H.E.A.T. Viper (2003 Python Patrol)
Since its original version was released during my toy collecting hiatus, I don’t have much of a connection to the original HEAT Viper mold. It’s an interesting, if odd, figure.
As part of the Toys R Us exclusive Python Patrol multi-pack, the figure utilizes a paint scheme that’s more in line with the classic Python vehicle colors than the vintage figures. I actually prefer these darker colors over the originals. The older figures were all over the map in terms of deco, and I always thought the old Python group could have been a bit more unified in its use of patterns and colors.
Being an anti-tank trooper (or Bazooka Man, as the 1989 figure refers to it) he’s armed to the teeth with a wicked missile launcher. There’s just so much going on with the figure and the main weapon, my head is spinning. Hoses jut from the figure to the weapon, making it look more like a Cobra vacuum cleaner specialist than a missile trooper. It’s all more than a bit fanciful, to say the least. I’ve also often wondered about the viability of carrying live artillery shells around one’s shins. Whatever the case, they definitely put ’85 Snake Eyes’ ankle workout weights to shame.