Dark Ninja Brawler (2012 Micro Force)
By Past Nastification
GI Joe in alternate formats, like the Combat Heroes or even the 12” figures, usually doesn’t catch my interest. The Micro Force figures were an exception. An exception with a twisted arm. Several years ago a friend bought them for me for Christmas. He knew damned well that I’d get a kick out them and then “collect them all!”, by which I mean spending time and money finding them.
If you’re not familiar, the Micro Force figures were rubbery mini-figures, statically sculpted in “deformed” proportions, measuring in at about one inch high. There was some sort of finger flick game kids were supposed to play with them. They were sold in blind packs and random blister packs.
The name is a tad confusing. Is he “Brawler”, of the Dark Ninja clan? Is this a “named” character? Or does the figure represent an army builder of Dark Ninja Brawlers? Six years after the figure was released, I doubt we’ll ever find out.
Unlike the other ninja figures in the line, DNB isn’t wearing a traditional gi. He’s wearing black workout attire. There’s probably a Nike or Reebok logo underneath the big cast iron plate on his chest. The matching gauntlets and knee pads are nice, but the forehead armor on his ski mask is spectacular. Who does that?
Someone who likes to brawl, that’s who.