|Code Name: H.I.S.S. DRIVER|
Much like the Stinger Driver or even Wild Weasel the H.I.S.S. Driver was rarely seen driving his assigned vehicle in associated media, though the type did get the odd appearance. In the UK the figure was actually packed with the Cobra reissue of the escape armour, something of an improvement on the Red Shadow initially included in that it was actually designed to fit in the thing.
That the H.I.S.S. Driver was included in the 25th Anniversary line wasnt much of a surprise not only did the line show a particular affinity for Cobra generics but it also included the H.I.S.S. tank itself a few times over. What was more remarkable was that the type actually made it to one of the single-pack mass retail waves, which is a bit odd. The single-pack version had a blue chest plate; for the Ultimate Battle Pack this was changed to silver, while the actual H.I.S.S. tank release saw the figure repainted as the H.I.S.S. Commander.
The basic design of the H.I.S.S. Driver isnt particularly great. It seems somewhat out of sync with other Cobra generics for some indefinable reason and lacks style to boot. Just something about the head cast doesnt really grab me, with its ridged crest and odd shape. The legs are interestingly done though, and if nothing else the new figure does at least look almost exactly the same as the original figure - just with better proportions and greatly increased articulation, not to mention a holstered pistol on the hip. Even if the holster is big enough to be seen from space.
The figure does fit nicely in the 25th Anniversary H.I.S.S. tank though whether the cockpits been remoulded or not I couldnt tell you if does have a G1-style 'thin' crotch however and as the H.I.S.S. had one of the more compromising cockpits of the line, Id say its a fair bet the original will take him too. However, the H.I.S.S. Driver is only really of much interest if youre determined to crew your tanks as accurately as possible. As a figure in its' own right it's lacking much punch and looks as silly as some of the line's late 1980s/early 1990s follies.