ARCTIC ASSAULT  
  Code Name: ICE-VIPER  
 

Aside from a few backdoor 25th Anniversary figures like Leatherneck, Heavy Metal or Monkeywrench, not much from the Rise of Cobra line really impressed me. Most of the figures looked dreadful, while the ones that weren't too bad (such as Snake Eyes) had been done better in the 25th Anniversary line itself. There was, however, an exception that proved the rule – the Ice-Viper.

The original Ice-Viper was a pretty average looking figure packed in with the WOLF vehicle, and resembled some random version of Storm Shadow. However, the look of the RoC version is much changed, and the naming is more just a simple nod to convention rather than a reference – Cobra troopers are often Vipers, right, and this one's an ice soldier, right, so let’s call him an Ice-Viper. What really attracted me to him was how weird the guy looks. There’s the massive chunky legs seen on a few cold weather RoC figures, the massive PVC jacket covered in pouches and stuff, and the visor with the red stripe down the middle.

He delivers too. The big legs not only look great but have pretty good articulation still – they lose the upper knee joint, but then considering this guy's probably got six layers on, it’s perhaps more realistic this way. The flak jacket looks marvellous, even if it restricts the shoulder and hip joints a little – I rather like the painted hood, though I'm glad it’s down as it shows off the interesting head mould. The visor is fixed in place over an unpainted black head, which gives it an unusual but strangely effective inhuman look that’s not really like anything else. I even like his little gun with random white rags on it - though because of the bulky PVC jacket the Ice-Viper’s reduced to waving it around one-handed.

Less successful is the giant spring-loaded missile firing sledge thing he comes packed with, but such are the perils of buying a Rise of Cobra figure, and it's easily remedied by chucking it in a box and forgetting about it. While the Snow Serpent's a good enough figure, the Ice-Viper makes a nice addition to any Cobra winter army, and is recommended for its' unusual but generally successful design.

 

G.I. Joe Ice-Viper
G.I. Joe Ice-Viper
G.I. Joe Ice-Viper
G.I. Joe Ice-Viper