I first caught wind of this thanks to SNAKE EYES from the HissTank forums, though unfortunately wasn’t in a spot that I could do an update until now. Gyre-Viper from the afforementioned HissTank.com has uncovered some images of upcoming figures. Unfortunately (in my book) the figures consist of three repeat characters, and a troop builder that is tough to make out. Arctic Storm Shadow and City Strike Duke are especially underwhelming. The list is as follows:
- Storm Shadow (Arctic Threat) – Looks to be an amalgamation of Storm Shadow and Paris Pursuit Snake Eyes, which is an interesting combination, but it’s not nearly as cool as the individual figures that make it up. Plus the camouflage that is supposed to be an homage to the ’87 version of Stormy looks kinda splotchy and out of place.
- Duke (City Strike) – Pretty much a repaint of Reactive Armor Duke, perhaps with some other legs, but he comes with all rehashed accessories and a somewhat uninspiring paint scheme.
- Ripcord (Jungle Assault) – This figure looks pretty freaking incredible. Love the boonie hat, love the gear, and the paint apps are pretty nice, too. I’d rather get a desert version of Rip over this, but it still looks like an awesome figure from this grainy photo.
- Desert-Viper – Honestly can’t really tell. Lots of shadow, some heavy gear and a scarf. Has potential, but I’m not big on the environmental guys. Time will tell on that one.
If this is a run of single packs, I’m kinda bummed out. It seems things took a bit of a step back, at least with two of these figures. I know, I won’t jump to conclusions, but this selection doesn’t win me over. I know Hasbro traditionally tends to mix in a pretty repaint heavy wave in the later months, so maybe this is it, it was just looking like such drastic improvements between Wave 1 and Wave 3, that this seems to go in the opposite direction.
We’ll see. Images are mirrored below.