Cyber Ninja (2013)
It’s too bad Hasbro doesn’t feel the need to include file cards with the Retaliation movie figures. An interesting looking new Cobra trooper, the Cyber Ninja I’m sure could have benefited from some sort of backstory. Maybe I’m just being a crotchety old vintage collector, but surely it can’t add too much to the cost, or take away from the artfully designed package backing. So, other than the little blurb on the back, we’re left to our own imaginings for this guy’s full story.
I’m reminded instantly of the costume designs of Tron: Legacy, mainly due to the electric blue piping all over the figure. Another reason why this figure is dying for a fuller explanation. Anyone care to write a Cyber Ninja fanfic filecard?
As far as I can tell, this is a completely Frankensteined figure. His parts come together pretty well, although the thin neck shows under the helmet somewhat, and maybe it’s the chest armor, but the Cyber Ninja also looks a bit short in the legs.
We can’t get away from action features this time, and the Cyber Ninja at least has a creative sort of zip-line. Rather than hooks, there are suction cups to anchor the string. This limits the places he can traverse to things like windows and mirrors, but the concept was changed up a bit from other figures in the series. The included backpack, the monster from PoC Firefly, has even been worked into the gimmick, albeit in a halfhearted way. I’ll say this again: zip-lines and backpacks make me want a Sky Commanders reboot.