G.I. Joe Retaliation-Storm Shadow

I have to say this has got to be one of the most exciting times for G.I. Joe action figure collectors and toy collectors in general.The buzz created by the Dollar General Joes and Retaliation figures is entertaining the cr#% out of me lol!The stories that I’ve read on forums about people trying to hunt down some of these elusive figures are hilarious!Heck I’m even guilty of walking into my local Dollar General store on more than one occasion only to be disappointed with my findings, or lack there of.Retaliation figures I’m thinking are a little easier to come by, although they are still pretty scarce around my neck of the woods.The other day i was lucky enough to find the Snake Eyes from that line but it was really the Storm Shadow that i was coveting.My searches for 2012 Joe awesomeness  were becoming more and more discouraging to say the least and i ultimately found myself succumbing to the sultan of surplus …Ebay!There was no way that i was going to drop 40 bucks on any of those Dollar General Joe’s so that turned my attention to the more reasonably priced  Retaliation figures.For about 12 bucks($9-$3.50 shipping) i was able to pick up Storm Shadow, the one figure that i really wanted from the Retaliation line.I think this   Storm Shadow dwarves  any of the ROC/POC  versions.One detail that i feel all Ninja figures should have are the split toe(jika-tabi) shoes and this figure has them.They also rock side to side for pose-ability.Although not movie accurate or traditional,I love the sculpt of the figure.This Storm Shadow feels and looks like a Ninja.The head sculpt is great and his eyes have a more menacing look than some of the ROC versions did.If i had to use one word to describe this figure, it would be “Sleek”.The White w/ Gray color scheme really flows and the placement and size of the Cobra insignia is perfect.Retaliation Stormie is solid and if your looking for a futuristic, more updated and less exaggerated version of him then this is the one to get. Enjoy the pics!