GeneralsJoes Reviews FSS 3.0 Muskrat & Cobra Slice

The Figure Subscription Service has been pounding full steam ahead, and I’ve been working to get caught up on those reviews.

Today, check out the G.I. Joe Collectors Club Review Page for my reviews of FSS 3.0 Muskrat and Slice!  Hope to get Vypra and Spearhead up shortly!

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Bang! Metalhead joins the G.I. Joe Con Iron Grenadiers

I’m pretty sure this is the figure most folks have been waiting for, and it’s a good one!

With the 2012 G.I. Joe Con Iron Grenadier team, the Collectors Club took care of Voltar and Darklon, two important Iron Grenadier characters, but had left Metalhead on the shelf. With this year’s iteration, they resolve that in spades.

An awesome brand new Boss Fight sculpted head and an interesting build of recent parts, Metalhead looks like a neat evolution of the classic ’91 version. The highlight is definitely the fantastic looking head sculpt, and the slightly crazed rocket specialist will fill a nice hole in collections everywhere.

Check out the image below, and keep watching GIJoeCon.com we’ve got one more reveal still to come!

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The anatomy of a DC Collectibles action figure

I’m in a weird place right now. Since I was 8 years old, I more or less lived and breathed Hasbro (or Kenner) action figures. G.I. Joe, Transformers, Star Wars, Super Powers…sure I was a He-Man fan for a short period of time in the 80s, too, and I picked up Secret Wars and Go-Bots, but off and on for 30 years, it was Hasbro or nothing.

Something’s changed.

G.I. Joe has become more or less invisible, while Marvel isn’t capturing quite as much of my attention. Yes, I’m back into Transformers with Combiner Wars, but more and more I’m being drawn to Masters of the Universe Classics, and for the first time ever… DC Collectibles.

I blame the Batman: The Animated series action figure line, which is representing some of my favorite designs ever in animation with some nicely articulated, great looking figures. Because of my interest in the Batman: TAS line, my eyes perked up (is that even a thing?) when I saw the DC Collectibles blog post outlining the anatomy of a their newest action figures.

Specifically an action figure for their DC Comics Icon line. See, the reason I’ve been so addicted to Hasbro for so long is because they seemed to corner the market on design and articulation, combining the way an action figure looks with the way it can move in ways that other companies just didn’t seem to get.

Well, it seems like tables are turning. Hasbro figures are getting smaller and/or less mobile, while DC is taking what was once a static animated pose and injecting it with life. For toy nerds, the diagram at the DC Collectibles blog is like reading a great book. Check out the mirrored image below, and I know I’m a bit more interested in upcoming DC Collectibles toys looking at this.

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Wolverine 3 set to start shooting next year

The comic book movie hits just keep on coming.

Fresh of a thrilling new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, 20th Century Fox is determined to stay relevant in the super hero game, and Wolverine director James Mangold confirmed via Twitter that they will begin shooting the next installment of the Wolverine solo film series next year.

Hugh Jackman has enthusiastically agreed to keep playing the character until he dies, so they might as well continue milking it for all its worth. Wolverine Origins left me considerably cold, but The Wolverine came very close to redeeming it, and Wolverine’s presence in X-Men: Days of Future Past was nearly perfect.

It’s still hard to fathom for a comic geek that the biggest movies over the next few years will have the Avengers, Spider-Man, and the X-Men involved, but that’s the world we live in. I hope we’re all appreciating it.

Check out James Mangold on Twitter for the info.

And hey, while we’re at it, let’s talk about Wolverine joining the Avengers…

Transformers Combiner Wars Wave 2 Deluxe Bio cards

While the Combiner Wars figures have effectively pulled me back into Transformers, I was a bit disappointed by the bio’s (tech specs) in Wave 1. Well, to be more specific, the almost complete lack of them. I’m one of those fans who wants some story to go along with my toys, and doesn’t just want them floating in an ocean of my imagination. It’s what drove me to G.I. Joe back in the day, and what continues to interest me.

So, when the Unicron.com Facebook page posted images of the bio’s for the second wave of Combiner Wars, I was thrilled. Not only were these much more well developed than the first wave, but they’re also written completely in character and in unverse from the IDW series. The Autobots bio’s are written by Rung, with the Decepticons being written by Soundwave. Very cool touch.

Check out the bio’s below.

GeneralsJoes Reviews Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra #2

Yes, I know I’m running a bit more than a week behind, but I feel so strongly about  Costa’s new G.I. Joe story that I wanted to get a review posted anyway.  If G.I. Joe fans aren’t paying attention to this book, you’re doing yourself a real disservice.  Even folks who are not huge fans of Snake Eyes (like me) should crack open these pages and soak them in.

Click the Continue Reading link below for the full review.

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