Storm Shadow (2004)
It’s good to see a ninja not sticking to one rigorous color scheme over his career. After all, white can get pretty boring after a while. Just look at the movie Storm Shadow. After just one film, he started to add some color blocking to his outfit. You gotta love a ninja with a little style.
Released in the Ninja Cobra Strike Team–wait, ninja Cobra? Shouldn’t that read Cobra ninja? Was someone at Hasbro having Backwards Day or something? See, this is just the kind of strange screw-up that started popping up in the Toys R Us six packs. If it wasn’t a title glitch, it was odd accessory choices, and later, the replacement of characters that were pictured on the package.
Stormy goes green with this little number, a repaint of his second uniform. I’ve always liked the mold a lot, and seeing it in a single color without camo gives it new life. The paint wipe application brings out some depth, but I would have preferred a flat version. Too much of the paint wipe or wash technique makes a figure just look dirty.
The loose hood on the second Storm Shadow figure has made it a standout among the GI Joe ninja figures. Hooded ninja figures tend to bring to my mind the many cheapjack ninja flicks of the 1980s. One in particular, Ninja III: the Domination, featured a fairly nasty ninja in a hood, who after killing umpteen people on a golf course and being gunned down by police, possesses the body of a telephone lineman/fitness instructor (played by the same actress who essayed the role of the spunky Kelly in Breakin’ and Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo). What was I saying again? Oh yeah, Storm Shadow. He’s also been given a decent weapon complement this time around, featuring the trusty Scarlett crossbow, a sword, backpack and his awesome 1988 claws. Not that we really know if these are meant for him specifically, as the weapons are just placed around the figures in the pack.