The Power of Packaging: 1982 Snake Eyes
I have a pretty vivid memory of picking up my first Snake Eyes figure. I came into the GI Joe line sometime in 1983, and had already found a few refitted 1982 characters, but I had trouble tracking down Snake Eyes. Say what you will about him nowadays, but back then almost every kid I knew wanted him. How could you not, especially with this dynamic card art. What’s he pointing at? Who cares? We love it!
I finally snagged mine at the TG&Y just down the road from my house. Unfortunately, it was a straight arm version. I would have preferred a swivel arm, but I still liked my Snake Eyes. He went everywhere with me, including to my grandparents’ for a sleepover. I don’t recall ever taking other toys with me like I did with Snakes. I guess he was a good buddy to keep me company. I notice now that my son sometimes does the same with his favorite toys.