Originally Posted by Rapid Fire
Thanks for asking.
First off, I'm one of the ones who originally thought it must be some sort of submersible.
Why? - Because it couldn't possibly be anything else. It's shape, stubby control surfaces, and skids made it look like a small submersible. Even it's colors aren't that bad when one considers that small military submersibles, such as the US Navy's Alvin, are often painted in bright colors. Better-defined engines would be all that was needed to make it a servicable underwater craft.
Even then, though, are still better subs out there. The AWESOME Sting Raider pretty much makes a submarine Battle Hornet a moot point. It is easily the best sub in the entire line.
And as an aircraft, the Battle Hornet is completely unsalvageable. No wings and no method of propulsion equals no flight. A total write-off. To make it an aircraft would require an entirely new mold, which effectively means a completely different toy.
As far as the figure goes, the bright color doesn't really bother me that much. For goodness sakes, the original Wild Weasel, a classic Cobra pilot, was freaking BRIGHT RED!! And of course, he didn't spell doom for the line.
What does bother me is the figure itself. Neo-Vipers have been established as elite infantry soldiers. They have no place piloting either a submarine or an aircraft. If it was a sub, an underwater figure should have been included (Moray or Electric Eel, for example). If it is an airplane, a pilot should have been included (which I suppose means another version of Wild Weasel, an old-sculpt figure, or a new pilot mold - which Cobra desperately needs).
To toss in a recolored Neo-Viper (regardless of the color) was simply a crap-out on Habro's part.