Ice Viper (1987)
The Ice Viper, driver of the Cobra WOLF is an interesting figure for the time, considering the accessories included: a helmet and two sais, extra acessories that set him apart from the usually weaponless drivers. I never really understood why he came with tradtionally martial arts weapons. Maybe he uses them as ice picks.
The WOLF was a fast attack snow vehicle, and the Ice Viper reflects this in its design. It reminds me of a motorcycle driver, specifically the Germans in World War II. The helmet and goggles are very reminiscent of that period, and the figure even appears to be wearing a jacket. Another nice feature are the weapons that can be attached to the figure’s legs. As expected for a cold weather trooper, the sculpt is nicely bulky, with what looks like armor or padding on the shoulders and chest strap.
The red mask in combination with the helmet makes for a nice throwback to the original Cobra trooper look. Of course it wouldn’t be a winter trooper without fur somewhere on the figure.