from collectors for not matching up to the quality of the earlier 80’s offerings, but the Scorpion rises above others of its era as one of the nicer late line vehicles.