G.I. Joe: Building a Real H.I.S.S. Tank


The Cobra H.I.S.S. Tank is one of the most iconic pieces of gear from the ’80s G.I. Joe universe and the filmmakers wanted to create a real-life version for the G.I. Joe: Retaliation movie. In this clip from the upcoming Blu-ray release, director Jon M. Chu and Hasbro’s Brian Goldner talk about designing and building the High Speed Sentry vehicle.


The movie got an early digital release: you can download it now from iTunesAmazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu or directly from Paramount. The DVD and Blu-ray are out July 30th. Come back next week for a full review.

12 Comments on "G.I. Joe: Building a Real H.I.S.S. Tank"

  1. I kind of like the idea of an elevating turret. It eliminates the need to expose the hull when firing from a hide/down position. You could also fire over buildings.

  2. mysticvirgo67 | July 22, 2013 at 8:23 pm |

    Like the idea of the raised turret as well, for same reasons as Psywar7 .. ultimate in hull down double as sentry towers and such. Would not be surprised if Pentagon does't come looking at the concept

  3. They need my help. I could improve that to be even more useful. Let me start thinking.

  4. phil messina | July 22, 2013 at 11:25 pm |

    Great idea but highly impractical. For starters the main gun rounds, coax and .50 cal ammo are in the hull behind the gunner/loader. How do you load the main gun, coax or .50 cal mg with the turret elevated, with ammo still in the hull. The other pertinent and deadly probably is once the turret is elevated how do you protect the crew of 4 from attack since now there is a huge opening in the hull where the turret should be! Cool for Hollywood…bad for us tankers!

  5. I will not be surprise if this becomes the army's future project.

  6. One advantage to elevation, it could articulate to 90 and be an effective AAA system

  7. With modern anti tank systems armor has become more of a secondary concern to mobility and firepower. This sytem could work well if it used rail gun tech for the main gun, then ammo stowage for the 30mm Cannon. This way it could use smaller flechette's moving at high velocity wich SHOULD reduce the size of auto loading equipment, the power source would be in the hull of the tank and the power sent up through flex conduit in the "arms".

  8. with the turret raised, munitions would hit the turret from above, ie a javelin that would allow the hull to beat a hasty retreat to refit. i see a modular configuration to be useful here. That is where it is all going right? modular?

  9. topofthechain | July 28, 2013 at 12:46 pm |

    With the turret firing from that elevated position, the recoil would act on the support arms and cause the tank to flip over.

  10. capdoc6869 | July 29, 2013 at 3:22 am |

    Why not make it an auto side loading recoilless rifle with HE, Fleshette, and long range super RPGs with quad 30mm cannons firing depleated u?

  11. Would likely be used almost exclusively in the nested configuration but the ability to rise over cover could be a game-changer in urban fighting. If it were able to articulate fully forward, it could look around corners before exposing the hull. Main gun would have to be something special with a low recoil.

  12. any one making an RC verison?

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