Night Creeper (2004 Urban Division)
The Night Creepers sure got a lot of exposure after their initial appearance in the Real American Hero line. The basic trooper figures were followed by a leader character, which itself received a redeco just one year later. Ninja Force featured a redesign for the final years of the original small Joe run. An arctic variant of the trooper showed up during the limited revival of the late 90s. The 2000s second generation o-ring figures got in on the techno-ninja action with a newly designed uniform and several repaints.
The Cobra Strike Team – Urban Division set (that’s a mouthful) went back to the original mold and presented it in a new paint deco. With all older style o-ring figures, the set was a mixed bag in terms of popular molds. I was happy for the troop builders that were included. One doesn’t usually think of ninja figures when planning on putting together a Cobra army, but the set was a nice way to put together a force of martial arts fighters that weren’t based on a Storm Shadow mold. Okay, so there was a Stormy figure in this pack too, but who’s counting?
The Night Creeper shares a camo pattern similar only with pack mate Firefly. It’s odd at first glance to think that these two would match, but it might make sense if you consider the saboteur’s later appearances in the Marvel GI Joe comic along with his cadre of brainwashed red ninjas. Maybe someone in design confused the red ninja with Night Creepers. Then again, the arctic version of this figure from 1998 stated that the arctic Creepers showed loyalty only to Firefly. Interesting…