STORM SHADOW (v1)
Series: Three (1984)
Storm Shadow was first released carded as part of the third series (1984). He was also sold in 1985 and also in 1986. Storm Shadow was finally discontinued domestically in 1987.
Storm Shadow came with a black quiver backpack, a black long bow, two black samurai swords, and black nunchuk sticks.
The two halves of the backpack opened up like a briefcase. When closed, the backpack held all four of his weapons.
Primary Specialty: Assassin
Secondary Specialty: Intelligence
Storm Shadow can trace his family history through thirty generations of assassins. He can scale sheer walls with bare hands and feet, move with blinding speed, and endure unspeakable hardship and pain. Qualified expert: Long bow, Samuari sword; Throwing stars; Nunchaku sticks; 8th degree black belt in five martial arts.
"The great Ninja assassin clans disappeared a hundred years ago. If they were wiped out, nobody took the credit for it and if they're still around - who are they working for?"
No variations of Storm Shadow (v1) are known to exist.
Storm Shadow's body mold is entirely original and not made up from previous molds.
The mold was re-used to make the Cobra Ninja Viper (1992), Storm Shadow (v5) (1997), Red Ninja Viper (2004), and Black Dragon Ninja (2004).
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 swivel ball head was introduced in 1985 (Series Four).
Storm Shadow was sold carded in the mid-80s on Action Force and G.I. Joe cards in European countries including the United Kingdom and Spain.
In Brazil, Storm Shadow was sold in 1986 as Cobra do Gelo.
In Argentina, Storm Shadow was recolored in red and released as Satan. He was also recolored in black and released as Ninja-Ku. A regular white version of Storm Shadow was also produced as Cobra de Hielo. Excess stock of Storm Shadows were also sold in C.O.P.S. packaging and with trench playsets.
Auriken released Storm Shadow in Mexico as Sombra Blanca. This figure was also available with the Pom-Pom Gun.
Storm Shadow was also available in China in the early '90s.
Versions of Storm Shadow
In 2006, a Tommy Arashikage figure was released, showing Storm Shadow from his years prior to Cobra and G.I. Joe.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Storm Shadow (v1).
Original Retail: $2.25
Hasbro Product: 6429
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-84001
Desimone Guide: #51
Tomart's Guide: #GI5269
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 39 (1st Ed.), Pg. 60 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a