Night Viper (2014)
What’s more frustrating than finding an original Retaliation Night Viper on the pegs? How about getting the follow-up figure to hold its main weapon? I must have tried ten times to get his tiny trigger finger through the guard while maneuvering the hand to grip the stock. I eventually gave up and sort of balanced the weapon between the arm and torso. The things I do to pose these little guys…
The Night Viper is a beautiful looking figure, and quite photogenic. It takes many of the RAH version’s design cues and updates them effectively to the modern style. From a removable helmet to stowable gear, he’s a winner to look at. I also like the sleek build, it really suits the specialty. While the red color doesn’t match up to the vintage counterpart, it’s good to at least see the mold available again.
The playability just gets a little frustrating at times. Okay, really frustrating. I had a heckuva time getting this guy to hold the red rifle in either hand. Granted, the same issue did happen from time to time during the 80s and 90s. In fact, the design of the original Night Viper’s weapon was such that his old c-grip hands couldn’t hold it convincingly. Maybe in that sense, the figure is an homage.
Despite the weapon brandishing issue, I think it’s a very good looking figure, and a much needed Cobra specialty to add to the arsenal of the modern enemy forces. I can see now why the previous version was on a lot of fans’ want list. Heck, I still want one too.