Snake Eyes (2008 DVD Battle)
While I have find memories of the first GI Joe mini-series, the MASS Device, I hold its follow-up, the Revenge of Cobra, in higher esteem. As a kid, I had taped the initial airing (on Beta, no less) abd had it on a regular viewing schedule for at least a year. As such, I think I have its dialogue as well committed to memory as I do the Empire Strikes Back. Being that the show was taped via less than a high fidelity source from a terrestrial antenna based television, the picture wasn’t as pristine as what’s been released on DVD, or even old VHS tapes. I remember the scenes with Snake Eyes being particularly troublesome, because I couldn’t make out any detail in his uniform. He simply looked like a black mass. It wasn’t until seeing the mini-series years later that I finally saw the slightly contrasting colors of his visor, belts and straps.
This figure represents those quite well, and it was and exciting figure to get at the time, considering I was a huge fan of the TV show. The 25th anniversary line had attempted a 1985 style Snake Eyes, but I found it lacking. This one gives us that figure, run through a Sunbow filter. I love it. Even if there isn’t a Timber, or a signature Uzi included (which Snakes didn’t use in the animation anyway), I still think it’s pretty great. Of all the 25th style figures, this is one that seems more toylike and playable to me. Maybe that’s down to the animated look. Whatever the case, this figure still brings a smile on my face, and brings back an afternoon watching the cartoon on an old Beta tape.