Cobra Viper (2006)
The Viper has a storied history of releases during the new sculpt era. One would think such an iconic Cobra trooper would have been a slam-dunk success, a license to print money where army builders were concerned. Not so, thanks to weird mold choices and color schemes. Blue gave way to greens, browns and greys, and the 1986 BAT legs stood in for the original appendages.
The Viper Pit multi-pack was a welcome sight to classic Viper fans, as it presented six figures done up in a color scheme close to the original, and featured newly sculpted replacement upper legs. The set wasn’t the perfect modern re-release of the ’86 Viper, but it can mercifully closer than anything else of the time.
This figure isn’t referred to as anything to differentiate it as a character from its team-mates, but obviously the designers intended it to be an officer of some sort. The only differences from the other five troops are the golden faceplate and vest buckles. I’ll admit I hadn’t noticed the buckles until I looked closely at my photos. A tiny detail, but nonetheless interesting.
Unfortunately the figure still suffers from the mold issues that plagued earlier 2000s Vipers; the head is not too mobile and the legs are difficult to pose. I don’t know if this is common to all sets, but my figures also have incredibly tight o-rings. In fact, several of the figures’ crotches broke when bending the legs at the hips. Ouch.