G.I. JOE: CLASSIFIED SERIES (HASBRO)
For my second day looking into Hasbro’s relauched G.I. Joe, I’m already retreading. I know, that’s crazy. Here me out, though: it’s Snake Eyes. Having one Snake Eyes is like having one potato chip: I just prefer not to have any at all because potato chips are weird and so are the people that like them. No, wait, that’s not right. I mean, the potato chip thing is right. You potato chip people made your bed, now lie in it, and all of its inevitable potato chip crumbs. But the Snake Eyes thing is definitely not right, because I will buy just about any Snake Eyes figure you put in front of me. So, here’s this Snake Eyes.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Snake Eyes is figure 02 in G.I. Joe: Classified Series, and is notable for being the one figure in the first assortment to be double-packed. That’s a smart move, because people sure do love Snake Eyes. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 37 points of articulation. Do you remember my review of the deluxe Snake Eyes? Do you recall how much I loved that figure’s sculpt? Good, because this guy has the exact same sculpt. I’m not surprised, because it’s not like Hasbro was quiet about Snake Eyes also being in the main line, and it would be silly to only use such a great sculpt for a one-off exclusive. What sets this guy apart is the color scheme. The deluxe release went for a palette that was overall more complex and varied than we tend to see on Snake Eyes, with lots of browns, greys, and silvers. I remarked in my review of that figure that Hasbro could have just left a lot more of the figure straight black. Well, turns out they had that in mind, because this release strips things down a fair bit more, to mostly just black this time around. Lest anyone think they just cheaped out, there’s still plenty of variation in the finish of the various black sections. Personally, I enjoyed the slightly updated design colors from the prior release, but the all black does really feel more like Snake Eyes to me, so I like having both options available. The other slight change-up for this guy is the accessory selection. Obviously, he doesn’t get the whole rack of weapons of the deluxe, and he also drops the extra set of hands. In addition, the Uzi and Beretta have been dropped in favor of more sci-fi-esque weaponry, more in line with the how the rest of the line is armed. They’re both pretty nifty designs in their own right, and I’m sure a slightly easier sale to retailers in this day and age. He does keep the backpack, silencer, and knife, although there seems to have been a slight mold error with the knife and its corresponding sheath this time, as it doesn’t want to go all the way in. I may need to see about modding that, because it’s a little bit annoying.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was absolutely thrilled with the exclusive Snake Eyes, and honestly didn’t know what to expect of the standard retail release. I honestly wasn’t even sure he’d be any different, at least as a core figure. The paint change-up was not expected, but I really do enjoy it, and I’m just as happy with this guy as I was the initial release. It will be hard to decide which one will be my main one for display.