Snake Eyes (2004 Comic Pack)
I’ve talked about my fondness for Marvel comic issue number two a few times in the course of this blog. It held a special place for me as a kid because I had a coloring book based on the issue. Someday I hope to track down a copy of it. The comic issue was a favorite for a couple of reasons, one of which is that it spurred my interest in customizing. Of course, I had no idea what customizing meant back then, I just knew that I wanted toy versions of the comic GI Joes in their arctic gear. I actually asked my mom to make a little pair of pants and a parka for Snake Eyes. She obliged, and I had something that made my toy one of a kind.
Hasbro finally obliged with my wishes for an official figure with a comic pack in 2004. Featuring Snake Eyes in his arctic uniform, along with the oft-requested Kwinn and a Scarlett in karate outfit, it was an exciting set for its time. As a Marvel comic fan since the 80s, I was excited about all of the comic sets, but this one in particular was a must have.
When the comic packs focused on the early Marvel issues, there was an attempt to recreate the look of the characters from the printed page. Sometimes the results were successful, other times they left a bit to be desired. I was most interested in the figures that incorporated early 80s parts. Snake Eyes is a good example of this, and strikes me as a real “what if” figure, since he’s made mostly from 1982-83 parts. It’s as if the designers limited themselves to what would have been on hand to create this figure in 1983. The limited parts idea is a very interesting concept, and one that has even been the subject of a Joecustoms.com group project.
There isn’t a much better early 80s GI Joe figure than Snow Job, and the repainting of his mold in new colors brings out some elements that aren’t as noticable in the all white original. The way that the jacket continues onto the waist was unique for the time, and with the black paint job, the detail is even more apparent. I think the mold works well as another character in this case, thanks to its more nondescript look.
The figure isn’t an exacting representation of what was on the comic page, but the concept and execution make for a cool figure that could have existed back when I was a kid reading my favorite GI Joe comic.