The silent weapons master of Ninja Force is also the most talkative member of the group. It’s not the last time the team would play the irony card. Witness Bushido, the samurai helmeted snow ninja.
No matter what you think of the Ninja Force concept, props must be given for the first year’s eclectic mix of personalities, uniform design and weapon choices. Thankfully, the team wasn’t simply a group of Storm Shadow clones. Dojo is one of the designs that strayed from the established GI Joe ninja dress code. He’s a guy in a simple bandana mask, rather than the typical ninja hood. Maybe it’s the mask and facial hair, but I’ve always gotten a Zorro villain vibe from Dojo.
Dojo apparently drives the Brawler quite a bit. Many of the 1992 figures’ file cards handily pointed out which recent vehicle they liked to drive or ride. A ninja wouldn’t be my first thought for the commander of a tank, but then again, it was a pretty funky vehicle, we’re talking about 1992. I think the operative marketing phrase back then was “anything goes”. For the record, here’s a pointless list of the Ninja Force members and their rides of choice:
Storm Shadow: Patriot
Nunchuk: Battle Wagon
T’JBang: Battle Copters
My favorite pairing is Nunchuk and the Battle Wagon. A camouflaged ninja behind the wheel of a missile-launching monster truck perfectly encapsulates GI Joe in the 90s. Not exactly Stormy on the Ferret, but oddly appropriate for its time.