Storm Shadow (2010)
This Storm Shadow seems like he comes from an amalgamation of the GI Joe universe and Prince of Persia. Or maybe it’s Elseworlds Storm Shadow. Wait, has that been done yet? You know, setting the GI Joe vs. Cobra story in a distant historic period? If not, IDW should try it. Why not, they’ve already done the zombie thing.
I find the figure an interesting departure from what we’re used to seeing in our Joe ninjas. The white jean pants and sneaks don’t quite fit with the rest of the figure’s look. I can see a Sinbad pant look, but I’m no fashion expert. Also, is it me, or does the top of his head look like it is supposed to be sculpted hair, and not painted?
The amount and quality of the accessories is amazing. Finally, we get a Joe ninja figure with a real chain weapon. Strings are workable, but the sculpted plastic chains stuck on one shape are always a disappointment. I remember watching Hasbro’s customizing panel at JoeCon, and seeing them make a custom chain weapon using a necklace. That sort of thing makes do in a pinch for a custom, but it’s always good to see an officially released version. I wonder if Hasbro just went to a necklace manufacturer and bought dozens of feet wholesale, or took the effort to make their own? These are the kind of questions think about when you spend entirely too much time with toys.
I enjoy the focus here on the combining swords and the different configuations that are possible with the chain. He’s also equipped with teeny-tiny shuriken, though he doesn’t have the kind of hand mold that can hold them, like the Renegades version.