It’s been a bit of a break since we posted our last episode, and it seems like the world of G.I. Joe has turned inside out and backwards since then. Excitement about Toy Fair blitzed the online community, only to be defused by the rumor that Hasbro will not be in attendance at JoeCon, and an underlying uncertainty about the future of our favorite brand. We also had a chat with none other than BJ Ward, the voice of Scarlett from the Sunbow animated series!
Well, to celebrate the sure fire collapse of all toy related patriotism, Gary took a strike from the show and is absent from Episode 90. Actually, Chuck is, too, but we figured that was more due to laziness.
However, Mike and Justin called in the reserves as Dave from Toy World Order and the immortal Erik Arana from Boss Fight Studio joined us on the program! Check out the latest episode on Podbean or embedded below, and hit up the Show Notes after the jump.
As I was driving down to New Jersey this weekend, my phone started buzzing, indicating some serious social media activity going on. Obviously waiting until I was in a safe place to stop, I checked out what all the hub bub was about and discovered that indeed, big G.I. Joe news had broken on the weekend, and it was a weekend that I wasn’t going to be near a computer.
So along with the last two figures of FSS 2.0 (two excellent figures, which have been unfortunately overshadowed by the drama surrounding figure #13) lucky recipients also got their hands on the mysterious “thirteenth figure”. And like every other G.I. Joe fan on the Internet, I will push aside Dragonsky and Big Bear, and focus my crosshairs on #13. However, I will do so after the jump so as not to reveal any spoilers.
As we churn closer to JoeCon and to the spring release date, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has posted final sample images of the upcoming HAVOC MK II and also revealed the price – $42 + shipping!
That actually seems like a great price to me, as I’ve heard some folks hypothesize that it would be closer to $65. Hit up GIJoeClub.com to see the full details, and I’ve mirrored one of the images below.
So throughout the whirlwind of reveals at Toy Fair today, it’s been a bit tough to get everything sorted out and really figure out what these new items represent and what the original genesis or inspiration of these items was. Interestingly, a lot of these things come from fan-centric sources, including concept cases and short ship Pursuit of Cobra offerings.
The full low down is after the jump, with in depth descriptions of each 2 or 3 pack as well as the source figures and where the inspiration might have come from.
Hopefully this will shed a little bit of light on this particular situation:
Collectors have been pretty consistent with their praise for the ECO Force Flint and Ozone reveals from the upcoming 2014 Convention Set, and now the Collectors Club has finished off the ECO Force trifecta with none other than Clean Sweep!
They’re pulling an “Ozone” and only giving us a masked image at the moment, but I’ll be darned if that’s not looking pretty friggen sweet all on its own! He’s got a great new mask (and apparently a new dome underneath it) and I am loving his weapon allotment. Very interesting choices and they fit his MOS pretty nicely. The computer-integrated case is an awesome touch.
This has come as a surprise to me, but notpicard has reported in the G.I. Joe Discussion Group on Facebook that he stumbled across a G.I. Joe themed party cup in his local Wal-Mart party section. Using some classic themed art work (though the art itself is from the more recent 25th Anniversary) it’s a large plastic cup that proudly broadcasts your love for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.
Check out the image mirrored below and go check your Wally Worlds!
Fans have been wondering exactly how the G.I. Joe Collectors Club was going to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of G.I. Joe with their 2014 Convention Exclusive Joe Colton.
As it turns out, it’s less of an homage to his 50 year birthday, and more a direct homage to his first appearance in the Marvel Comics way back when. As an unabashed Real American Hero and Marvel Comics fan, I have zero problems with this.
I can see some of the 12″ fans finding some issues with it, but I am digging it. I would imagine they had to retool the head to fit the neck ball a bit better, and they made some changes to the coat as well, by the looks of things.
As a reminder, this figure will be available with a display stand and photo backdrop in the 12″ Convention Set. The G.I. Joe Collectors Club has mentioned that he will be available separately as well, though not with the same display stand and backdrop. Check out GIJoeCon.com for the full details, and the image is mirrored below (along with the comic reference sent out by GIJoeCon on Twitter).
Over on GIJoeCon.com the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has revealed the long-awaited Toxo-Viper from the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention set, and it… is…(to borrow a friend’s phrase) GLORIOUS.
Featuring a brand new removable helmet and some fantastic Pursuit of Cobra/30th Anniversary parts, this figure is simply spectacular. Great colors, awesome helmet design… Toxo perfection. He’ll look awesome next to the FSS Cesspool, but now we need some Sludge Vipers!
Check out GIJoeCon.com for the details and the image is mirrored below.
So considering the Toxo-Viper’s nickname as the “Leaky Suit Brigade” and the fact that the filecard reads:
“Needless to say, being a Toxo-Viper is not something a Cobra Trooper aspires to be. In fact, the assignment is meted out as punishment for major offenses.”
…says to me that today we might just get our first look at the Cobra Toxo-Viper. Will it be based on Version 1 or Version 2? It almost seems, with such a focus on the Eco Warriors, that Version 2 makes more sense. But I suspect that Version 1 is probably more in demand.
I think from purely a playability perspective I’d prefer Version 2. I’d be too worried that Version 1 would be a Hazard Viper repaint, and while that’s a neat enough figure, it’s not poseable at all and doesn’t have a whole lot of “fun factor”. Seeing as how I’m currently frantically rewriting my dio-story to include some elements of this Convention Set, I’d prefer having Cobra Troopers that are well articulated, playable, and fun. But we’ll see what happens!