Python Patrol STUN (1989)
The STUN was an odd-looking vehicle, but the colors made it seem more streamlined. I wasn’t a fan of it as a kid, even though it was heavily used in the Sunbow animated series. It was meant as a fast-attack vehicle, and I can see that, but I always thought it looked more like something to be driven in a weird cross-country rally than an attack vehicle. I’ll refrain from stating the obvious about the unprotected state of everyone riding in this thing, but the open cockpit design did lend itself very well to dialogue scenes in the cartoon.
The Python Patrol paint scheme is an interesting and very detailed deco, and I prefer the prominent dark red of the vehicles to the figures’colors. Though the STUN is still more on the colorful side, with bright yellow highlights, the intricacy of the pattern and the melded colors are some of the most impressive on any GI Joe vehicle. The added eyes at the front of the cockpit bring out the snakehead-like shape of the vehicle. I honestly hadn’t noticed that on the original.
Overall, it’s wild, bright and funky. Of the three Python Patrol vehicles, this one has the most yellow, but I don’t mind a little flash in my Cobra forces. Though the original is still a classic, I find this one a worthy variant. It’s too bad a Pythonized Motor Viper wasn’t included, but the collectors club took care of that in 2011.