Thursday, September 27, 2012

Unlucky for you, you've rolled....Snake Eyes!

As a child of the 80's, it's probably a good bet that I was a fan of the G.I. Joe toy line while I was growing up. Oddly enough, I can't actually remember which figure was my first, but Snake Eyes was always one that I lusted over. I'm not sure what the attraction was, since I never read the comics, and hadn't started watching the cartoon yet. Maybe it was the whole concept of a ninja with an UZI. I mean, ninjas are cool and UZIs are cool...COOL + COOL = AWESOME!. At least I'm sure that's how 8 year old me saw things.

An UZI and a sword? I think I hear Rambo crying in the corner..
My first Snake Eyes was actually the 3rd version put out by Hasbro. It was a decent figure, but it just lacked the character of the first two versions. Still, it was heads and tails above the next version, which I like to call 'Paintball Snake Eyes'. Of course, 1991 was a weird year for that G.I. Joe, as it started to usher in the era of launching missiles and neon colors that persisted until the line finally died out in the early 90's. There were a few lines released after that, but they never really had the same appeal to me as the originals. Fast forward about 10 years, and you have the 25th anniversary of G.I. Joe, accompanied by an all new line of figures. That's where this guy comes in.

This particular figure was a Christmas gift from my awesome girlfriend. It's the 25th anniversary take on the 2nd version Snake Eyes, which happens to be my favorite. Everything is there, from the grenades on his bandoleer, the iconic visor, to the UZI. He even comes with what has to be one of the most bad-ass accessories to ever come with an action figure:

A freakin' wolf.
That's right, a ninja that was armed with an UZI,  a sword, and a pissed off wolf. That's a combo that really gets the 8 year old me hyped up, and it's why this Snake Eyes will remain one of my favorites.

Those Cobra Troopers just insulted your mother. Go fetch!

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