GI JOE: SPY TROOPS
Today, I’ll be taking a look at an entry in the original Action Figure toyline, G.I. Joe! Like my last G.I. Joe review, this figure hails from the Real American Hero incarnation of the line. In the early 2000s, Hasbro attempted to bring this incarnation back after a few years of hiatus. The reinvented line started as a simple “G.I. Joe vs. Cobra” idea, but quickly moved from gimmick to gimmick to keep things fresh. One of those gimmicks was called “Spy Troops” and revolved around certain figures featuring special gear that would allow them to blend in with their enemies. This time around, I’ll be looking at one of the Cobra forces from the line, the Night Creeper.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Night Creeper was released as part of the 2003 wave of Spy Troops figures. He was paired in a two pack with Kamukura, one of the many G.I. Joe ninjas. The Night Creepers were one of Cobras many ninja armies, so the pairing makes sense. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and features 20 points of articulation. The sculpt on the figure is a bit dated now, with an odd kind of “v” shape to the body and long arms, but at the time, it was actually quite good. Viewed through that lens, it’s pretty good, if not perfect. There’s lots of cool little details present, which give the figure a lot of character. The paint on the figure is minimal, with most of the figure being molded in the appropriate shade of blue, but the small amounts of paint present are all nice and clean. The Night Creeper was actually very well accessorized, with a sword for his basic look, plus a dive mask, re-breather, flippers, and a harpoon gun to allow the Creeper to masquerade as G.I. Joe Wetsuit. I’ve lost the Wetsuit pieces, but they did the job quite convincingly, and actually made for a slightly better figure than the official Wetsuit release.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I actually bought Night Creeper solely for the Kamukura figure that was packed with him, but I quickly grew to like the Night Creeper a bit more. The early 2000s G.I. Joe line was far from perfect, and was even downright bad at times, but the Night Creeper was one of the better figures.