Ultimate Storm Shadow (2013)
When I first saw pictures of a new Storm Shadow, more closely based on the classic 1984 design than we’d seen in the recent modern releases, I was really jazzed. The Renegades figure is amazing, but isn’t an exacting recreation of the memorable look of the old version.
I don’t want to say this is the Storm Shadow I’ve always wanted, because the 1984 version is still tops in my book, but I think it is the Storm Shadow I expected in 2007’s generally disappointing 25th anniversary series. Unfortunately, the year is 2013, and my fervor for newly styled recreations of old figures has waned. Maybe it’s due to the almost constant flow of new modern style GI Joe figures since that relaunch, or maybe it’s partially burnout from this blog itself.
All of the itty bitty weapons from Renegades Stormy are here again, this time handily packaged in a small bag by themselves rather than inserted into the backing bubble. I say leave them in the bag, as these are some microscopically tiny bits that are total carpet magnets if dropped. There’s also an alternate unmasked movie head, I assume to tenuously tie the toy in to the movie.
In pictures, the figure appeared to be equipped with a scaled down version of the CLAW. Well, there is a representation of the famous glider, but it’s attached to a very odd action feature. Storm Shadow clips onto the end, and a push of the plunger at the opposite end sends him spinning. I’m a sucker for action features, but this one’s just plain odd. The package touts it as ninja fighting action, but that’s a stretch. He doesn’t look like he’s fighting so much as he’s spinning out of control. Maybe it’s meant to replicate a glider crash.
I’ve become quite the curmudgeon at times when it comes to modern GI Joe figures, but this one makes for a pretty joyful time. The figure has a ton of fiddly little bits that make it feel less like a toy and more like a really detailed model kit, or hobby figure, but the memories of 1984 Stormy are strong, and help this figure put a smile on my face. The action feature also makes me happy thanks to its sheer ridiculousness. Thankfully, the attachment doesn’t affect the figure, and can be tossed into the surplus parts bin, much like the missile launchers, weapons trees, and Spy Troops gear of old. You know, it’s good to have continuity within my adult GI Joe collecting life.