Thursday, September 3, 2020

1993 HEAT Viper - Around The Web

This HEAT Viper repaint isn't great.  But, the bright green is actually kind of fun and makes for a visually striking action figure.  Done differently, the figure still has some limitations.  But, one of the great customs of the early online Joe community was a Snake Eyes using the chest from this figure.  It proved the sculpt had potential.  Oddly, the figure was released in Brazil as a good guy, Raio Verde.  But, the figure was also in bright green and isn't all that different from this version.  I do enjoy this guy, though, for what he is and it's nice to have a couple of them lying around.  Here's the best of the 1993 HEAT Viper from around the web.









1993 HEAT Viper, Battle Corps

1993 HEAT Viper, Battle Corps, Bulletproof, DEF

7 comments:

  1. I love this guy but the black underwear is stupid.

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  2. Hey my friend. Do you have some information about the Brazilian version of 1993 heat Viper?

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    1. A bit:

      https://forgotten--figures.blogspot.com/search/label/Raio%20Verde

      They used to be really cheap and easy to find. I got them for under $10 per MOC figure in the late 2000's. Now, not so much.

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  3. The entire mold screams Snake Eyes to me, aside from the head of course. I have to wonder if some figures were meant to be other characters originally. Imagine if Hasbro was going to release a new visored Snake Eyes in 1993, but changed their minds and we got Heat Viper instead.

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    1. I've never seen SNAKE-EYES in this mold at all. I guess I see it now in the chest, but the rest could be just about anyone.

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  4. Repaint?
    Kind of an odd duck. He doesn't have much visual tie-in with the original HEAT-Viper. Exposed chin? (Half chin on V1) Side arm? Padding on the waist but its unpainted. Kinda. Both have double straps on each thigh. Some similar raised areas on the boot, but once again on V2 they are painted the same as the boot. (It's odd they mold the lower legs green and paint them instead of molding them in black and painting the knees),

    There's little about this sculpt that says anti-tank trooper. He only has a visor and not even a helmet. No extra ammo for his FANG 2 launcher.

    The lack of paint ops brings the figure down, especially there being two colors beside his exposed lower face. Neon is one thing, but there was general cheapness to some figures from this era.

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  5. Am I the only one that thinks if you turn his green paint white, that he'll look a lot like the troopers from "SpaceBalls"?

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