I doubt there is a better example of a character’s portrayal in the various G.I. Joe media making a figure popular, than that of the 1985 Snake Eyes. This is a figure that has ALWAYS been an expensive and sought after figure, and yet it is still very rarely seen in fan content.
I’ve always been surprised at how little use Snake Eyes version 2 sees in dios and photographs, especially considering that iconic looks and popularity has been the basis for fan generated content for like 20 years. Then I remembered, this figure isn’t really that good.
If you look at the figure, all seems to be well. He’s got some fairly cool and well sculpted details like his visor, the combat knife on his leg and he’s also received the “Guys, it’s 1985, we all need to wear two belts” memo that a lot of the ’85 figures seemed to have. The colouring is a perfect update to the character, as he’s still the dark shadow man. Once you get the figure in hand, though, something is off. There’s got to be a structural flaw somewhere as he’s just a figure that doesn’t pose well. Much like Recondo, he looks cool, but that’s about it.
Snake Eyes received the same ’82 Uzi, which is a nice touch as it ties the character back to the first version, and shows a continuity within the line. He also has a bad ass scimitar and a backpack that can hold it. I always liked how his sword wasn’t a ninja sword like Quick Kick or Storm Shadow, it was different and combined with his visor always kind of made him seem like a Knight, to me. He also came with a wolf. I don’t like Timber, I never was big on most animal figures, other than Junkyard, I always found them kind of hokey, and to me Timber was the hokiest. Nowadays the animals are decent for props in photos, but Timber’s so goddamn expensive I’m not going to seek one out.
It’s a shame how this figure doesn’t really live up to either it’s design or the portrayal it had in both the cartoon and comic books. Especially since, this is a design that was Snake Eyes at G.I. Joe’s absolute peak, so it’s been ingrained as THE Snake Eyes. This is a figure where the mold hinders it, so while it would’ve probably had a really good paint in 1997, it’d still just be a figure that was “just there”. We’d also probably have seen 3-4 bland and derivative repaints of this same mold, without even anything as dramatic as the Kid Rhino ’83 Snake Eyes.