Storm Shadow (2000)
There’s something interesting about this starkly decorated Storm Shadow. Part of the short-lived o-ring rebirth at the beginning of the millennium, he was packaged with his sword brother, Snake Eyes. While Stormy was outfitted in all-white, Snakes had emblazoned his unit’s logo on his pant leg. So much for stealth on both accounts.
It’s ironic that this barely painted figure was released among so many others of a year that featured deco styles like paint washes and marbled plastic. Maybe the thought was to make him look as close as possible to the pristine white and black of the 1984 version. Perhaps Hasbro thought collectors wouldn’t notice this was the Ninja Force figure. In the end, he looks like some sort of odd prototype.
Despite the lack of paint apps on obvious elements like the shoulder padding, I’m still interested in this figure enough to want to try the same improvements I made to the Urban Division version. Like that figure, he’s been stripped of his action feature, but left with the side effects of limited poseability and an odd torso. It was a heck of a lot of trouble just getting him to assume the simple pose in the photo.
Where’s my Dremel?