While I did spend a little time at my parents house for Thanksgiving , I opted to skip going to the in-laws to wrap some gifts and get some things done while the wifey and kids were away . With a little free (peace and quiet) time to kill , I decided to re-organize my figs/weapons, as most of them were scattered in a drawer cart . Everytime I do this , one particular figure always seems to stand out and catch my eye again . This time it was this ROC Red Fang Ninja figure . I’ve taken pics of him before but with the flash on . This time I took the pics without flash to get a better , glare-less overall image of what I think is an awesome Joe figure.
This figure came to me loose with the Snake Eyes of the same “Rescue Mission” set.Not much to say about this one.Just your average Channing Tatum AKA Duke figure. At first i thought this was movie accurate but it seems like the colors of his uniform are a bit off.Inverted i think.Not much of a biggie since this will not be my go-to Duke figure.He will however look great next to other ROC Joes dressed in the light gray camouflage.And since i don’t own many of the light gray camouflaged ROC Joes there will be no group shots at this time.Hopefully soon though.
If you totally disregarded Hasbro’s G.I. Joe ROC line of figures in 2009(like i did),then chances are that you also overlooked the Rescue Mission set exclusive to Target stores and famous for the Snake Eyes figure that came with it. The set came with two Vipers,Duke and a stealthy Snake Eyes figure deceptively stashed inside the package,hidden behind the Duke figure.I didn’t pick up the complete set,but managed to find the Snake Eyes and Duke figure loose.It’s rare to find any of these figures loose because merchants are making a killing selling the complete sets.I didn’t even know this Snake Eyes existed until a few months ago when i saw this Youtube review http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-Al6O7JpKs on him.Which by the way is a pretty cool channel for action figure reviews.The Rescue Mission Snake Eyes i picked up is semi-complete but the more important accessories,like his sword,sheath and backpack were included.I really don’t have anything bad to say about this figure.Everything about it is Snake Eyes.The figure is completely black.Some flat,some glossy and the sculpt is perfect.Essentially a repaint of the Resolute Snake Eyes.The web gear’s on point and the all black visor on the head sculpt works perfectly.To me every Snake Eyes figure should have at least one Arashikage symbol and this one has it on the right shoulder.All in all an amazing figure and while not better than the POC Ninja Commando version,Rescue Mission Snake Eyes is a close 2nd IMO.
One of the bright spots in G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra was actor Lee Byung-Hun and his portrayal of Storm Shadow in the film.H e was one of the actors who pretty much no one had a beef with,even the toughest critics.I believe this was one of the first SS figures released when ROC toys initially began to show up on the pegs and department store shelves back in ’09.