Eagle Force Grimm Reapers Stretch Goal unlocked – surge towards the finish line!

As we get towards the finish line of the Eagle Force Returns Kickstarter Campaign, Fresh Monkey Fiction has announced the early unlocking of the Grimm Reaper Troopers!  That puts this figure as part of the All In package as well as able to be purchased as an army builder 4-Pack!  It’s an excellent looking trooper with a really cool backstory to boot.

Also, details will be coming soon on a contest for a R.I.O.T. Hideout playset.

Let’s finish this thing strong, folks!  Come on, only 2 weeks left and a lotta stretch goals still to go.

Dime Novel Legends Reveals additional items

As the days tick down towards Dime Novel Legends new action figure Kickstarter, their latest figure has been revealed in the form of the Fire Brigadier!

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This adds to an already impressive lineup of figures that have been revealed to date.  The Kickstarter is starting soon and it looks like a great one!  Check out the rest of the figures below.

The Full Force Series 3 Episode 5 is online

Chris, Dave and Eddie are back with their latest episode of The Full Force podcast!  They look at all the latest news and happenings from the world of G.I. Joe and give their unique British twist on things.

Hit up their latest episode at Podbean, or embedded below.  Make sure you check out The Full Force on Facebook for the latest show notes, too!

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Congratulations Eagle Force… now let’s crash some stretch goals!

As of late last night/early this morning, the awesome looking Eagle Force Kickstarter has been successfully funded!  BOOSH.

I am thrilled to see that things are moving forward here, but I can’t help but scroll down and check out those stretch goals that are still hovering out there.  Characters like Ultima Thule and Redwing…  fantastic troopers like the Grimm Reapers and Arctic Troopers.

So much cool stuff to still unlock, let’s keep hammering at this!

Yes, I’m being selfish.  I wrote many of the bio’s for these characters and I want to see them brought to life in plastic.  Help me support my dream!  Bill, Craig, Joe and many others have put together a terrific assortment of great individual characters who not only carry the nostalgia from the 80s, but are really fun modern military figures as well.

Recently new additions have been revealed, such as the Goldie Hawks…

Join me in supporting Eagle Force on Kickstarter so we can open up the world of Eagle Force to collectors everywhere.

Revolution #1 Review – IDW Publishing

It started off as strange, obscure hints several months ago…a Revolution was coming.  Then word came out and things really heated up with lots of discussion revolving around this big combined Hasbro universe event bringing together diverse brands into one cohesive world.

So it’s official… the Revolution has arrived.  It started with Rom and with Revolution #1 this month (though technically the prelude kicked it off a couple of weeks ago).  So was it worth the wait?  Is it an event worthy of the Revolution title?

Read below to find out, though fair warning – Spoilers are aplenty!

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IDW Revolution original art on eBay!

Revolution #1 has been released and a couple of the excellent variant covers have been produced by Adam Riches, who is well known to G.I. Joe fans as one of the artists of the Figure Subscription Service cardbacks.

He has done a couple of fantastic variant covers, and he has listed some of his original art on eBay.  One of the auctions is the Optimus Prime/Scarlett action figure cover and it looks really great.

Any G.I. Joe or Transformers fan should check out his listings on eBay now and get these great pieces while the getting is good.

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Solicitations for IDW Publishing G.I. Joe related December titles

December promises to be a big month for G.I. Joe comics as the new ongoing G.I. Joe series from Aubrey Sitterson and Giannis Milonogiannis (among many others) kicks off alongside the new Revolutionaries title, which also has some serious G.I. Joe connections.  I also threw MASK #2 in there, too, because…well, it’s freaking MASK that’s why.

Check out the December solicitation information below.

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Revolutionaries #1—SPOTLIGHT

John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Tradd Moore (c)

THE REVOLUTION MAY BE OVER–but the future is just beginning! Ripped from the pages of the hottest crossover of the year, the REVOLUTION team of John Barber and Fico Ossio continue the action! KUP is a CYBERTRONIAN literally older than the universe; ACTION MAN is the ultimate special agent trying to live up to an impossible legacy; MAYDAY is a G.I. JOE leader trying to rescue her first command; and BLACKROCK is a CYBERTRONIAN that thinks he’s a human. It takes the mind-bending clash of ROM versus MAJOR BLUDD and the OKTOBER GUARD to bring this unlikely team together… and the secret they learn threatens to unravel the entire universe.

FC • 32 pages + mini-comic • $4.99

REVOLUTIONARIES #1—Subscription Variant

John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Tone Rodriguez (c)

FC • 32 pages + mini-comic • $4.99

REVOLUTIONARIES #1—Fico Ossio Variant

John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Fico Ossio (c)

FC • 32 pages + mini-comic • $4.99

REVOLUTIONARIES #1—Blank Sketch Variant

John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Blank Sketch (c)

FC • 32 pages + mini-comic • $4.99

REVOLUTIONARIES #1—Andrew Griffith Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Andrew Griffith (c)

FC • 32 pages + mini-comic • $4.99

Bullet points:

  • Exclusive bound-in Savage mini-comic reprinting a lost tale written and drawn by the late, great Joe Kubert himself!
  • Written by one part of the powerhouse creative team that brought you the mega-event, Revolution!
  • New tales that continue the storyline of the hit Revolution comic-book event and featuring the same amazing creative team!
  • Illustrated by Revolution artist, burgeoning superstar Fico Ossio!
  • The secrets of the Hasbro universe will be revealed. If you follow one new book this month, make it Revolutionaries!
  • Variant covers by Sara Pitre-Durocher, Sonny Liew, and Paul Pope!

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G.I. JOE #1—SPOTLIGHT

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Ariel Olivetti (c)

G.I. JOE IS BACK! In the wake of IDW’s Revolution crossover event, G.I. JOE’s mission has become a global one–they aren’t just Real American Heroes, they’re Real Earth Heroes. Get ready for an explosive, innovative take on Joe, as writer Aubrey Sitterson (Street Fighter x G.I. Joe) and artist Giannis Milonogiannis (Prophet, Old City Blues) bring you the crown jewel of the Hasbro Universe: lasers, intense sci-fi action, and the return of Scarlett, Roadblock, Snake Eyes and more!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE #1—Subscription Variant

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Aaron Conley (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE #1—Andrew Griffith Variant

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Andrew Griffith (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE #1—Blank Sketch Variant

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Blank sketch (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Spinning directly out of the events of IDW’s Revolution event!
  • Writer Aubrey Sitterson brings his unique take on the G.I. JOE characters and mythos!
  • Featuring stunning, updated character designs by series artist Giannis Milonogiannis!
  • With an explosive cover by international superstar artist Ariel Olivetti (Venom: Space Knight)!
  • Variant covers by Sara Pitre-Durocher, Sonny Liew, and Paul Pope!

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #235: Snake In The Grass, Part 6

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

COBRA prepares for its next strike against G.I. JOE, and this time, the Real American Heroes won’t see it coming!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #235: Snake In The Grass, Part 6—Subscription Variant

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • John Royle (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 7

Chuck Dixon, Mike Costa (w) • Javier Saltares, Wil Rosado, Alberto Muriel, Casey Maloney, Werther Dell’Edera, Antonio Fuso (a) • Adam Gorham (c)

The Cobra Civil War is raging and G.I. JOE is caught dead in their sites as the battle for control pits the most powerful members of Cobra against each other, but only one will emerge as the new leader! Collects G.I JOE Season 2 issues #5–8, Cobra #5–8, and Snake Eyes #5–8.

HC • FC • $49.99 • 292 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-799-4

Bullet points:

  • COBRA’s newest leader is revealed!

Offered Again!

G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 1 • FC • $49.99 • ISBN: 978-1-61377-549-3

G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 2 • FC • $49.99 • ISBN: 978-1-61377-655-1

G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 3 • FC • $49.99 • ISBN: 978-1-61377-793-0

G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 4 • FC • $49.99 • ISBN: 978-1-61377-931-6

G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 5 • FC • $49.99 • ISBN: 978-1-63140-103-9

G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 6 • FC • $49.99 • ISBN: 978-1-63140-533-4

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M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #2

Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas (a) • Tommy Lee Edwards (c)

M.A.S.K. vs. V.E.N.O.M. for the very first time! After being lured into a trap, Matt Trakker and the M.A.S.K. team must survive in order to stop Miles Mayhem from leaking their secret technology to terrorist cells around the world. Matt and Gloria Baker go undercover to infiltrate a black market weapons ring but what they discover will change Matt’s life forever!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #2—Subscription Variant

Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas (a) • Dan Schoening (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #2—Joe Suitor Variant

Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas (a) • Joe Suitor (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

Bullet points:

  • Special back-up material in every issue written by Tommy Lee Edwards!
  • Variant cover by Marcelo Ferriera!

GeneralsJoes Reviews Vitruvian HACKS Wave 5

Hot on the heels of some exciting reveals at GraniteCon, Boss Fight Studio has posted their fifth wave of Greek Mythology figures up for sale on BossFightShop.com!

To celebrate this exciting announcement, I’ve posted full reviews of each individual Wave 5 figure in the Vitruvian HACKS Review Section.  Lots of stuff to love with these four latest figures, but don’t listen to me, check out the images for yourself.

If you like what you see, skip on over to BossFightShop.com and snag ’em up!

Enjoy!

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Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian HACKS – River Styx Guardian

Order the River Styx Guardian on Boss Fight Shop!

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One of the most intriguing side stories to this whole initial run of Vitruvian HACKS is the role Hades plays in the mythology, creating his own undead army to battle back the Gorgon Horde.  From the Undead Warrior to the Tartarus Guard and the Underworld Warrior, Hades has created himself a nice little army of supernatural soldiers.

Now you can add the River Styx Guardian to this list, though from a color scheme perspective, he really stands apart.

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Rather than the familiar purple colors that some of Hades’ other foot soldiers have, the River Styx Guardian is a really awesome vibrant light blue color, one would imagine the colors of the River Styx itself.  Those familiar with Greek Mythology will know that the River Styx is where souls cross over into death, and if anyone should drink the water from this river, they could potentially gain immortality.  Achilles was rumored to be dipped into the River Styx as a child, which is what gave him his abilities, and what exposed his ankle as his vulnerability (that was where the hand that held him was clutched when he was placed in the water).

Hades has created himself a crew of elite defenders of the River Styx, and they look pretty amazing.

The base figure here is a great light blue color with some awesome, freaky deco on the face showing an awesome vacant look of determination.

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His armor is the great decorative armor from the Athenian Warrior layered with some terrific variations of shiney blue and white, offset by really cool lighter flecks.  The contrast of the blue and the lighter spray on the torso armor is really terrific and also matches the smooth leg armor, giving things a really metallic, other-worldy appearance.

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Really what separates this figure is the color scheme of very light blue contrasted with the darker blues of the armor on the torso and legs.  It’s an excellent series of colors that makes the figure look very supernatural and almost like a section of water come to life.  The way the armor is all different variations of the underlying blue brings the entire figure together.

Accessories

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The River Styx Guardian comes with some great accessories.  Three separate swords (including the slightly curved sword, which is my favorite) as well as the more ceremonial Athenian helmet, the Athenian armor, and Spartan leg armor.  He has a shield with an awesome tampo of Hade’s infamous Cerebrus, the vicious dog with three heads.  All of these accessories are decoed like the leg armor with a metallic blue, flecked with great lighter blues.

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At first, the River Styx Guardian looked a little monochromatic, and I wasn’t sure I was sold on the figure.  But being part of Hades army, and a close up look at the real intricacies of the color choices validated the decision to grab this figure.  It’s a really nice compliment to many of the other figures out there, and even if the color scheme doesn’t necessarily jive with the rest of Hades’ crew, this is a great looking figure and I love the tie-in to River Styx as a whole.

Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian HACKS – Cursed Skeleton

Order the Cursed Skeleton on Boss Fight Shop!

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When it was first conceived and revealed, the Skeleton was promised to be able to work with existing HACKS armor and fit nicely into the HACKS universe, but this is the first time the figure has been used within the confines of a retail release, and I’m happy to say, their first foray into mainstream Skeleton use is a raging success.

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It’s funny, though, because as excellent the skeleton is, Boss Fight Studio still manages to simply use that as a bony canvas to establish their true artistic embellishments, and the fact that the base figure is a skeleton at all is more of a side note than the main topic of the review.

Don’t get me wrong, the skeleton is terrific, a great shade of crazy green (much like the Unearthly Green accessory pack, but not quite as neon), contrasting with an exceptional shade of metallic purple.  The colors here are reminiscent of other agents of Hades, though the bio here labels the Skeleton as a soldier of Persephone, not Hades, although Persephone  is the wife of Hades, it’s not established in the character’s story whether their armies are aligned.

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The green and purple are a great contrast, and one that is well established throughout character design as being complimentary colors.  That is no exception here.  The dark and metallic shine of purple paint on the torso armor and leg armor looks spectacular, capturing the light and retaining an exceptionally cool metal look.  The purple is balanced by light green and black trim, which only accentuates the great metallic colors of the armor, helmet and weapons.

 

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The skeleton base figure remains a cool aspect of the Vitruvian HACKS figure line, with great articulation and a surprisingly durable sculpt.  My figure didn’t have any limb warping and held all poses surprisingly well with the armor layered on top.  The leg armor was placed on with spacers (the same spacers included in the single releases of the Skeleton figures) and stayed in place remarkably well.

Intricacies of the paint apps are present on the skeleton itself, too, with some really intriguing detail lines on the skull (they almost look like claw marks) to match the streaks on the armor.  It’s a really neat detail.

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I love that Boss Fight is integrating the skeleton base figure within the confines of regular retail release figures.  Between this one the Warrior Skeleton rumored to be coming in Wave 7, pretty soon we should be seeing more and more skeletons making their way into the further reaches of the Vitruvian HACKS story.  I’m okay with this.

Accessories

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The Cursed Skeleton comes with the great armor, leg armor, and helmet, as well as two swords, his spear, and a terrific shield.  Like they’ve done with many other releases, Boss Fight Studio put a terrific deco on the shield looking like a ghostly skull face, circled by sword scrapes and slashes.  He also comes with the clasps for his feet on the stand and the requisite spacers for his armor.

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It’s a testament to how well Boss Fight Studio has designed these figures that the Cursed Skeleton manages to slide pretty seamlessly into the collective Vitruvian HACKS army.  He’s a great base figure (I love that green!) but what really sets him off is the terrific metallic purple armor and accessories.  I love the Cursed Skeleton and he makes for another awesome addition to the ever increasing undead army.