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25th Snake Eyes v.3 (single-card) First-Look

By Justin Bell

Introduction: I can say without hesitation that the first Snake Eyes was by far my favorite figure of the first Anniversary run. From the overall style of the figure to the articulation and accessories, he was just a great example of what this Anniversary line could be. But a lot of folks had some minor issues with him, some of them his "gray" color, and other folks complained about the articulation in his hips. Well, I'm happy to report that with this re-release, both of those issues are fixed.

Sculpt: From head to toe, this is the "Commando" Snake Eyes that many Joe fans covet. Before all of the ninja madness and convoluted history there was the nasty Joe Commando who weilded an uzi and had an affinity for spike-knuckled trench knives. This figure definitely represents the character from that era. The skin tight mask and goggles, nicely textured commando shirt, and baggy military pants with combat boots, this is the essence of the original Joe "Commando".

Proportions are pretty spot on with this figure, and the detailing throughout is terrific, really showing just how many strides have been made in the past two decades of toy design. A very nice looking figure from a sculpting perspective.

Articulation: This version of Snake Eyes has the great articulation of the original, and then some. Ball-jointed shoulders, swivel wrists to go along with the typical jointed elbows. That mid-torso joint that causes some folks issues works very well here, especially hidden behind the webgear. Double-jointed knees, swivel calves and ankle joints round off the range of articulation nicely. This version of Snake Eyes, though, has his hip sockets adjusted more widely so his legs have a much greater range of motion than the original had. An improvement in every way.

Accessories: Snake Eyes is loaded with lots of functional accessories that all work very, very well. The awesome removable webgear with a holster, pistol, knife, and the immortal Uzi that has become Snake Eyes' trademark. All of them are here in great detail and the figure looks fantastic all geared up. Great choices.

Conclusion: The backbone of the G.I. Joe universe, and without a doubt the most popular character in the mythos. This figure is perfectly done with a great homage to Snake Eyes at his roots, and the improved articulation only makes it all the better. If I have any complaints it's that we're getting inundated with Snake Eyes figures, and it doesn't look to stop any time soon. While I understand the need to consistently have this figure on store shelves, it's killing me that we couldn't get another new character worked into this assortment. Hopefully the rumored wave layouts we've seen for upcoming stuff isn't 100% accurate, since it looks like we've got at least 2 more Snake Eyes' coming in 2 early waves for '08. Time will tell.

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