Night Creeper (2005)
The Valor vs. Venom years saw some of the most prolific release in volume of GI Joe figures. I bought every single one of them, even the special discount store offerings. Why? I suppose I was making up for lost time as a collector. Having been buying Joes again first-hand for just a few years as an adult at the time of the Real American Hero series’ end, I felt like I needed to be all-in and savor the moments. I’m glad I did, as I wouldn’t have nearly the breadth to my collection to use as subjects for this blog.
This purple and gold repaint is perhaps one of the most beautiful of the repaint figures that made appearances in dollar store chains around 2005. While I was enamored of the mold’s previous creepy green repaint that was part of a regular two-pack, this regal looking edition struck a chord as well. I stocked up on six of these guys, as they just looked too good to pass up on the pegs. They were also 3 bucks each, so it was a win-win. The figure really shines when posed, and its oddly lanky arms and legs lend themselves to some amazing fighting positions. Ankle and wrist joints also added a new dimension of playability. See? The new sculpt era was good for a few things after all.