Cobra Viper (2006)
I was stoked when I first found out about the DTC Cobra Viper Pit set. Here was an army builder pack of Vipers that not only gave us something close to the old color scheme, but also looked to have solved the problem of the funky leg molds that plagued the previous re-release versions. Well, sort of. While the thighs returned, the lower legs were apparently still MIA, or not in the budget to recreate. It’s a shame, since the rest of the figures are well done. Okay, so the BAT waist is still there too, but you get the idea.
After getting lost in a sea of muddy and odd repainted Vipers, it’s nice to get a bold blue one again. Even the weapons choice isn’t as random as the new sculpt era toys often presented. The machine gun with cartridge was a pretty wonderful weapon, if a bit of overkill for the Cobra ground pounders. Smaller SMGs were also included, along with the Ambush rifle, and underrated accessory in my opinion. And hey, it’s done up in grey.
Another unique painted feature is the gold faceplate. While this detail isn’t referenced on the file card, I assume it’s meant to call out the figure as a squad leader.