Finally! After about 2 months of press releases, toy fair shots, leaked pics and reviews, actual retail shipments of G.I. Joe Classified Deluxe Snake Eyes have finally started hitting front doors. There were two waves of orders on day 1 – the first sold out pretty quick and those shipped last week. The second round were advertised to ship in June/July so if you haven’t got one yet, hold tight it’s coming later this year. Luckily we were able to get in on round one and today we are posting our pics and thoughts on the first 6 inch G.I. Joe figure, hopefully of many more to come – Deluxe Snake Eyes!
Read on to check out over 115 HD shots we took here at home base. These include basic white BG shots showing what he can do as a figure, the parts, some comparisons, and then some fancy shots at the end to get us all hype for some tabletop battles down the road!
Overall thoughts by HissTank Admin DESTRO
The long awaited exclusive Classified Snake Eyes has arrived and fans are getting their first in hand look at the new G.I. Joe 6″ line. I am so glad I jumped in early when pre-orders went up to get Snake Eyes in the first shipments. The box really sets the tone as a premium item with the slip cover that opens up to a very intense embossed Japanese tattoo flash design, foam insert full of weapons, and standard release box #00 in black.
Snake Eyes himself is a product of new and old design elements with a more military style paint deco. The mix of shiny and flat paint really gives Snake Eyes dimension and the 6″ inch size class allows for far more detail in the sculpting of this figure. Sporting extra hands, extensive ninja weapon selection and a fancy weapons rack you really get a premium feel for this release. Already fetching $100-$120 on eBay with the second preorder sold out it’s safe to say this figure is a hit with the G.I. Joe community.
Many G.I. Joe fans have been waiting for a long time for this series. I just want to thank Hasbro and the G.I. Joe team for putting out an incredible statement figure to kick off the 6″ Classified line. Special thanks to the Hasbro Pulse warehouse crew who are still working – shipping product out to the fans to give us a much needed distraction during this crazy lock down.
Overall thoughts by HissTank Admin Tony_Bacala
Yes. /end_review. Just kidding!
Really though they knocked it out the park with round 1. The box and initial presentation of the Deluxe figure is outstanding. Thick, heavy embossed box with gloss and raised texture, artwork insert, extra display rack for weapons, extra weapons. 10/10 there. To kick things off you can’t do much better. I don’t usually care about the packaging because it goes in the trash or the basement but here it was a nice surprise and I’m glad they did it.
As for the figure – if you’ve handled Marvel Legends over the last x years – it’s pretty much that, but Snake Eyes. Similar tech used throughout. All necessary articulation points are there. Double joints, swivels, cuts, crunches, etc – there. Nothing to want for. He comes with removable gear that is designed into the sculpt of the body – upper harness actually sits recessed in the chest. Arm and leg bands with pouches and holsters come off. Backpack pegs into the back, and the sword can peg into the bag, or, right into the back, so options. Grenade strip cuts across and can come off at will.
Coloring is the big point people are having issues with. Not that it’s wrong but for Snake Eyes, and especially the first one, most would have preferred an all black, or at least very dark monochrome color scheme. His pants and removable gear are dark brown with a wash in places. It’s well executed, but I also would have preferred all black everything. Throw some washes or very dark charcoal greys in there to mix it up.
The figure’s plastic uses multiple finishes – glossy on the armored pieces with a standard dulled plastic in others. Even his single piece head has both present. It’s a good way to mix plastic finish to express texture difference. That gloss is very unforgiving in photographs though I have to say after 5 days of shooting this guy.
The weapons are awesome, all key points hit. They are solid black with no paint or washes which is reminiscent of the original toys but takes you out of the real world feel. Not a huge deal but I would have preferred blades to be silver and hilts to be different. I know Joe fans will think I’m nuts but I personally don’t care for a massive amount of weapons to be packed in with figures. Anything that can’t securely tab onto the figure without threat of falling off, goes in a baggie and rarely gets used again. I’d prefer well done core weapons per fig with some extra attention. The weapons rack here is an exception of course – the rack is super well done and the ninja weapons for it are a great addition for a special event.
A couple of nitpicks…
Size. He’s a tad small. Now, is that because Snake Eyes is smaller, like a 5’6″ guy and duke will be taller in scale? We will see. Next to a chunk of Marvel Legends he stood short on his own. Have to wait and see. Never had to worry too much about this in the 3.75 scale.
Overall construction – seemed a bit loose. The joints ratcheted properly everywhere, but after you clicked, it was a bit floppy. This is a different feel from most Marvel Legends. Not sure if it’s intended or not. It didn’t kill any pose or feel in hand, was just different than what I’m used to.
The grenade strip across chest, PITA to keep tight. Have to pull top to one side, pull bottom under the ab crunch hump. Then if you move him, it all pops out. And if you move him a lot, the bag pops off since it’s pegged through the strip. Getting fine tuned poses can take a bit with all that going on. For photos, or just for your shelf.
Ab crunch – range is not specific enough. Have big swings between steps. He’s slightly leaning back in his core stance, and then he’s close to 90 degrees looking at feet. And jiggly in each stance. The great neck range helps with this but it’s there and I’d hope for a more refined system going forward.
Closed fists – was great we got extra hands, but now we have 4 hands and no closed fists. For all figures a desired baseline is – 2 matching closed fists and then do whatever you need to. I hate having guys standing there on the shelf with half open hands, it’s weird to me. How many times do you stand around like you’re holding a gun, without holding a gun, IRL. Give me the option to have that not happen in every figure I buy please.
Back to normalcy…
I was big into modern era, but as it faded out the industry moved to 6 inch. Took me a bit to get on board but now I can’t look back. Most everything other than Transformers I buy is this scale, and if they launched G.I. Joe again at 3.75, I don’t think I would have gone all in, again. Here, it’s something fresh and will blend with my current displays. Yes, vehicles will be a bitch later on, but again I was more of a figure guy. And, they barely got vehicles going during modern era at 3.75 scale. In this environment with TRU gone etc – I doubt a wide range of vehicles would drop again anyway. Don’t get me wrong though, bring on that 6 inch Hiss Tank. :)
I really hope they treat this as a generational line – one that can duplicate characters up across different eras of the brand. Give me Sunbow Duke, IDW Cobra Commander, Sigma 6 Destro, Movie 1/2 Roadblock, New Movie Storm Shadow, Vintage Toy Gung Ho, ultra modern real world military styles. In both paint decos and sculpts. Clarify this is happening, celebrate it in the naming and on box. Give collectors threads to collect within the line. Don’t force it down one new modern vision of the characters. Marvel does this well with Comic/Movie, and at times other mediums. Roll that way.
Bottom line – great great figure. Super happy they are finally doing this. I’m all in, so bring on wave 1!
Check out our shots below, there are some full size here, and 100+ in thumbnail form after that if you want to dig in!