Python Crimson Guard (1989)
The Python Patrol sub-set was responsible for some of the weirdest Cobra uniform color schemes of the time. While the set has a unifying palette of colors and patterns, they’re not commonly placed on the figures in the same way. All featured a snakeskin pattern, but some were across pants and shirts while others were only on small parts like kneepads. As a whole, they’re a strange looking, yet instantly recognizable bunch of troops.
The Python Crimson Guard’s file card isn’t greatly changed from the initial version, although an interesting facet is the mention of the Guard’s function to spy on fellow vipers and report violations of policy to the Python Commander. Sounds like an outgrowth of the original Guard’s loyalty to Cobra Commander. And who is this Python Patrol Commander? I wonder if there was intention of producing a Python Cobra Commander. A yellow, black, and grey Commander is an intriguing thought, and could have been a crazy weird update for old bumper face.
This figure may be my favorite of the group aside from the Viper, even with its bright yellow uniform shirt. There’s something about the grey pants and the extra little painted details that really catch my eye. The painted details also play up the dress uniform aspects of the figure.