Karate Choppin’ Snake Eyes (1994 Hall of Fame)
I won’t say too much about the Hall of Fame figures’ articulation; there isn’t much to say. With Barbie cartilage elbow and knee joints that moved about three clicks, the toys were hardly up to the standards of their forefathers in terms of movement.
The series appealed to me mostly on the level of costume design. The first series for the most part presented characters in a current look. There were also some attempts at play features, although the light and sound weapons of the first series were comically oversized, especially Snake Eyes’ uzi.
This version of Snake Eyes came into the line as a figure with a built-in arm swinging action feature, hence the Karate Choppin’ name. It wasn’t a bad idea, but I would have preferred more articulation, like the updated Hall of Fame style body of Hasbro’s 90’s Action Man. But it was not to be, and the Real American Hero based 12 inch Joes faded away until the next decade.
Though the figure’s movement is lacking, I find a lot to like about his outfit. It’s somewhat based on his 1993 Ninja Force look. The mask is the most obvious resemblance, and Snakes went from his traditional goggles to a mask with eye holes. It’s an interesting change, and one that reflects a more super hero look for the character. This was also the time that the GI Joe comic for four issues prominently titled itself “GI Joe (in small print) featuring Snake Eyes (in large print) and Ninja Force.” The whole affair was quite…Wolverinesque.
This Snake Eyes was also fortunate to be provided with a more in-scale uzi with folding stock and holster. It gives the figure a nice commando element in addition to the ninja, which the `93 version lacked. In the end, I like this design more than the small scale Ninja Force version.