Carrying a new Cobra-created biological weapon only known as "Compound Z", the Hazard Vipers are Cobra toxin specialists that create and experiment with noxious gases and chemicals. They may plant them as part of an attack or could be a part of the clean up effort, or perhaps both. With Cobra zombie action figures not far away, it appears that Hasbro might be orchestrating their own background story which involves the very same compounds these Hazard Vipers are credited with producing... |
Hazard Viper uses the exact same body as the Volcano Viper which was released at the tail-end of the Rise of Cobra movie line, as the driver of the Lava Pod mini-vehicle. The figure has been significantly repainted since its first release, which is a credit to its name: one would imagine a "Hazard" Viper to have bright, urgent colors such as the orange used with his outfit. The body construction is as follows: legs are from Ice Viper (Rise of Cobra), head and torso are from the MARS Trooper (Rise of Cobra), and the arms are from Skydive (Pursuit of Cobra). Accessories include a stand, removable helmet and breathing apparatus, 3 canisters of "Compound Z" inside of a containment case, 2 handguns, a pistol, and a toxic-sludge backpack w/ gun and hose. Several pre-production prototypes of this figure exist with heavy yellow accents and white Cobra sigils, but the final production figure has black Cobra sigils and a uniform orange color throughout the entire outfit.