Should a Cobra pilot really be considered an army builder? I know the answer is yes in the common sense, as a generic trooper type of which Cobra may employ hundreds. But as a collector, is it at all useful to pack them with infantry types when the pilot is for the most part useless without his signature vehicle?
The mostly great Defense of Cobra Island pack’s troop builders included figures that had been demanded since the 25th anniversary series began. It’s a cool inclusion, no doubt, but I would have rather seen another infantry or named character in the set.
Why is this figure called the Air-Viper? Who knows. Anyway, the Air-Viper–excuse me–Strato Viper design has always struck me as a very dashing and stylish figure, like a pilot from an adventure serial or comic . All that’s missing is a white silk scarf. Say what you will about Cobra; as an organization, they have a fierce dedication to style.
The only thing that really bugs me about this figure is that it serves as a reminder that we’ll probably never see the likes of his original vehicle, the Night Raven, re-released. The Rise of Cobra version, while a fun toy, just wasn’t quite as epic. On a positive note, the existence of this figure brings the possibility of a future repaint into Drop Zone of Sky Patrol. All it needs is a new head and helmet. A good candidate for a future convention set, or perhaps a subscription service figure?