Here’s the short bio that was posted on the back of the blister card. It survived about twenty seconds before we tore into SE’s package like a rabid mongoose… and by that, yes, we mean “with our teeth”.
Snake Eyes is the G.I. JOE team’s ninja commando and martial arts master. As the team fights COBRA forces in the desert, Snake Eyes slips behind enemy lines to blow up COBRA fortifications. He is armed with a pistol, submachine gun, and swords to battle anyone who tries to stop him from reaching his target.
Snake Eyes’ sculpt is but one of the many reasons he is such an amazing toy. This version plays up the original commando persona of the JOE’s resident ninja. Most notably, he is wearing the pullover sweater and is masked with his vented and goggled helmet. His harness is a separate piece and even has two elastic straps that run between Snake’s legs. By switching out the goggled head for the visor-laden one and adding the swords, the toy takes the appearance of the more modern version the fans clamor for. The best part? No mouth is sculpted on either version. We still don’t know what those filmmakers were thinking! Like the other figures in the POC line, Snake looks as realistic as possible while still managing to keep that decidedly G.I. JOE feel.
The paintwork on Snake Eyes isn’t as minimal as it might seem from a quick glance. Nope, that paint is just as stealthy as the horribly-scarred man it covers. The figure has been molded in flat black, with a gloss black being painted onto areas like his gloves, holster, and boots to help differentiate pieces of the sculpt. A JOE logo has been stamped cleanly on his left shoulder, and the same can be said for his right which sports the familiar Arashikage clan symbol.
When it comes to articulation, Snake Eyes is a cut above the versions of “The Silent Master” that have come before. Snake Eyes has a ball-joint neck, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, ball-joint torso, ball-joint hips (utilizing the metal barbell), double-hinged knees, and swivel/hinge ankles. All of the articulation on this figure was tight, but our favorite bragging spot is that Snake Eyes is capable of properly holding a sword with both hands and have it look natural. Even though this doesn’t seem like it’s that big of a deal – it is a friggin’ HUGE jump in G.I. JOE action figure evolution!
Generally, the accessories section of these reviews isn’t very large. However, this is a G.I. JOE review and Hasbro has gone out of their way to package their group of highly-trained commandos with any and everything they could possibly need to thwart the advances of COBRA. Snake Eyes is outfitted with two knives (one in the boot scabbard and one on the shoulder strap of his harness), two basic katanas w/ sheaths (that attach to Snake’s back), Snake Eyes’ custom black arashikage sword, an uzi w/ removable silencer, a SCAR assault rifle, a satchel charge (a throwback to the vintage figure release), two pistols (one with a removable silencer), an extra head, and a figure stand. Tons o’ stuff, right? One of the cool little extras is that a silencer and one of the pistols can be stored on the drop leg holster.
Negativity? Yeah, you’re not going to see a lot of it here. Every so often a figure is released that helps define their particular toy line. For the time being, it’s going to be this Snake Eyes figure for us when we think about G.I. Joes. For more ordering info on the Pursuit of COBRA line and all the upcoming figures in the line, be sure to check out Hasbro Toy Shop.
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