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Wave 8, 2008 Python Crimson Guard

COBRA Diver | COBRA Ninja Viper | COBRA Trooper | Dreadnok Ripper | Python Crimson Guard | Tripwire

Review by Justin Bell

I'll say it right off the bat. I cannot stand Python Patrol. I hate it.

Well, that might be a bit of an overstatement. I actually really like the "concept". And I really LOVE the vehicle paint schemes as well as those kick ass Toys "R" Us figures that came out in 2002. But the straight up Python Patrol stuff that we got in the late 80's is just really, really awful, terrible stuff, in my opinion.

Anyone who reads my reviews knows that I'm not shy about my love for figures regardless of their paint schemes ...I don't mind some brightness as long as the figure itself is cool and the colors work. For the Python Patrol, these colors do not work in any stretch of the imagination whatsoever. They're too bright, they conflict hideously with the other colors sprinkled throughout the figure, and they make absolutely no functional sense. Never mind the fact that a "Crimson" Guard is all decked out in blinding yellow, bland gray, and a bizarre criss cross pattern of lighter gray swaths, but I can say without hesitation that the color schemes of pretty much every old school Python Patrol figure is just terrible.

Just my opinion, of course. All of that being said, though, for those folks who like the old school Python Patrol, this figure will be right up your alley, because it's a pretty straight, accurate representation of how the Python Crimson Guard appeared back in the day. The yellow jacket, the gray pants, black helmet and black boots are all there, and he looks pretty much just like he looked back then, for better or worse.

This version of the Crimson Guard comes with all the same gear as he did in '89, with this black backpack and black rifle, and this one comes with the same removable pistol as the Anniversary Crimson Guards have been coming with all along. It makes sense from an homage perspective, and personally, I'm just glad to see the more familiar bayonet rifle and not the other rifle that he's been coming with here and there.

All told, this figure is an accurate homage to the original Crimson Guard, in his garish color scheme and all. Being that the old Python Patrol team does little for me, and I'm not a huge fan of these colors, I can honestly say this figure is pretty under whelming. The army builders and Python Patrol fans will dig it, I'm sure, and at least it's a somewhat new type of figure (instead of just a barely repaint like the COBRA Trooper) but ultimately, like the Trooper, there isn't much for me to get real fired up about here.

GRADE: out of 5

Archive entry:
Crimson Guard (v14)

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Images from the collection of: Justin Bell

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