Snake Eyes (2013 Tactical Ninja Team)
Snake Eyes has worn a lot of different outfits over the years, most being a variation of black on black on black. He’s also been a ninja equipped with blue weapons, a camo wearing Sigma 6 commando, an arctic commando, a color changing Shadow Ninja and more.
I imagine the training of a ninja involves discpline to the level that all but the most necessary in one’s life is forsaken in pursuit of the highest levels of the craft. That would naturally include giving up a love of gold. I guess that once Snake Eyes had enough of the Arashikage lifestyle, he fully embraced a love for shiny accessories. Who knew Snakes had a thing for bling?
The figure uses the Pursuit of Cobra commando Snake Eyes mold, an impressive modern update of Snake Eyes’ original figure that also included his trademark sword as well as the 1985 style mask. The added harness is a logical addition, considering the package states that he uses a rappelling line to breach Cobra defenses. It’s a little clunkier looking than his normal gear, but it does fit the figure well enough.
Snake Eyes has also taken to arming himself with a plethora of skewering weapons, which in addition to the usual swords, now includes a pair of long hand-held claws, and two forearm mounted claws reminiscent of version two Storm Shadow as well as a certain over-exposed hero of geek culture who’s also the Best There is at What He Does.
If you don’t like the silent master in such an ostentatious look, then ditch the harness and weapons and replace them with one of the more traditional versions from any number of modern Joes. With just a little parts swapping, those who missed out on the PoC commando Snake Eyes can have a decent substitute, albeit one without the 1982 mask.