A quick note…

Yeesh, life is crazy sometimes!

Work has been hammering me at the same time as school as been hammering me, so site updates are coming a bit slow (or maybe a little non-existent)…

Trust me, I know all about the fact that Pursuit of Cobra stuff already seems to be trickling into Toys “R” Us.  I am all hot and bothered…

I’m hoping things cool off by the weekend.  I’m waist deep in a run of reviews as well, so here’s hoping this weekend and next week, the content starts flowing again.

Yo Joe!

New images reveal the awesomeness of Night Fox

Since JoeCon 2009 I’ve been looking at that AWE Striker w/ Night Fox and have been filled with an overwhelming sense of “meh”… nothing about it really resonated.  We’ve gotten a Night Ops AWE Striker, we’ve gotten a desert AWE Striker, so why do we need this bizarre amalgamation of the two of them?  I couldn’t really find a reason to be excited about it.  Even Night Fox, a new character (which I normally love) seemed like a strange mish mash of parts and pieces that didn’t necessarily flow.

But then both Gyre-Viper and GeneralsJoes contributor cmderinchief dug up some new images from overseas specialist toyssir898.  And these new images really struck a nerve with me.  In these images, Night Fox is wearing a helmet, not his ill-fitting cap, and for whatever reason, it makes a world of difference.  For the first time I noticed the great webgear…I love the fact that he uses Jungle Assault Ripcord’s  baggy-sleeved arms.  The whole figure looks very, very cool.  I’m not sure why the helmet and close up picture suddenly made all of this difference, but it did.  I find myself really looking forward to this now, even though I’ll likely discard the AWE Striker and just use Night Fox as a night ops specialist.

Also in the series of images was the Ice Cutter with the original version of the Snow Serpent slated to come with the vehicle originally (before it appeared to be changed to a paint scheme resembling the Toys “R” Us version from last year).  I find myself liking that red, especially when looking at the cancelled Elite Ice-Viper and Arctic Destro figures.  The red and white paint apps would have all blended very nicely together…

Check out the images mirrored below and let me know what you think.

Just to make me squirm… PoC Alley-Viper images galore

So last week I got a little bent out of shape because the mind-blowingly awesome Pursuit of Cobra Alley-Viper has come and gone through pre-order formats in numerous different e-tailer locations, and I never got a chance to get an order in.

Well…now Gyre-Viper rubs some salt in those wounds by posting another one of his infamous monster galleries over at HissTank.com.  I’ve mirrored a bunch of the images below… most striking to me is that I absolutely LOVE the Resolute Alley-Viper head sculpt.  I’m psyched they used it, along with the helmet and goggles.  This is the Cobra Alley-Viper we’ve really been waiting for, in my mind.

Now excuse me while I go cry in the corner.

JoeCon 2009 Convention Set Guest Review!

Now that the 2010 JoeCon is over, lots of folks have been emailing and asking me what’s up with the 2009 Convention Set review…and honestly, I don’t own it.  It’s not over some protest to the 25th Anniversary tooling or anything, it’s just the fact that I missed the Convention last year due to the birth of my child, and I just haven’t been able to scare up the funds to buy these items all at one whack yet.  Normally, I make a concerted effort to save money aside for the Convention as it approaches, but this time around, I knew I wasn’t going, so stupidly I didn’t stick to my regiment of cash savings in preparation.

Eventually I’m certain I’ll get my hands on these, especially the International Team 3-Pack and the SAS Copter with Blades, as those two items in particular are impressive, to say the least.

Until I get my hands on them, though, regular GeneralsJoes contributor Mysterious Stranger has stepped up to the plate and delivered a great guest review of this set!  I love having guest reviewers send their stuff in, but tackling a review of a massive convention set goes way above and beyond the call of duty.  Thanks a lot, Chris!

You can find the review linked in the GI Joe Collectors’ Club Reviews section, or you can also find it right here.

Five page preview of IDW G.I. Joe: Operation HISS #5

Operation: HISS has been a pretty enjoyable read thus far, even being somewhat predictable along the way.  The art is a bit hit or miss, and the characterization of Duke as a traitor has been a stretch.  It was obvious he was going to get back on the good guys’ side again, it was just a matter of how long it took.  However, I do enjoy the series as a whole, and find it pretty neat to get a continued look at the Rise of Cobra universe.  Honestly, unlike a lot of fans, I think there is a place for the Rise of Cobra universe in the myriad of G.I. Joe continuities, and it’s cool to see this world continue along in the comic page.  The latest issue is released this Wednesday.

Looking at the 5-page preview below, my only thought would be…  I thought Neo-Vipers were nanomite enhanced super soldiers… how is Scarlett is whupping their asses?

G.I. Joe: Operation Hiss #5

Brian Reed (w) • Gianluca Gugliotta (a) • Joe Corroney, Augustin Padilla (c)

Major Bludd has convinced the United States government that G.I. Joe has gone rogue. One wrong move could spell disaster not just for the Joes, but for the whole world!

*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Wonder why the pegs were clogged with G.I. Joe? Wonder no more…

Wow.  To say this article is eye-opening would be an understatement.  Of course, it’s somewhat misleading as well…  an Associated Press article posted on abc.com focuses on the merchandising behemoth that is Toy Story 3.

But also mentioned in the article were some of the top toy lines distributed from China over the past 18 months, and G.I. Joe Ranked #3.  Toy Story 3 was first, Iron Man 2 came in behind, and G.I. Joe rounded off the top of the list.

This is stunning to me, and is a pretty loud wake-up call to just what the expectations were for G.I. Joe: the Rise of Cobra.  In my mind, they were exceptionally unrealistic expectations.  As popular as G.I. Joe has been over the past three decades, I think expecting a somewhat rushed film with an incomplete script to sell that many toys at retail was way beyond the scope of what G.I. Joe has been expected to do since the 80’s.

This is part of the reason why I say it’s not that G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra sold in terrible numbers, it was more that marketing expectations were so skewed that it was near impossible that The Rise of Cobra would meet those unrealistic goals.

Of course, I do find it quite curious that Transformers appears nowhere on this list…but again, I’m not entirely sure how their distribution works.  Food for thought, at any rate.  Thanks to Jeff Bohn for pointing me towards this article.

New GI Joe Preorders at Past Generation Toys! Plus Transformers, MOTU, Star Wars & More

There’s nothing as exciting as new GI Joes, and that’s exactly what we’ve got this week! First up are the Resolute 7 Packs, as well as Series 1 and 2 of the Pursuit of Cobra line.

And for those of you with more diverse interests, that’s not all we’ve got. Check out our new Transformers Generations preorders, including characters from the War for Cybertron game that comes out today! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of the game or on these figures.

For Masters of the Universe fans, we have Keldor and She-Ra in stock and available now if you missed them originally. Gygor and Whiplash preorders are available too!

If you’re looking for new DC Comics based toys, we’ve got some of those too, like the video game based Arkham Asylum figures or the rerelease of the impossible-to-find DC Universe Classics Wave 5. The new Justice League Unlimited Lobo is available as well.

And the final items spotlighted this week are really intriguing. Check out these Star Wars and Iron Man Lamps!

My Lord these figures are all awesome

I can’t get over this…as much of a Hasbro fanboy as I am, I cannot help but admit usually figure design and production is a fairly fluid, up and down thing.  Very rarely do we get terrific figures every time all the time…in fact, I’d say that never happens.

But over the next two months, we’re getting the first wave of Pursuit of Cobra and two Resolute boxed sets, and someone kick me, I must be dreaming.  I can’t find a crap figure among the lot of them.

Granted, there are some improvements that could have been made (such as Scarlett and Baroness’ super-foreheadness) but by and large, from design, to sculpt, to paint, to articulation, there are almost twenty figures here, and they are ALL great.  All of them.  Even figures that don’t knock my socks off design-wise have fantastic accessories and other very cool qualities.

I’m not sure why this concept hasn’t been grasped so whole-heartedly before, but the combination of military design, future aesthetic, fantastic accessories out the whazoo, and amazing design and articulation has already made The Pursuit of Cobra the highlight of the G.I. Joe universe over the past several years.  So, because of that, even though we’ve seen these figures time and time again, when Winter God over on ACToys posted about G.I. Joe: Resolute and the Pursuit of Cobra right here, I just had to mirror the larger, more detailed images.  I just can’t get enough of how awesome these toys are.  Check out the images below.

Pursuit of Cobra Pre-Orders Available at GIJoe Collectors Club

The G.I. Joe Club Store has received pre-order information for the first couple of rounds of Pursuit of Cobra product, and their Officer level pricing is very reasonable.

Click the “Read the Rest of this Entry” link below to get all of the great pre-order details so you can be sure to be first in line to get these impressive looking new G.I. Joe action figures.

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Killer BBTS Clearance Sale has up to 50% off G.I. Joe Items!

Hi – Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about a
variety of new arrivals, more great new preorders and a new sale:

INVENTORY CLEARANCE SALE
Hasbro and many other vendors will be sending us huge piles of great new
items this summer and fall.  We need room to deal with the new items so we
are putting a wide variety of items on sale.  Save 20% to 75% and
everywhere in between on items like:  Star Wars Clone Wars, GI Joe,
Transformers Revenge of the Fallen, Movie Toys, LPS, Zhu Zhu Pets, BBTS
Exclusives and more.  We have around 20 menus with discounts of 20% to
75%, and 50+ individual products with similar discounts.   Please help us
make room by ordering some of these items, and please ship any Pile of
Loot that you are ready to receive.  See this link for the sale info:
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=5228

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