Kamakura (2012 Ninja Dojo)
Snake Eyes’ apprentice seems to be quite popular when it comes to movie lines. His Rise of Cobra figure was one of my favorites of that line, and made for an excellent substitute for the lack of a modern styled version of the character.
This one, from a Retaliation three pack, is a true mash-up of parts that is only partially successful. It combines body parts of both one of the greatest as well as one of the most lackluster of recent figures. The torso and upper legs have been reused from the amazing Renegades Storm Shadow, a great base upon which to build any ninja figure. The arms and lower legs however come from Tornado Kick Snake Eyes, the maligned action feature figure from the Pursuit of Cobra series. I understand why those parts were chosen, as Kamakura was in the past portrayed in the comics with the sort of arm and shin guards seen here. It’s a good choice in theory, but the parts just don’t seem to quite match up well.
The head and hood are an interesting departure for the character, as I remember Kamakura usually wearing a simple tight fitting mask, without a separate hood over it. The hood here fits well if positioned right, but it does move around quite a bit. Speaking of masks, I wonder if there’s a chance for a running change in paint to make him more closely resemble the Action Attack version? Who wouldn’t want a yellow masked ninja?
The web gear, weapons and especially the backpack impress me the most. Like other three pack figures, the weapon count is high. I’m a little disappointed that there’s no knife for his hip scabbard. The backpack sheaths are also an interesting new take with the sideways position of the swords.
Kamakura is not a figure without flaws, and to me it doesn’t instantly read as the character I remember from the 2000’s, mostly because I recall his brighter green pajamas. All in all, Kamakura is at least a ninja with a distinctive look. That’s a good thing in a line that seems to be shaping up as being heavy on ninja figures.