Cobra Viper (2004)
I went totally ape feces for the new sculpt viper mold. From the first funky red number, to this one and the subsequent classic inspired repaints, I’ve got a veritable army. Can I explain why? The only thing I can think of these days is that I wanted to make up for the fact that I didn’t have much of a Cobra army as a kid. Other than that, I’ve always seen something in this design that pushed my buttons. A lot of it has to do with that wicked helmet. Here, it looks even cooler painted with a gold faceplate. And yes, I see the inordinate number of pouches, but I keep telling myself they’re not Liefeldian.
Though there’s no indication that this guy belongs to the Python Patrol sub-team, it’s only obvious based on some of the color elements in the uniform. The dead giveaway is the crosshatch pattern, While there’s no yellow, gold is a nicely regal substitute. Maybe this is the modern Python Patrol away uniform. Cobra Commander was probably just reacting to the sports merchandising industry’s early 2000s adoption of non-traditional team colors. I imagine t-shirts and ballcaps based on this color scheme selling a lot better in the Cobra PX than yellow, green and battleship grey.