Monday, June 27, 2022

Snake-Eyes Movie - AKIKO!

G.I.Joe Origins: Snake-Eyes - G.I.Joe Classified Series - Akiko - Hasbro 2021

I need to watch G.I.Joe Origins: Snake-Eyes again because I think I missed something about the character Akiko's role. There was a certain amount of mystery posed around her origins and throughout the movie, you would gain initial tiny insights into her past. I thought for sure she would be the long lost sister of either Snake-Eyes or Storm Shadow, but neither of those guesses panned out (at least I don't think they did... hence the necessary re-watch). Instead, Akiko was presented as one of the key members of the Arashikage clan, being the head of security, and a main point of contact between Snake-Eyes and the clan. She did not trust him, despite his blood ties to the Arashikage, and was constantly tailing him and keeping a wary eye. She was intriguing, but my high expectations may have sabotaged my perceptions. This is a very nice figure with a decent likeness of actor Haruka Abe. While martial arts figures aren't my go-to genre, she's a cool addition to my Classified shelf. Let's her check out below!

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here is Akiko with Baroness and Scarlett from the Snake-Eyes line.

And here she is with Xialing from the Marvel Legends Shang-Chi line. Action figures of Asian female characters are pretty rare, but between Shang-Chi, Snake-Eyes, and The Eternals, 2021 has more Asian representation in the toy aisle than ever before. I was amused at how similar these two figures were in comparison of their haircuts, costumes, and release date.


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