Archive: Snake Eyes - Ninja Commando (Arctic Threat)

June 1, 2011

Snake Eyes was released in the Spring of 2011 as part of the sixth wave--which arrived at retail before wave five--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.

Based entirely off the sculpt of the 2009 G.I. Joe Resolute comic pack version of Storm Shadow, Snake Eyes is testament to an old dog being capable of performing new tricks. With an ornately, tampo-printed design on the shoulder, forearm and chest armor, a generous offering of swappable masks, helmets and heads, and a variety of historically-accurate ninja weapons, the re-used sculpt is nearly unrecognizable.

Release Date:
Figure Number: 1115
Retail Price: $6.99
Accessories: shawl, breastplate, belt, backpack with removable and stationary sheaths, ninjato sword (2), shuang gou (2), kusari-kama, sword fighting mask, temple spirt mask, samaurai helmet, alternate unmasked head, display stand with G.I. Joe logo (SNAKE EYES)

Did You Know? The curved blades of Snake Eyes' ninjato swords are styled after the katana sword--the traditional weapon of Japan's samurai warriors. Historians believe that ninjas would have wielded the shorter, stealthier ninjatos because of their versatility and ability to quickly clear the scabbard. The kusari-kama, on the other hand, was thought to have originated from a farming sickle and used to ward off armor-wearing opponents, such as the samurai.

Snake Eyes
Name: Classified
Grade: E-5 (Specialist)
Hometown: Classified
Primary Weapon: Hand-Forged Steel Ninjato Short Sword
Combat Gear: Alternate Head, Sword Fighting Mask, Temple Spirit Mask, Samurai Helmet, Ninja Axes, Kusari-Kama, Sheaths

Snake Eyes is proficient in 12 different unarmed fighting systems including Karate, Kung-Fu, and Jujitsu, and is highly skilled in the use of edged weapons. He has received extensive training in mountaineering and underwater demolitions; jungle, desert and arctic survival; and some forms of holistic medicine. He was trained by the Arashikage Ninja Clan, the same clan that trained his sworn enemy, Storm Shadow, the Cobra ninja mercenary. He wears special ninja warrior armor to defend a training temple that has come under attack by Cobra ninjas.

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