Snake Eyes (2008 Red Ninjas Battle Pack)
Snake Eyes doesn’t always have to be dressed entirely in black, does he? I’ve been willing to accept different looks for him ever since his 1991 version, which is still one of my favorite interpretations of the ninja commando. It seems that Hasbro is still willing to branch out when it comes to their co-flagship Joe. The movie line put him into a couple of image defying outfits, including a polar opposite all white look.
This Snake Eyes speaks to me more of his commando origins. The flashback comics that detailed the chopper accident that marred his face depict him in simple green fatigues, like every other Joe. It isn’t until his face is burned that he dons a makeshift black facemask. I wonder if maybe he experimented with this kind of look before going all black?
An early sticker set featured Snake Eyes in a variation with a green shirt and camo pants. It also brings up the sometimes mentioned notion that the character was simply left all black due to budgetary reasons. I can’t imagine that’s the case, since the green Joes of ’82 were molded in their main color, not painted. Is green plastic any more expensive to produce than black? I think the color choice was purely design driven, and a way to mix up the look by adding a little color variation to the series.
Maybe the figure was an homage to the idea of a green outfitted Snake Eyes, and maybe it was simply a case of getting out a different look than all-black for a multi-pack. Whatever the case, it looks like Timber also got in on the act, and dyed his fur.