COMMANDO  
  Code Name: SNAKE EYES  
 

One that will need little introduction, Snake Eyes is basically the star of the line, especially the comics (the 1980s Marvel title is effectively a love letter from Larry Hama to the character), to the extent where he was about the only character not pointlessly buggered around with for the film. To date, there have been over fifty different figures made. However, to me the second version with the grill faceplate and a mix of commando and ninja elements has always been the definitive one - it was the one I had as a kid, and it was the one Geoff Senior drew for the Action Force comic, so it's good enough for me.

Thankfully, this version was also updated for the 25th Anniversary series, which is good because if there's one character who needs crazy articulation, it's Snake Eyes. Numerous versions have been made for the commemorative lines alone, with his three most famous incarnations - the original commando, the mid-1980s grill-faced ninja and the late-1980s goggled ninja all getting figures, not to mention myriad variants. As mentioned, the 1985 version is my poison of choice. The first 25th release of this style (pictured) is actually dark grey; I've since updated to the Hall of Heroes version, which is black and has some minor moulding differences. Watch out for the DVD pack version, though, which takes cartoon accuracy a mite too far and is actually dark blue.

The toy hits all the right points, with enough detail to stop him being featureless, while being plausible as a stealth operative. A neat, presumably intentional, feature is that the sword and/or submachine gun can fit between Snake Eyes' bandolier and the figure's back.

Snake Eyes is fittingly one of the best balanced and dynamic figures in the line, and there is basically nothing wrong with him - he can even manage to grip the sword hilt in both hands. The figure also comes with a model of Snake Eyes' wolf Timber, which is a great extra. Among the best of the 25th Anniversary figures.



G.I. Joe Snake Eyes
G.I. Joe Snake Eyes
G.I. Joe Snake Eyes
G.I. Joe Snake Eyes