G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO (HASBRO)
“The PYTHON VIPER is the backbone of the Python Patrol. He is highly motivated, superbly trained, and formidably equipped. Due to the Pythonizing Process, this particular viper is equipped with stealth-like capabilities, whereby he can penetrate enemy areas undetected! His combination rifle/grenade launcher has been retro-fitted with a passive, infrared seeker and the barrel rifling has been changed to accept hyper-velocity discarding ammunition.”
What’s this? Didn’t I publish a review earlier today? Why yes, hypothetical reader, I did. Here’s the scoop: back in my first year on the job—er, running the site, I was more lax with the “I personally must write a review every day” thing, which has been throwing off my review numbering by five days ever since. With my fifth anniversary upcoming, I wanted to correct things. And, as luck would have it, I just procured a bunch of rather similar figures, who don’t quite warrant a whole day to themselves. So, I’m going to be running five bonus reviews today. It is officially the Day of the Vipers!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Python Viper was the second iteration of the Cobra Viper, released in 1989. He was part of the Python Patrol subset, one of six repainted Cobra troopers designed to be even more elite than the previously more elite Viper. He’s the elite-est! The Python Viper is the same exact mold as the standard Viper release, which, as you’ll recall from just a few hours ago, I really liked, like a whole lot. So much. Anyway, the paint work is the main differentiating thing. The Python Patrol were all in grey, yellow, and red. It’s not quite as nuanced as the standard Viper coloring, but I think the Viper definitely looked better in these colors than some of his compatriots. That being said, I was a little saddened to see some of the nice painted details from the last figure missing, leaving a number of sculpted elements (like the straps on his wrist guards) completely unpainted. The Python Viper gets the same assortment of extras as his standard equivalent, though his rifle is now in black rather than light grey.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
After digging out the basic Viper from All Time Toys’ recently acquired collection of Joes, I kept digging through just to see what else I could find, and ended up coming across this guy. I was only thinking I’d grab one or two of them at that point, so he got added to the pile. He’s not quite as good as the standard Viper was, but I have to admit, I like this variant more than I’d expected to.
Special thanks to All Time for helping me get this guy, and if you’re looking for old Joes or if you’re looking for other cool toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay Store.