Alley Viper (2002)
The original Alley Viper figure was an unknown to me until I came back to collecting in the early 90s. The concept instantly hooked me, and the color scheme and helmet design were extra touches of oddness that drew me to the trooper. When the Battle Corps versions hit, I was able to build a squad of the yellow and black release.
The first series of Joe’s 2002 relaunch was accompanied by a selection of o-ring molds. The returning Alley Viper (available in two flavors!) became another easy to obtain urban assault army builder. I didn’t have a preference for either color, as both can function well within the various Cobra color brigades. I would prefer the mask in the figure’s main color rather than grey, but it does mesh well with the urban camo elements.
We couldn’t escape a 2000s o-ring Joe without mentioning parts swapping. All the Alleys ended up with Duke legs, which don’t look bad to me, however the fit doesn’t quite match up with the sockets of the waist. As a result, these guys are usually doing a weird side-kick of some kind, unless you’re really careful in posing them. This all goes back to the 1997 version, along with the Dial-Tone rifle. I just had to replace the ugly Tomax/Xamot pistol that came with this figure.