G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO
“SNAKE EYES served in Long Range Recon Patrols in Southeast Asia. He left the service to study mystic martial arts with the same Ninja family that produced STORM SHADOW. SNAKE EYES was living an ascetic existence alone in the High Sierras with his pet timber wolf when he was recruited for the GI JOE team. He is a qualified expert in all NATO and Warsaw Pact small arms, has a black belt in 12 different fighting systems, and is highly skilled in the use of edged weapons.”
Ah, look at that. Another hundred reviews. That means it’s time for—wait, sorry, hadn’t updated the script. Right. Hi there dear readers! Welcome to the Figure in Question’s 1600th review. Usually on the hundred mark I do a special high-end deluxe review, but I like to mix things up occasionally and space those particular reviews out a bit more as I go along. So, the deluxe reviews are new going to be every 250 reviews from now on. So, in honor of this not at all monumental review, I’ll be taking a look at a Snake Eyes figure. Wooo-eee.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
This particular Snake Eyes figure was packed with the Kid Rhino DVD release of the first two mini-series of the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero cartoon, which hit in 2003. It’s the 16th version of the character released, and is actually just a slight re-working of his very first figure. This figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 14 points of articulation. Sculpturally, he’s the exact same figure as the ToyFare-exclusive Snake Eyes figure from the same year (already reviewed here). It’s the original Snake Eyes mold, with the version 1.5 swivel arms, and Roadblock’s pelvis piece. It’s a sculpt that shows its age, but one I still very much like. The main difference with this figure and that one is coloring (though not paint, as the actual paint applications on these two are identical). Rather than Snake Eyes’ usual all black palette, this figure is molded in a dark blue, which mimics how he was colored in the cartoon. Given how this figure was released, it’s certainly a reasonable change, and makes for a somewhat unique looking figure. Snake Eyes was packed with a pretty decent accessories complement, given his nature as a pack-in. He included a sword, an Uzi, a pack of explosives, a back pack, and his trusty canine sidekick Timber. Sadly, I lost Timber at some point, something I still kick myself about.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I got the DVD set that included this guy as a Christmas present from my parents some years back. I know I’d seen it somewhere and expressed interest in it, and they took note of this and got it for me. Of course, I certainly didn’t ask for the set just for the figure included with it. That would be preposterous, right? Who would do something like that? Not me. Not me at all. Despite essentially having reviewed this figure before, there’s just something about this particular variant that I really like.