Rock Viper (2000)
Last time I looked, this mold was known as the Range Viper. What happened–did the Hasbro group just have a brain fart, or did they not care? Whatever the case, it’s not too much of a surprise, considering that the Real American Hero Collection would end up playing fast and loose with names and parts choices within a year. Maybe the 1990 Rock Viper mold wasn’t available and they had to go with what was on hand.
The Range Viper is one darn weird figure. I’ve never been able to reconcile things like the helmet design with the specialty. The skull face and exposed brain seem more appropriate for something that would come along in the days of the Mega Marines or Eco Warriors than the regular Cobra forces. 2000 was also the year for emblazoning one’s affiliation on one’s pants legs, as both factions practiced this sort of bold branding. Smudgy paint was also the order of the day in 2000, and this figure gets the worst of it with its helmet paint job. That is one sloppy glob of a deco on his noggin.