Shadow Tracker unmasked!

Many folks have been wondering exactly what Shadow Tracker looks like underneath that mask, but only Twink Viper has actually buckled down and yanked it off.  Unfortunately he ended up ruining the figure in the process, but check out the fruits of his labor below:

Ick.

I know in past test shots, we’ve just seen a skull underneath there, so this certainly looks like something new, though not necessarily any more pleasant.  Here’s a lesson to ya, kids…keep his mask on.  Thanks to Twink Viper for doing the deed and posting it up on Hiss Tank.

G.I. Joe: The Pursuit of Cobra named toyline of the year by OAFE

Chances are, if you’ve perused the internet looking for toy reviews, you’ve come across OAFE, or Online Action Figure Entertainment.  They’ve been reviewing action figures online for over a decade, and in fact, I’ve drawn some comparisons between my personal style and theirs (something I consider a high compliment).

The guys over at OAFE don’t just toss a ton of images on a page and consider it a review, they compliment those images with intelligent, thought-provoking text.  I certainly don’t agree with all of their opinions, but I cannot dispute their passion, knowledge, and expertise.

And, of course, who can argue their expertise when they label G.I. Joe: The Pursuit of Cobra as the best toyline of the year for 2010?  I’ve often thought ever since the 90s, G.I. Joe has received the short end of the stick from the collector crowd.  Often seen as “kids stuff” or catering to the lowest common denominator, the Pursuit of Cobra really changed things.  No longer trying to sell down the G.I. Joe concept, Hasbro is instead ramping up detail, sculpt, accessories, and theme, and have really brought it all to the table.  The Pursuit of Cobra is a once in a lifetime toyline, in my opinion, and has successfully met pretty much any desire I’ve ever had when it comes to a modern science fiction military line.  It’s taken the best from Metal Gear and Call of Duty, thrown in some classic 80’s homages and has delivered in nearly every assortment.

Wave 4 is currently on the way to my home, and I literally cannot wait to tear into those packages, as every single figure in that assortment looks like it could blow me away.

I’m thrilled to see other collectors feeling the same way.

Kudos to the G.I. Joe design team for hitting a grand slam with this line, and kudos to OAFE (and other adult collectors) for finally realizing what we’ve known for a while.  G.I. Joe rocks!

GeneralsJoes Reviews Target… errr… Ross Exclusive Vehicle Packs

Well, not all of them today, but I at least got two of them done.  The other two should be up tomorrow or the day after.

You can check out the reviews at the Pursuit of Cobra Review Index, or directly at the links below:

New G.I. Joe scale Crysis 2 figures look pretty freaking cool

I’m not really much of a gamer myself, though I’m a pretty devout Halo fan.  That being said, I don’t know much of anything about the game Crysis (or thus, Crysis 2).  But apparently there are guys in there in crazy battle armor and with cool ass cybernetic parts.

Looking like Duke and Ripcord in Accelerator Suits and on steroids, there are currently Joescale Crysis 2 figures hitting Targets across the country.  Ranging in price from $1.99 to $8.00 perhaps on how lucky you are.  I haven’t seen them in person yet, but I’ll be damned if they don’t look pretty bad ass.  To see some nice detail, check out images at JoeCustoms.com and HissTank.com.

There’s an embedded video below as well.  For folks who don’t have a local Target, check out SmallJoes.com they have a pre-order going, too.  These things look pretty damn cool, I gotta say.

Mock up packaging reveals HISS Scout vehicle and Jurassic Park AWE Strikers

We’ve heard and seen plenty about the Jurassic Park AWE Strikers in the past months, with no real sign or indication that they will ever see release.  Hasbro in a recent Q & A actually mentioned that the line was canceled.

Canceled or not, we still see some indications that perhaps a release is pending, and the newest indication are some images of packaging mock ups by HissTank member Gyre-Viper.  Along with these Jurassic Park mock ups, we also get a glimpse of the Alpha class HISS Scout vehicle.  We have heard absolutely nothing lately about the release of these vehicles, and it seems pretty curious that we would already see these figures hitting with no word about the vehicles.

Curious…

Anyway, check out the mirrored images at the HissTank thread, or below.