Tuesday, May 16, 2023

G.I.Joe Classified - BLUE NINJA!

G.I.Joe Classified Series (6" Line) #51 - Blue Ninjas 2-Pack - Hasbro 2023

The G.I.Joe Classified line has taken an interesting turn recently by offering original characters (or at least original versions of characters). With a seemingly endless supply of fodder from the original cartoon and toyline, I'm surprised Hasbro is already going off-script. The first inkling of this new direction was when the female H.I.S.S. Gunner was announced as a stretch goal in the 2022 G.I.Joe Haslab campaign. (Female infantry were historically rare). I was ecstatic but assumed it would be a one-time thing. But since then we've seen a 2-Pack of female Cobra Troopers and this Cobra Blue Ninjas set. What I especially love about this Ninja set is the subtle homage to Vypra, the Jinx repaint that had several releases between 1998 and 2015. This Blue Ninja seems to specifically reference the 2015 Collector's Club figure (that's sadly absent from my collection).  She's the first female Classified figure that isn't an A-Lister, but now I'm excited for the potential of other obscure additions. Let's check her out below!

The Female Blue Ninja comes with a bow, a quiver of nonremovable arrows, a katana blade with removable sheath, a grappling hook with a climbing axe, and an alternate head displaying a kitsune mask.

Here are the two Blue Ninjas from this set together.

The Male Blue Ninja comes with two swords, two axes, two climbing axes, a scabbard that can hold three items, two sais, and an alternate head displaying a oni mask.

I assume this figure is inspired by the 2015 Collector's Club Vypra.
Click the picture to go to her page on YoJoe.

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here are the main Classified ladies so far (excluding paint variations and Snake-Eyes movie figures): Blue Ninja Trooper, Lady Jaye, ZaranaBaroness, and Scarlett v2.


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