While Hasbro released Arctic Mission Storm Shadow in 2020, the first year of the line, and the movie based version in 2021, it's taken until 2022 for a standard Storm Shadow to be released in the G.I. Joe: Classified Series. Why so long? Probably because Storm Shadow was caught up in the Classified Series' move towards more classic/vintage renditions of the characters. I was a big fan of many of the modern Classified Updates and I was pretty excited to see the version of Storm Shadow we saw in the advertising art and the video game turned into an action figure. More faithful renditions of the vintage toys are definitely where this line has been headed for the past year, though, and thus this new Storm Shadow is quite reminiscent of the 1984 version of the character. Storm Shadow is a really good figure (there's a "retro" carded version coming, too, with more classic inspired arm wraps and all black weapons) but I do miss getting to see what that redesign would have looked like as a toy. Let's take a look at Storm Shadow after the break and see how he turned out...
Height: 6 1/8ths inches
Articulation: Swivel/ hinge ankles, boot swivels, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, balljointed drop down hips, balljointed waist, mid-torso hinge, butterfly pecs, swivel/hinge shoulders, bicep swivels, double hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, balljointed neck, and a barbell jointed head.
Accessories: 2 swords, backpack, full hood, lowered hood, bow, arrow, harness, and belt tails.
Non-Scalper Price: $23 dollars
* On the left is this version of Storm Shadow while the 2020 Arctic Mission Storm Shadow is on the right. These two figures don't share any parts at all, so they're each very unique. The new figure is based on the vintage V1 figure while the Arctic Mission variant is based on the vintage Ninja Force/ v3 figure. Hopefully we'll get the vintage v2 version at some point as that was my favorite as a kid. I can handle one Storm Shadow a year, but no more. Remember how the 2000s lines were flooded with endless Snake Eyes, Duke, Cobra Commander, and Storm Shadow variants?
The only other action figure of Storm Shadow/ Tommy Arashikage I've reviewed on here is the Classified Series Arctic Mission Storm Shadow.
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