Red Ninja (2012 Retaliation Ninja Showdown)
When I covered the Renegades Storm Shadow figure, I mentioned that Ihoped to see the mold again, since the movie sequel appeared to be ninja heavy. Man, I
hate love being right. This is one of two Red Ninjas in the first wave, the other obviously being the single pack. This one differs not only in paint scheme, but in accessories.
The Retaliation single pack figures are a stark contrast to the more recent Joe lines, with limited accessories like only one or two weapons. Fortunately that’s not the case for the multi-packs. Packed inside each is a veritable arsenal of weapons for the figures. There’s a lot of martial arts gear to be spread among the three characters in the pack. Most impressive to me for this figure is the added headgear: the conical hat and fencing mask. They’re both just the kind of little added bonuses that make the pack worthwhile. I absolutely love the conical hat, which reminds me–it’s time to start on some Big Trouble in Little China customs. If I could only find a base for a Jack Burton figure.
The Red Ninja mold also shines in its addition of the side ankle swivel, which allows for some incredible fighting poses. I’ve said it before; I’ll buy this mold in any color Hasbro produces, even if they make it clear lime green. Well, maybe that’s not totally accurate–I would buy any figure in clear lime green.