G.I. Joe Retaliation Snake Eyes Collectible Figure Unboxing and Review
As you guys have probably noticed from all the photos in our latest reviews, we’ve started to collect high-end action figures. We’ve mostly been buying from the Play Arts series which is actually the merchandising arm of Square Enix. We’re “leveling” up our collection though by investing in a more premium line from the company called Hot Toys. This company was established in 2000 and since then the’ve been designing, developing, and manufacturing high quality and high detailed collectives with actual likeness (usually 1.6th scale of popular movie characters). We managed to buy two last week — GI Joe Retaliation’s Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow. We’d like to share with you guys our unboxing and initial review of Snake Eyes first and then Storm Shadow to follow within the week!
Packaging and Unboxing
Snake Eyes came in a big carton box with his famous movie pose shot printed at the front. It’s a pretty straightforward unboxing here. We removed the tape at the bottom and pulled out the plastic compartment holding the figure.
The moment we saw the compartment we were amazed with the sheer number of accessories and extras. Hot Toys put in a variety of weapons and interchangeable gloved hands. Here’s a quick rundown of what we found inside the box:
One (1) pair of fists
One (1) pair of palms for holding gun
One (1) pair of palms for holding swords
Two (2) pairs of relaxed palms
Two (2) Japanese-styled metal swords with sheath
One (1) pair of daggers with sheaths
One (1) submachine gun
One (1) pistol with holster
Figure stand with Snake Eyes nameplate and the movie logo
Here’s a photo of the accessories:
And here’s a freshly unboxed photo of Snake Eyes, hehe.
He kinda looks like a cyborg. Reminds me of the Black Robocop which debuted in the trailer for the 2014 remake. Anyway, let’s jump right into the review of the actual figure itself!
Amazing level of detail and likeness
As the title of the post suggests, the Snake Eyes collectible figure is 1/6th scale. That’s approximately 30 centimeters tall. It’s much bigger than your usual toys and action figures (even the ones that we’ve featured from the Play Arts Kai are small compared to this one). What’s amazing though is the level of detail and the quality of the materials used for the figure.
Hot Toys went all out in trying to realize the likeness of Snake Eyes’ “military ninja” bodysuit. The actual costume is made from cloth and not just molded into the figure (like other toys). Heck you can even remove the arm bands if you want. All the accessories on his body also have a specific purpose: the holster on his waist is actually for the pistol. The sheath on the back is made for the katana (you can sheath it). There are even sheaths for the two daggers. One near the waist and another at the back.
Posing the figure is also a joy since there are over 30 points of articulation. Awesome stuff really.
Here are some photos:
Toys like these deserve glass cabinets
We’re still at awe with the sheer level of detail of this action figure. It’s nothing short of a work of art and that’s probably the reason why it’s so expensive! Hehe! They Snake Eyes Collectible Figure from Hot Toys retails for Php7,800 locally. The good news though is that it looks like it’s a good “investment” since the price appreciates (goes up) as the months go by.
We’ve decided to invest and collect the GI Joe Retaliation line-up and that includes the Storm Shadow collectible figure we also bought (will post that separately) and the upcoming Roadblock which is slated to come out later this year.
So to summarize — extremely good quality and insane level of detail. Very expensive. Prices go up over time. More for collectors than people just looking for toys. 🙂