The modern collector’s frustration with one of the great vintage RAH figures began in 1997.The prospect of a remolded Viper, well remembered from 1986 as a replacement for the original Cobra blueshirt troopers, was a welcome sight on store shelves in the 90’s. Unfortunately, we only got half of the Viper. The waist and legs had gone missing, replaced by those of the 1986 BAT. I’ve often wondered why the BAT legs were chosen. Could it have been because of the piping on the side of the legs, that continue the look of the vest’s side padding?
Whatever the reason, what we ended up with throughout the commemorative and new sculpt eras were substandard Vipers. They often were plagued with an involuntary “high-kick” leg issue that randomly rendered the figures into goofy poses. Stand up a line of BAT leg Vipers and within a few minutes it could look like a scene from the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular.
This version, in a lovely shade of purple, showed up packed with a dark grey camo decoed repaint of the Cobra Flight Pod. Why this guy was done up colored like Grape Ape is anyone’s guess. I think a camo similar to his vehicle would have made for a nice exclusive Viper. Paint apps on the legs are short, which is odd. On a positive paint note, at least his gauntlets and straps were given a shot of paint.