The Power of Packaging: Retaliation Night Viper
It’s not often that we focus on modern card art in a TPOP feature, but I find the Retaliation line look speaks to an issue that’s all to common in action figure series these days. Without sounding like a grumpy old guy (too late), today’s packages are missing something.
Since 2012, package backs (at least from Hasbro) have become even less interesting of late, with multi-lingual legalese copy occupying a large swath, and very little focus on cross-sell. At least the Retaliation series gave us a few shots of the figure, some basic character information, as well as a few of its mates along the side. I also can’t fault the fact that the supposed ninja design elements were carried through. If only Hollering Rock and Stabby Snake Eyes were replaced with something more dynamic on front.