The BUGG is one of the absolute funkiest vehicles in the Cobra arsenal. An impressive underwater and shoreline attack craft, as well as a truly amphibious personnel carrier, it featured a removable mini-sub as well as deployable jet skis. With its bulbous front end, the thing also looked like a bug.
Secto Viper naturally follows suit with a wild design that evokes elements from his own vehicle. Most prominent is the clear bubble shaped helmet. It’s a real throwback to the dive suits of old, a kind of Cobra meets Jules Verne look that is impressively fanciful. It’s the sort of design that puts a great Cobra spin on a real world outfit, and adds a touch of weirdness for good measure. There’s an odd sort of otherworldly look to the weapon. I think overall, the figure itself has a kind of aquatic alien look to it, like it could have come from some sort of waterborne version of Cobra-La.
Though the color palette is limited, there is quite a bit of fine detail here, with an array of textures and hoses all over the suit. It’s too bad this never saw a repaint in a con set, with more painted detail. Speaking of repainting, the mold was reused in 1997 as part of Olmec’s Bronze Bombers box set. Given an even simpler two-tone paint scheme and renamed Firebomb, it again highlighted the high quality design and sculpt of this mold.