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YoJoe ID: 118-HAF-1997-STORMSHA-05

Series: Fourteen (1997)

Storm Shadow (v5) was released as part of the fourteenth series (1997) in the Commando Team three pack with Snake Eyes and Lady Jaye.

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Storm Shadow (v5) came with a black katana (long sword), a black wakizashi (short sword), black nunchuks, a black bow, a black backpack, and a black battle stand.

The two halves of the backpack opened up like a briefcase. When closed (as pictured above), the backpack held all four of his weapons.

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Filecard Information

File Name: Arashikage, Thomas S.
SN: 275-8934-ST51
Grade: E-8
Birthplace: St. Louis, MO
Primary Specialty: Covert Operations
Secondary Specialty: Martial Arts Instructor

Storm Shadow comes from the same Long Range Recon Patrol outfit as Stalker and Snake-Eyes. He also comes from a family of ninjas, whom he rejoined after serving his time in Southeast Asia. The head of the ninja clan, the Hard Master, Storm Shadow's uncle, was destroyed. The perpetrator was believed to be Storm Shadow himself. Storm Shadow knew otherwise, and took off in pursuit of the assailants. This eventually lead him to the terrorist organization known as Cobra. Storm Shadow infiltrated the organization, serving as Cobra Commander's personal bodyguard until he could discover the truth surrounding his uncle's death. It was ultimately revealed that the assassin was Zartan, on orders from Cobra Commander, and the intended target was Snake-Eyes. Storm Shadow was ultimately denied his revenge, but also realized that his drive for revenge had nearly consumed his soul. He turned his back on the evil that had nearly claimed him. He sought out his ninja brother Snake-Eyes, and eventually joined the G.I. Joes.

From General Hawk's Files: "In his own way, Storm Shadow is just as devastating a warrior as Snake-Eyes. However, Storm Shadow seems to prefer more traditional, even ancient methods of combat, using the tools of the ninja as oppossed to more modern hardware, Storm Shadow places a very high regard on personal honor, and is determined to make up for his time in service to Cobra. I'm glad he's on our side now!"


No variations of Storm Shadow (v5) are known to exist.

Body Construction

Storm Shadow (v5) is a complete repaint made from the original Storm Shadow (1984).

The mold was also used to make the Cobra Ninja Viper (1992), 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.

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.

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