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Hot Toys 12" G.I. Joe: Retaliation Storm Shadow
Review and photos by Phillip Donnelly
This time I'm looking at Hot Toy's version of Storm Shadow from G.I. Joe:
Retaliation. Let me tell you, this was not a review I was looking
forward to doing! It's not that I dislike the character, nor do I hate
his design. In fact, I have no real qualms about this figure except
its color - it's white. I take my photos on a white background and
then clean them up on my computer. Non-white figures are easy to cut
out. White ones? Not so much!
But this is not something on which I can legitimately critique a figure.
It's a situation unique to my circumstances that should have no bearing
whatsoever on how you, my loyal readers (I still have some, right?), will or
will not enjoy this figure. By which I mean, read on to see if I enjoy
this figure and then you will unquestioningly believe everything I say.
That's the whole point in my writing this, right? It's not like you're
supposed to come to your own conclusions!
Once again, this is a figure with a uniform that is meant to stay on -
even says so in the included instructions! Not that, you know, I enjoy
undressing my figures, but, uh.... How do I get myself out of this
again? Either way, you're stuck with this movie costume. It's
very nicely detailed, and incredibly accurate to the movie, so we definitely
could do worse. I'm looking at you, Hasbro, and your current alleged
"12 inch figures." The Hot Toys figure comes with two heads, masked
and unmasked. While the unmasked head is an incredible representation
of actor Byung-hun Lee, the masked head really makes me smile. Why?
Because the facemask is actual cloth over a sculpted mouth that you can
barely see through in the proper light. Why they would go this far for
a relatively minor detail eludes me, yet I am all the more grateful for it.
Just don't put your thumb there when you yank the head out.
costume itself has a great pleather feel to it, but once again, the
proportions are beefed up with an inner padded shirt. I took an image
of it in the gallery below - just look for the creepy pic where Storm Shadow
looks like he's coming on to you. I swear I didn't do that on purpose.
I didn't! Why doesn't anyone believe me?? Besides that
unfortunate implication, the range of motion on this figure is superb.
We have double-jointed knees and elbows, swiveling shoulders, ball-jointed
ankles, and a mid-torso joint. This figure is on par with a Sideshow
body, and easily puts the old Hall of Fame bodies to shame. Not that
anyone besides me cares about those figures, any more!
Once again, Hot Toys gives us a figure with more hands than wrist joints,
but as the hands are of a softer plastic than with Snake Eyes, they're
easier to interchange. I didn't feel the need to go out and purchase
more joints upon receiving my figure. With the hands being softer,
that does give them some flex when holding items. The hand for the
pistol can studrily grip the stock, with the index finger fitting inside the
trigger guard without fuss. And while the sword grip hands do an able
job supporting the blades, they sort of fail elsewhere. Sadly, the
thin handles on the sais mean that none of the hands can hold them well.
They just sort of balance in place, provided you don't get the figure a good
Accessory wise, we still don't come near the arsenal of a typical
Sideshow figure, but what we have is what we need. The two sais, three
throwing stars, a 9mm pistol, and Storm Shadow's two swords. Not only
that, but we get an inanimate silver rod! Well actually, it's a
connector piece for the two swords. Yes, the figure can join both
blades into one, just like in Retaliation and Rise of Cobra.
Definitely a cool feature, that.
If you've already picked up the Retaliation Snake Eyes figure, you have
no reason NOT to buy this guy, too. He's the companion piece, the
enemy to battle against, or the wayward sword brother to hunt down and
subsequently bring back into the clan. I may have gotten a little too
literal with that last one there. Whatever, buy this figure!
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