Today’s FSS 8.0 Reveal Bullet-Proof

Today the Club gave us a peak at Bullet-Proof, the Battle Corps Commander. Bullet-Proof was originally released in ’92 as part of the D.E.F. (Drug Elimination Force).  It appears the club has changed the subset away from D.E.F. and gone with the Battle Corps.  Bullet-Proof has a similar deco as his original ’92 release but with the FSS version it appears he will have a non-removable helmet.  All in all he looks to be a great figure.  It’s a shame that we can’t flush out the rest of the D.E.F. team.

Don’t miss out on this figure as well as the rest of the FSS 8.0.  Head on over to the Club page and sign up today.

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G.I. JOE BATTLE CORPS COMMANDER
Code Name: BULLET-PROOF
(Inspired by the 1992 action figure.)
Includes: removable grenade bandolier, pistol, knife,
rifle, rocket launcher with projectile, and figure stand.

Fast Draw and Red Laser – FSS 8.0

The Club gave us two reveals last week for the FSS 8.0.  We got our first glimpse of Fast Draw and Red Laser.  While both of the figures look to be parts mash-ups from previous figures they both look put together quite well.  As I previously mentioned FSS 8.0 is going to be bittersweet for many of us.  I am super excited to see a lot of the figures that have been mentioned in the lineup but I also realize with each reveal we are that closer to wrapping up the Figure Subscription Service.  With that said let’s look at Fast Draw and Red Laser.

Fast Draw is inspired by the ’87 release and stays true to the original color scheme.  It looks like a lot of the figure comes from the Modern Era Blowtorch figure but I think it works pretty well.  Fast Draw also comes with Duke’s launcher from the Pursuit of Cobra and looks ready for battle.  All in all I think Fast Draw looks good and will look great with the rest of the ’87 figures.

The next reveal was Red Laser who is inspired by the European exclusive action figure.  I personally don’t know a lot of the history on Red Laser so I had to do some searching.  According to what I found Red Laser was originally released in ’83 as a repaint of Cobra Commander.  He was available in the United Kingdom and Europe and was part of the Red Shadows.  It looks like the Club opted for a repaint in this case as well using mostly what appears to be the Ultimate Cobra Commander.  He looks really nice with the vibrant red color scheme and skull and crossbones flag.

If you’re interested in the FSS 8.0 make sure to jump over to the GI Joe Collectors Club and get signed up before the May 2nd deadline.

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G.I. JOE MOBILE MISSILE SPECIALIST
Code Name: FAST DRAW
(Inspired by the 1987 action figure.)
Includes: removable helmet, face mask, revolver pistol,
backpack missile system with 8 projectiles, remote controls x 2,
connection hoses x 2, and figure stand.

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RED SHADOWS WEAPONS TECHNICIAN
Code Name: RED LASER
(Inspired by the European exclusive action figure.)
Includes: removable helmet, advanced combat rifle,
laser pistol, Red Shadows flag, and figure stand.

G.I. Joe Collectors Club FSS 8.0 Lineup Announced

An unexpected Friday surprise!  The G.I. Joe Collectors Club has revealed the line up for the upcoming Figure Subscription Service 8.0!  This is expected to be the final FSS as the contract for the Club is expiring, and by the looks of this line up, they’re going out with a bang.

This is a pretty impressive line up, I have to be honest. I love the choices of most of these characters (with the exception of tan Clutch which feels pretty unnecessary, even if he is filling the lone “1984” slot still open).

Recoil? YES.
Capt. Grid-Iron? Love it.
Fast Draw? WOOO!
Blizzard and Bullet-Proof are great choices as well, though it feels a bit late in the game to start revisiting DEF.

My GeneralsJoes cohort Josh has some perspective as well…

Josh: This is a bittersweet day for a lot of collectors.  On one hand, we get to see some additional amazing figures from the club, but on the other hand this will be the final reveals that we will see.  With the lack of Joe coming from Hasbro the Collectors Club FSS has provided us with a steady stream of figures and I for one am going to miss the reveals and the figures arriving in the mail.  The first figure reveal for FSS 8.0 is Captain Grid-Iron.  I have to admit I have always been a huge Captain Grid-Iron fan.  Originally released in 1990 Grid-Iron spoke to my two greatest loves at the time, GI Joe and Football.  The figure is based on the original figure and will sport (no pun intended) a new helmet and re-tooled officer’s pistol.  The helmet will be removable and he will also include his signature football. 

Good stuff to close out the G.I. Joe licensing contract… check out the full list below as well as an image of Captain Grid-Iron to kick things off!

The cost of FSS 8.0 will be $384 + shipping and can be broken up into installments.  As always you will be charged an additional $6 for each installment payment.  The deadline for signup is May 2, 2018 so hurry up and sign up today.

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G.I. JOE INFANTRY OFFICER
Code Name: CAPTAIN GRID-IRON
(Inspired by the 1990 action figure.)
Features NEW helmet & re-tooled officer’s pistol!
Includes: removable helmet, armored vest, holster with pistol,
officer’s suppressor pistol, football “grenade” and figure stand.G.I. JOE MOBILE MISSILE SPECIALIST
Code Name: FAST DRAW
(Inspired by the 1987 action figure.)
Includes: removable helmet, face mask, revolver pistol,
backpack missile system with 8 projectiles, remote controls x 2,
connection hoses x 2, and figure stand.RED SHADOWS WEAPONS TECHNICIAN
Code Name: RED LASER
(Inspired by the European exclusive action figure.)
Includes: removable helmet, advanced combat rifle,
laser pistol, Red Shadows flag, and figure stand.

G.I. JOE BATTLE CORPS COMMANDER
Code Name: BULLET-PROOF
(Inspired by the 1992 action figure.)
Includes: removable grenade bandolier, pistol, knife,
rifle, rocket launcher with projectile, and figure stand.

COBRA SHOCK TROOPS COMMANDER
Code Name: LT. CLAY MOORE
(Inspired by the Sunbow cartoon & 2007 GIJCC design.)
Includes: removable helmet, grenade bandolier, pistol, knife,
assault rifle, bazooka, backpack with shells x 4, and figure stand.

G.I. JOE V.A.M.P. DRIVER
Code Name: LANCE “CLUTCH” STEINBERG
(Inspired by the 1984 version 2 action figure.)
Includes: removable helmet, vest, assault rifle,
pistol, work cones x 2, and figure stand.

G.I. JOE ARCTIC ATTACK SOLDIER
Code Name: GREG “BLIZZARD” NATALE
(Inspired by the 1988 action figure.)
Includes: removable arctic coat, sniper rifle, backpack,
skis x 2, ski poles x 2, boot cleats x 2, and figure stand.

G.I. JOE DEFIANT SHUTTLE PILOT 
Code Name: PAYLOAD
(Inspired by the 1987 action figure.)
Includes: removable helmet, MMU backpack,
control arms x 2, and figure stand.

COBRA B.A.T. LEADER
Code Name: OVER KILL
(Inspired by the 2003 version 2 action figure.)
Includes: removable helmet, harness, “human” face mask,
neckerchief, gauntlet, claw hands x 2, rivet gun,
hand-held assault weapon, and figure stand.

G.I. JOE L.R.R.P. TROOPER 
Code Name: RECOIL
(Inspired by the 1989 action figure.)
Features re-tooled mine case & dual weapon!
Includes: removable helmet, tactical harness, pistol,
assault rifle, mine case, dual tactical weapon,
backpack, combat knife, radio, and figure stand.

G.I. JOE NINJA COMMANDO
Code Name: BUSHIDO
(Inspired by the 1993 action figure.)
Features NEW samurai face mask!
Includes: removable samurai helmet with face mask,
tactical harness, double sheath with swords x 2,
Kusarigama weapon, and figure stand.

COBRA MERCENARY 
Code Name: MUNITIA
(Inspired by the 2008 DTC: GIJCC action figure.)
Features NEW head sculpt!
Includes: bladed pistol, assault rifle, radio, and figure stand.

NOTE: These modern era club exclusive action figures will not be exact replicas of their vintage counterparts.All images are Photoshop mock-up representations, final product, accessories and/or colors will vary!

The cost of the twelve-figure subscription service is $384.00 (+ shipping for 6 shipments). You can pay all at once or in three installments of $128.00 (billed to your credit card). When you subscribe and choose to pay by Installment, you will be billed for the first two month’s shipments. Then in October 2018, you will be billed for the 3rd and 4th months’ shipments and finally in December 2018, you will be billed for the final two months’ shipments. Upon subscription completion, you will receive a bonus carded 13th mystery figure with the last shipment.
Please note that for the installment payment option, there is a $6 service charge per billing while the pay in full option has one $6 service charge. Please also note that for installment buyers, there is an additional charge each time a billing is attempted if your card is not approved. If your card has been declined and we have to re-bill, we will only be able to retry your billing three (3) times before your subscription is cancelled. Each retry has an additional fee added to your total charge (please see the Terms and Conditions.)

This Figure Subscription Service is a “build to order process” so you can order as many as you like, until the order period closes. At that time, we will not process any more subscriptions and we may/may not have additional figures in the club store at a higher per figure price.

Please note that the figure previews are Photoshop mock-ups and the final product may vary. Also, the colors are approximate as some may look more glossy or metallic on your monitor screen and everyone’s computer has a different color calibration.

Final figures colors/names/accessories will vary from the descriptions and preview pictures.

Sgt. Smasher – Slaughter’s Marauders

For the final reveal by the Collectors Club we get Sgt. Slaughter… wait, nope it’s Sgt. Smasher.  Sgt. Smasher is the Slaughter’s Marauders Sqaud Leader and will be leading the team into battle against the Python Patrol.  Sgt. Smasher is a brand new character design that is inspired by “Mister C” from the Sunbow cartoon.  I will be the first to admit I didn’t remember Mister C from the cartoon and had to look him up (picture below).  Sgt. Smasher brings with him quite a lot of controversy thus far.  I know a lot of fans were clamoring for Sgt. Slaughter to lead the team but it looks like the Club was not able to secure the rights.  Putting all the controversy aside Sgt. Smasher looks pretty good.  It’s not everyday that we get a new character and I for one will take it.  It’s a nice addition to the GI Joe mythos and the figure looks nice with a new head sculpt and a new removable drill instructor hat.  Take a look below and let us know what you think.

SLAUGHTER’S MARAUDERS SQUAD LEADER:
SGT. SMASHER

– 25th Anniversary Style/Fully Poseable Action Figure.
– NEW Modern Era Character in original SM design.
– Inspired by “Mister C” from the Sunbow: G.I. Joe Cartoon!
– Features exclusive NEW Head Sculpt with Mowak hairstyle,
and NEW removable Marine Drill Instructor hat.
– Includes removable vest, whistle, baton, pistol, Gatling gun,
backpack with ammo strip, and G.I. Joe Logo Stand.

 

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Python Patrol Infantry Commander: Major Bludd

The Python Patrol finally have their commander… Major Bludd.  The figure is based off the 2003 release that was part of the the Toys R Us Exclusive Python Patrol six figure set.  This version will include a new head sculpt with a removable helmet.  The paint scheme matches the rest of the Python Patrol and comes with some great accessories.  Bludd looks really good and is geared up to lead the Python Patrol into battle.

PYTHON PATROL INFANTRY COMMANDER:
MAJOR BLUDD

– 25th Anniversary Style/Fully Poseable Action Figure.
– Modern Era Update of Character based on 2003 design.
– Features NEW Head Sculpt with removable helmet.
– Includes removable grenade harness with pistol,
handgun with rocket, backpack with rockets x 3,
sonic bazooka, and Cobra Logo Stand.

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Python Patrol Laser Trooper: Python Laser Viper

The Club previewed the Python Patrol Laser Trooper: Python Laser Viper today.  The figure is based off the 2003 design and will have a retooled backpack and weapons system.  The set will include three figures making this the third army builder of the set.  It’s another fantastic looking figure that will have a removable helmet and the dual cannon laser backpack will look great on the figure especially being an army builder giving it a very menacing look on the battle field.  With the three Army Builders revealed we are getting close to the final reveals on the set and things are starting to take shape.  Keep watching the site and and we will keep you posted on the next reveals when we see them.  Check below for a complete view of the figures previewed so far.

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PYTHON PATROL LASER TROOPER:
PYTHON LASER VIPER

– 25th Anniversary Style/Fully Poseable Action Figure.
– Modern Era Update of Character based on 2003 design.
– Features RE-TOOL of Laser Backpack Weapons System
– THREE Army Builder action figures in this exclusive set.
– Includes removable helmet, dual cannon laser backpack,
connection hoses (not shown), adjustable control arm,
holster with pistol, and Cobra Logo Stand.

Here is an updated shot of the figures shown up to this point.

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Slaughter’s Marauders Hardball

Just in time for the weekend the GI Joe Collectors Club gives us our first look at Slaughter’s Marauders Hardball. Hardball is the 5th figure preview and he looks like a great figure. I am not going to lie, as a kid Hardball was always one of my favorite figures.  I always loved the massive grenade launcher he came with.  It’s about time we get to add Hardball to the GI Joe collection.  Check out the pictures below from the GI Joe Collectors club.

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SLAUGHTER’S MARAUDERS
MULTI-SHOT GRENADIER: HARDBALL

– 25th Anniversary Style/Fully Poseable Action Figure.
– First Modern Era Release of Character in SM design.
– Includes removable hat, harness, pistol with suppressor,
knife, re-tooled multi-shot grenade launcher, backpack,
and G.I. Joe Logo Stand.

Python H.E.A.T. Viper

For the fourth figure reveal the GI Joe Club gives us the Python H.E.A.T. Viper.  With this reveal we now get the second army builder of the set.  It looks like it is a repaint of the 50th Anniversary H.E.A.T. Viper but of course this will get the Python Patrol deco.  The bright yellow torso is a little bold but I think this figure will look great with the rest of the Python Patrol figures standing next to them.  Can’t wait to see the rest of the set.

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PYTHON PATROL
HIGH EXPLOSIVE ANTI-TANK TROOPER:
H.E.A.T. VIPER

– 25th Anniversary Style/Fully Poseable Action Figure.
– Modern Era Update of Character based on 2003 design.
– THREE Army Builder action figures in this exclusive set.
– Includes removable harness, bazooka shells x 6, bazooka,
connection tube, backpack, and Cobra Logo Stand.

Collector’s Club Convention Update

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The Collector’s Club sent out a quick update this morning in regards to the Convention.  Looks like there is going to be a strong attendance this year for the Convention which says a lot of the fandom and the support they are giving the club for the last convention.  Please see the email below for all the information in regards to registration, the Con set and the hotel availability.

From the Collector’s Club

I hope to see all of you at the final Collector’s Club G.I. Joe Convention in June!

What a great weekend this will be!

After registration being available for only ONE week, the response has surpassed even our strongest past shows:

The American Hero’s Golden Ticket packages are sold out.  The Thursday Custom Class is sold out.  There are 12 seats in the Wednesday Class available.  The Homefront Hero’s packages are sold out.  The American Hero packages are 90% sold through (not many left).  The General’s Golden Ticket packages are sold out.  The General’s packages are 60% sold through.  The Base Commander’s packages are 45% sold through. The Marauders’ loose sets are sold out.  

If we have sets available when we get closer to the convention, we will move them to the non-attending cue.  Currently, we must keep them in the attending cue for members that are coming to the convention.  

We have added more rooms at the Staybridge Hotel, please use the information at GIJoeCon.com.   If you have a problem with getting a room, please let know as we think they can still add some more rooms to the block. 

If you collect GI Joe, you owe it to yourself and your collecting friends to be at this show!   GIJoeCon.com

Brian

Slaughters Marauders Mutt & Junkyard

Here is the third figure reveal from the GI Joe Convention set.  The Slaughter Marauders team gets an addition to the unit with Mutt & Junkyard.  Mutt looks great even though he looks like a repaint from his earlier release.  The deco looks good and appears to match up with his ’89 Marauders version.  I have always liked Mutt & Junkyard so I am happy to see him included in the set.  I think when all the figures are revealed it’s going to be a great looking set.  I was fully in on Slaughters Marauders as a kid so I am in full nostalgia with the release of the set and lets be honest who doesn’t like a figure that comes with a K-9 companion.  Keep checking back as we post the rest of the figures as they are revealed and keep checking out the GI Joe Convention page for more details.

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SLAUGHTER’S MARAUDERS
MILITARY POLICE & K-9: MUTT & JUNKYARD

– 25th Anniversary Style/Fully Poseable Action Figure.
– Modern Era Release of Character based on 1989 SM design.
– Includes removable helmet, muzzle, vest, submachine gun, baton, knife, dog leash, and G.I. Joe Logo Stand.