|Code Name: STORM SHADOW|
Under the pen of Larry Hama, Storm Shadow was one of the major characters of the American comic, switching allegiance from Cobra to G.I. Joe and (thanks to brainwashing) back again, being the focus of many issues along the way. Too many issues, in fact, completely demystifying the character. He was less prominent in the cartoon, not appearing as much as you'd think. When he did show up he was saddled with a vaguely unconvincing rivalry with Spirit and a rather clichéd Japanese accent.
I'm not sure whether it's a reaction to the character's overexposure after his first defection in the comic (which coincides with a gradual increase in boring ninja dross that would culminate in Ninja Force and the book's final loss of any credibility), but I've always liked the simple, early Cobra version of the character - the mysterious, efficient bodyguard/assassin.
So I went for the first 25th Anniversary version of the character, heavily based on the original Storm Shadow figure. The simple white uniform looks terrific, showing off details like the gold trim, Cobra logo and black belts beautifully. Storm Shadow manages to carry a lot of weaponry (two swords, a knife, a bow and a quiver) without losing his sleekness.
The figure is well-moulded with no significant faults - a removable arrow that could be nestled on the bow would perhaps have been a nice extra, but isn't essential. The other main consideration in choosing the early look is that he makes such a great counterpart to Snake Eyes in this guise, and perfectly complements his opposite number's range. An essential figure, in fact.