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Hard Master











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Animated Appearances

Reel FX VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
None1141 seconds00

Hard Master appeared in the silent, monochrome flashback portions of the Ninja Battles DVD, narrated by Iron Master. He wore simple robes instead of the elaborate red costume of the figure. In this story, Hard Master is shot with a pistol by Cobra Commander rather than dying from one of Zartan's arrows as in the Marvel comics.

 

Ninja Battles 141 seconds (silent)

Headcanon

Hayato Arashikage, born April 15, 1918, in Kyoto, Japan. Hard Master was the leader of the Arashikage clan during the training of Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow, until his death in 1977. Cobra arranged the assassination, framing Snake Eyes for Hard Master's death, which ultimately led Storm Shadow to join Cobra.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 2008 (Comic #10)    
Version 1: 2008 Wave 6 comic two-pack assortment
Fig. #1347: Arashikage Leader
  • head: Hard Master (08)
  • upper arms: Snake Eyes (08/V, 09/II), Hard Master (08)
  • lower arms: Hard Master (08)
  • body: Snake Eyes (08/V, 09/II), Hard Master (08)
  • legs: Snake Eyes (08/V, 09/II), Hard Master (08)
Accessories: white headband (new, plain); white face mask (new, with silver insectoid eyes); white bow (new, with coiled tips); silver arrow (new, with distinct feathers); white sword (shared with 08/VIII Snake Eyes, with silver blade); black sheath backpack (new, with white wrapping); black Joe figure stand
The HARD MASTER is the head of the ARASHIKAGE clan, a centuries-old and highly revered ninja clan famous for its martial arts techniques, including the "ARASHIKAGE Mind Set," the "Sleeping Phoenix," the "Ear That Sees," and the "Cloak of the Chameleon." Together with his brother the SOFT MASTER, the HARD MASTER trained SNAKE EYES to be the exceptional ninja he is today. The HARD MASTER recognized the natural abilities of his newest student, yet tested him again and again to make sure he was worthy to receive the mark of the ARASHIKAGE clan and wear it with honor.
"You have done well, acolyte. You will meet with more lessons on your journey, and each one will further temper the steel to make the blade stronger than it was before."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Snake Eyes (08/VIII) and an original comic (#10). Item #31529.