Okay. Let's get this out of the way first. This is the "Water Moccasin," not the "Sting Raider." I don't keep up with GI Joe lore. I don't know much of anything about GI beyond what I consider the toy line's glory years of the early to mid 1980's. In fact, the number of figures I like from GI Joe are mostly concentrated in the 83-84 years, with that number gradually tapering off each subsequent year. By the time I get to 1988 (with some exceptions from 1989), I'm hard-pressed to come up with more than 1 or 2 figures per year that I like. And "Sting Raider" is kind of a pansy name for a terrorist organization that is usually so serpentine in demeanor, no?
I'm glad Hasbro didn't double-dip here and give us the same Copperhead figure they gave us in the Copperhead vs. Shipwreck comic pack, instead they included a Python Patrol version. Yes, the Python Patrol figures are ugly as sin, but for some reason I dug them back in '89 and they still fill me with some warm, gooey nostalgia. I think this may have something to do with something I call "Insecticon Syndrome." Put simply, uniformity found within a subset of characters makes the affected person irrationally drawn to and ghey for said subset.
One of the things that always struck me funny about the Water Moccasin was its box art which features Cobra Commander riding into battle on one of its running boards, and Destro manning the gun turret. Now, I could buy Destro maybe, but no way would Cobra Commander do that. He was the human equivalent of Megatron. He'd stand there and bluster the mighty so-and-so's attacking, but the minute Brawn or Flint show up, it's full on time to retreat. In my personal GI Joe canon, Cobra Commander's a smart guy and just keeps his ass at home.
I decided that I'd do a pic of something a little more mission-appropriate. I see it as primarily suited to "brown water ops." Namely, a high-speed transport for some Cobra Eels. It ferries them to the target area, drops them off, runs around doing a little distraction work, meets back up with the Eels at the rendezvous point, then speeds off. Since its basically a heavily armed airboat it can go where potential marine-based pursuers can't follow.
Yes, I'm a grown man that thinks about the Order of Battle for his GI Joe figures. Sue me.