PARA TROOPER  
  Code Name: PARA-VIPER  
 

I'm not really sure what the Para-Viper's all about. The figure isn't, as far as I know, modelled on anything from the series' history, but like the Bazooka Trooper is just Hasbro trying something a bit different for rank-and-file Cobra troops for the 25th Anniversary line.

The Para-Viper has a slightly lurid deep blue/grey scheme with Day-Glo, silver, clear and yellow details. However, the most bizarre feature is the way he's both a paratrooper and a scuba diver. At the same time. I'm all for multi-skilled troops, but this is just daft.

The complex, heavyweight parachute gear is one of the more realistic arrays of its' type in the line (though perversely this feels strangely out of place, more like it's escaped from Rise of Cobra) but contributes to the feeling of overload - the extra set of goggles especially over-egg the thing. The four pipes going to the helmet and the various pouches restrict the articulation considerably, while stripping the parachute gear off leaves the figure looking very sparse (but still with the moulded fin adornments on the wrist), meaning that just slimming down the equipment doesn't help.

It's not often you find yourself criticising a toy for having too many accessories, but the problem here is they've been piled on with little thought to coherence or even plausibility. I mean, I'd guess he needs his oxygen mask to go underwater, but all the pipes are attached to the parachute gear, which surely even Cobra Vipers wouldn't be stupid enough to take underwater. A mess.

 

G.I. Joe Para-Viper
G.I. Joe Para-Viper
G.I. Joe Para-Viper
G.I. Joe Para-Viper
 

Thanks to the Magical Truth-Saying Turtle for this toy!