PYTHON VIPER (v2)
PYTHON PATROL ASSAULT VIPER
Series: Eight (1989)
Python Viper was first released carded as part of the eighth series (1989). He was also sold in 1990 and was discontinued domestically in 1991.
Python Viper came with a black backpack and a black RDT-7 assault rifle with grenade launcher.
The PYTHON VIPER is the backbone of the Python Patrol. He is highly motivated, superbly trained, and formidably equipped. Due to the Pythonizing Process*, this particular viper is equipped with stealth-like capabilities, whereby he can penetrate enemy areas undetected! His combination rifle/grenade launcher has been retro-fitted with a passive, infrared seeker and the barrel rifling has been changed to accept hyper-velocity discarding ammunition.
"If you want to get anywhere in the Python Patrol, you have to start out as a Python Viper. That's the bottom line of the pyramid, and serving in the Python infantry is a small price to pay to gain access to the glittering prizes at the top. The Python Command doesn't reward success with parades and medals. They offer material wealth, power and an outlet for the terrible urges that drive those who are greedy, envious and the cruel. If that doesn't make a Python Viper a dangerous opponent, nothing does!"
*A process in which personnel and/or vehicles are outfitted with a primary layer of radar-resistant black-ball paint, then blanketed with a thermal-wave dispersal grid.
No variations of Python Viper (v2) are known to exist.
Python Viper's body was made from the mold of the Viper (1986).
The entire Viper body was also used to create Viper (v3) (1990).
Viper's waist and legs were re-used to create Dr. Mindbender (v2) (1993). Viper's head, chest, and arms were re-colored and re-used to create Viper (v5) (1997), Cobra Officer (v2) (1998), Cobra Trooper (1998), Cobra Viper (v6) (2002), Cobra Viper (v7) (2002), Cobra Viper (v8) (2003), and Cobra Viper (v9) (2003).
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Python Viper (v2).
Original Retail: $2.55
Hasbro Product: 6552
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-88204
Desimone Guide: #113
Tomart's Guide: #GI6137
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 142 (1st Ed.), Pg. 198 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a