|Code Name: MEDI-VIPER|
Maybe the best idea utilised for the DTC line, the Medi-Viper was loosely inspired by the G.I. Joe v Cobra figure Scalpel. That figure was the first to give Cobra a rough equivalent to Doc or Lifeline rather than leaving their injured to the mercy of a camp bald dentist.
The Medi-Viper refined the design of Scalpel, working nicely as either an update or a troop builder so he can have some subordinates if you're inclined to collect an entire Cobra medical unit. The Medi-Viper refines the look, softening the colour scheme slightly (removing the white parts) and adding a superlative head cast.
This all results in a figure that looks superb - the sculpted silver surgical tools, scowling face and general demeanour really give the impression of a doctor who's not that fussed about his Hippocratic oath and thinks that anaesthetic is for girls. Seriously, if you were lying badly injured on a battlefield, would the appearance of this guy make you feel safe? In fact, I'd propose Medi-Vipers were largely used to convince Cobra Troopers to avoid injury in the first place.
There are some really nice details on the toy, notably the little circular saw that flips out over the figure's right hand. The shoulder pad arrangement can be a bugger to get in place (and is quite thin too, and would probably stress or tear pretty easily), but does cover the huge round shoulders of the Generation 2 body type nicely without particularly restricting the articulation (though it's a shame the same can't be said for the tunic around the waist). All-in-all, despite some niggles the Medi-Viper is a wonderful little figure for rounding out Cobra units. Now, let's have a Generation 3 update, please.