Snake Eyes (2009 Arctic Assault)
One winter morning before Snake Eyes ventured out into the woods to stalk some game (like you do when you’re a ninja living in a remote mountain cabin) Scarlett called to him, “Snake Eyes, honey, be sure to bundle up, or you’ll catch your death a cold.” Boy, did he ever take her seriously. Snakes is bundled up for sure.
I’m a fan of environment specific updates for core characters, the more out-there the better. I flipped out when I first saw that this version of Snake Eyes was planned. Arctic Snake Eyes? Sold! There wasn’t a whole lot I liked about the movie Snake Eyes design, but the weird side of me was really jazzed about his all-white mask and visor during the brief arctic bit. This figure doesn’t go for the full-on white mask like the movie, and I think the figure, though strange, is better for it. An odd concept, but it gets the point across that this is still our favorite noir ninja. I don’t really know why arctic versions of him fascinate me. Maybe it goes back to a coloring book I had as a kid–it was based on Marvel Comics issue number two, which featured Stalker, Breaker, Scarlett and Snake Eyes in arctic gear.
Aside from the white Snake Eyes angle, the figure is just a very nicely done arctic Joe mold. The arms and legs later made an appearance as part of the excellent Pursuit of Cobra Snow Job, so you can’t hate on it too much. There’s no typical scabbard for his sword, but it does store in the (working!) grappling hook backpack. I tell ya, no matter where the man goes, he is prepared.