Snow Storm (1993)
Part of the Battle Corps series, his claim to fame with collectors comes from a variation. This figure, along with the same year’s redesigned Outback, was intended for the Eco Warriors line. When that sub-team set was scrubbed, the figure was folded into the regular Battle Corps lineup. Early releases were still painted with Eco Warriors colors, including more flamboyant colors. Something about the orange and white is very appealing to me, maybe because it reminds me of an orange Creamsicle. Man, I really shouldn’t write these things on an empty stomach.
Described on his file card as a high tech snow trooper, Snow Storm’s appearance actually makes a lot of sense considering his Eco Warrior origins. His substantial suit, which is sealed from head to toe, would definitely be safe from both extreme cold as well as toxic chemicals. Overall, he’s one of the most unique looking of all the GI Joe snow troopers.
Cold weather Joes seem to have bad relationships with temperature extremes. First there was Iceberg, a man born in Texas who hates hot weather and became a snow trooper. Snow Storm, originally from Havana, can’t stand the cold. Apparently, his thermal suit keeps him warm enough to continue fighting Cobra in frigid temperatures.
The later vintage molds often get passed over because of the era’s predilection for wild colors and even wilder gimmicks, but this is one figure with some excellent details, and a very different look. I’ve always liked his faceplate, which brings to mind the early 80s figures’ clear helmet visors. For those who prefer a more subdued color scheme, 1994 saw a repaint of the mold in grey, black and white. I think Snow Storm looks good in any color.