G.I. JOE: 25TH ANNIVERSARY
“SNAKE EYES is proficient in 12 different unarmed fighting systems (Karate, Kung-Fu, Jujitsu) and is highly skilled in the use of edged weapons. Has received extensive training in mountaineering, underwater demolitions, jungle, desert and arctic survival, and some form of holistic medicine. Qualified Expert: All NATO and Warsaw Pact small arms.”
In 2007, Hasbro was in something of a dry patch. Marvel Legends was all but dead, the Star Wars franchise was slowly dragging along waiting for Disney to buy it, and their in-house G.I. Joe’s re-branding as “Sigma 6” didn’t pan out quite as they’d hoped. But, with the looming quarter-century anniversary of G.I. Joe’s A Real American Hero incarnation, they were hoping to at least have a modest, 25 figure celebration. Little did they know that they’d inadvertently revive the brand for another five years of resounding success. Yes, the 25th Anniversary line was the breath of fresh air that G.I. Joe needed. Ironic, given that the whole purpose of the line was fixating on the past, but it showed Hasbro that you didn’t need to totally ditch the past to inject some modern ingenuity into the line. Today, I’m looking at one of that line’s many, many variants of Joe heavy-hitter, Snake Eyes!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Snake Eyes was part of 2009’s 10-figure “Hall of Heroes” sub-set of the G.I. Joe: 25th Anniversary line. He was figure 10 of 10, bookending the assortment, which featured another Snake Eyes as figure 1 of 10. Even in the limited engagement sub-line, there were still two different Snake Eyes variants! The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 22 points of articulation. Sculpturally, he’s the same figure as the initial boxed-set 25th Snake Eyes, based on Snake’s original 1982 appearance. After years of him being a pretty straight ninja, it walked him back to being a commando, who I guess would make more sense on a military task force. That figure’s sculpt was very good, with tons of great little details littered all throughout. The mask has tiny little vents at the front, his goggles are now clearly a separate piece, and you can even make out the stitching on his cowl. His proportions are far more true to life than either the vintage or ‘00s lines, and the use of rubber overlay pieces for his web gear mean his gear has a much higher level of detailing, and he can even properly stow some of his weapons, something of a rarity in prior offerings. The original Snake Eyes figure was actually part of the assortment as a cost-saving measure; a figure that required no paint applications. This figure operates as a send-up to that, being predominately molded in straight black plastic. He’s not completely without paint, though, as that would look rather cheap on a modern figure. He’s got the slightest bit of accenting on his buckles, and the rim of his goggles. It’s very subtle, enough that you might miss it, allowing him to maintain the same look as his original figure, while still maintaining that ever so slight extra detailing. Snake Eyes is packed with a knife, handgun, uzi, and satchel, as well as a display stand with the G.I. Joe logo and his name printed on the front.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Remember a few weeks ago when I was talking about All Time getting in a large collection of vintage Joes? Well, this past week they followed it up with a collection of 25th Anniversary Joes. As a huge shock to everyone, I’m sure, I didn’t come home with a huge stack of Vipers this time. Nope, just this guy, who was one of a handful of Snake Eyes variants sitting at the bottom of the box. He’s a very nice figure, just like all of the Snake Eyeses built on this body. Hasbro really was at the top of their game here, and it resulted in great figures, even when they just were minor re-paints like this guy.
This guy was loaned to me for review by All Time Toys. Like I mentioned above, they just got in a collection of these, which they’ve got available on their eBay Store. So, if you want Snake Eyes or some of his other compatriots, check them out there. Of course, I make no promises about this particular Snake Eyes, because he may or may not be staying in my collection. And, if you’re more in the market for something new, also check out their website.