Python Tele-Viper (1989)
Question: are certain members of Python Patrol meant to be individuals? I know that Cooperhead is, but
some of the other figures’ file cards change the terms from previous releases like “these” to “he’s”, and also frequently “this guy” which leads me to believe some may not be troopers, but rather single operatives. Then again, I could be reading too much into the simple grammar change on the back of an action figure package. Maybe I’ve been at this too long since I’m asking such ridiculous questions.
The Python Tele-Viper features the pattern that I find most pleasing among the group: the grey on grey snakeskin pattern. It was in place on the Crimson Guard and the Viper, and both wore it well, much better than Copperhead’s or the trooper’s yellow and green combo. Getting a bit of variation is a change from the original purple on blue design. While I like the original figure, I’m kind of amazed how much more detail comes out in a lighter color scheme. Too bad this mold didn’t make it into the 2000s multi-pack version of the Patrol. It would have looked pretty impressive in black, red and gold.