So, after GeneralsJoes faithful Monte chided me in my comments for a lack of updates, I went into last week to see when I posted last and holy crap! Somehow I missed some art updates from the FSS (Figure Subscription Service).
As of this point, the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club has revealed character art for ten of the subscription figures (no dedicated Sure Fire or TNT images yet), and posted a little update about the source material for the art as well.
They also provided a terrific image of a Jinx close-up that looks to be a retooled and modified Valor vs. Venom head sculpt.
I’ve mirrored those images below, and you can stay up to date on GIJoeClub.com.
Also, just to keep all up to date, below you can see all of the close-up card art we’ve seen so far. I haven’t included any of the full cards here, but this is a good look at what we’ve seen to date. The two missing characters can be seen in the compilation image above as well.
I know the art style has been a hot button topic throughout these reveals, and I still stand by my thoughts that these are no worse than anything we’ve received in the past few years, and in fact, I think they maintain the style pretty well. Balancing cost against resources is an ongoing battle, and we must remember the limited budget involved in packaging these.
If I had my preference, I’d say just sell them loose and eliminate those costs altogether, but I know there is a popular surge amongst the fandom to have packaged versions of these figures available. I don’t understand it myself, but apparently there is a presence there.
I think the most important thing to remember when providing feedback for anyone, keep it respectful. I have seen some downright mean, condescending, and bordering on belligerent comments about this artwork online, which is frankly pretty disappointing. It’s fine to express that this art is not your cup of tea, but keep in mind that there is always a human being on the other side of the digital paintbrush, and while constructive criticism is always appreciated by an artist so they can grow their craft and improve, insults and hurtful words do nothing to help the artistic process. It’s a shame that I actually have to type those words considering we’re all adults in this hobby, for the most part, but there you are.
Again, make sure and keep tabs on GIJoeClub.com for all the latest news and information.