Snake Eyes (2004)
The Desert Patrol Squad six pack was a decent enough set (aside from the horrific Dusty) that presented a nicely unified look, as well as a new GI Joe sub-team.
The 1991 Snake Eyes mold is one of my favorites, but with the patterned pants contrasted against the dark torso and boots, it really looks like the team’s premiere ninja is wearing a pair of crazily patterned pajama pants. 2005’s Heavy Assault Squad version was a much better combination of colors, with the same pattern painted in subdued tones.
The camo pattern featured on the Desert Patrol Squad set is somewhat similar to the cancelled desert figures that were to be included in a desert headquarters in the 1998 line. One of those intended figures was to use the original Outback mold, another of my vintage favorites. It’s too bad that figure never saw the light of day. It looks like a pretty amazing repaint. Wait a minute, isn’t this a Snake Eyes post? Sorry.
It wouldn’t be a 2000s era release without strange and inappropriate weapons choices. The rifle isn’t a necessarily bad inclusion, though it saw fairly heavy use at the time. The frustrating part of the accessory complement is the lack of any signature Snake Eyes weapons. Although I do have piles of ninja swords to give him thanks to the umpteen other versions of the character, it would have been nice to see a little more attention to detail.
Again, the 1991 mold is full of great detail, and the extra paint app that separates the vest from web gear really brings them out. I like to pick up every version of the mold that’s out there. I’d buy this mold even if it was given Jean-Claude Van Damme’s head and named Guile. Oh that’s right, I did. More about that later.