Serpent Armor (2009)
The SNAKE armor has come in quite a few different flavors over the years. Aside from the original white, there’s a Cobra blue version, as well as an interesting red recolor from across the pond. With the Rise of Cobra tie-in toys came this black number, perfect for all your formal Cobra world domination events. All that’s missing is a bow tie.
Most of the Target exclusive small vehicle sets didn’t pique my interest, but as soon as I saw pictures of this one, I had to track it down. I’ve often wondered, should this be considered a vehicle or a figure? Really, it could be both. Anyway, I had the original SNAKE armor as a kid, and thought it was a great toy. Being one of the line’s inexpensive items, it fit perfectly into my meager 10 year old kid budget. It’s pretty amazing to think that the same mold has stuck around in the same form since 1983.
Surprisingly, a modern figure does fit inside. They may have to cross their arms a bit, but the fit is serviceable, and I would even say that the armor seems to stand up a little straighter with the newer figure inside. The figure in question is the Viper Commando, a repainted movie Neo Viper. It’s nothing fantastic, but it is interesting to consider that the venerable armor finally has a dedicated driver figure. Now the only question is: does the armor still incorporate powerful sensors and mood-changers that strengthen its wearer?