The Sonic Fighter figures get a bad rap, don’t they? I mean, what’s the big deal with the colors or the backpacks? Don’t most world military forces accessorize in gold and wear seven foot tall backpacks?
I’ve actually covered this fella a few years ago, but for some reason, I left his most important accessory out of the photo. Witness the glory of early 90s digitized sound technology! Witness a lower back injury in the making! These poor Cobra grunts, they just can’t catch a break. If they’re not being thrown into an unarmored vehicle cockpit or having their DNA mixed with any number of wild animal, they’re being saddled with gargantuan, static-y sound emitting backpacks that could strain a nut on a Clydesdale.
I remember finding an entire dump bin of Sonic Fighter figures back in the early 90s at the Half Price Store (which I think became Gordman’s). The chain was known for kind of a scammy deal where they would mark their stock with higher “compare to” prices to make you think you were getting a good deal–kind of like Kay-Bee Toys. Being that the regular price on these figures was around $5, the $3 price wasn’t exactly half, but I still kick myself for not army building a few more of this guy. He just looks neat, with all that snazzy gold.
The big question here is how long the backpack will last, as the dreaded Gold Plastic Syndrome can strike at any time. Then again, if it crumbled to dust, the Sonic Viper would in a way have his revenge against a gimmick accessory that caused many a Cobra trooper to suffer from early degenerative disc disease.