Cobra Rattler 4-WD (1998)
What was going on with the Toys R Us 1997-1998 vehicle names? First the classic Cobra Rattler mold was given to the Joes and renamed the A-10 Thunderbolt, then the Stinger was renamed the Rattler. Wait, I guess I just answered my own question there. It does feel odd to call anything but the old Cobra jet by the name Rattler. By any name, this is one of the cooler repaints of the versatile VAMP/Stinger mold.
I’m racking my brain about this, as I’m not completely certain, but I can’t recall another driver whose uniform has been painted to match its vehicle. Both Vypra and the Rattler exhibit the same type of spray pattern camouflage, and I think that’s a pretty unique thing. It really ties the two together in a way that is different from most other drivers and their rides. I’ve always been intrigued by the Vypra figure and its file card characterization, and she strike me as the kind of Cobra operative that might be very attached to her ride. Growing up in the South, I have to wonder if she ever ran afoul of Yank Justice and his Muscle Machines crew. Now there’s a Sunbow crossover I’d like to see–GI Joe meets Bigfoot.
I have two examples of Vypra, and there is significant variation to the camo paint spray. I only have one Rattler, and have wondered if the vehicles exhibit the pattern and color differences?