Snake Eyes makes a stealthy appearance!
For decades now, no other franchise has encapsulated the true essence of patriotism and love of country as much as G.I. Joe. From the animated series (and subsequent movies) right down to the toys and various merchandise, G.I. Joe has managed to stir feelings of heroism among the youth of the country.
This time around, G.I. Joe makes a long-awaited comeback to mainstream culture via Fortnite, the sensational Battle Royale game. We’re talking, of course, of the recently unveiled Snake Eyes skin. Load up on Fortnite weapons and read on to find out more about this epic (pun intended) collab between Epic Games’ Fortnite and the Real American Heroes.
Who is Snake Eyes?
G.I. Joe has introduced a host of characters that have become mainstays in the lives of the American youth. But perhaps no other character has been as loved and revered as the enigmatic Snake Eyes. After all, he’s a kickass ninja that’s pretty much a one-man army. As the team’s original commando, much of his personal info has remained classified throughout the years. What is known is that he had taken a vow of silence when his martial arts master was murdered in cold blood by his nemesis, Storm Shadow.
Fortnite x G.I. Joe
Fans of both Fortnite and G.I. Joe franchises will be glad to know that Snake Eyes, the most enigmatic and charismatic character to ever grace G.I. Joe is now available as a skin on Fortnite. Players who avail of the full set will receive a number of goodies on top of the skin. These include the Katana Back Bling as well as the Katana Pickaxe. On top of that, Hasbro has naturally joined the fun and is releasing a real-life action figure based on Snake Eyes’ character design in Fortnite.
Zero Point Edition Action Figure
For a mere $39.99, G.I. Joe fans can get their paws on a Snake Eyes action figure complete with his signature Morning Light katana with a sheath inspired by the G.I. Joe universe. On top of that, exclusive Fortnite goodies such as the Boogie Bomb, Chiller Grenade, Clinger, Grenade, Harpoon Launcher, and Mythic Shockwave Launcher will be included. If all that sounds too good to be true, it’s because there’s a slight catch. The Snake-Eyes figure won’t be available for shipping until mid-January 2022. This will be well beyond the release of the highly-anticipated Snake Eyes film (starring Henry Golding as the lead character) which will grace theaters by October of this year.
A Long Line of Snake Eyes toys
Snake Eyes’ popularity among the youth is readily apparent. And this can be seen in the massive sales numbers generated by his action figure in the original G.I. Joe toyline. Though most of the figures from the ‘80s wave shared similar parts, Snake Eyes’ head sculpt was still uniquely his own. The second wave of the figure came a few years after and it included Timber, his wolf.
Fortnite and Pop Culture
Fortnite has made quite a habit out of incorporating well-known pop culture characters into the game. Aside from Snake Eyes, other notables who have graced the phenomenal Battle Royale title are Sarah Connor and the ominous T-800 from the Terminator franchise The Predator has also wowed Fortnite fans recently and we can only assume that Epic Games will continue to release special skins to satiate the fans’ hunger for cool fandom crossovers.
Now that you know, you’ve pretty much won half the battle. It’s time to get your very own Snake Eyes skin from the trusty Fortnite item shop! All that’s left is for you to don the classic G.I. Joe character’s skin and thrust yourself headlong into battle. Now go out there and give us your most convincing “Yo Joe”!
What do you think of the new Fortnite Snake Eyes skin? Will you be copping it or will you make a hard pass? If so, which other G.I. Joe characters would you like to see in Fortnite in the near future? Let us know by leaving a comment below!