Storm Shadow (2013 “T’Gin-Zu” Repaint)
Have you ever searched and searched for a toy, admiring it via pictures on packaging (or these days, online) and wondered whether you’re going to find it? Sure, there are more opportunities now than there used to be in terms of finding and buying exactly what you want. If you’ve got the money, between ebay and Amazon, pretty much everything under the sun is available to purchase. Case in point: I picked up a Turbo Teen model kit via ebay last week. Now how lucky would I have had to be to make that score back in the 90s, when the best bets to find stuff were flea markets and Toy Shop magazine? The online age has been great for convenience.
Like I said, I’ve been looking for this figure for quite a while. When I first saw pictures of it online, I thought it couldn’t be true. Someone at Hasbro actually pitched a modern repaint of Storm Shadow based on the obscure driver figure of one of the most unloved vehicles in Joe history? And someone also said, sure, go for it. Simply amazing.
The color blocking on this new figure actually more resembles the prototype T’Gin-Zu from the packaging and file card art more than the old retail release version. The original figure was simply white with an orange mask and sash, and blue highlights. The color scheme of this supposed Storm Shadow is right on target with what was pictured on the back of the old Pile Driver package. They even remembered to cast his weapons in blue.
I’m still so impressed and amazed that this figure even exists, and in a format that wasn’t an ungodly expensive exclusive. All the little details, and the simple fact that this is a modern figure based on a pre-production image of a Ninja Force character, just make me smile. I’m glad that a new GI Joe figure can still manage that from time to time.