Cobra Ninja Trooper (2004)
I love ninjas. They’re wonderful in movies, even more fun in the GI Joe mythos, and fascinating from a historical context. By the way, am I using the correct plural form of the word? Is the multiple of ninja still ninja or ninjas? Someone please research this and get back to us. I’m sure the community is wondering.
Part of an army builder two-pack with a fairly snazzy repaint of the era’s Night Creeper, the Ninja Trooper is itself an homage to the mail-in Ninja Viper. I’ve had a soft spot for that particular teal terror since the 90s. What’s not to like about a version one Storm Shadow redeco? As such, I army built the heck out of this guy when I saw it. Probably not the wisest decision, but a dozen of them lined up looks pretty neat.
Strangely enough, the primary military specialty of the trooper is mercenary, with ninja coming in second. I suppose this stands to reason, as the file card explains that the corps is recruited from the basic Cobra Neo-Viper ranks. I always wondered how Cobra managed to find so gosh-darn many existing ninjas. They must have been thick as flies back in the 1980s. By 2004, the fad must have passed, and they had to create their own.
The mold itself was interesting to me because the Storm Shadow on which it was based was one of the initial relaunch figures that weren’t given an o-ring refit. Maybe I should break out the red and white paint and make up my own. I certainly have enough extras to try.