I loves me some Night Creepers! Even with the strange purple and gray camouflage of the vintage versions, I always really dug the overall look and concept of the Night Creepers. Ninja assassins and saboteurs who leveraged next generation technology was always a really awesome concept, and Larry Hama executed it pretty nicely in the Marvel Comics throughout the 90’s. The way the legs were somewhat thick but still moved really nicely, as well as the elbows on those classic o-ring figures just made the toys felt really “natural” for me and made the figures really easy to play with, which was important back in the day. More modern repaints (specifically the COBRA Urban Strike Force version) made me love the figure even more, especially because the softer plastic for the hands made the thumbs a lot less breakable. And before anyone says anything, no I don’t really consider the Rise of Cobra Night Creeper to be a proper “Urban Strike” repaint.
When Hasbro revealed an updated build for the much maligned 25th Anniversary Night Creeper at JoeCon a number of years ago, I was pretty ecstatic. I wasn’t wild about the COBRA Island 7-Pack version with those dated 25th Anniversary parts, and the more modernized parts combination was fantastic.
The Collectors Club seemed to take a page from that book, but instead of giving us just a new classic looking (or even better, an Urban Strike version!) they used the parts combo as a modern interpretation of the 1998 Toys “R” Us exclusive Arctic 3-Pack. I’m pretty sure I could count the number of fans who wanted a modern update to that figure on one hand, but as a devout fan of the Night Creepers in general, I’m pretty happy to see any iteration of that figure in modern format.
Replacing some of those dated parts with limbs from the Wave 1 G.I. Joe: Retaliation Storm Shadow makes a world of difference, giving us a more modern iteration of the arctic Night Creeper with parts that are better sculpted, larger, and have far better range of motion. The seamless integration of martial arts and technology lives on in these Storm Shadow parts and suits the Night Creeper to perfection. I am a big fan of this updated parts recipe, that is for sure.
Looking at the deco of the figure, he certainly resembles the arctic 3-Pack version from 1998, and from a cost perspective, I suppose I can see why the Club went that way. By eliminating paint masks for elaborate camouflage, they can bring costs down, fitting this figure better within their constricted budget. If money were no factor, I would have much rather preferred an updated vintage deco Night Creeper or the Urban Strike.
The COBRA Night Creeper comes with a decent set of accessories, including a crossbow and the trademark wavy sword that initially came with the vintage figure. He’s got a modern version of the Night Creeper backpack as well as the shoulder cape that originally came with the Retaliation G.I. Joe Trooper. Somewhat strange is that he cannot wear the cape and the backpack at the same time, so you have to pick and choose one or the other. While the cape does have the backpack hole, the peg of the backpack isn’t quite long enough to accommodate for it. He also has the familiar head dress and chest armor that we’ve been getting on versions of the Night Creeper since the COBRA Island set.
I love the Night Creeper. I don’t necessarily love the arctic version of him, and desperately wish the Club had found a way to use this much improved parts combination on a figure with a somewhat more exciting deco. Even as this figure stands, he’s got a great selection of parts and decent accessories, and is a fun figure overall. I just wish his paint scheme was a bit more exciting.
Here is my YouTube review of the figure as well:
FSS 4.0 Night Creeper
Ever since they first jumped on the scene in 1990, I’ve loved the Night Creeper, especially their rendition in the Marvel comics by Lee Weeks. The hybrid techno sabotage and ninja elements worked really well together. I will admit I wasn’t wild about the 25th anniversary version, but this FSS rendition fixes pretty much every structural problem I had, I just wish the Collectors Club had been a bit more daring with the color scheme. I really like the addition of the cape, and the modern parts work exceptionally well. A great figure from a build perspective, to be sure.