Battle Armor S.N.A.K.E.
by Dave from Flag Points
Admittedly, as a kid, I found the System: Neutralizer-Armed Kloaking Equipment (S.N.A.K.E.) toy a little frustrating. (Just its name frustrates me now.) The toy was a bit unstable and awkward. But I have always loved its look and incredible, imagination-capturing modular accessories. Appearances of the faux rock-backed version in the Sunbow toon’s Crystal Caves and its intro in issue 19 of the Marvel comic did a lot to kindle my imagination while playing with the reasonably-priced battlefield accessory.
I never had more than one white S.N.A.K.E. and I certainly never had the rarer blue one from ’85. But I have them both now – including a box for the blue one. Is it a coincidence that on the box, the white one has a blue Cobra Soldier inside and the blue one has a white Cobra Ninja at the helm? Could be. I like to think it’s just another example of how consistent
Hasbro designers were when Joe was in its heyday. The S.N.A.K.E. is remembered fondly by many. Fans have chromed the bot in every shade of… chrome. Our U.K. brothers have totally redesigned the armor as a convention exclusive in red, white and blue scaled to accommodate new, slightly bigger Joes.
Thinking and talking about some of the recent 1/6 RAH Sideshow releases recently has inspired some out-of-the-box ideas for mini-vehicles and playsets scaled to fit the big guys. How incredible would a highly-detailed 14” S.N.A.K.E. Armor be? Think internal and external LED’s, a clear visor, opening panels, and a snap-on, stay-on faux-rock back plate! Could the exclusive be blue? Yes, it could be. Anyone with more talent than me inspired to get in the shop? I’ll buy the Sculpey!