G.I. JOE: SPY TROOPS (HASBRO)
“Ripping up the roads on their COBRA VENOM CYCLE vehicles, COBRA VIPER members like to think of themselves as a biker gang with the most technologically advanced hogs on the planet”
Here we are at the finish line. Just one more entry in my insane 6-in-1 Day of the Vipers reviews! Oh yeah, I did it!
In 2003, the G.I. Joe line once again rebranded, taking on the heading “Spy Troops.” Joes and Cobras were given infiltration gear and disguises, and it was all very spy-y. Well, it was mostly spy-y. Some of it was not at all spy-y at all. The the Viper’s one release during the line’s run fell into that non-spy area.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Cobra Viper was released as a pack-in figure with the Cobra Venom Cycle, a small-scale vehicle from the Spy Troops line. The cycle was undoubtedly the selling point, but I don’t have it, I just have the Viper. For I am a mad man. He’s the same basic figure I’ve looked at three previous times today, the tweaked V5 Viper mold that Hasbro would continue to use for another three years after this. Hey, they had a good formula down, right? The big difference, of course, was the paint scheme. He’s got this olive sort of thing going on, which is right in line with the overall look of most of the Spy Troops figures. At first glance, he looks a little bit like the Turquoise Viper from ’02, but if he’d been left out in the sun. That being said, I do actually quite like this color scheme, and have generally found myself kind of drawn to this figure. Since he was just a pack-in with a vehicle, the Viper didn’t come with any accessories of his own. Maybe he’s like the pacifist of the group, or something?
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This was the last figure I dug out of the collection at All Time. I had just about called it on getting any more Vipers, and I looked down and saw this guy staring at me. With no accessories of his own, he was an easier grab than some of the others, and I’ll admit, I was just thoroughly broken at that point. There’s not really anything to distinguish him from the rest, but he’s a Viper, and a kinda neat one at that. He rounds out the set nicely.
So, there you have it: nine new Vipers, courtesy of my friends at All Time Toys. If you’re looking for old Joes (provided that you don’t want Vipers, because seriously, I’ve cleaned them out) or if you’re looking for other cool toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay Store.