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SNAKE EYES (v1.5)

   

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YoJoe ID: 118-HAF-1983-SNAKEEYE-1.5

Series: 1.5 (1983)

Snake Eyes (v1.5) with swivel-arms was released carded as part of the second series (1983). The swivel-arm Snake Eyes (v1.5) was available in stores in 1984 and was discontinued domestically in 1985.

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Accessories

Snake Eyes came with a black Uzi submachine gun and a black explosives pack.

Filecard Information

File Name: (CLASSIFIED)
Grade: E-5
Birthplace: (CLASSIFIED)
Primary Specialty: Infantry
Secondary Specialty: Hand-to-Hand Combat Instructor

Snake Eyes is proficient in 12 different unarmed fighting systems ( Karate, Kung-Fu, Jujitsu ) and is highly skilled in the use of edged weapons. Has received extensive training in mountaineering, underwater demolitions, jungle, desert and arctic survival, and some form of holistic medicine. Qualified Expert: All NATO and Warsaw pact small arms.

"The man is a total mystery, but he's real good at his job, heck, he's the best."

Variations

When Snake Eyes was re-released in 1983, two major changes were made to his construction. The straight-arms were replaced with arms that could swivel at the bicep, and his bulky waist-piece was replaced by a slimmer one with the buckle resculpted into the shape of Hasbro's logo at the time. Also, the date stamp on the figure was changed from "1982" to "82-83." While the changes are substantial enough for some to consider this a new version, it is still technically just a variation. Because of this, we have chosen to list this figure as version 1.5, rather than version 2.

There are two versions of Snake Eyes' filecard. The filecard with the Snake Eyes available from Hasbro Direct has a glossy red backing, while the filecard that came with the carded Snake Eyes did not. Snake Eyes included with the Sears or JCPenney's exclusive gift packs also had the red backing.

Featured In

Snake Eyes was featured in several of the various media of GI Joe through the years, including Trading Cards, Comic Books, Cartoons and Commercials.

Body Construction

Most of the 1982 series figures and their swivel-arm counterparts re-used molds from each other, repainted slightly to make them seem more original.

Snake Eyes's arms were shared with Grunt, Hawk, Short-fuze, Stalker, and Zap. The upper arms only were shared with Snow Job. Snake Eye (v1.5)'s torso was shared with Breaker, Grunt, Hawk, and Stalker. Snake Eyes's waist-piece was shared with twelve of the original fifteen figures.

Note that the figure's head only turns left and right - it does not allow the head to look up and down. The heads only turned left and right until the the swivel ball head that was introduced in 1985 (Series Four).

In 1997, the head, torso, arms, and legs were re-used to create Snake Eyes (v7) and Snake Eyes (v8). The legs were re-used in 1997 to help create Grunt (v4).

International Releases

This mold for Snake Eyes (v1.5) was used in several countries in several forms.

In the United Kingdom and Europe, Snake Eyes (v1.5) was given gray highlights to his mask and released with the Panther jeep as Stalker. Stalker could also be found in four figure Special Offer packs. This version of the figure was also available in the U.S. as a convention exclusive in 1992.

In India, Snake Eyes (v1.5) was molded many times - one time in light blue, another time in black with silver highlights, and another time packaged as Street Hawk.

In Australia, Snake Eyes was released on Action Man cards.

Though produced by Funskool, Nilco distributed Snake Eyes in Egypt. Note that unlike the other Snake Eyes figures on this page, this version utilizes the legs of Breaker, Clutch, Grunt, Hawk, Rock N Roll, Short-fuze, Stalker, Steeler, Zap, Tan Grunt (v2), and Tan Clutch (v2).

Versions of Snake Eyes

In 2006, a CLASSIFIED figure was released, showing Snake Eyes from his years prior to G.I. Joe.

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Reference Information

The below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Snake Eyes (v1.5).

Original Retail: $2.25
Product Number: 6404
Lee's Guide: GIJ-83001
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 20 (1st Ed.), Pg. 28 (2nd Ed.)
Desimone Guide: #3
Tomart's Guide: #GI5105 (swivel-arm)
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a

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