As you guys probably saw in our unboxing of the THL W11 Monkey King smartphone, we also have the collectible figure as well of Snake Eyes‘ arch nemesis, Storm Shadow. This figure is designed, developed, and made by Hot Toys, a company that specializes in creating collectible figures of movie characters with keen focus on likeness and detail. Storm Shadow is the second Hot Toys figure from the GI Joe Retaliation movie.
Read on for our unboxing and feature of this amazing collectible figure below!
Packaging and Unboxing
Storm Shadow came in a pretty big carton box with a slip-on cover. Up front we have the hero (or villain) shot of Storm Shadow unmasked with his katana. The image clearly shows that this is Storm Shadow of the GI Joe Retaliation movie and not from the classic GI Joe TV series. We removed the slip-on cover, popped open the box, and pulled out the plastic compartment holding Storm Shadow in place.
We were amazed at the number of accessories and extras the figure came with! Here’s a quick rundown:
One (1) pair of fists
One (1) pair of relaxed palms
One (1) pair of palms for holding swords or daggers
One (1) pair of palms for holding darts
One (1) right palm for holding pistol
One (1) newly developed head with authentic likeness of Lee Byung Hun as Storm Shadow in the movie
One (1) newly developed alternate masked head
Two (2) Japanese-styled metal swords with sheath
Two (2) daggers
One (1) pistol
Three (3) darts
Figure stand with Storm Shadow nameplate and the movie logo
The extra hands and accessories gives more flexibility and versatility to the figure so you can pose him in different actions using different weapons.
Likeness and Detail
The figure itself is a 1/6th scale of the actual. It measures roughly 30 cm tall and they used a TrueType body which has over 30 points of articulation. This basically means it has a lot of points you can bend and flex so you can really get that pose you want for your photo or display.
As you can see in the photo above the level of detail and likeness is just insane. It seriously looks like the actor who played Storm Shadow in the movie, Lee Byung Hun! More than the likeness of the face, they also made sure that all the little things, from the gun holster, shuriken pouch, sai slots, and sword sheaths all looked like the original! All the pouches and sheaths are fully compatible with the accessories as well. You can slot in the two katanas in the sheathes on his back as well as the two sais. You can put the pistol in the gun holster on his belt. You can also stuff the shurikens in the pouch.
We actually prefer the Storm Shadow figure over the Snake Eyes one. Not only does it have more accessories, the joints also are tighter and you won’t have a problem with the hands falling off if posed incorrectly (Snake Eyes has that problem). We also love the white ninja body suit. It just looks so kick ass!
Pricey, definitely for collectors and not kids
The biggest drawback perhaps is the price. We were able to get it for Php7,800 but a lot of stores are already selling it at Php8,500-Php9,000. One store in Greenhills is even trying to sell it for Php10,500. Toys like these are really more for collectors and enthusiasts. We can’t recommend that you buy this for your kids (unless you’re extremely rich) since collecting a whole set can easily go up to six digits!
More Joes Coming Soon
There are two more GI Joe figures coming this year. First is General Colton who was played by Bruce Willis and the second is Roadblock who was played by Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson. We’ve already placed pre-orders for both. 😀