Snake Eyes (2012 Renegades)
It’s funny to think that for all the stylistic flair of the Renegades animated series designs, the initial single carded figures didn’t fully reflect the show’s look. Then Amazon released their surprise four pack, and fans got a taste of what had been planned for future Renegades toys. Hasbro also displayed other unreleased toys at JoeCon, including the team’s main ride, the Coyote. It’s a shame that stuff didn’t make it to market.
Snake Eyes is even more faithful to his animated look than the standard single carded release. Not only is the figure outfitted in the Renegades trenchcoat, but the sculpt of the toy incorporates the hard edges and stylized elements that were hallmarks of the show’s animation.
The posed shape of the trenchcoat somewhat inhibits poseability, especially at the ball joined hips, where the figure’s movement is most impressive. Like the Ninja Viper and Storm Shadow from the same pack, Snakes could move into some amazing poses. That is, within the confines of his coat. Still, the figure looks great, and even if he can’t exactly high-kick, Snake Eyes is a fine rendition of the character from an under-appreciated chapter of GI Joe animation.