HISS Driver and HISS Gunner (2015)
Yes, it’s a two-fer tonight. Why? Because I just couldn’t bring myself to cover two incredibly similar figures separately. Some of the decision rests with my feelings on the quality of the figures themselves, and their vehicle. Let’s get to it then, shall we? I promise this won’t hurt–much.
First off, which is which? Well, according to the way he figures are packed in the window, the fellow with the thigh-high boots is the driver. This stands to reason, as the original HISS driver sported a similar kind of footwear. The figure with the odd thunder thighs then is the gunner. Does it really matter in the end? Not to me, as I really could give a whit about either of these guys. It’s not due to their specialty, or the fact that I’ve not been the biggest fan of the first version of the HISS Driver (mine occupied the HISS cockpit, and that was it.) My issue with these two figures lies in the execution, and the color. To begin with the color, I just don’t find it appealing for a general Cobra unit like this. I know it’s not meant to be a Crimson Guard unit, but I would have preferred a deeper red. This slightly metal-flake shade that’s an almost orange doesn’t impress me. In the end, what should be striking is simply bland. As it stands, the drivers look like they might be more suited to join the Hazard Vipers.
The parts choice is problematic. While the armored Cobra Commander mold isn’t bad, it’s just so easily recognizable that it doesn’t really work as the basis for a trooper. Couple that with the fact that the attached armor doesn’t fit too well, and you’ve got two forgettable drivers. The biggest items of interest for me are the rifles.