Hasbro brings us straight back to 1989 with the vintage inspired GI Joe Classified series Alley Viper, but with a slight modern twist! From the bright orange and blue camo to the vintage style accessories, this Alley Viper is as classic A.R.A.H as they get!
Box and Art
The Alley Viper comes in the standard GI Joe Classified Series Window display box and the box art is absolutely beautiful! The image of the Classic Alley Vipers takes us right back to the 80’s with custom artwork by the great Tom Whalen known for his 80’s toys Google style artwork. Seeing the Alley Vipers in their famous orange and blue camo all lined up like they are ready for action is fantastic. And then Cobra Commander can be seen holding his fist in the air, ready to command his army! This is one of my favorite box art images from the Classified line thus far.
The Alley Viper head sculpt is a straight homage to the vintage 1989 ARAH Alley Viper. The shape and angles of the helmet are straight from the vintage figure, but then adds an indented stripe on the top and viper-like fangs near the chin to add a modern twist and give a much more menacing look.
The Cobra symbol can still be found on his forehead, but this time painted in blue which adds to the expected increase in detail on a 6” figure. The flip down face shield visor includes the same logo as the vintage but this time in blue, but omits the 2 blue stripes found on the vintage face shield.
Chest and Back
The chest is your standard issue classified chest with the typical combat vest found on a lot of the classified figures. Again, molded in the bright orange plastic with blue camo markings. There is however an added brown knife sheave on the chest for storage of one the 2 included knives.
Now the arms are not symmetrical meaning they are not the same on both sides so let’s just take a look at each. Both molded in the bright orange plastic with blue camo markings. The left arm is fairly standard and has no additional accessories or features. The right arm however is more interesting and starts off with the amazing blue arm strap with a cobra symbol on the side, mimicking the vintage figure. Moving further down the right arm, you will find a knife sheave closer to his wrist for easy access during combat.
Waist and Legs
The Alley Viper has a very basic waist sculpt. The legs are pretty standard, colored in orange plastic with blue camo markings. The right leg has the pistol holster strapped to it while the left leg just has a set of pouches strapped to it. The knees include knee pads which harken back to the vintage figure, but this time colored in blue. The boot design is fairly standard as well but includes that all too common shin guards found on many classified figures, colored in brown. And as commonly reported mounted a bit a skew to one side.
Weapons and Accessories
The Alley Viper comes with a total of 9 weapons and accessories! It includes a riot shield, backpack, pistol, 2 knives, 2 rifles with removable ammo clips and 1 crossbow rifle with a removable crossbow attachment. All accessories are all in black plastic, except the riot shield.
Riot Shield: The riot shield is molded in bright orange plastic with blue camo markings a huge Cobra logo on the front, similar to the vintage. But the similarities end there. The new classified shield includes arms straps that swivel so that you can position the shield as needed during combat poses! On the inside of the shield, you will find a targeting radar scope so that your Alley Viper can scope out the enemies even from behind his protective gear!
Backpack: The backpack is molded after the vintage backpack with the 3 grenades, pouches, ammo wheel, and this time adds a cobra logo to the upper left-hand corner. Instead of the molded-on rifle from the vintage, you can store the actual crossbow rifle on the backpack on a peg.
Gun: The pistol is pretty basic but has a futuristic look to it. It can holster on the Alley Viper’s right leg for safe keeping, but he probably won’t need to use it given all the gear he comes with already!
Knives: The Alley Viper comes with 2 knives, standard Classified series issued. One knife store in the brown knife sheave on his chest, and the other on his right arm again for easy access during combat.
Grappling Hook Rifle: The Alley Viper comes with 1 crossbow rifle with a removable crossbow attachment that stows in the above-mentioned peg on the backpack.
Rifles: The Alley Viper comes with 2 other rifles besides the crossbow one. Both include removable ammo clips. The larger of the two rifles is styled directly from the 1989 vintage figure with its multiple hand grips and scopes. The second rifle looks more of a machine gun style with a large stock.
Hasbro knocked it out of the park with the classic homage to the 1989 ARAH Alley Viper! It brings me right back to my childhood! With 9 included accessories, harking back to the vintage but with upgrades all around, they really did a great job on that end. The only reason this did not get a perfect score was for the vast reuse of standard issue classified parts, pinned joints and skewed shin guards. Don’t get me wrong, even with these small issues, I absolutely love this figure and to me is the most vintage inspired Classified figure released thus far! That being said, let’s wait to see when I get Spirit, Cobra Officer and Storm Shadow in hand, and I am sure those will surpass this one. But for now, the Alley Viper is the most classic ARAH Classified figure I have in hand to date.