G.I. Joe Commando Code Name: Snake Eyes Action Figure Review 1983

By:  Karl Stern (@dragonkingkarl, @wiwcool, karl@whenitwascool.com)

1983 G.I. Joe Commando action figure code name: Snake Eyes (UZI machine gun is not original gun)

1983 G.I. Joe Commando action figure code name: Snake Eyes (UZI machine gun is not original gun)

The most popular G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero character is Snake Eyes.  He was part of the original 1982 straight arm 3.75 inch release.  I have the 1983 swivel arm battle grip version and I do not have either of the two original accessories that came with the figure- an explosives pack and a UZI sub-machine gun.

Snake Eyes is classified as an Army Commando on the original release and readers of the Marvel Comic G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero got to go far more in-depth with the character than the file card.  Snake Eyes was originally a Vietnam L.A.R.P. trooper in the same unit as Stalker and Storm Shadow.  Later in the Marvel Comic run the ninja aspect of the character was added but in 1982-83 Snake Eyes was simply a Commando with an extensive martial arts background.  He was also really cool decked out entirely in black.

Snake Eyes, like Stalker, is one of the only first wave of G.I. Joe figures with an original head sculpt not used on any other figure.  His other body parts were used on other figures in the wave but not the head.  He also did not come with a backpack.

Snake eyes did not come with a back pack.  He only came with an uzi sub-machine gun and an explosives pouch (not pictured)

Snake eyes did not come with a back pack.  He only came with an uzi sub-machine gun and an explosives pouch (not pictured)

The mysterious commando was one of the most popular figures in the early wave of G.I. joe figures and after the ninja aspect of his character was added he became even more popular.  later releases changed his look fairly significantly adopting the ninja aspects that were added.

The mysterious commando was one of the most popular figures in the early wave of G.I. joe figures and after the ninja aspect of his character was added he became even more popular.  later releases changed his look fairly significantly adopting the ninja aspects that were added.

I have always been a huge fan of the commando look for snake eyes.  his 25th anniversary update is one of my favorites of that line.  the more popular version of snake eyes seems to be the "visor" version but i have always PREFERRED the more military "commando" version.

I have always been a huge fan of the commando look for snake eyes.  his 25th anniversary update is one of my favorites of that line.  the more popular version of snake eyes seems to be the "visor" version but i have always PREFERRED the more military "commando" version.