Saturday, April 25, 2009

SideShow Snake-Eyes

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
Ninjato Scabbard
Tanto Scabbard w/ Boot ties
Tanto Fighting Knife
Snake Eyes' Falchion Sword
Two Pairs of Tactical Boots w/ Alternate Pose
Special Ops Wrist Bands
Knee Pads
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
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 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

Tanto Scabbard

Pouch to hold his MK-18 Smoke Grenades (yellow & red)

Snake-Eyes and all his gear

His killing equipment

'Stepping' boots

Snake-Eyes, the efficient killer...

Another Cobra Trooper!

The Cobra Paratrooper is not from the original 80s GI Joe line-up but it has got to be one of the coolest! The Paratrooper packs a lot of accessories and is one of the few GI Joes that I actually take out of its packaging. I felt it look even cooler out of its package.

Info on Cobra Paratrooper aka Para-Viper
Cobra Para-Viper troopers are the deadliest, most highly trained commandos in the Cobra Legions. They specialize in high-altitude, low-opening jumps to go behind enemy lines or infiltrate unsuspecting countries or targeted facilities to conquer, steal or cause generalized chaos. Cobra Para-Viper troopers are selected from the ranks of the Cobra Eel troopers and are chosen for their exceptional audacity, independent attitude and utter fearlessness. They are given a parachute, instructions and not much else; their purpose is to go in first and pave the way for the main assault force.

Yeah...Cobra Paratrooper free falling next to
my GI Joe Wall!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Nurse Joker

Thanks to Desmond for directing me to an ebay seller who was selling the nurse outfit (with wig) so I could kit bash my very own nurse Joker from The Dark Knight movie.

There were 2 main reasons why I bought this nurse outfit:
1) This version came with the wig which to me was a very important part to complete the nurse Joker's look. However, I do feel the wig is a bit off...
2) With Hot Toys coming out with the Gotham Cop Joker (with new Joker head sculpt and original Joker's costume) , this would mean that I would have all the version of the Joker that appeared in the movie. Joker in original costume, Nurse Joker, Bank Robber Joker and Gotham Cop Joker...yes it is now complete!

The packaging is surprisingly small but it packs many goodies:
1) 2 pairs of hands
2) Wig
2) File folder & pen
3) 1 nurse uniform
4) Watch and belt
5) Face mask
6) Remote control detonator
7) Pistol
8) White shoes
9) Stickers
10) Joker card
11) Black socks

For this kit bash, I used a Hot Toys True Body (Caucasian).
Overall, the nurse Joker is one of my favourite version of the Joker, hence the need to kit bash him as Hot Toys has not done this version.
You can read my other Dark Knight Toys review & news here.

Remote control detonator to blow up the hospital

The wig fits pretty well


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