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02-19-2005, 09:48 PM
Has anyone else noticed that COBRA is now an acronym on Hasbro's site?


02-19-2005, 10:04 PM
It is interesting to note that in some of the old "Find Your Fate" books from the 1980's the title "Cobra" was written as the acronym "C.O.B.R.A." This even spread to character names, like C.O.B.R.A. Commander. Once, in the Marvel comic (issue in the late 80's perhaps?) Larry Hama threw out a bone to fans with a sign reading "C.O.B.R.A" standing for the "Cryptic Order of Benevolent Reptilian Apostates." Hopefully my memory is serving me right on that. At any rate, Hama later disavowed in the letters pages of a later issue that the name of the terrorist organization was actually an acronym--he admitted to just having some fun. A nifty concept nonetheless.

It's really cool that somebody actually spelled it like that again--thanks for pointing that out.

(Not to hijack the thread, and at the risk of running way too far off topic, but this reminded me of the older "T.I.E." fighter spelling before "TIE" fighter replaced it in the Star Wars stories and books. The acronym is for "twin ion engine" and if I remember correctly, the Star Wars mythos resolved this anomaly by later stating that the T.I.E was in actuality an older prototypical version of the later TIE ln starfighter. Does memory serve me right fellow Star Wars fans?)

02-19-2005, 10:53 PM
Yeah, probably off-topic, but since you asked, the Star Wars Sourcebook describes the T.I.E. Fighters as developed in the Old Republic era (i.e., the Clone Wars). They had octagonal "wings" and were followed by the hexagonal, white TIE Fighters seen in A New Hope. The TIE/ln are the darker models seen in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Any further TIE questions can be answered here: http://theforce.net/swtc/tie.html