Python Viper (1989)
Is the ’86 Viper mold so popular that collectors will buy it in any flavor? Maybe so, unless the lower half has been replaced with BAT legs. Even then, the right color combo could cause a stir. Just look at the 2002 Crimson Strike Team Viper.
The first ever repaint of the Viper is, at the very least, interesting. The lover of oddness in me is fascinated with the color combo. The pattern applied across the top of the figure has always bugged me, as the pattern is very flatly applied across the sculpt. I suppose that was just a limitation of the time. The pattern reminds me of a cheat in animation, in which a character wearing plaid or other patterned clothing is moving, yet the pattern in their clothes doesn’t move.
The inconsistent coloring of the Python Patrol also bothered me, and I haven’t had a huge interest in army building them. I know all the figures couldn’t look the same, but could they have come up with a scheme that allowed each one to have all the color elements in their uniforms? They’re kind of a haphazard looking group.
Given my choice of the Python uniforms, I would however choose this one as my favorite. I don’t think that’s due to the famous mold as much as it is to the figure sticking to a single base color more than most of his comrades. He’s definitely not as stomach churning as the Python Crimson Guard.