Marauder Task Force Kickstarter – Twelve hours remaining!

This is it, folks!  Only twelve short hours remaining on the latest Marauder Task Force Kickstarter and we need less than $6,000 to unlock AGENCY OPS!  What are we all waiting for?

We’ve been clamoring for figures in business suits, and this is our shot.

While we’re at it, there’s some awesome new deco Marauder Task Force figures to unlock as well, still lots of great stuff in the wings.  Twelve hours, people, let’s finish this thing off strong.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews Backstop, Dee Jay and Corrosion

G.I. Joe Convention 2017 reviews continue today!  The boxed set is behind us, so now we’re moving on to some of the extra’s.  Today we’re looking at the parachute figure Backstop, and both figures from the “Ultimate Enemies” two-pack Dee Jay and COBRA Corrosion.

You can check out the latest reviews at the links below.

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G.I. Joe Convention 2017 COBRA Corrosion

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MaverickB.A.T. Squad LeaderCobra B.A.T.BackstopDee Jay
COBRA CorrosionLaser ViperSky Serpent w/ Laser Viper OfficerMarauder SnowmobilesBAT Rocket Packs
Conquest X36Con Set Recap

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Okay… this is what G.I. Joe Convention exclusives are all about.  It seems like ever since 2007 all we’ve been doing is wading perpetually through endless rehashes of vintage figures, combing the tiny, dark corners of G.I. Joe history to try and find something redeeming about isolated pockets of Real American Hero that we can mine for modern updates.

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As much as I love 1990, I still question the need for an updated Sub Zero, and in fact, even within the context of this convention set, I questioned the decision to resurrect DeeJay, especially at Collectors’ Club steep pricing.

A guy like this one, though?  COBRA Corrosion?  I’m all in favor of stuff like this.

Mostly because it explores a pocket of history that many domestic G.I. Joe collectors still haven’t properly explored and have no exposure to.  I was legitimately shocked at just how many fans, many of whom are long time G.I. Joe members of the online community, had no idea what the inspiration was behind COBRA Corrosion.  They had never come across Corrosao, the Brazilian repaint of DeeJay that belonged to Eco Force south of the border.

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But it occurred to me then that not all of these long time fans lived in a world where there were no domestic G.I. Joe releases.  At all.  Like anywhere.  No Collectors Club, no Toys “R” Us exclusives, no statues, no high end 12″ figures.  Not. A. Damn. Thing.

During times like that, fans gravitated towards things they hadn’t explored yet, like foreign figures.  So for the Club to dip into that well, as they so often do, is a much appreciated aspect of these Convention Sets, and with DeeJay a part of this set already, it just made so much sense for them to bring Corrosao to the table.

At the core, this figure is the same as DeeJay, using the same parts and the same head sculpt, with some color tweaks to better resemble the foreign original.  This all makes perfect sense, considering the figure was a DeeJay repaint back in the day.

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However, the Club does something interesting an gave Corrosao a different piece of chest armor, electing to go with the Nitro-Viper one rather than the Techno-Viper one that DeeJay had.  It changes things up a bit and gives him a little variety, which is a cool idea to establish him as a different character.  With the same modern parts allowing for the same great range of motion and sculpting as DeeJay, this figure feels like a win on all levels.  Even the colors are unique and fun.

Accessories

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Another place they changed some things up in comparison to DeeJay was with the accessories.  Marketed as a gas trooper, they included a grenade launcher with Corrosion (Hardball’s Grenade Launcher which caused a roar of celebration among Joe fans who have longed to explore yet another super obscure corner of previously unwanted G.I. Joe mythology) as well as a Rise of COBRA laser rifle.  The weapons selection is nice, and it’s cool to see Hardball’s grenade launcher again.

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COBRA Corrosion is another previously foreign exclusive that the Collectors Club is working into the more mainstream G.I. Joe universe, which is something I’m always a fan of.  Some of my favorite figures from last year’s set were Black Vulture and Flying Scorpion, I just love seeing these foreign figures in a domestic setting.  Nice job on this figure, and the ultimate enemies 2-pack as a whole.


G.I. Joe Convention 2017 Dee Jay

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MaverickB.A.T. Squad LeaderCobra B.A.T.BackstopDee Jay
COBRA CorrosionLaser ViperSky Serpent w/ Laser Viper OfficerMarauder SnowmobilesBAT Rocket Packs
Conquest X36Con Set Recap

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If you told me, twenty years ago, that eventually one of the most highly sought after G.I. Joe convention exclusives would be a version of DeeJay, I would have called you a damned liar.  DeeJay, quite frankly, was a horrendous vintage figure.  From his scrawny, weirdly shaped legs to his out of proportion super-muscled arms, to his squished-head helmet, and downright bizarre color pallet, he was one of those late 80’s figures that gave G.I. Joe a bad name.

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Granted, I think most of those figures that gave G.I. Joe a bad name get a bad rap, and don’t deserve the hate.  But DeeJay?  Damn, son, DeeJay deserves every single iota of that hate.  One of my least favorite figures ever.

So how exactly did the Club make him not only a desirable convention figure, but actually a pretty darn cool one at that?  Somehow they managed.

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DeeJay has a new head sculpt that looks much better than many of the others in the convention set I must say, even though his face does look a tiny bit squeezed.  The body parts are relatively modern, though the 25th Anniversary Iron Grenadier legs are somewhat older, they work amazingly well.  He uses the Retaliation Snake Eyes torso, which remains one of my favorite figures in the modern era and the gauntlets on his arms definitely retain a certain look of technical design as well.  All of the parts come together to build out a pretty nicely proportioned, great looking figure that retains some of the vintage look, but in a nice modern way.

The colors also use the vintage design as an homage, combining white and blue with a nice, rich green to give DeeJay some nice variety to his color pallet, and the color applications make a lot of sense, not just slapped together in various places, but applied with some thought and consideration to the texture of the figure in those places.

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All in all, a very nice update, surprising to me, considering DeeJay’s less than stellar source material.

Accessories

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DeeJay continues the trend of the other BattleForce: 2000 figures with a replica of his vintage weapon as well as a blue version of Dial Tone’s backpack, which calls back to the fact that he’s the BattleForce: 2000 communications specialist.

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This is a pretty great figure.  I’m certainly no fan of DeeJay, which goes right along with my feelings on BattleForce: 2000 as a whole, but I can’t argue that this update was very well done and gives us a character that perhaps we didn’t think we needed (especially since he’s a charred corpse in Trucial Abysma).


G.I. Joe Convention 2017 Backstop

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MaverickB.A.T. Squad LeaderCobra B.A.T.BackstopDee Jay
COBRA CorrosionLaser ViperSky Serpent w/ Laser Viper OfficerMarauder SnowmobilesBAT Rocket Packs
Conquest X36Con Set Recap

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I suppose it was inevitable.  Once Static Line was released with Sky Patrol last year, many folks suspected it was just a matter of time before Backstop got some modern era love.  Turns out it happened just about exactly one year later.

As this year’s parachute figure, Backstop was a bit tough for fans to get their clutches on, though I have to admit, his connections to Canada were an interesting way to tie him to the story, even if him parachuting didn’t make a whole lot of sense.

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Like Static Line last year, Backstop’s new head sculpt does the figure no favors, with the colors and sculpt bleeding together into a somewhat amorphous, sorta head shaped thing with a helmet that is way too small to realistically fit a head inside.  The figure build is the same as Static Line as well with Pursuit of COBRA Beachhead torso and Resolute Duke legs doing an okay job approximating what the vintage figure looked like back in the day.

The dark green and yellow combination, with the right hints of light gray are all reminiscent of the 1987 figure, and this sort of feels like another example of digging into G.I. Joe obscurity simply because the tooling exists.  I know there are some very dedicated Backstop fans (or at least one of you… ;) ) and for your sake I’m glad this figure made it out in some way, but it does seem to be stretching the limits of necessity.

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In truth, I actually do like the figure’s  build, the combination of armor and tactical uniform is blended really well and he’s got some great articulation, even if the head sculpt doesn’t help things much.  I may talk a little crap about the need for a modern version of this particular character, but the figure itself isn’t a bad one.

Accessories

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Being the parachute figure, Backstop comes with the parachute and webgear/backpack along with a revolver and knuckled knife.  The knife is a nice homage to the sheathed blade that was sculpted onto Backstop’s chest back in the day, and the silver pistol he came with then was pretty slick as well.

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Did we really need an updated Backstop?  I’m going to catch flack from at least one person for saying this, but probably not.  That being said, the figure is good.  I like the build, he moves well, the paint apps work and overall it’s a fun figure, even if I’m not a big fan of the squishy head sculpt.