Star Viper (1988)
Star Vipers hold the distinction of being surgically altered to be more effective at piloting their spacecraft. I just can’t see the draw in joining Cobra, unless you’re really hard up for a job. Between these guys and the Toxo-Vipers, I can only imagine the EEOC and OSHA issues that are going on in the organization. Maybe that’s why Cobra Commander has a cadre of accountants and lawyers at his beck and call in the Crimson Guard.
The Star Vipers piloted the Stellar Stiletto, a small but fearsome looking fighter. I’m trying hard to avoid a shoe joke here, by the way. I’ve always been disappointed that Cobra didn’t have a powerful spacecraft to go up against the Defiant. Maybe the Crusader should have been repainted as a Cobra vehicle instead of a Joe rehash.
This mold has a great sinister and almost robotic look to it, especially the helmet. I like Cobra troops whose helmets evoke Cobra Commander’s. It gives the bad guys a sense of continuity. Seeing the black and gold together sometimes makes me forget that this isn’t a trooper from the Iron Grenadier faction, particularly since it came from the same year that produced the original Iron Grenadier, gold helmeted Destro and Ferret.