Things that Joe fans take for granted… Avatar rants

Lord knows there’s been no shortage of complaining online over the Rise of COBRA film and everything surrounding it, but by and large, folks seem to at least be relatively happy with the toys we’ve gotten.  Sure, there are people who have some issues with the design or the concept of figures, but for pure sculpting talent and design accumin, I just can’t conceive at how anyone could argue that Hasbro’s art team is the best in the business on a 3 3/4″ scale…and man, it’s not even close.

ToyArk.com just posted some loose images of upcoming Avatar toys.  And while the film promises to totally revolutionize the medium, the action figures…well…in my mind, they look terrible.  The vehicles rock pretty hard, but from a sculpting and detail standpoint, those figures just aren’t even in Hasbro’s league.  I mean, let’s look at this…I’ve posted a comparison gallery below.

I mean, is it even a close comparison?  Sculpting detail, scale, design…it’s miles better with the Joe stuff than it is with Mattel’s Avatar line.  It’s a world of difference.  No bulky, ugly hips to conceal wonky articulation points, much fewer blatantly obvious cut-lines for movement, and a much more well-blended articulation and musculature style.

Like I said, though, the vehicles are very nice (even if the Mech and Dropship are direct rip offs of Sigma 6 :shifty: ) but those figures?  Bleeech.

And yeesh, I didn’t even touch on the Terminator: Salvation travesties…those were some butt ugly toys, too.  It just gets more and more obvious to me that aside from rampant collector complaints, Hasbro absolutely rules the boys toys aisle, and it’s not even close.

Comic Pack Training Snake Eyes test shot spotted online

Amongst the glut of cancelled product at the tail end of the Anniversary line, the Snake Eyes from the Snake Eyes vs. Night Creeper Comic Pack has been one of the very few never revealed in figure form.  Well, that’s all changed, thanks to some digging by The Terror Drome.  In fact, a few images have shown up for this Training Snake Eyes, some there and some from HissTank.com.

This figure actually has an interesting history…initially, the Comic Pack was shown with a very striking cover that clearly showed a Resolute themed Snake Eyes facing off against the Night Creeper.  Somewhere along the line, though, the decision was made to instead use more reused tooling, and this Training Snake Eyes was put together using Storm Shadow parts with a new head.  Like Storm Shadow (who has some Dice stuff worked in there), Snake Eyes features some cool gear that could easily be utilized for COBRA Ninja Slice.  Check out the images below.

New product images emerge online

Official retail product images have cropped up for upcoming Combat Heroes sets as well as Target Exclusive vehicles.  Curiously, though, these images show clear international markings…it will be interesting to see where these crop up.  Anyway, galleries are shown below.

Combat Heroes

Target Exclusives/International Packs

The more I see those exclusives the more I’m loving the SNAKE Armor set.  Though why the heck is the Neo-Viper now being called the Viper Commando?  He’s named that in the recently released Toys “R” Us SRO 3-pack as well.  Weird.