Snake Eyes (2008)
I’ve mentioned several times that one of my fondest memories of GI Joe in the 80’s involves a coloring book. It wasn’t that I was still coloring at age 10. Though if I were, would that be wrong? Surely there are worse things than still finding joy in coloring at ten years old. Nevertheless, my fascination with this book came not from coloring the pages, but from the actual artwork and story.
Unbeknownst to me at the time, it was based on issue number two of the Marvel comic. I simply found it interesting because the Joes featured in it were outfitted in arctic garb that was different from their toy appearances. I became so fascinated with what the Joes were wearing, that I asked my mother to sew little arctic outfits for my figures. My straight arm Snake Eyes was the first one to be customized with new cloth jacket and pants.
Fast forward to 2008, and the 25th anniversary series. I was probably more excited to see this version of Snake Eyes than any other figure that year. While it wasn’t the first figure to represent his look in that classic issue, it was a more accurate portrayal than the previous vintage styled comic pack release. Instead of using rehashed parts, this figure was mostly new. The modern construction allowed for more flexibilty to add things like the long jacket and pulled back hood, both of which were essential parts of the look in the comic.
The color was another interesting aspect of Snake Eyes’ arctic appearance. I’ve wondered, where in the heck did he find a parka in black? Did he dye it before he went on the mission, or does he simply have a closetful of black gear for every occasion? Whatever the case, the man is always prepared.
All the accessories of that old design are here too, from the explosives pouch to the weasel skull necklace. We even got some off-panel extras in the ice crampons and sword. If the ten year old me would have seen Snakes brandish a ninja sword in that old coloring book, I probably would have asked my mom to make one out of an old nail file.