I covered this figure once before, but I thought it’s such an interesting and different figure from the usual Cobra troops, and deserves another look. The last time I took shots of the toy, my camera wasn’t nearly up to snuff in terms of capturing the wonderfully bold color and unique details. I know we often think these later figures would look better with more functional paint jobs, but I wouldn’t want these guys to be to subdued. There’s just too much texture to miss, and the brighter plastic really brings it out. I’d say that a wash would do the trick, but I don’t think that style of deco plays well with the o-ring era figures.
Cyber-Vipers are cybernetically enhanced troopers whose main focus is to oversee and initiate the attacks of Cobra’s Mega Monsters. They’re not BATs, although I suppose they are closer to Overkill, just not creepily inhuman like the BAT Commander. All of this modification of troops begs the question: who in their right mind would submit their body to such experimentation? Maybe the pay grade is high, or they get full medical, dental, disability and fully vested in Cobra’s 401k.