A lot has been said about the GI Joe figures of the golden years of 1982 through 1986, but I’m here to tell you again not to overlook some of the later releases. The Night-Viper figure is hands-down one of the most amazing figures of the Real American Hero era. The Night-Viper’s purpose, sculpt, and accessories all came together in an amazing way.
When it was repainted for the Collectors Club’s Operation: Flaming MOTH series, the mold got a lot of new life, in my eyes. While the first version is an excellent figure, and an all-time classic Cobra army builder, the new color scheme brings out the sculpt’s detail with some reversed contrast and excellent added paint apps. It’s not that the first version’s colors were lacking, but the additions and changes make so many elements of this figure stand out. Even though it’s intended as an environment specific (jungle) uniform, the colors will also work in more generic settings.
Like the other Cobras in the series, this Night Viper is intended to be an individual squad leader, an interesting departure from the usual nameless Cobra figures of old. This guy’s file name is Spencer Davis. I guess someone at the Club was a British Invasion fan.