Night Creeper (1998)
Bet you didn’t think you’d see another snow ninja after Bushido, New York’s own snow ninja. Well, here we have the Night Creepers snow ninja, a sub group of a specialty trooper. Apparently in the late 90’s, Cobra was so hard up for troopers that they were letting their ninjas sub-contract.
This figure was part of the Cobra Polar Assault team set of 1998, the second year of the Toys R Us exclusive series. The ’98 series in general was an improvement over the previous year’s disappointing offerings. That’s faint praise, but they are quite a bit nicer all around.
The figure is a straight up repaint of the original Night Creeper. The paint job is refreshingly subdued compared to the previous year’s arctic Joe set. There’s no oversprayed faux camo this time out, and the details of the sculpt are picked out nicely in contrasting greys and black.
The file card states that this special clan of Night Creepers are trained to fight in arctic environments and loyal only to Firefly, who was included in the same arctic pack. Interesting, considering Firefly was a ninja Master in the Marvel comics. In the later issues, Firefly even brainwashed the Red Ninjas into following him. I wonder if this pack was a kind of homage to that storyline?