G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals two more FSS 2.0 figures!

And they pretty much ROCK.  Cobra’s first ever desert combat specialist the Desert Scorpion was a long time favorite of mine, and the Collectors’ Club did him justice.  Using the Snake Eyes-like head sculpt from the Steel Brigade Delta figure and the head wrap from the Night Creeper, as well as 25th Anniversary Zartan’s body and an amalgamation of legs (I really dig those HISS Driver lower legs).  I can’t quite place the arms at that angle, but the rest of the figure looks very classic themed.  I approve.  Interestingly, the figure is very close in design to the canceled Cobra Minotaur driver, with just some very minor part changes (specifically the head sculpt).  It will be interesting to see if this version has the Crimson Twins arms like that older version was meant to.

Meanwhile, Widescope… hoooly cow.  Back in the early 2000’s, Widescope was merely conceived as a Shockwave place holder, since Hasbro didn’t have the appropriate trademarks for him.  With this figure, the Club really takes Widescope to a new level, and maybe it’s just me, but this figure makes the 25th Anniversary Shockwave look pathetic.  Yes, it’s essentially a repainted Shock Trooper with a Shockwave head and hat, but the blue paint scheme is fantastic.  I really  dig that camouflage on the legs, too.  It looks very similar to the “Urban Rain” color scheme from the 2005 Steel Brigade Convention figures.  Very unique look.

I fully admit to being a fan of the first generation Figure Subscription Service, and man, version 2.0 is out pacing it at almost every step.  If this is any indication, we’re in for some great product from the Club over the next series of years.  I love the fact that a relative unknown like Widescope is getting really great treatment and a chance to live on in a modern format.  Really good stuff.  Keep checking GIJoeClub.com for the latest information, and I’ve mirrored the most recent two images below.

10 thoughts on “G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals two more FSS 2.0 figures!

  1. Widescope is great. If I didn’t have my own custom that I was happy with, I’d love to have this one. Desert Scorpion though just doesn’t do much for me. The different head they chose is an improvement but I don’t like the use of the Night Creeper head wrap. I like their choice of webgear over what Hasbro had planned though and the robot scorpion is an idea I was wanting to do myself but could never find one on its own. I’m happy enough with my custom that I don’t feel the need to get this one.

  2. Really liking the previews so far. I’ve already put my cash down so I can’t wait to see these up close. Just a question Justin, in a past WOJM episode ( can’ t rememebr the number) you had said you would like to see if the club could get their hands on the winter coat that might have been used for the cancelled ROC arctic Duke figure. Juddinging by the shadowed image of Big Bear , do you think its possible the club managed to get it to use it ?

  3. These both look really good. I agree they picked out the best parts to combine for Desert Scorpion and now I wish my 25th Shockwave (one of my favorite characters) could have some of these parts. Widescope is at least going to share some gear with my Shockwave since he was so poorly equipped.

  4. The Desert Scorpion head is actually from the Resolute Snake Eyes. I believe the arms are the uppers from the Crimson Twins and the lowers are a combination of the Twins and the hands of the POC Zartan.

  5. Good looking take on the Desert Scorpion.

    Have you ever seen the Patrick Swayze movie, “Steel Dawn?”

  6. Please tell me it is possible for Hasbro to finally produce a Shockwave or Beachhead head sculpt that isn’t permanently looking up. “I can almost see what’s up there!”

  7. I thought it was a “B” movie, almost a want-to-be Mad Max style film, but not as wacky as an “Ice Pirates” movie. But it stars Swayze and it’s from 1987, and it’s not nearly as good as “Red Dawn.”

    The opening sequence has some sort of sand dune raiders that tunnel under the sand and attack the star, Swayze. It made me think of Desert Scorpions.
    For a little bit.

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