Battle Armor (S.N.A.K.E.)
One of the great elements of the relaunched Joes of the 80s were the options in lower price points. For a little more dough than what you’d spend on a figure, you could pick up a nice accessory like the SNAKE armor. If Mom and Dad wouldn’t plunk down a tenner for a VAMP, they might just go for an item like this at half the price. Hey, as a kid with no money of your own, you learn how to work the system. My own kids are quite adept at it. I ain’t mad at ’em.
The SNAKE is a great little toy. Not only does it provide a new battlefield wrinkle for Cobra, but it also functions in a role-play capacity. The SNAKE has built-in mood changers that strengthen Cobras and mind-control Joes! Yowza! That’s kinda dark when you think about it–trapping Joes inside a suit of armor and forcing them to gun down their own troops! Dang!
Now I can’t leave this post without mentioning the elephant in the room. I’m talking about the acronym. Often in the line, the acronyms were a bit of a stretch. Okay more than a bit. The SNAKE acronym is stretched farther than Spanx on a Hutt. System: Neutralizer – Armed Kloaking Equipment? Really? I’ve got a few alternate ideas of my own. I think they’re all winners.
System: Neural Altering Kit Eliminator
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