Cobra Slice (2002)
Since 1984, there have been ninjas of some sort in GI Joe. I suppose they’ll always be a part of whatever the current line is doing, regardless of focus or scale. Sgt. Savage is the only post-80’s small scale Joe line I can think of that didn’t have a ninja or at least a figure with ninja like qualities. Even GI Joe Extreme had one.
Cobra Slice was part of the filler packs of vintage styled figures in the GI Joe vs. Cobra line. He came packaged with Sure Fire, another repainted 90’s figure. Slice gets a bit of a change up in uniform, and one that I think suits him. The addition of color at least brings some interest to a mold that never excited me much.
Quite a bit of detail that was lost in the solid red and orange of his previous versions is brought out. The contrasting grey and the white details give him a little more individuality and to me help him stand out more as a named character. The solidly colored versions seemed to me more like nameless ninja troopers. The colors here even come close to Slash, another new sculpt era ninja.
The weapon choices are a disappointment. I don’t know why Hasbro continued to use the large curved sword that was included. It was one of the ugliest sword designs of all the old Ninja Force weapons.