1986 Serpentor: Cobra Emperor
Includes: headdress, cape, dagger, cobra snake
Earlier versions of Serpentor featured a painted yellow neck. You can see the yellow neck on the prototype figure on the back of the box. More than likely Hasbro made a running change and eliminated this extra paint app to lower budget or to address paint rubbing off of the yellow neck. Credit: NAJA EMPIRE from HissTank. Figure courtesy of Dan Carroll. Check out his eBay store for tons of vintage Joes!
There were several versions of Serpentor's snake. Above you can see brown and gold snakes.
Roll over the images below to find out more, or click the images to enlarge them. Photos courtesy of Phillip Donnelly.
Ron Rudat (R&D Figure Designer) discusses the inspiration for Serpentor.
Mail Order Serpentor
Retail Serpentor (left) is stamped Made in Hong Kong, while mail order Serpentor (right) is stamped Made in China. Retail Serpentor (left) also features longer snake tail curls on his chest than mail order Serpentor (right).
1988-1993 Hasbro Direct mail order offers
Hasbro Direct offered the Serpentor action figure in several mail order offers from 1988-1993, starting with the 1988 "Special Assignment: North Atlantic" offer and ending with the 1993 “Terrifying Lasers of Destruction” offer, which expired September 30th 1994. Roll over the images below to find out more, or click the images to enlarge them.