Being a fan of GI Joe & 12" figures (poisoned by the likes of Shaun, Alex, Desmond...etc), what would be the most logical outcome for me when Sideshow came out with the GI Joe 12" line? Well I would get it obviously!
In the line-up are Snake-Eyes, Cobra Commander, Cobra Trooper / Officer & Storm Shadow and the first figure to hit us is Snake-Eyes.
When I got my hands on it, I was impressed with the packaging. It has the feel of the old 80's GI Joe design.
Currently there is a split between toy collectors over this figure. One group is saying that Sideshow used a body that is too small, making Snake-Eyes look as if he is a small child or an elderly man & that the visor is way too big. The other group is saying that the small body is actually more accurate for Snake-Eyes as he is supposed to be a ninja, agile and fast.
I am actually for it. Overall, I like the proportion and I am very pleased with it. As for the visor...come on! That visor is a classic! Big or small it still looks so cool on him.
I think what everyone can agree on are the many accessories that come with him.
Snake-Eyes comes with the following:
SPIE Rig harness and Pistol Belt
Utility Pouches x2
MK-18 Smoke Grenade Sub-load Pouch
MK-23 Pistol Holster w/ Suppressor pouch
Special Ops LAV (Light Assault Vest)
Small Utility Pouch
Tanto Scabbard w/ Boot ties
Tanto Fighting Knife
Snake Eyes' Falchion Sword
Two Pairs of Tactical Boots w/ Alternate Pose
Special Ops Wrist Bands
Three sets of interchangeable gloved hands
9mm Sub-Machine Gun with Single Point Sling and Carabineer
Suppressor for 9mm Sub-Machine Gun
30 Round Magazines x4
Mk-18 Smoke Grenade x2
M-48 Stun Grenade x2
M-67 Fragmentation Grenade x2
Mk-23 Pistol Suppressor
AN/PEQ-6 Laser Sight
Mk-23 Pistol Magazines x2
12-inch display base with G.I. Joe logo
I like that Sideshow provides a ton of hands for various posing and weapon options. You get: 2 closed punching fists, two 'sword hold' hands, one gun hand, and a karate chopping hand.
There is also the boot option which is the molded 'boot feet' option similar to Hot Toys and other makers. Sideshow also gave us a bonus in the form of the other feet which are 'stepping' boots. Very good for posing Snake-Eyes in crouching or creeping position.
Overall, a great figure and I can't wait for the other Joes to report for duty!
The problem areas...you decide.
Body too small?
Visor too big? I don't think so!
A Real American Hero!
The packaging is also great
Special Ops Wrist Bands
Side pouches to store the magazines
MK-23 Pistol Holster
Pouch to hold his MK-18 Smoke Grenades (yellow & red)
Snake-Eyes and all his gear
His killing equipment
Snake-Eyes, the efficient killer...