The hits just keep on comin’ with another Defense of Cobra Island multi-pack figure. It’s another fine marriage of parts that serves to make one of the most odd looking Cobra troopers of the past into a more cohesive and menacing looking figure.
Again, like his pack mate Lamprey, the Range Viper benefits from being based on an old figure, without a slavish devotion to recreating every aspect of its predecessor. Using some of the better articulated body parts then available in the Resolute Cobra Trooper torso and arms, as well as the Alley Viper legs (still being used today) the figure comes together impressively. This is one figure whose body looks to be in proportion. It’s the kind of improvement of modern construction that would show up in the movie line and into the Pursuit of Cobra and 30th anniversary series.
All the old color cues are here, and the toned-down helmet from the DTC Range Viper fits in perfectly. No more exposed brain/afro look for this guy. Accessories are a bit different, with the missile launcher absent, and a much smaller backpack, but the inclusion of a detailed belt-fed machine gun make up for it.
Finally, I’ve said before that the Ranger Viper design didn’t really strike me as looking too much like its specialty would suggest. Though this figure is a sleek update of one of the clunkier looking classic Cobra troop types, it’s still a bit on the brightly colored side for a wilderness trooper. For those who prefer a more subdued look, the figure was repainted for the cancelled Target vehicle sets that showed up at Ross the next year.