Snake Eyes (Dollar General Repaint)
Finally, I found this figure at retail. It seems like I’ve been hunting for it forever. Ever since I saw the first images online of the repainted “discount store” wave, this Snake Eyes, along with Storm Shadow, were a must-buy. In lieu of the 1991 coloring, it was done up in green. It’s something of an homage to the Heavy Assault Squad version of 2005, and that alone makes it cool enough for me to plunk down six bucks.
I won’t bother to repeat all of my thoughts on the mold itself; see my coverage of the previous version if you’d like to know. In general, I didn’t think the blue version came together very well due to parts choices, but I think the color choices here help the components more effectively blend together. Since this version is a straight repaint, I’m more interested in the color anyway. Snake Eyes has been outfitted in green before, but never quite like this. Usually, he just changes into green pants and keeps his standard black shirt.
These inexpensive figures have been short on accessories, and Snake Eyes maintains his single weapon, a katana. A green katana. And it matches his vest. How amazing is that? For a man who’s usually monchromatically attired, he sure shows some flair for color with this outfit. They keep making Snake Eyes variants, and we keep buying them. It may strike a little to close to Power Rangers to put Snakes in different colored uniforms, but I’m all for changing things up and bringing in a fresh approach from time to time. Now where are my pink and yellow versions?