Snake Eyes (2005 Winter Operations)
From 2003 to 2006, Toys R Us released several themed six packs based on vintage molds. These sets were a great value priced at around $20, and while not always thematically successful, employed vintage molds to create new versions of fan favorites as well as a few new characters.
For a ninja commando, Snake Eyes sure does seem to make it out in the snow a lot. He’s had quite a few arctic themed figures over the years. This version was available in a cold weather themed six pack. Outfitted in black, befitting his covert specialty, he shares a mold with the arctic specialist Sub-Zero from 1990. The 1991 Snake Eyes head works perfectly with the winter theme and also meshes well with the bulky sculpt. My favorite aspect of the figure is the camo pattern on the pants; it’s a sensible color for the environment and the pattern is small enough to look like it’s in scale with the figure. Like the 2009 Arashikage Cycle version, I find myself saying, “Nice pants.” For a guy who usually sticks to basic black, Snakes sure knows how to rock the camo britches.
He does seem a little under equipped considering the amount of accessories usually given to arctic figures. No skis, snowshoes or enormous survival pack; just a normal backpack and a couple assault rifles. Also, no sword included this time out, but he does get some nice removable ice crampons. Maybe he takes them off and throws them like ninja stars.