Night Creeper (2009)
The Night Creeper from 2009’s Defense of Cobra Island multi-pack is another example of a mostly well executed take on a vintage figure design. The Flint arms are a bit of a bummer, but the positives about the rest of him manage to outweigh the poor parts choice.
This updated figure does a better job of recreating the look of the Night Creeper’s helmet from the old card art. The original head sculpt, while an interesting design, just didn’t portray the wrap and hood as well as this version. Most of that is due to the fact that the new one is actually two pieces, and the wrap is totally removable.
Night Creeper is also a case of web gear done right, as the chest armor and belt are unobtrusive, and fit well. Accessories are also upgraded, with extra paint apps on both the sword and more detailed crossbow. This has to be the coolest crossbow I’ve seen on a GI Joe figure. I’d love to see it in neon orange.
Speaking of which, I’m still holding out hope for a Night Creeper Leader homage at some point, although I can’t decide if I’d prefer to see the 1993 or 1994 version. Wait, there’s also the slightly different DIC animation version. Hmm, I think I’d like all three.