Archive: Snake Eyes - Ninja Commando (Desert Battle)

April 25, 2011

Snake Eyes was released in the summer of 2010 as part of the first wave of figures in the Pursuit of Cobra line. The Pursuit of Cobra line features environment-themed missions in which the G.I. Joe team pursues Cobra operatives to the ends of the earth. As part of the Desert Battle mission theme, the G.I. Joe team battles Cobra's newest weapon, the H.I.S.S. Tank, through the heavy sandstorms and arid wastelands of the desert.

If you thought Snake Eyes is dressed a bit warm for a desert battle, it's with good reason. Snake Eyes was originally slated to be part of the Arctic Threat mission theme, but poor moviegoer reviews of The Rise of Cobra and its toy line's sluggish performance at retail forced Hasbro to re-shuffle the Pursuit of Cobra lineup. The effort to differentiate the Pursuit of Cobra from the Rise of Cobra resulted in Snake Eyes'  deployment to the desert.

Release Date:
Figure Number: 1002
Retail Price: $5.99
Accessories: scabbard backpack, katana sword, armored jacket with sub-machine gun attachment straps, 2 sub-machine guns with rear hooks, assault rifle, harness, Timber with articulated head and tail, display stand with G.I. Joe logo (SNAKE EYES)

Did You Know? The Pursuit of Cobra toy line was originally planned as an off-screen extension to The Rise of Cobra, but the movie's cold reception and lackluster toy sales forced Hasbro to change that strategy, resulting in a six month delay in the line's release.

Snake Eyes
Name: Classified
Serial Number: Classified
Grade: Classified
Mission Equipment: Hand-Forged Steel Heirloom Katana Sword

Snake Eyes is the G.I. Joe team's ninja commando. As he and his wolf Timber cross the sand, he encounters his enemy Storm Shadow. The Cobra ninja is heavily armed, but so is Snake Eyes, with an electromagnetic railgun and PDV-2 Personal Defense Variant weapons. Lowering his solar-modulating visor, he prepares for battle.


John said...

This Snake Eyes is waiting to be customize, I'm thinking of of changing his head and doing a POC mainframe with him. And Timber would really look that craze if Snake Eyes would bring him to the desert, that dog is in a wrong environment.

Nice review, great photos,looking forward for the next one. God bless.

Rich Alot said...

When I first saw this figure, I wasn't too impressed. All I really wanted was the Timber. Now that I look at it more closely, I have to admit it's a pretty good figure. The helmet and visor are well done and the accessories are pretty good. This is one of those figures that grows on you.

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