Ryu and Ken were the dynamic duo when it came to the marketing of the GI Joe/Street Fighter toy crossover. It’s no surprise then that both of them made an appearance in the first playset for the line. I didn’t pick up the Dragon Fortress set back in the 90s. Years later, I wish I had, if only because much of the playset was repurposed from the Cobra Toxo Lab, one of my favorite 90s GI Joe items. I picked up bagged examples of both Ken and Ryu from the set in the early 2000s, after the completist bug had bitten me.
This is a straightforward repaint, done up in a way more suited to a stealth look than the traditional white outfit seen on the original figure. Maybe this could be used as a Night Force Ryu. He’s a pretty nice figure, as repaints go, and I genuinely prefer him to the white outfit version. There’s not really much going on design-wise with this figure, and his unique color scheme at least gives him a little interest.