Archive: Storm Shadow - Cobra Ninja (Arctic Threat)

May 27, 2011

Storm Shadow was released in the fourth quarter of 2010 as part of the third 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 Arctic Threat mission theme, the G.I. Joe team breaks into a Cobra manufacturing plant--in Greenland--hiding a powerful new Cobra technology.

Storm Shadow features a button-activated whirlwind kick. The whirlwind kick is activated by twisting the figure clockwise 360 degrees at the waist. A click confirms the figure is in a locked position, ready to be released. Pressing a button at the figure's side quickly twists the figure back around, counterclockwise, performing the action feature. The action feature, surprisingly, does resemble a whirlwind kick because the speed of the rotation sends Storm Shadow's legs upward, giving the illusion of a spinning kick. Despite the kick feature, Storm Shadow's sculpt doesn't suffer from the abnormal bulk commonly associated with action features, since the button is relatively small and inconspicuous.

Release Date:
Figure Number: 1104
Retail Price: $6.99
Accessories: breastplate, removable uwagi skirt, kernmantle climbing rope, backpack with long and short sword scabbards, long sword, short sword, naginata, ice-traction blades (2), tekagi-shuko, single-pronged kaginawa with rope and handle, display stand with Cobra logo (STORM SHADOW)

Did You Know? This version of Storm Shadow is heavily influenced by Hasbro's second iteration of the character, released in 1988. Thought it's applied in different ways, both figures share the same white, gray and red color scheme, and geometric camouflage pattern. The figures also include the tekagi-shuko or tiger claw weapon, which in 1988 had a certain "cool" factor to it. The 1988 release of Storm Shadow is unique because, according to the filecard, Storm Shadow had traded allegiances and was now part of the G.I. Joe team.

Storm Shadow
Mission Equipment: Alpine Kernmantle Climbing Rope and Ice-traction Blades

Storm Shadow is a ninja mercenary who works for Cobra. He undergoes a difficult test to strengthen his willpower and endurance, battling extreme cold. He climbs a snow-covered mountain to reach an Arashikage Temple. As his final test, he must defeat the temple guardians--and he does so with a powerful whirlwind kick.


John said...

Have been a big fan of storm shadow for a long time. Who wouldn't be? With a name as cool as that. But I still like the Storm shadow from the 1st wave better, not a big fan of whirl wind kick. The head sculpt is exceptional though.

Another suggestion, could you do more close-up shots specially with the weapons? and some shot with the action figure still inside the packaging. Thanks and more power.

Unknown said...

The whirl wind kick isn't as bad as you'd expect. It's no where near as bad as the action features in the Episode II Star Wars figure were. The figure has a really nice aesthetic, especially because of the head and the breastplate.

Thanks for the suggestion. We'll try to accommodate the weapons starting this with the Steel Brigade entry on June 3. We'll also try to get some in package shots, but what's the fun of that? They're more fun out of the package :)

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