Wave 3 Case assortment listed in Previews? I’m not convinced

Maybe it’s just a hunch…but over at HissTank they’ve been talking a bit about a Previews listing and it sounds like folks are making some assumptions that it is a “Wave 3” case assortment.  I’m not necessarily buying it.

Check out the thread right here.  Supposedly this new “wave” includes: Tunnel Rat, Ripcord, Cobra Trooper, Scarlett, Steel Brigade, Iron Grenadier, Viper, Cobra the Enemy, Storm Shadow (Renegades) Hazard Viper, Techno Viper, and Stalker.

I know the first reaction from a lot of folks is being somewhat put off that there are so many repeats in the case.  Personally, I’m thinking this assortment is much more likely a revision case.  I could be way off the mark, but the fact that the new figures are only single-packed in the case tells me this is not the initial push for Wave 3.  Plus, based on the timing of some of the figures…  I know we saw figures like Sci-Fi at the same time as Storm Shadow and Stalker at Toy Fair (in press photos) which makes me think he’ll be out before later revealed figures like Ripcord and the Renegades Cobra Trooper.

I do like the fact that Hasbro continues to work army builders into assortments, but it’s my firm belief that this is merely a refresher or revision case, and it shouldn’t be taken as gospel that this is Wave 3, and that this is a standard Wave 3 case pack.  Too many question marks here.

Fortunately for us, with NYCC right around the corner, I have a feeling a lot of those questions may be answered soon.

GIJCC Subscription Update – Quarrel and Nano-Bat will NOT be our first 2 figures

I’m a bit late in relaying this information, but it’s something we covered in Episode 24 of What’s on Joe Mind this past week…  Gary received the latest Collectors Club newsletter and it reveals that they have reworked the figure mailing schedule somewhat, and that Quarrel and Nano-Bat will NOT be the first two figures we receive.

At this point the GIJCC continues to keep the actual line up a surprise, but the surprise intensifies even further.  We initially thought that we would at least know the first two figures, but no dice.  Even that remains a surprise.

Big thanks to Gary “cmderinchief” for the intel, and check out Episode 24 of What’s on Joe Mind for the skinny.

G.I. Joe: Pursuit of Cobra Recondo artwork on Mike Thompson’s art blog

Nice!  I’ve been talking about it for a few weeks, and Mike Thompson himself is going to join us on What’s on Joe Mind next week, and now Mr. Thompson has posted the artistic process behind the awesome artwork for the Pursuit of Cobra Recondo figure!

Aesthetically one of my favorite Pursuit of Cobra figures, Recondo faltered somewhat in translation to plastic, but that doesn’t change just how cool the painting was.  Check out his fantastic artwork at his WordPress blog, and tune in to What’s on Joe Mind next week to hear some insight behind the design work!

The coolest thing about this art reveal is that this is the first real time we’ve seen the full body artwork for Recondo.  BAD ASS.  A huge thanks to Mike for sharing these great details.