2004 Storm Shadow

The G.I. Joe revival of the early 2000s began to sputter out by mid-late 2004. Hasbro peaked the line with the 2004 TRU COBRA Infantry 6-pack, and after that Hasbro’s ARAH offerings fell into a pit of mediocrity, where even things that should’ve been hits with collectors wound up being duds. An example of this is the COBRA Ninja 6-pack, which featured multiple highly sought after molds and army builders, yet it still fell flat.

When you look at the Ninja set, the Red Ninja is what should be the figure that’s top of the heap, unfortunately it’s a brittle piece of junk, and it made up a third of the set! There was also the two Vypras, which took a fairly bogus character and turned it into an army builder that now looks like a grimy Jinx that’s covered in wallpaper.

So the other two unique figures are a toss-up for the best of the set, there’s a black repaint of the v1 Storm Shadow mold, which is a fairly nice figure but doesn’t topple the set’s version of Storm Shadow, who is a very well done and original repaint of the 1988 figure.

The 1988 Storm Shadow mold is a pretty good action figure, it just happens to be the follow-up to perhaps the coolest G.I. Joe figure of the 1980s, Storm Shadow v1. It’s also a member of the G.I. Joe team, which is one of the strongest dividing lines for G.I. Joe fandom. So you’re left with a good figure, that is used very rarely.

This version of the 1988 mold, is cast in a very pale green, with brown highlights, and some black paint wipes. The colours on this figure aren’t typically used on G.I. Joe figures, but there’s a strong realism to them, and the details on this figure are painted in a better way than the 1988 original. It also is a COBRA figure, which can smooth over a lot of fan weariness on the mold. It’s funny though, there was finally a realistically coloured traditional construction version of Storm Shadow, that wasn’t a swivel neck mold, and nobody cared!

Part of the reason this set went over so badly, is the accessories to it sucked. It’s all early 90s Ninja Force weapons, a duffle bag and an M-16. None of these fit the era of the molds used in the set. What’s an even bigger downer is that the bow and claw that came with the 88 Stormy were modified and used in Ninja Force weapons trees! Arming this figure in this day and age is fairly easy, since the number of factory custom Storm Shadows have made the 84 Accessories commonplace and they work well with this figure, especially when paired up with the 88 Claw, which was included in black frequently enough that people can find it easily.

Not many people care about this figure (Shit, I didn’t even realize it was even the Storm Shadow character until I wrote this thing!), and it shouldn’t be anybody’s default Storm Shadow, however it’s a good action figure and probably deserves more use than it actually receives.

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5 Responses to 2004 Storm Shadow

  1. mwnekoman says:

    The colors on this figure really were brilliant. He doesn’t look like Storm Shadow much to me, but he works well enough just as a fun Cobra ninja. I definitely agree that he deserves more use than he usually receives!

    I wonder why Hasbro started including so many random crappy 90’s accessories in the TRU sets back then. They had better alternatives they had been using just a few years prior to that, so I can’t imagine that too many of the molds were lost/destroyed.

    Also, didn’t collector’s have a massive hatred of ninjas around the time this set came out?

  2. I REALLY like the looks of this figure and am always trying to find one for a good price. I love the 1988 Storm Shadow mold, and it might be my favorite of the 3 vintage Storm Shadow molds– even though it’s hard to be cooler and more iconic than v1, and it’s tough to beat the dynamic looks and nostalgia factor of the Ninja Force version. I actually wish they did a repaint of this guy in straight up Ninja Force colors, since that could easily replace the NF version for me.

    It’s weird that they did this one as Cobra, when the colors would fit so well into a GI Joe unit. But I’m still glad he’s a Cobra, and you can really use him for whatever you want, as Neko said. I quite like the red ninja repaint of this mold, too.

    I may be in the minority, but I like this era of o-ring Joes. There’s just a ton of weird stuff to choose from, and it all helps make collections and photos more interesting.

  3. A-Man says:

    Best figure in the set, if that says anything. Did any of the 6-packs have weathering to them? Not that I recall. It works great for this figure, but seems like a ARAHC throwback on the others.

    Yeah, the Red Ninjas were brittle. I had one’s shoulder break and I returned whole pack to the store. They could’ve saved the elaborate wall paper paint ops on the Vypras and just made a new head for a new female ninja? Maybe? I mean the remade the whole Storm Shadow mold for this! And that another thing, why not…dare I say improve it? Storm Shadow V1’s head was never the greatest looking.

    Anyway, back to Storm Shadow. He looks great, but it’s a little odd his Cobra logo is so bright and clean compared to the rest of him. Also, no arm tattoo.

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