"Snow Serpents are Cobra's arctic specialists, a branch of the already highly-trained Eel (frogmen) division."
The Snow Serpent has always been a favorite figure of mine. Though rarely seen on TV or in comics, the design of this character had a lot of attitude. Making this figure took a bit of trial and error, with colors and materials. While the Snow Serpent was quite a challenging character to re-create, it was also one of the most rewarding in terms of learning new methods and techniques for customization.
Everything cloth with the exception of two ammo pouches was fabricated. The first version of the 3.75" action figure included a backpack with a mortar/rocket attachment, snow shoes and a reserve parachute. The second version of the GI Joe figure featured a snowboard but also altered the look and feel of the character in a different direction. I wanted to select the good points of each iteration of the character design and include my own ideas with this figure. I wanted the color scheme to be a little more functional for an artic environment than the original colors but still be similar enough to where the figure was instantly recognizable. My thinking behind the reserve parachute, a seemingly odd accessory, was its utilization as a wind sail in the tundra as well as emergency shelter material.
The final straw was seeing the Snow Serpent art in the then new Devil's Due GI Joe: A Real American Hero comic book. After seeing how well a furry snow suit could work, I knew I wanted to try to make one myself.