It’s the season to be thankful.
Firstly,lets get the obvious out of the way.Of course I'm thankful for my fam and the kids and all that other mushy good stuff.But I'm going to keep this pop culture related.What am I most thankful for as far as childhood brainwashing agents go?Hint- It's a cartoon character. Hint 2 - He is the reason I began collecting action figures again. Hint 3 - Look at the picture below.
What made me want to start collecting action figures as an adult you ask?Easy.Snake Eyes.And even though I had picked up a few vintage Joes before him,Snake Eyes was always the one I wanted.So there I was ,an adult about to make my childhood dream of obtaining a Snake Eyes figure finally come true!Snake Eyes w/ Timber V.2,released In 1985 would be the first of It's kind to make It onto my, then scant, vintage action figure display. And there would be more after....
Hasbro decided to keep the ball rolling with their Pursuit of Cobra line by releasing a few more waves of awesomely detailed and accessorized figures.Wave 3 gave birth to what might be the best contemporary Snake Eyes action figure ever.Even though this versions card back also has him listed as Dessert Battle Snake Eyes ,most collectors refer to this Snake Eyes as Commando or Ninja Commando Snake Eyes because of the awesome commando styled head sculpt he came with.I had traded away my original POC Snakes but was able to snag up this re-released version for less than half of what the original Is selling for on ebay today.Just an amazing action figure!Different quality,though.I'll get into that some other time.
Even though this next version of Snake Eyes released before the POC line did,I didn't pick him up until after .Rise of Cobra Rescue Mission Snake Eyes!Alot of people slept on this version of Snakes mostly because It wasn't released individually.He was part of a Rescue Mission set that included Duke and a couple of Cobra vipers.This version,Imo,Is the second best looking contemporary Snake Eyes figure .Sleek,all black and well proportioned.Also,the way his sheath clips on to his lower back Is pretty sick.Not the first Snake Eyes figure to feature that,but the best implementation when coupled with the all black color scheme.I'm also a huge fan of the bad ass head sculpt.
I'll end things off with 2 of my lesser favs. G.I. Joe Retaliation film based figures were out way before the actual movie due to the delayed release date.The first Snake Eyes figure from that wave wasn't the best but I had high hopes for the second,Ninja Duel Snake Eyes.This one was movie accurate,but not a great figure.The hands are a bit big for the body and the feet too small.I love the design ,costume and head sculpt ,but overall It seems a little dis-proportioned.
Hasbro would come through,though,releasing a wave of Retaliation figures that paid homage to the original designs of the Joes we all grew up with.I was thrilled to see them in pics online.Snake Eyes seemed to be a perfect 10 ,in the pictures.Unfortunately,Hasbro made the decision to go with the Ninja Duel head sculpt for the classic Snake Eyes figure.WHY?!?What could have been a perfect 10 Is now a solid 6 in my book.The body sculpt with web gear are exactly like the Snake Eyes we grew up watching in the cartoons.So why not follow through and hit the homerun by giving him the right head sculpt?I'll never know.It's still one of the nicer modern Snake Eyes figures but could have been perfect. Gee ,thanks!
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