Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian Ghariala

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It truly feels like forever since I’ve written an action figure review, and looking over the span of the past twenty or so years, this has perhaps been the longest gap between reviews.  I could go into all of the reasons why that is, but nobody is reading this to hear about that, so we might as well get to the good stuff.

And yes, Ghariala is the good stuff.  I will admit, however, I’m not entirely sure how to spell her name, but I’m winging it.

Ever since first showing off concept art of the mysterious Dragon Harvester both myself and my nine year old daughter have been anxiously awaiting her release.  My daughter is a huge fan of dragons, and the idea that there was a woman out there who was involved with dragons (I might have left out the part about her… you know… killing them for their valuable body parts) really made her day.  She was extremely excited when I received this early sample (I was pretty fired up about it myself).

The Dragon Harvester is yet another fine example of action figure craftsmanship, the kind we’re accustomed to from Boss Fight Studio.  She uses mostly familiar female parts (pretty much the female Orc underneath) with some terrific new armor, a great helmet, awesome alt head, and a bevy of interesting new accessories to differentiate her.  It’s pretty much the Vitruvian HACKS formula and Boss Fight continues to execute it to perfection.

As always, articulation and interaction are key with these figures and they do a great job here.  I love the female action figure tooling, and have ever since opening my first Eurayle back in the day.  The joints are slender, but durable, the figures pose and balance to near perfection, and they’ve got that extra ankle joint that I really love.  

Of course, what makes this figure stand apart are the layers of new gear that make her a whole new character.  The helmet fits perfectly over the standard head, or there is an alternate head that is basically the same helmet with the faceshield down.  It works as a version of this character in a more “battle mode” but also works as a generic Dragon harvester army builder as well.

Dragon-themed armor covers her torso and fits very nicely, with a vibrant gold color scheme.  In fact, the heavy use of golds throughout the figure works exceptionally well, making her look like the wealthy “big game hunter” that she is.

Accessories

 

It’s somewhat challenging to talk about the greatness of a HACKS figure without going down the rabbit hole of accessories, because obviously it’s usually those accessories that make the figure so great.  As mentioned, the armor, helmet and alt head are done to perfection, but the newly tooled gauntlets and shin guards are also gorgeous, and add to that gold look perfectly.  She’s got a great dragon egg holder that hooks into various places on her belt and a removable dragon egg to boot.

One of her weapons looks to be a sword made from a dragon’s tooth which is pretty amazing, while the other seems as if it could be a piece of dragon tail.  Then of course she also has the staff and mount with the small dragon included, too.

Ghariala has a ton of great new gear that takes an existing figure, two new heads, and gives it a ton of personality.

I’ve felt a great void in my life for the past few months without a new HACKS figure, and it feels as though that void is at least partially filled. 

This is one heck of an awesome character and a great looking figure, and I’m eagerly awaiting the future Wave 4 releases!

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New G.I. Joe Concept Art an indication of upcoming mobile game?

Maybe I’m jumping the gun here, but big thanks to skinny on Twitter who pointed me in the direction of a concept artist named Juan Richard Feliz, who has posted some very interesting Visual Development art for a mystery project entitled G.I. Joe Squads.  There is no real information about what this is for (whether it’s even work-for-hire professional work or his own experiments) but judging by other work throughout the site, he seems to be a concept artist for mobile and video games.

Several pieces of art are visible, including some really great, fun looking concepts for characters like Duke, Deep Six, Scarlett, Doc, Lady Jaye, Snake Eyes, COBRA Commander, Destro, Zarana, Baroness, Serpentor, and a COBRA B.A.T.  Not sure about anyone else, but these designs are kinda right up my alley.

There are also some images of backdrops or scenery, which also seems to lend credence to the fact that these may be video game or mobile game related.  Check out all of the nifty concept art over at Juan Richard Feliz’s website, and I’ve also mirrored the images below.  Cool stuff, be interesting to see what (if anything) comes of it.

What’s on Joe Mind jumps back into the pool!

It’s been a little while since the fine folks of the What’s on Joe Mind podcast have blessed the G.I. Joe community with their presence, and in the past few months, a few things have changed with WOJM.

I’m thrilled to report, though, that the WOJM crew is BACK and bringing fresh audio gold to the masses.  Mike is joined by cosplay master Joe Colton and 3DJoes mastermind Carson, tossing out two brand-spanking new episodes!  One of them recaps the final JoeCon and the second is from the floor of Ohio Toy & Comic Show.  It’s fantastic to hear the guys (and girls) of WOJM back and you should absolutely give them a listen.  Also, make sure you’re following along on Facebook for the latest news and info about the podcast!

What’s on Joe Mind 2018 JoeCon Wrap Up Show

What’s on Joe Mind Ohio Toy & Comic Show Spectacular

Once again – fantastic to see everyone back behind the microphone, check out the latest episodes right here and now!  Good stuff from the fine folks at What’s on Joe Mind.

Marauder “Agency Ops” first samples are blowing my mind

Can I just say what an awesome time it is to be a 1:18 scale action figure junkie?  I mean seriously.

I see G.I. Joe fans gnashing their teeth about no Joes at retail, but holy cow when I see stuff like this, suddenly it’s not so painful.

Marauder is over in China at the moment, and I gotta believe he pulled these samples straight from the factory, and I am SO glad he did.  I don’t know if I could be any more in love with four inch pieces of plastic than I am right now.  Just a simple dude in a t-shirt with elbow pads and a pistol is knocking me out.  I want these.  Like nowish.

Check out the Marauder “Gun Runners” Facebook Page, and take a peek at the mirrored images below, though fair warning – they may cause blood loss to your brain.  If you feel it for four hours or more, go see a doctor.

Spoiler alert – Figure Subscription Service 7.0 Shipment 2 is arriving in mailboxes

Wow, seems like shipment one just barely arrived.

Well, when you figure the Collectors Club has five short months to roll out two FSS’s, plus the extra 12 bonus figures, I guess they’d better move at a pretty quick pace.

As usual, JE Russel received his figures first (it pays to live close to the Club’s home office, I suppose), and I’m posting them below the “READ MORE” link below to preserve spoilers for those who are into those kinds of things.

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Super 7 reveals SDCC exclusive G.I. Joe T-Shirts

Another announcement of an SDCC exclusive non-action figure oriented G.I. Joe item came yesterday with Super 7 revealing that they’re producing two t-shirts with a G.I. Joe theme.

The fact that Super 7 is doing Joe shirts isn’t necessarily new news, they’ve had several for sale on their website for quite a while.  That being said, if Hasbro was ever considering them for producing toys similar to how they’re working on Masters of the Universe Classics consider this my official endorsement. 

The SDCC exclusive shirts should be available at booth #4945 and you can see the images below.  Thanks to Diana for posting this info to the G.I. Joe Discussion Group on Facebook.

Preview for IDW’s G.I. Joe: ARAH #253

IDW Publishing has released their preview for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #253, which is a “special missions” style issue focusing on Duke.  Check out the solicitation info and the preview below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #253—Cover A: Brian Shearer

Larry Hama (w) • Brian Shearer (a & c)

“Special Missions,” Part 3 (of 5). G.I. Joe. Cobra. Two opposing forces. Two powerful war machines, each made more lethal by the undeniable strength of their individual parts. But who and what are those parts? Living legend Larry Hama shares some of their amazing stories in “Special Missions”—one-shot stories featuring a variety of characters and different artists to draw them! This issue, longtime G.I. Joe alum Brian Shearer joins forces with Larry to present G.I. Joe’s intrepid first sergeant without equal: DUKE!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #253—Cover B: John Royle

Larry Hama (w) • Brian Shearer (a) • John Royle (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Pencil art variant cover by Larry Hama!

Full Force video review of RagingSpoon Complex Buildable Diorama Sets

Perhaps some of you remember that I got my hands on some early samples of the Complex Building Sets by RagingSpoon a month or two back.  In short – I LOVED them, and they are available now at SmallJoes.com.

Chris from The Full Force recently got some in his possession as well, and posted one of his usual entertaining looks at the form and function of these fantastic pieces.

Any fan of 1:18 figures, or Transformers, or really any toyline at all that needs cool display elements needs to look long and hard at Complex.  They are incredible and have some amazing things planned for the future.  Check out the video review below and be sure to snag your own set of Complex at SmallJoes.com!

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Figure Subscription Service 7.0 shipment one arriving in mailboxes

Reports coming from social media are revealing that the first shipment of the G.I. Joe Collectors Club second-to-last FSS have started hitting mailboxes.

I’m not sure if anyone still cares about spoilers or not… click read more for the details, and hopefully Facebook preview doesn’t blow it.

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Dark Source 1:18 scale military figures are rocking my world

One thing that has become crystal clear over the past few years is that adult 1:18 collectors need to look outside of retail channels for collectible action figures that appeal to our desires of enhanced articulation, accessories and detail.  Thankfully, there has been an influx of smaller companies producing kick ass toys in that scale that cover those bases.  It appears as if we have one more to add to that list.

Over on the Pocket In Action Club Facebook page they’ve shown off a bunch of images of a new line of 1:18 futuristic military figures that appear to be called Dark Source, appearing to be coming out of China.  I’ve been trying to get a good translation of the page, but at this point it almost looks like they’re being produced by WaBao Toys (though I could be totally misreading the phrasing on Facebook).

Long story short, these look amazing and I need to figure out how and where to buy them.

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Dark New 3.75 soldiers product line
1/18 Army Series is more heavily equipped with heavily
Can present so and heavy armed mode
This year’s 3.75 inch people will be getting rich!