Ninja-Ku Storm Shadow (2008)
As an homage to an Argentinian figure I’ll probably never get my hands on, this was a welcome addition to the collection. You could say that this figure as well as the same year’s pilot Scarlett were Hasbro’s first forays into giving fans some some exclusive and elusive foreign variations of classic molds. The Collectors Club has since taken the ball and run with it, working in even more of the non-US figures into con sets since 2009.
I know I’m not the biggest supporter of what Hasbro attempted with the 25th anniversary line, but I am supportive of making new variants of old figures or also making never produced figures available to the general market. Now that this sort of thing seems mostly confined to the Collectors Club, whose premium prices aren’t within my budget, I am a little disappointed to not be able to obtain most of them at this time.
The file card makes a cursory attempt to reconcile the Ninja-Ku name, but it appears to me to be just a replacement for Arashikage. Is it an offshoot, or a sub-group or something? It would seem a simple thing to just explain it a bit more. The shoehorning of Stormy into this name doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, and I can only assume that the reason was to have a big name character in an assortment. It would have been even cooler to have this figure in a darker skin tone like the original. In the end however, I must say that Storm Shadow looks pretty slick in black and gold.
So let’s see, we’ve gotten this mold in white, red, blue, and black. If only Hasbro would have found a way to work in yellow and pink versions, I could have finally built my Arashikage Power Ranger team.