In 2001, collectors were army builder crazy. So, when early images of a figure in blue and red showed up online, we went bananas thinking of all we'd do once cheap alternatives for Cobra Troopers were finally available. In the end, though, the Laser Viper somewhat disappointed. While people did army build him to a great degree, the new head wasn't perfect. And, as better army builders continued to pour out of Hasbro over the next couple of years, the need for massive amounts of the Laser Viper in a collection diminished. But, overall, this version of the Laser Viper did offer some things that would never be seen again. Hasbro took more chances with their earlier figures. But, collectors punished them for doing so. In time, figs like the Laser Viper became quaint reminders of what we didn't really want more of. I've grown to appreciate this figure more in the past 18+ years for this reason. Here's the best of him from around the web.
2001 Laser Viper Profile
2001 Laser Viper Pre-Production
2001 Laser Viper by gigamech
2001 Laser Vipers by dreadnokdread
2001 Laser Viper by kushviper
2001 Laser Viper by yotothejoe
2001 Laser Viper by gijoe_rama