Action figures usually start as "Hard Copies". These models
are used to create the molds, that are used to press out a run of "First
shots" or "Test shots". These test shots are done in
many different colors and lack a date stamp until the production run
Pictured above is a first shot made of a figure that was planned for
production in 1995. The next ninja group for G.I.Joe was going to be
the Ninja Commandos. However, G.I.Joe was cancelled in 1994 and the
Ninja Commandos were never released.
The entire figure is resin cast and painted with primer. While the
waist has been reproduced from another Storm Shadow first shot, the
rest of the figure is original.