Night Creeper (1993)
Much like the redesign of the Viper in 1994, the Ninja Force Night Creeper took one of the more iconic looking Cobra troops and changed it up just in time for the Real American Hero era to come to a close. It’s a shame too, as style on display with this figure really suits the function of the troopers, as well as evoking one of the better Cobra motifs in the line. The Cobra hood shaped helmet is pretty impressive.
I’ve never fully been able to grasp exactly what the original Night Creeper design was going for. Was it a take on a traditional ninja guise, or was it just another attempt at making a cool and intimidating uniform? The new version certainly goes further in presenting something to play up the techno aspects of this force of deadly and viscious ninjas. The helmet and padding give more of an impression of high technology than the simple uniform of the older figure.
I still don’t get what exactly the high tech aspect is. I assume again it relates to the helmet, like the 1990 figure. Maybe there are image intensifiers built into it. The file card is no help in this area, as it simply repeats what the previous version established. In the end, you have to use your imagination, something that happened more often at the end of the era, as many figures either weren’t portrayed much or never even showed up in the remaining Joe media, the Marvel comic.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot. The colors. They’re bright. Hey, it was the 90s. At least it wasn’t Zubaz. Looking at the color scheme with fresh eyes, the combo now reminds me of a Sweet Tarts package. Maybe that’s the purpose of these guys. They’re a secret force of ninjas on loan from Willy Wonka.