Viper (1990 Sonic Fighters)
The ’86 Viper mold. A fan favorite design that continues to resonate to this day. It’s also a mold that’s been repainted more times than my uncle’s 1974 Monte Carlo. Speaking of the 70’s, what’s more representative of the horrid decor of that decade than brown and gold? I think Cobra Commander was pining for his days as a young plaid stallion of a car salesman when he outfitted the Sonic Vipers.
These unfortunate souls are not only decked out in the finest poo brown and harvest gold, but are also responsible for field testing Cobra’s knock-off versions of the GI Joe team’s sonic weapons technology. Talk about double jeopardy.
I told a bit of a lie about the mold being repainted. I should have qualified that with “from the waist up”. Dr. Mindbender performed a leg-ectomy on the Viper mold when he created his new Lobot Locutus look for 1993. The Viper legs were too embarrassed to show themselves again until 2006 when the thighs showed up as part of the Viper included in the Viper Pit set. In the intervening years between 1993 and 2006, the Vipers’ legs were replaced with those of the original BAT, and the resulting abomination was repainted seven times. Taste the rainbow!