News from the GI Joe Club

It’s time for Heartwrencher and the Dreadnok Ground Assault 4-WD.  We have been waiting for the release of the Club Exclusive Vehicle with Figure Set since Joe Con last year and as of Thursday we can finally pre-order the set.  I for one cannot get enough of the Cobra Stinger mold and as fans we are always clamoring for more females in the lineup.  This set looks great and may be one of the last vehicle/figure combo’s we see from the club.  Make sure to jump on this right away and get your pre-order in today.

Email from the Club:

(PRE-ORDER) 2018 GI Joe 3 3/4″ Club Exclusive Vehicle with Figure Set: Dreadnok Ground Assault 4-WD Vehicle w/ Dreadnok Mechanic Heartwrencher Figure (1 set)

Part Number: 1-11-18

Price: $64.99

THIS ITEM HAS TO BE ORDERED BY ITSELF IT CANNOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY OTHER ITEMS OR ORDERS.

(PRE-ORDER) 2018 GI Joe 3 3/4″ Club Exclusive Vehicle with Figure Set: Dreadnok Ground Assault 4-WD Vehicle w/ Dreadnok Mechanic Heartwrencher Figure (1 set).

Order is billed at the time the order is placed.

FINAL PRODUCT MAY VARY FROM THE IMAGES SHOWN HERE.

Delivery approximately March/April 2018.

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Guest Review – the Toys That Made Us G.I. Joe Episode

First and foremost, I want to give a nice shout out to a few folks who have emailed to kindly volunteer their time and energy to supplying content for GeneralsJoes.  I’m hoping to share some more names shortly, but first and foremost is Almon.  He volunteered to pitch in with content, and the first thing he sent over was a review of the G.I. Joe episode of the Netflix documentary series The Toys That Made Us.

Let’s give Almon a warm welcome and check out the review of the episode below!

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GeneralsJoes Reviews Vitruvian HACKS Series 2 Wave 2

I’ve had these in the queue for way too long, and it’s long past time to let folks know how the second wave of the second series of Vitruvian HACKS figures measures up.  Hint – They measure up pretty freaking well.

I’ve updated the Vitruvian HACKS Review Page with the second wave of the Fantasy figures, or you can just check out the reviews by clicking the links below directly.

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Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian HACKS Orc Conqueror (Female)

Figure Available at BossFightShop.com!

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I’m far from an expert on Dungeons and Dragons, it’s one of the few geeky properties that I just never latched onto, but I’m certainly familiar with the nature of Orcs and mages and knights, etc..  Plus I just like awesome action figures and obviously these fit that mold as well.

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The female Orc Conqueror had at one point been called the Warband Leader (if I remember correctly) but upon release she is simply the Orc Conqueror (like the first figure) but in the female gender.  Ever since the release of the first series, with figures like Precurse Medusa and Eurayle I’ve really enjoyed the functionality of the female buck in the HACKS figure line.  The narrower limbs retaining the same solidity and fluidity of movement is very impressive, and the rocker ankles work remarkably well.  Unfortunately the peg holes on the feet continue to be an issue even with these new feet and it was a challenge getting my Orc Conquerors to stand on their stands.

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As with any of the HACKS figures out there, these Orc Conquerors are sculpted and designed immaculately well.  Great construction, near flawless articulation, and some excellent color choices combine to create yet another new addition to your Series 02 Vitruvian HACKS family and one that’s very much worth checking out.

Interestingly, they did make this version of the Orc a slightly different green skin color than her male counterpart, but she still blends with the rest of the clan really well.  Like many of the figures being released these days, this female Orc comes with two terrific heads, one with a sculpted-on skull helmet/facemask and another without one.  Both are fantastic sculpts full of character.

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If I have any real complaints about the look of the figure, it’s that compared to the male version, the female version almost looks a little too polished.  The male Orc has a much more “rugged” wilderness look, like it’s got battered, worn armor and the hide of fur covered animals as its clothes.  Meanwhile, the female Orc has glossy, polished armor and a very decorative belt that makes it stand out somewhat with its broken down counterparts.

That being said, the figure still looks really great.

Accessories

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The female Orc Conqueror comes with two heads, an Orc shield, an Orc knife & club, a belt with two armored hip covers as well as the Medusa armor with a set of gauntlets for the other arm.  I love the accessories here, though as I mentioned in the review, she does end up looking a little more advanced and regal compared to her male counterparts, but she’s written that way as well in the figure bio.  The accessories are really good overall and add some nice spirit to the figure.

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Another great figure from Boss Fight Studio.  She uses mostly existing armor but manages to add so many new, interesting twists to them that the figure ends up looking and feeling very new.  It helps that the new legs and heads are fantastic as well.

Really great end result.

Figure available at BossFightShop.com!

Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian HACKS Narissa

Figure Available at BossFightShop.com!

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Here’s where I start to reveal just how clueless I am about Dungeons and Dragons.

I believe Narissa, who is being billed as the leader of the “Withered Branch” is what is known as a “dark Elf” or maybe even a “Drow”.  I had a brief fling with D & D in college and I seem to remember digging the Drow’s as a somewhat evil race of Elves.  They’re described as elves with dark skin and white hair, and that certainly seems to apply here.

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What also applies is Narissa’s flirtation with evil, which is evident in her bio.  The figure itself is a pretty nice one, though I’ll be the first to admit that the Stheno torso armor isn’t my favorite accessory that Boss Fight has managed to put together for their HACKS line.  The colors used and the method its used for with Narissa works pretty well, giving them a more armored look than their leaf-covered counterparts, yet the armor still looks somewhat natural and organic thanks to the shapes used for Stheno back in Series One.

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Like the female Orc Conqueror, Narissa has the decorative armored belt (though without the thigh armor covers) which adds a bit more flair to the figure as well.  The base figure itself is essentially the same as the female Orc, with the new legs and is just as well articulated (yet also suffers from the unfortunate peg hole issues).

Like the Orc, Narissa comes with two heads, which is great because you can buy a few and swap heads around to give her a small army of dark elves to boss around.  The head sculpts are both very well done, I love the sculpting of the hair and the different colors used.  The white hair is cool, but I really love the shade of blue used for the other.

Accessories

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Narissa comes with the two separate heads, the crossbow, bolts, quiver, two elven knives the Stheno armor, Gorgon gauntlets, and the ceremonial belt.  I suspect her accessories would have packed a bit more of a punch if they hadn’t come with Cerisier first, but I still really dig the crossbow and bolts.  I’ll never get tired of those cool knives either.

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The leader of the Withered Branch comes lightly equipped with some smaller and easier to carry accessories so she can leap from tree to tree and do her bad ass drow stuff.  I like the accessories for the most part, though as I said, I’m not a huge fan of the Stheno armor.  That being said, the figure is nice.  Probably not my top favorite figure or anything, but a decent one with a potential for adding a nice army of dark elves to the HACKS roster.

Pre-Orders available at BossFightShop.com!

Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian HACKS Felonious

Figure Available at BossFightShop.com!

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I still remember when I first got my hands on one of the early samples for the Felonious figure, and how completely blown away I was at the level of detail and articulation crammed into a four inch action figure, including functional soft goods.  Here we are, several months later and guess what – still blown away.

The entire package here is spectacular.  The head sculpt is fantastic, imbued with a great sense of character (and impressive mane).  From the waist up, the base figure is just the normal male blank, with the same legs as the Knight and Orc.  However, they add an additional secondary on the lower legs to make the figure stand out even more, and it works exceptionally well.

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Now, generally I split out talking about the figure and the accessories, but that’s nearly impossible in this case, as the figure and accessories are so intertwined they really reflect flawlessly on each other.  The greatest distinction with this figure is the use of soft goods as a magic robe, somehow using thin enough fabric to look in scale, yet durable enough to move with the motion of the figure itself.  In all honesty, the soft good cloak makes the entire figure, creating a fantastic aesthetic while still being functional.

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Along with the cloak there’s a nicely designed belt to hold it in place and had some places to hold various accessories that he comes with as well.  He’s intricately poseable, comes with some terrific “magic casting” hands (which also hold many of his accessories in some pretty interesting ways) and looks just spectacular as is.  He also offers an amazing level of customization (as so many of these figures do).

His color scheme is great, too, going with various shades of green for the cloak and tan pants, looking muted, yet still very colorful, especially against the backdrop of some other more darkly colored figures.

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Felonious is probably one of the most fun, most detailed, and most thoughtfully accessorized 1:18 action figures that I’ve had the pleasure to own.

Accessories

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How can I even talk about all of these awesome accessories?  It’s almost impossible.  I’ve already mentioned the fantastic cloak/robe and belt, but Felonious also comes with a great hood and collar which add a layer of detail to an already crammed full figure.  He comes with two magic potions (which fit in a hook on the belt, and in either kind of hand), a magic book (opened and closed, which can plug into a hole on his belt), and a knife.  He also comes with a gorgeous dragon-themed magic staff, a fireball, and a little pet mouse.  Felonious is packed with great gear and I absolutely love it.

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That’s not even getting into intricate detail about his two sets of hands, which allow for great magic casting poses as well as holding the book, holding fire, or holding a potion.  Plus, if you’ve got extra Jenny magic spell accessories from the Bucky line, he can use those, too.  Felonious has got it all.

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I can’t think of a single way to improve this figure, really.  Great articulation, flawless color pallet, and the best compliment of accessories I have ever seen.  Pure beauty in plastic action figure form.

Figure available at BossFightShop.com!

Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian HACKS Knights of Asperity

Figure Available at BossFightShop.com!

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I’ve already gone on and on about how fantastic the Vitruvian HACKS Knight of Accord is, and honestly the base figure is the same here so this figure has all of the same awesome qualities.  It’s like a perfect blend of the Orc Conqueror and the Knight of Accord with just the right twist of Skeleton.  How can you ask for more?

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As I mentioned, the base figure is the same as the Knight of Accord, with the layered armor torso and arms, and the cloth legs, only this figure is more muted in straight black and darker wash, making for a more “evil” appearance.  The colors overall are nicely different from the Knight, making him a darker, more malevolent version of the first release, which makes sense given their back story as Knights who were somehow corrupted by the Blasted Lands.

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He comes with two heads, one of the same heads from the Knight of Accord, and a newly sculpted and tooled skeleton head.  This is not the same skeleton head that comes on the standard skeleton figures, but a whole new head that looks really fantastic.  It’s crammed with so much detail and such awesome paint work and adds a wealth of character to an already amazing looking figure.

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As mentioned above, while the base is the same as the hero Knight figure, this version comes with the Orc’s spiked shoulder pads and dragon themed helmet, again giving him a more evil aesthetic.  His colors are overall more muted, but still look really nice, and he’s got an arsenal of particularly nasty looking weapons.

Accessories

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Many of the accessories the Knight of Asperity comes with are the same as the Knight of Accord.  He’s got the belt, the cloth, the thigh armor, shin armor and gauntlets.  The shield is the same, and even one helmet and faceplate are the same as well.  The Knight of Asperity has a different axe with a much more dragon theme (that looks incredible, like an awesome, evil dragon spreading its wings) and the sword and sheath are slightly different as well.  The Knight of Asperity also has the Orc Conqueror helmet and shoulder pads as mentioned, just to give him an even nastier twist. All of the combined new accessories add some great flavor to the same base figure, and ramp up the nastiness required.

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The Knight of Asperity really is another terrific figure from the Vitruvian HACKS line.  The greatness of the Knight of Accord blended with the sinister rage of the Orc Conqueror gives you this perfect combination.  Great for building your army of darkness.

Pre-Orders available at BossFightShop.com!

The state of GeneralsJoes – 2018

Hey, all.  So what’s new?

If you’re a regular visitor to GeneralsJoes, you’re probably thinking that a lot of stuff is new, I just haven’t been talking about it.  And yeah, you’d be right.

Why is that?  Honestly, I don’t really have an answer.  I think it’s a lot of things. 

After holding the torch of the G.I. Joe fandom for near twenty years, I think I’ve gotten a little tired.  I’ve posted hundreds of reviews over twenty years, thousands of news stories, and seen many of the same themes come and go.  Popularity swings from one extreme to the other, but a solid core of devoted, motivated fans who love the brand and want to continue to see it evolve.

One thing social media has done is provided an outlet for many of those motivated fans to continue expressing their feelings of the brand at large and as things have become more social media driven, I’ve felt like a place like GeneralsJoes hasn’t had a very large role in that.  Mostly my own fault, but it is the truth.

Also I can’t help but say that my own motivation has been somewhat lacking.  As many of you are aware I’ve begun focusing a lot of time and energy on my career as an independent author, an endeavor I’ve found to be exceedingly rewarding and unbelievably enjoyable.  Unfortunately as a husband and father with a 50 hour a week job, I only have so much time outside of daily life to contribute to what are essentially “hobbies” at this point.  Posting new FSS reviews or writing 20,000 words on a new novel?  The novel is going to win out at this point.  I need to do what’s best for my own self worth and my own reward system.

Lots of you will say it’s a lack of news or interest that’s driving the site into relative silence, but I can promise you that’s not the point.  My site begun in 1998 when we were getting maybe 15 new figures a year (and then none in 1999).  My site has  survived the Direct to Consumer doldrums, the disintegration of one of my favorite brands, Sigma 6, the rise and fall of the G.I. Joe film franchise, and GeneralsJoes was right there the whole time.  It didn’t go anywhere, and it’s still not going anywhere.  I’m never going to abandon this site, I’m never going to abandon the G.I. Joe brand,  I just have only so much time to go around, and for the moment that time is being spent on other endeavors.  I truly hope everyone reading this understands.

That being said, if there is anyone reading this who wants to assist in keeping the heartbeat of GeneralsJoes alive, please drop me line (justin AT generalsjoes.com).  I hate to see the site dwindling into obscurity, I desperately want to keep it active and keep it relevant, but there’s only so much I can do personally, and as I said, for my own mental well-being and self-reward, I really want to continue to focus on being an author.

Who knows, if my author career takes off to the point where I can do that for a day job, then that changes my whole landscape.  I don’t see that happening for a while (if ever).

That being said, there are rumors that the next G.I. Joe film will be landing in early 2020.  Along with that will likely be a new action figure line.  The G.I. Joe Collectors Club is officially winding down with their last convention in Chattanooga this coming year.  The good news is that there are so many fans of the brand still keeping the fires lit, and trust me when I say I’m doing the same thing, I’m just doing it a bit more quietly than some others.  That may change in 2018, but I can’t promise anything at this point.

Until then, keep hitting The Full Force, 3D Joes, YoJoe, JoeBattleLines, HissTank, and so many other online G.I. Joe fandoms who are doing a much better job keeping the torch lit than I am.

Like I said, I’m not going anywhere, and if anyone wants to help keep the light on, please drop me a line.  Time will tell how things look going into 2018.

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