Almon from GeneralsJoes interviews Marauder John – Reveals details of World War 2 Kickstarter and lots more!

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I recently had the chance to talk with Marauder John, of Marauder “Gun Runners” about their exciting new World War II action figure Kickstarter.  From their beginnings of producing high-quality 3-3/4” scaled weapons and accessories, through their first action figure Kickstarter that introduced the Marauder Task Force, to the recent addition of the Valkyries, collectors have discovered Marauder products can’t be beat when it comes to military action figures.  In addition to their great product, Marauder’s unparalleled customer service has helped establish them as a leader in the action figure collectible business.  The Kickstarter just went live, so if for some reason you’re on the fence about making your pledge, learn more below about the WWII endeavor from the man himself- Marauder John!

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Ready, Set, Kickstarter – Marauder Task Force WWII Kickstarter Launch

The Marauder Task Force WWII Kickstarter has launched and as of this writing is almost funded.  The Kickstarter currently sits at $53,481 pledged of the $64,000 goal with 29 days left.  Marauder Gun Runners has already had many successful Kickstarter campaigns in the Marauder Task Force series.  With the new Kickstarter they bring us some amazing WWII Action Figures.  The campaign has levels for everyone to get involved.  Jump in at $20 and choose from one of the following: US Rifleman, US Marine Bar Gunner, Japanese Army Rifleman, or a Japanese NCO Officer or go all in at $699 and and snag one of everything.  Those two options don’t entice you? Then jump in at one of the many other levels of this amazing Kickstarter.  You have 29 days to get involved but don’t wait till the last minute.  You are going to want to be part of this.

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Slaughter’s Marauders Spirit Iron-Knife & Freedom

The club keeps the reveals flowing and gives us a look at Slaughter’s Marauders Spirit Iron-Knife & Freedom.  Spirit has an exclusive new head sculpt and it looks great.  I really think this is my favorite figure in the set up to this point.  The ponytail head sculpt on the figure gives this version of Spirit a unique look that I don’t believe we have had before with Spirit.  Spirit will come in the standard Slaughter’s Marauders deco that we have seen with the rest of the team.  Another great looking figure to go with the rest of the Marauders.

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Python Patrol Laser Trooper: Python Laser Viper

The Club previewed the Python Patrol Laser Trooper: Python Laser Viper today.  The figure is based off the 2003 design and will have a retooled backpack and weapons system.  The set will include three figures making this the third army builder of the set.  It’s another fantastic looking figure that will have a removable helmet and the dual cannon laser backpack will look great on the figure especially being an army builder giving it a very menacing look on the battle field.  With the three Army Builders revealed we are getting close to the final reveals on the set and things are starting to take shape.  Keep watching the site and and we will keep you posted on the next reveals when we see them.  Check below for a complete view of the figures previewed so far.

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PYTHON PATROL LASER TROOPER:
PYTHON LASER VIPER

– 25th Anniversary Style/Fully Poseable Action Figure.
– Modern Era Update of Character based on 2003 design.
– Features RE-TOOL of Laser Backpack Weapons System
– THREE Army Builder action figures in this exclusive set.
– Includes removable helmet, dual cannon laser backpack,
connection hoses (not shown), adjustable control arm,
holster with pistol, and Cobra Logo Stand.

Here is an updated shot of the figures shown up to this point.

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Marauder “Gun-Runners” Upcoming Kickstarter

Marauder Task Force WWII

Marauder Gun-Runners announced today that their upcoming Kickstarter for Marauder Task Force WWII should launch this week.  Marauder’s has been behind many successful Kickstarters such as the Marauder’s “Mark II”, the Marauder Task Force and the Marauder Task Force Valkyries to name a few.  They have always delivered very high end, detailed and highly articulated action figures and this Kickstarter looks like it will not disappoint.  The mock ups that Marauder’s have shown thus far are fantastic looking and the prototype that they showed off yesterday is amazing.  Continue to check back for further details as they become available or check out Marauder “Gun-Runners” Facebook page.

Read Marauder Gun-Runners Facebook Post Below

Hey Folks!
Here is the prototype for the upcoming Marauder Task Force WWII US Army Soldier. The level of detail on the figure and gear is just AMAZING! Also, this one of a kind tooling prototype will be AVAILABLE for purchase in the Kickstarter event for one lucky backer! We are still on track to launch the event this week. We hope you like it!
MJ

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Slaughter’s Marauders Hardball

Just in time for the weekend the GI Joe Collectors Club gives us our first look at Slaughter’s Marauders Hardball. Hardball is the 5th figure preview and he looks like a great figure. I am not going to lie, as a kid Hardball was always one of my favorite figures.  I always loved the massive grenade launcher he came with.  It’s about time we get to add Hardball to the GI Joe collection.  Check out the pictures below from the GI Joe Collectors club.

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SLAUGHTER’S MARAUDERS
MULTI-SHOT GRENADIER: HARDBALL

– 25th Anniversary Style/Fully Poseable Action Figure.
– First Modern Era Release of Character in SM design.
– Includes removable hat, harness, pistol with suppressor,
knife, re-tooled multi-shot grenade launcher, backpack,
and G.I. Joe Logo Stand.

Action Man Comes to Hollywood

Deadline reported today that Paramount Players is developing a film based on Action Man, Hasbro’s UK version of GI Joe.  The film will be directed by James Bobin who directed The Muppets’ and Alice Through the Looking Glass.  The script will be written by Simon Farnaby who wrote Paddington 2.  According to the article Deadline attempted to reach out to Paramount and Hasbro but where unable to get a comment in regards to the film.  Check out the full article at deadline.com.  The article didn’t have much more to say and it will be interesting to see what comes of this and if this will fit into Hasbro’s combined universe.  Keep an eye out for more information as it is released.

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Boss Fight Studio Mystery Box Revealed!

During the frenzy of the holiday season, the folks from Boss Fight offered a special exclusive Advent “Mystery Box” filled with some great Vitruvian HACKS related product.  Now, with huge thanks to YoJoe member plastica, we’ve got a great look at what was inside.

I admit the title makes little sense. BUT back almost two months ago from December 6 to December 26th Boss Fight Studios had several special deals on various days most of which were one day only deals (though one deal of 15% off on all accessory sets they launched half a day early which threw me off a little.

I made use of a few of the deals (including the 15% off deal) BUT for most of us the crème de la crème was set for December 26 known in some countries as Boxing Day (and no I don’t think it’s a reference to a good ol bout between the late Muhammed Ali and Smoking Joe Frasier). This deal was for a Mystery Box that cost fifty dollars but was guaranteed to have at least $50 worth of merchandise in it.

They delivered. I actually did up a mockup of what some of the more obvious items would have cost before shipping and it was almost eighty-eight dollars.

What came in the Box well that’s the reveal part.

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The First was a Decal Set. Boss Fight released a previous version so that collectors could customize the shields available in the series 1 accessory sets. This one though is a new version which includes a couple different decals for the Series 2 Knights Shields and a decal for the Series 2 Knight Standard which will come with Lance Steelblade and is already available in a couple of Character Creator Kits which are the Series 2 equivalent to the accessory sets but are geared more towards certain types of characters

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Speaking of the Series 1 Accessory Sets here is one now. In this case Emerald Green Set A. From what I saw on Facebook some got Set B.

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Another obvious one. A Chrome blank. When the original blanks came out they were poly bagged with a hanger tag on top but starting with the Chrome blanks they switched to boxes. Mine is female but from what I saw on Facebook some received Male blanks.

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These are Blind Bag mini kits that are available on the website even now. In these you get parts in black, red, or white to make Anubis, a Boxer, a Crustacean, an Old One (what some refer to as a Cthulhu) a Robot, or even a Rodent. There is no way of knowing what is actually inside unless you open them up. (I haven’t opened mine yet). The only sure-fire way to ensure you get what you want is to order a case of them which I initially did.

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This one isn’t as obvious but in looking at it this bag contains an Evil Skeleton Accessory Set. The Evil Skeleton was a special release Vitruvian Basics figure that was available for a very short time around Halloween. Unfortunately I missed my chance to get one at that time (it sold out quick). Back in December one of the deals Boss Fight had was where if you bought any two skeletons (blanks or carded) get a free evil skeleton accessory set. I took advantage of the deal.

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This one actually required two pictures since you couldn’t immediately tell the contents by looking at the bag. BUT when spread out you can see what looks like an Orc Helmet, an Orc Hammer, Orc Belt, Orc Sword, and Orc Shoulder pads and belt pads. It also has four arrows that came with the Series 2 Aiyana the Autumn Elf Archer and the Vitruvian Basics Archer of Molpadia And will also come with Aspen the Spring Elven Archer though the quiver is actually the Elven Bolt Quiver that came with Cerisier the Sakura Elven Assassin. While the same quiver came with Narissa the Leader of the Withered Branch I can tell by color that this quiver came with Cerisier

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This one I was able to immediately recognize as the chest armor, shield, and short sword and scabbard to the Myrmidon Warrior. From what I saw on FB some received a Myrmex shield.

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Another easy one Glorious Gold versions of the Athenian Armor and the Myrmidon Helmet. These accessories were not part of the boxed A/B Accessory sets but were originally available back Easter Weekend in orange plastic Easter Eggs and in October were made available online as part of accessory Enhancement sets. As of the mid to late December the Cobalt Blue, Emerald Green and yes Glorious Gold Enhancement Packs were still available but Aged Steel has sold out.

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This one is a little harder to recognize but it’s two potion bottles and a Flame which originally came with Felonious the Wandering Mage (though the colors are different and so far, exclusive to this mystery box).

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Ah yes, a Skeleton. Mine is a Gray Skeleton but from what I saw on Facebook some received a black skeleton. I probably could use this with the Evil Skeleton accessories above though it wouldn’t be a true Evil Skeleton (the original Evil Skeleton base figure was a Warrior Skeleton).

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The Berzerker Gorgon. The result of an interesting experiment to see what would happen if Eurayle had her sister Stheno infuse one of Euryale’s precious Disciple’s with her venom. Not a bad figure really for a male Gorgon. It’s a cool looking figure. I have a few others and my original Berzerker Gorgon has a cool looking difference from the original. A couple of my online friends thought it looked cool so I didn’t bother to file a report with Boss Fight and chose to live with it When you think about it in reality not every Berzerker Gorgon would have looked exactly the same as it is.

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Now this is humorous. If receiving a mystery box is achievement #16 what were the first fifteen achievements supposed to be?

OK I posted these three pictures together for Historical purposes. The left-hand picture above contains most of the accessories to an initial test run for the ghost light accessory set. The other two pictures had they been in a box would constitute what we actually got in the Ghost Light set. The unproduced whiter sets were made available in smaller pieces in the periodic blind bag runs that Boss Fight does sometimes.

All in all what was my impression of the mystery box.

Well I was very impressed. Back shortly before Christmas I started a thread on Facebook trying to see if I could get some kind of a clue from Boss Fight on what might be in the boxes but nobody officially commented.  Word was sent out a week or so before they shipped that they were waiting for an item to come in that was slated for the Mystery Box. Some people thought it was a few items from Felonious BUT I’m thinking it might have been the Decal Sheet since I bought the original version last summer and it looked different then what was in the box.

IF I was to give this a star rating it would be

Five Stars.

Though I admit it would be hard to do a full-scale rating since there are so many different parts to it.

Boss Fight Studio Mobile App

Some exciting news from Boss Fight Studio.  They have launched their own mobile app that is available for download now in your app store.  The mobile app allows you to shop for figures, accessories, gift cards and much more.  It also allows you the benefit of instant communication and messages from Boss Fight, as well as flash sales and exclusives offerings.  Take advantage now and order Felonious on the mobile app and you will receive an additional set of flame and bottle accessories in a new color combo.  Boss Fight Studio continues to find new ways to innovate and this is just one more example of their effort to get us new figures and engage their customers.  Check it out today and take advantage of their exclusive offer before it’s gone.  See their Facebook post below or follow them online.

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Python H.E.A.T. Viper

For the fourth figure reveal the GI Joe Club gives us the Python H.E.A.T. Viper.  With this reveal we now get the second army builder of the set.  It looks like it is a repaint of the 50th Anniversary H.E.A.T. Viper but of course this will get the Python Patrol deco.  The bright yellow torso is a little bold but I think this figure will look great with the rest of the Python Patrol figures standing next to them.  Can’t wait to see the rest of the set.

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PYTHON PATROL
HIGH EXPLOSIVE ANTI-TANK TROOPER:
H.E.A.T. VIPER

– 25th Anniversary Style/Fully Poseable Action Figure.
– Modern Era Update of Character based on 2003 design.
– THREE Army Builder action figures in this exclusive set.
– Includes removable harness, bazooka shells x 6, bazooka,
connection tube, backpack, and Cobra Logo Stand.