Not too long ago, an eBay auction featuring a strangely repainted Volcano Viper got some folks wondering what was up. Well, as is the case with nearly every unproduced item out there, Gyre Viper got his hands on one as well (though a different one from the eBay auction) and has posted a very nice gallery of the item on HissTank.com.
It is currently unknown exactly where this figure would have fallen into place, or whether or not it will even be released. If I had to guess, I’d say this was probably a planned Rise of Cobra/early Pursuit of Cobra item that is now in the junk pile. I may be wrong, but I have strong doubts that we’ll ever see this thing at retail. A very interesting item, and likely a fireman or flame thrower trooper of some sort. Amazing how nicely Hasbro can reuse these parts into totally different functions. Having a figure start off as an Arctic Trooper and then successfully make the transition to toxic trooper/heat trooper/fireman is a pretty impressive migration.
Check out the mirrored images below.