So, yeah… about that G.I. Joe Convention Hit & Run.

I know I’ve been hearing a lot from friends of mine who were really interested in my thoughts on tonight’s reveal of the 2013 G.I. Joe Convention Hit & Run, and I’ve fully admitted that it just took me a little by surprise.  I was really hoping to see the familiar camouflaged version of the light infantry trooper, especially because the green and  black colors would still work fairly well among the Night Force paint schemes we’ve seen in the set so far.

So when the somewhat plain Hit & Run was revealed, I was a bit taken aback.

But, I’ve thought about this a little bit… and yeah, I know I’m consistently accused of looking at the glass half full, when I’m disappointed about something.  What can I say, it’s in my nature.  I see some real positives with this Hit & Run.

First and foremost, the foundation is now there.  The Club has access to the bulk of the tooling to make the fantastic Concept Case Hit & Run.  What’s to stop them from putting the regular version in the FSS down the line?  The figure scored really high on my Concept Case survey, so one would think that might encourage repeated trips “to the well” so to speak for the Collectors Club.  Heck, maybe Hasbro themselves has something planned?

But secondly, was this.  I had reported this very cool alternate paint scheme for Hit & Run on a post a while ago, but it had somewhat slipped my mind until I was reminded by Mizak23 in the comments section.  Leave it to ole Tim Finn from ARealAmericanBook.com for shining some (possible) light on this.

Is it a true homage?  Is it a coincidence?  Knowing the Club like I do, I’m thinking it’s a combination.  They wanted Hit & Run in here, they had this cool homage, they wanted to use these parts, so they made an amalgamation that pulls elements from various places and gives us what is a pretty cool end result.  Check out the comparison image below:

 

Is it a perfect homage?  No.  But it’s close enough, plus it has the Night Force elements.  I think it’s a bit too close to be a coincidence.

So, the foundation is there, and I feel like there is a good chance we’ll see another one at some point.  I’ll be waiting on pins and needles again when the next one comes around.  Stay up on the latest and greatest GIJoe Convention news at GIJoeCon.com.

Discount store exclusive running change G.I. Joe figures appearing at Marshalls

You know things are picking up when I’m posting multiple “new sightings” posts in one evening!  Along with the Wave 2 3-Packs, the variant running change discount store exclusives are also starting to appear…but not at Dollar Generals.  At Marshalls!

Thanks to Rodimus88 of HissTank.com for reporting the first sighting, and more are incoming.

TO THE HAWKMOBILE.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation Wave 2 three packs hitting Target!

We are nearly a month into 2013, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation product has officially started hitting retail.  Word is Target stores have started stocking the second wave of G.I. Joe: Retaliation 3 packs including the Cobra Invasion set with Firefly, Cobra Trooper, and Storm Shadow and the Tactical Ninja Team with Snake Eyes, Sgt. Airborne, and Agent Mouse.

Big thanks to James Doble (Jack Sparrow) for passing the word along.  Images can be seen below.

G.I. Joe Collectors Club unveils last three Night Force figures

We’ve been waiting all week and tonight the G.I. Joe Collectors Club finally revealed the final three members of the 2013 Nocturnal Fire “Night Force” team.  We knew Spearhead, Repeater, and Hit & Run were on the team, but much speculation has gone around over how they would look.  Now we know.

Both Repeater and Spearhead pull significant influences from the old school Night Force, with some pretty neat parts choices.  Repeater is far away the star here with G.I. Joe: Retaliation Wave 2 Roadblock from the neck down and Resolute Roadblock vest…the new head with the sculpted “RANGER” hat only makes it perfect.

Spearhead seems like a mishmash of parts with the Shock-Viper body, Comic Pack Firefly vest and a removable helmet and goggles.

The last figure…  well… we all know I’ve been waiting for this one.  Hit & Run.  I’m not sure I’m equipped to judge this one fairly.  I kind of had myself convinced that we were going to see the concept case version translated piece for piece.  And we… didn’t get that.

Well, we sort of got that.  This figure has the new head, helmet, and goggles from the concept case, and uses the combination Lifeline/Agent Mouse arms, which is spectacular.  The torso and legs are from Lifeline, which is good, too, but the end result leaves me a bit mixed.  I’ve said a number of times that I don’t want faithful updates of originals.  Well, in this case, there was something very special about the camouflage paint scheme of that concept case Hit & Run.

This one looks quite different.  The plain black shirt, with some nice trim, along with the green pants are all a nice combination, but I’m not blown away like I was with the full blown camouflage Hit & Run.  This just seems like it could be more.

The foundation is there, though.  The head, helmet, and arms are all perfect.  I just think some different paint or deco would help.  I dig the accessories, I dig the foundation of the figure itself, but it hasn’t blown me away like I was hoping a Collectors’ Club version of my favorite character would do.  I’m giving it some time…  all told the set looks like it came together quite well and the colors all balance nicely off of each other.  It’s a very nice, cohesive set with some inspired vintage aesthetic, but also some very cool modern twists.  Check out the combined images below.

See you in Indy!