HEAT Viper (1993)

I always found it strange that a late 80’s Cobra like the HEAT Viper was revisited just a few years after its original release. However, the late 80’s Alley Viper was also given new life in the Battle Corps series. I find both to be well done and worthy successors to their earlier figures, but with their own distinctive 90’s feel.

The first HEAT Viper was among the more strange designs of the time, with its half face shield, boot mounted missile racks and unwieldy main weapon. This new version is a more simplified, stripped down design in terms of sculpt, paint and accessories. I think it’s due more to the changing style of the toyline than anything else. A strong sci-fi look, bold colors, and arbitrary weapon choices were common to the time.

Though the uniform is less detailed than its predecessor, I still find it to be an enjoyable Cobra trooper. The plain, single colored outfit harks back to the very early Cobra troops’ more simplistic styling. There aren’t multiple layers of clothing, pads and the like, just a simple suit with bandolier. Replace the green with Cobra blue, and he could stand with the rank and file troopers as a nameless heavy weapons trooper. Speaking of which, this mold would have been perfectly suited in blue and black alongside Firefly and the 90’s Flak Viper mold in the Cobra Urban Strike Team multi-pack. The only thing that bothers me about the figure is the solid painted waist piece. It looks too much like he’s wearing black Superman shorts.

HEAT Viper is another instance of the spring loaded missile launcher being less of a liability for display. It makes more sense to pose this figure with his giant missile launcher than someone like Keel Haul. An anti tank trooper would naturally carry a large weapon, and though his is still outsized, its presence doesn’t stretch the limits of plausibility too badly.


  • If it weren’t for the neon green, I’d give this guy some props. As a diehard fan of the 82-86 era with several additional favorites from 87-92, I do appreciate the simplicity of its design.

    Change the green to a dark blue or crimson red and this figure might have stood a chance. And, of course, get the waist piece to match one of the other colors so he wouldn’t look like he’s wearing Underoos.

  • Steven B. Williams

    His helmet looks like it would continue to offer the ability to visually see his target like the first one but without the cumbersome cable-link. Looks cool; I hope we’ll see a modern version of this one (I know that Hasbro had a modern version of the v.1 H.E.A.T.-Viper on display with other Concept Joes at JoeCon 2012).

  • I’ve seen the torso used for a custom of a “spring action-less” Ninja Force Night Creeper, while the head I once saw for a custom Scrap Iron.

  • My brother used to army build this guy and the flak viper [both versions] back in the day. Has anyone else noticed that several of the battle corps figures have stolen bits from Robocop?. In this case the head

  • I’m not a fan of the visor being the same shade of black has the helmet. Makes it looks as if he has no visor, and is just firing rockets off blindly. Which is something I could totally see happening in the cartoon.

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