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GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: Classified Snake Eyes

GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: Classified Snake Eyes

Is it next week yet?

I teased that my return to G.I. Joe reviews would hit the web next week, but I just couldn’t keep from playing— err… reviewing this figure, which is not just a new version of Snake Eyes, but a new iteration of the brand itself.

I’m sure most of you can guess how I felt about it, but just in case, you can check out the review over on the brand spanking new G.I. Joe: Classified Review Page, or check it out directly here.

Warning – I went overboard on the images. Like… way overboard.

Hopefully you enjoy it. I’m really looking forward to digging into Duke, Roadblock, Scarlett and the rest of the gang!

G.I. Joe: Classified – Snake Eyes (Pulse Exclusive)

How’s that saying go? Things can change in an instant? It wasn’t that long ago that the G.I. Joe community at large was questioning just what sort of life was left in the brand. I’m not sure that specific question has been answered, but at least we know there’s something to look forward to in 2020!

In fact, if my suspisions are correct– there is a LOT to look forward to in 2020, not the least of which is Hasbro’s new 6″ G.I. Joe: Classified line.

I know, I know… “but GeneralsJoes, we grew up on 3.75″ G.I. Joe’s in the 1980’s why fix what ain’t broken??”

Well, let me start by saying– just because there’s a 6″ line coming doesn’t mean there isn’t a 4″ line coming. There’s still a lot of time left in 2020 leading up to a brand new movie in October, so I think given the next few months, 4″ G.I. Joe fans will have something to look forward to as well.

Now, as for this figure.

Holy crap. I mean, you all knew I was going to love it, right? Anyone who has followed my site for any length of time knows that my love of G.I. Joe isn’t necessarily restricted by scale or format. I was one of the biggest fans of Sigma 6 (both 8″ and 2.5″) back in the day, and as long as the toy is cool, I like it.

This toy, Joe fans, is damn cool. It also marks a milestone. For the first time in G.I. Joe’s 50+ year history, we are getting figures in the 1:12 (or 6″) scale. Figures that can stand alongside Star Wars: Black, Marvel Legends, DC Heroes, Power Rangers, etc…

Let me just say at a 6″ scale, this Snake Eyes figure is fantastic. I mean, I had high expectations as it was, being a fan of Marvel Legends, but I have to say this figure surpassed them.

DESIGN

First of all, the design work. Where Hasbro could have easily just taken a blow-by-blow replica of the ’85 version and done it in 6″ scale (and made many Joe fans happy) they went a different route and made something totally new. Granted, there are elements of the ’85 version here, with the knight’s visor and the bandolier, but there’s also a heavy influence from his Resolute version, which is one of my favorite looks for the Joe ninja commando, with just the right hints of the Retaliation version mixed in.

He’s got a good mix of body suit and military style, with baggy pants, shin-high boots mixed with knee and shoulder armor, gauntlets and some awesome layered armor sculpted on the torso (alongside the removable bandolier, belt and secondary webgear). On the surface and at a quick glance, the figure could easily be mistaken for a more modern version of the ’85 figure, but in truth, when you really look at him you realize just how new and different the figure really is, and I couldn’t be happier for that fact.

The color scheme is subtly fantastic as well. On first blush you figure, oh it’s another Snake Eyes, another black figure, big woop. Well, one thing I didn’t notice with other images was just how rich this figure was in different colors and hues. The brown leather harness and brown straps around the armored forearms and fingers really adds some nice different elements to the figure and takes away from that same old same old black Snake Eyes blandness.

Along with the overall design and sculpting work, Snake Eyes has a few functional holsters/sheaths, one for his pistol, one for his knife, as well as sheaths for his swords. He can’t hold everything he comes with, of course, but he’s got that handy weapons rack that I’ll talk about a little further down. The straps with pouches on his arms are removable, as is the bandolier, and if you were an enterprising enough customizer (I’m not) his belt and thigh holster/sheaths would be removable as well.

So, yeah, the sculpting is pretty amazing throughout this figure with all sorts of excellent details worked in which are even more evident on the larger 6″ scale. I guarantee if they did this exact same figure in a 4″ scale, G.I. Joe fans everywhere would be losing their minds.

ARTICULATION

Here is where I am totally blown away. Being a Marvel Legends collector off and on for a while, I know what sort of articulation is possible on a 6″ figure, which was a big reason why I was so excited for this line. But trust me when I say Snake Eyes goes a step beyond even my own high expectations.

The joints are tight and double jointed pretty much everywhere. He’s got great range of motion in all ball joints and is not at all restricted by any of the sculpting from what I can tell. Nearly any pose you can think of, Snake Eyes can achieve, and perhaps the best thing is that due to the tightness and fit of the joints, the figure has amazing balance, to boot. It’s one thing to be able to pose a figure, but to be able to balance him in those poses for display is another thing entirely, and this version of Snake Eyes hits that mark in spades.

The ab crunch isn’t noticeable at all with the armor sculpting, and he’s got very subtle swivel cuts in the thigh and calf which give his legs some nice range of motion. Ball joint hips, shoulders, rocker ankles and wrists– yeah this guy is crammed full of articulation.

His impressive elbow and shoulder articulation allows for any number of fantastic weapons holding poses, including rifles (courtesy of Marauder “Gun Runners”), swords, submachine guns and pistols.

ACCESSORIES

Uh. Holy crap. Now, granted, this version of Snake Eyes was designed as an exclusive to Hasbro Pulse, so he naturally comes with a lot more gear than the standard retail release figures will. That being said, he comes with a LOT of gear.

There’s a smaller group of accessories that come within his single box, that I believe will likely come with the retail figure as well, which includes those in the last image of the gallery you see above. Basically it’s an Uzi and pistol (which share a common silencer) a knife, two replacement hands, a backpack with sheath and his sword.

I’m thrilled to see that he does come with his trusty Uzi, which seems to be almost a miracle considering what Roadblock is saddled with. Along with the Uzi is a pistol with removable silencer, a sword that looks amazingly like the original ’85 classic, plus a bevy of other ninja-oriented bladed weapons. These weapons all helpfully fit on a very nicely designed ninja-themed weapons rack.

He also comes with a nice military backpack, and his bandolier is removable, so I guess we’ll consider that an accessory as well. Lastly, he’s got removable hands, one in a “karate chop/salute” pose (which actually has ninja climbing claws sculpted to his palm) and one holding a ninja shuriken. You want it, you got it with this version of the G.I. Joe ninja commando.

PRESENTATION

Normally I don’t talk about this much– after all, I’m primarily a loose collector so the way the box looks doesn’t matter to me a whole lot. But I felt like I had to mention it here. The design of the box, the artwork and everything surrounding this figure is top notch. You can tell a ton of thought and effort were put into it, from the Timber influences on the included paperwork to the great embossed detail of the packaging. The interior package is more similar to the retail releases, though the subtle differences in color schemes may be an annoyance to some.

CONCLUSION

When it comes to G.I. Joe, there is a time and place for nostalgia, but as a fan, I love seeing new concepts and new ideas. This version of Snake Eyes seems to walk that line very nicely. The larger scale provides a robust canvas for impressive sculpting, detail work and accessory integration, and the articulation of this figure is some of the greatest I’ve seen throughout G.I. Joe’s long and storied history.

Yes, the larger scale will upset some people, and yes, the chance of a widescale vehicle line for these figures is very slim, but taking a step back and looking at this version of Snake Eyes for what it is, I love it and I’m eagerly looking forward to having another retail G.I. Joe line to support throughout 2020 (and hopefully beyond!)

General Gallery

Outside Shots

Comparison, etc…

G.I. Joe Classified Snake Eyes (Hasbro Pulse Exclusive)
  • Sculpting
  • Paint Applications
  • Articulation
  • Accessories
5

Summary

What can I say? Did anyone really expect anything less than five stars? To be honest, I almost gave up the star ratings with this re-introduction to the G.I. Joe brand, but I figured I would set a new framework for some of the other Classified figures to match. To my mind, Snake Eyes deserves every one of these stars, even though it’s a new scale and a new look at our favorite brand.

Pros

  • – Tons of fantastic articulation
  • – Intricate and subtle paint applications are better than you think
  • – Great interaction with accessories, holsters and sheaths
  • Cons

  • – I still love my 4″ Joes and hope for a return to that scale
  • – Snake Eyes, as cool and necessary as he is, is a bit overdone. Looking forward to a deeper roster
  • Official Press info and images for G.I. Joe: Classified

    None of this is anything we haven’t seen already this weekend, but Hasbro has sent along the official press images and details for the revealed G.I. Joe: Classified figures. You can view them below.

    G.I. JOE Classified Series Snake Eyes Deluxe Action Figure (Hasbro Pulse Exclusive)

    (Ages 4 and Up/ Approx. Retail Price: $39.99)

    The triumphant return of G.I. JOE begins on Hasbro Pulse with exclusive collector’s edition Snake Eyes Deluxe Action Figure, the first time the iconic character has been depicted in 6-inch scale. Snake Eyes is a total mystery, but his unique combination of skill, stealth, Arashikage training, and strength of character make him one of the most elite operatives among the members of G.I. JOE. This Snake Eyes figure features design and accessories inspired by the original 3.75-inch figure released in 1982, nodding to the epic history of Snake Eyes figures that came before while providing exciting updates that bring the G.I. JOE ninja into the modern era. In addition to multiple points of articulation that make it highly poseable, the figure comes with an exclusive Arashikage Ninja Clan-inspired gear storage rack that features premium detailing and can be loaded up with included accessories such as the character’s signature katana, sheath, and multiple other pieces of ninja gear. This Snake Eyes figure also comes in exclusive packaging for Hasbro Pulse, featuring foil effects and original artwork from Tracie Ching and Miq Willmott. Available for pre-order on HasbroPulse.com on February 21, 2020 at 8AM EST.

    G.I. JOE Classified Series Duke Action Figure

    (Ages 4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $19.99 / Available: June 1, 2020)

    YO JOE! G.I. JOE explodes into a larger-than-life era with brand new 6-inch scale figures, evolving classic characters fans know and love into a highly articulated 6-inch scale with premium deco and details. The G.I. JOE Classified Series Duke Action Figure features a classic design updated to bring the decorated G.I. JOE operative, a go-to squad leader capable of commanding any type of situation, into the modern era. The figure comes ready for action, with multiple points of articulation making it highly poseable and accessories inspired by the character’s rich history, including Duke’s signature blaster rifle. The G.I. JOE Classified Series Duke collectible package will also make a mark on shelves, featuring display-worthy custom artwork from Francesco Francavilla. For G.I. JOE fans new and old, the G.I. JOE Classified Series line of actions figures captures the pulse-pounding excitement of G.I. JOE in a 6-inch scale. Available at most major toy retailers and for pre-order on HasbroPulse.com on February 22, 2020 at 4PM EST.

    G.I. JOE Classified Series Roadblock Action Figure

    (Ages 4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $19.99 / Available: June 1, 2020)

    YO JOE! G.I. JOE explodes into a larger-than-life era with brand new 6-inch scale figures, evolving classic characters fans know and love into a highly articulated 6-inch scale with premium deco and details. The G.I. JOE Classified Series Roadblock Action Figure features a classic design updated to bring the iconic G.I. JOE one-man wrecking crew, a gentle giant with exceptional strength and the courage to face any threat, into the modern era. The figure comes ready for action, with multiple points of articulation making it highly poseable and accessories inspired by the character’s rich history, including a heavy artillery blaster. The G.I. JOE Classified Series Roadblock collectible package will also make a mark on shelves, featuring display-worthy custom artwork from Mike Thompson and Ken Lashley. For G.I. JOE fans new and old, the G.I. JOE Classified Series line of actions figures captures the pulse-pounding excitement of G.I. JOE in a 6-inch scale. Available at most major toy retailers and for pre-order on HasbroPulse.com on February 22, 2020 at 4PM EST.

    G.I. JOE Classified Series Scarlett Action Figure

    (Ages 4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $19.99 / Available: June 1, 2020)

    YO JOE! G.I. JOE explodes into a larger-than-life era with brand new 6-inch scale figures, evolving classic characters fans know and love into a highly articulated 6-inch scale with premium deco and details. The G.I. JOE Classified Series Scarlett Action Figure features a classic design updated to bring the iconic G.I. JOE field operative, a competitive martial artist with intelligence levels that are off the charts and a self-styled warrior of justice who’s not afraid to bend the rules to do what’s right, into the modern era. The figure comes ready for action, with multiple points of articulation making it highly poseable and accessories inspired by the character’s rich history, including Scarlett’s signature crossbow. The G.I. JOE Classified Series Scarlett collectible package will also make a mark on shelves, featuring display-worthy custom artwork from Phil Noto. For G.I. JOE fans new and old, the G.I. JOE Classified Series line of actions figures captures the pulse-pounding excitement of G.I. JOE in a 6-inch scale. Available at most major toy retailers and for pre-order on HasbroPulse.com on February 22, 2020 at 4PM EST.

    Hasbro Pulse Premium Members – G.I. Joe: Classified up for pre-order

    Hasbro Pulse Premium Members – G.I. Joe: Classified up for pre-order

    For those of you who are members of Hasbro Pulse Premium, you can pre-order Scarlett, Duke, and Roadblock on the Hasbro Pulse Toy Fair page now. The approximate ship date is June 1st, according to the listings.

    Pre-orders should be open to the public by 4:00pm Eastern.

    Another cool part of this is there are a bunch of awesome new images available, too. Check those out below.

    Snake Eyes film enters final week of shooting

    Snake Eyes film enters final week of shooting

    Courtesy of Henry Golding’s Instagram account, we find out that the Snake Eyes film is officially entering its final week of shooting! This is exciting news and depending on post production certainly lends additional credence to meeting that October, 2020 release date.

    And damn… where can I get one o’ dem windbreakers?