Our next gallery from the Combiner Wars is Decepticon Viper! Viper is a redecoed version of Powerglide with a new head. Intended as an army builder, he is something very cool – a crossover with G.I. Joe, with the plane being based on the Cobra Rattler and the robot mode’s new head taking inspiration from the Rattler pilot Wild Weasel, which is also what the Z06 on the wing refers to. To top it all off, the robot chest and the other wing feature a modified Cobra logo, based on the Cobra / Decepticons logo from the Devil’s Due G.I. Joe / Transformers crossover series.
Viper’s deco is excellently done, and the new head sets him apart from Powerglide. Like Powerglide, he has a simple but effective transformation that leaves him with side-to-side head movement, but as with Powerglide, he’s got no biceps swivels. Viper transforms into a weapon to be wielded by other, larger, Transformers – a call-out on the packaging places him as the sidearm of Cyclonus’ gestalt form, Galvatronus, but any Transformer with a 5mm peg socket can wield him. Like Powerglide, Viper has no accessories, so for some of these photos I gave him the gun that came with the Generations Legends Optimus Prime.
Overall, Viper is a cool little redeco. He looks fantastic and the G.I. Joe crossover is an extra bonus. Well worth checking out when he hits stores – until then, live vicariously through our gallery!Combiner Wars Viper Gallery