Sand Viper (2005 Single Pack)
The Sand Viper concept is an interesting update of previous Cobra desert operatives. These newer arid attackers are even more effective at functioning in high desert heat. Not only are they chosen for their innate ability to withstand the rigors of the environment, but they’re also given a high-tech uniform to aid them. The outer body armor is resistant even to most pistols, and the inside of the suit is able to recycle and purify the body’s water supply. Hmm, now where have I heard that idea before?
Originating from the Spy Troops series, the Sand Viper has a holdover from its first incarnation in the form of a night vision helmet. Initially part of a disguise, along with a vest, to make the trooper look like a member of the Joe team, the helmet functions well within the Sand Viper’s specialty. They’ve always been identified as infiltrators, so I think the idea of sneaking about the desert at night is fitting.
The Sand Viper mold sure got a lot of use in the 2000s. This version even had a release as late as 2008. While the colors aren’t much for either the desert or general night operations, the gold accents are quite rich. I would even venture to say the figure could be used along the lines of a royal guard for Cobra Commander. It certainly stands as a more impressive figure than the six pack guards from the same era. The ornate armor is even reminiscent of the bio-mechanical designs of Cobra-La. Did I just dare mention most fans’ shark-jumpingest Joe baddies? Yeah, so what? I think the Joeverse could use the shot in the arm of a few crazy bug men nowadays.