Storm Shadow (2005)
The original Storm Shadow figure for me is the perfect example of what I love about the 1980s GI Joe thing. Ninjas were and always are cool, masked bad guys in white are unique, and ninjas are cool. Could the figure be improved? That’s doubtful, with the exception of possibly adding a ball-jointed neck. 2005’s comic pack edition I don’t believe was trying to top what came before, but rather to better match the printed page.
The only mold update are the base upper arms, and I find the variation to be a nice change, although Stormy looks a little too buff in the arms now. The slim 1984 mold style doesn’t play well with 1991 biceps.
Like most 2000s figures, he got the short end of the accessory stick, with only a sword and sheath. Again these are out of scale with the older mold, being of a more recent vintage. But hey, I’ve got a ton of original repros to give him.
The subtle paint app changes to the arm and leg wraps are my favorite new element of the figure. Combined with the parts updates, it makes for a unique take on the old favorite.