In a way, it’s kind of fitting that the final Hasbro 3 3/4″ O-Ring G.I. Joe was Snowjob, because that’s exactly what a lot of what was aimed at collectors by Hasbro was. The Past & Present 2 pack was something I didn’t actually buy, I just ordered the Snowjob from China and wound up with a decent figure.
On the surface, this appears to be yet another v1 Snowjob repaint, but they’d actually found the first version’s upper arms. Not the case at all! This figure is a new mold, recreated from the figure, not unlike the TBM or RLA figures. You can’t swap new heads on to it, the feet have holes that are pentagonal, and are set in a different spot on the feet. It’s a strange figure, because he doesn’t really feel “right”, though, I’m not sure if that’s because he’s made of a different style of plastic, or because he’s the final Hasbro Joe.
I like this figure because it’s done up to be a straight re-do of the v1, but it actually isn’t. The white has more of a blue hue to it, which is a neat look, and there’s a few paint app differences, his bicep pouches are now black (Good) and there’s skin visible between his hood and goggles (Bad). Either way, it’s nice to have a Snowjob I’m not afraid to use, and still looks good.
Snowjob is a very good design, except, he’s an arctic figure. Going out into the snow to play G.I. Joe was something that was always a far better idea in theory, than practice. So he’s a figure that, while actually a solid design, illicits some disdain from me, as he reminds me I have to deal with bad weather (and not a hell of a lot of Joe photography opportunities!) for 5-6 months!
Snowjob is a great character, he’s got an incredible personality flaw (He’s a con-artist), but is so good at his job, it keeps him on the team. He also gave up a plush gig to become a Joe, which is a neat aspect, considering he’s a character that once tried to get Cover Girl to go out with him, and she could pay! The arctic nature of the figure, also tends to overshadow the sniper aspect of the character. I tend to think his filecard involved a little bit of censorship and in Rock ‘N Roll’s quote at the bottom, “Something” was originally “Someone”. It appears we’re possibly going to be getting a non-Arctic Snow Job figure in the next Red Laser’s Army set, which would be a really nice thing, as he’s a character that I like, but feel that he’s too hard to bring into non-arctic settings.
This 2009 version of Snow Job is both a good figure, as well as a figure that has some relevant historical importance to it. So in a way it’s probably a little more important to a classic G.I. Joe collection, than one would originally think. This isn’t just some unoriginal repaint, it’s the last real G.I. Joe.