G.I. Joe Collectors Club brings in Tiger Force Sgt. Stalker

After a few quiet days on the 4″ G.I. Joe front, we get another reveal today with Tiger Force Sgt. Stalker!

Stalker is one of my favorite characters and I’d been looking forward to seeing how he would be represented here, and honestly, he looks pretty damn great. Not many of the previous Tiger Force reveals have really knocked me out like this one does. A great new head sculpt, really good parts combination, from what I can tell. They used the Toys “R” Us formula, but in more traditional colors. I dig it. Really great job on this one Club, and it makes me even more optimistic to see Metalhead and General Mayhem still to come.

Check out the mirrored image below, and keep watching GIJoeCon.com for the latest reveals!

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Brawl Big at the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention!

Another reveal from the G.I. Joe Collectors Club, and it’s a reveal that promises a Brawlin’ good time in Springfield, Illinois!

Today the Club has shown us their next entry into the Tiger Force team, Big Brawler. Complete with his Brawlin’ shirt and his Brawlin’s sword, and… golden… weapons?

Using what appears to be a mix between Renegades Red Dog and Resolute Roadblock, Brawler stands tall and proud with a lot of firepower. Check out the image below, and keep watching GIJoeCon.com for the latest information!

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G.I. Joe Collectors Club unveils 2015 G.I. Joe Con Iron Anvil

One of my all time favorite G.I. Joe Convention figures is the Iron Anvil from 2005, who took one of my favorite base figures, the 1994 Cobra Viper, and gave it a great new paint job.

I was a bit surprised to see that the Collectors Club was revisiting their concept, but I was also excited to see how they would make it work, and as it turns out, they made it work pretty darn nicely. Using a newly tooled head sculpt and some great PoC era tooling, I love the way this figure looks.

While I’m not certain revisiting the Iron Grenadiers for a third time since 2005 is warranted, this figure is a very nice looking one. Keep watching GIJoeCon.com for the latest information on the 2015 Convention and check out the mirrored image below.

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Latest G.I. Joe Collectors Club newsletter reveals Sub-Viper

While folks have been getting all caught up on G.I. Joe Convention reveals, the Collectors Club slipped in a good look at the upcoming Cobra Wave Crusher w/ Sub Viper that’s being offered as a membership exclusive item for 2015.

Many folks assumed that the Sub-Viper would simply be a Repulsor repaint (since the original was a Sludge-Viper repaint), but I’m happy to say this does not appear to be the case!

While I will not post pictures from the newsletter here, I can say it looks like the Sub Viper build will feature a Rise of Cobra Aero-Viper helmet, 25th Anniversary Barbecue torso, Techno-Viper arms, and Paris Pursuit Snake Eyes legs. It’s a surprisingly effective approximation of the Sub Viper design and a much appreciated departure from Repulsor’s look.

As I said, I won’t be showing the image here, but check out the latest Collectors Club newsletter for a good look.

G.I. Joe Convention Tiger Force Lifeline first image revealed

The G.I. Joe Collectors Club has been pretty effective thus
far of keeping us guessing as to how these figures were going
to look. Dial Tone’s combined deco work, the 2009 Undertow
repaint, the unreleased Recondo deco, and the female Undertow
officer were all interesting curve balls in the convention
set reveals.

Lifeline pretty much follows status quo.

Using the tooling from the excellent 30th Anniversary
Lifeline, the Collectors Club gives him a very traditional
Tiger Force deco update and loads him up with his familiar
accessories. It isn’t an outside the box choice, but with such a great base figure, it’s tough to complain.

Check out GIJoeCon.com for the latest, and the image is also mirrored below.

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G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals Mindbender head sculpt test shot

I think most of us have seen the early image of the Collectors Club incentive Dr. Mindbender figure, but for the first time, the Collectors Club has shown the actual printed test shot of this new head sculpt.

It is impressive to say the least.

If you want to get your hands on this great update to the Cobra mad scientist, make sure you are a fully paid member as of March 16th!

Check out the head sculpt image mirrored below or on the G.I. Joe Collectors Club Facebook Page.

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G.I. Joe Convention Undertow Officer adds a twist to the Iron Grenadier corps

Well, I think it’s safe to say none of us saw this coming.  When the Convention set brochure revealed that we’d have an Undertow and an Undertow officer I think most folks assumed (myself included) that one would be the IG deco and one would be the 90’s deco.

Not so fast, my friends.

The G.I. Joe Collectors Club revealed today the Undertow Officer, and she…  yes, you read that right… she is not quite who we expected.

Using the tooling from the dive suit Baroness (also the 25th Anniversary Scarlett) this female Undertow Officer puts a different spin on Destro’s troopers.  I like the idea of a female officer, I just wish there was a better recipe to pull from.  I wasn’t wild about the sculpting of the 25th Anniversary Scarlett 8 years ago, it’s certainly not a whole lot better now.

Check out GIJoeCon.com for the latest, and see the mirrored image below.

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What’s on Joe Mind Episode 99

Honestly, I was feeling okay, I was just tired. My favorite  team had just won the Super Bowl two nights before, but work was hectic and I hadn’t slept a whole lot in a few days, and felt like I really needed to get some rest. So when Gary and Mike offered to have Gary Head sit in for me…well, I agreed pretty quick.

This had happened a few times before. I was grateful that someone like Gary was willing to jump in at the last minute, especially because he’d asked me to be on the JDSO podcast a number of times, and I’d always found some lame excuse why I couldn’t. But the flip side of Gary filling in for me was that we rarely got a chance to record together. That seems especially hard hitting and unfortunate today.

I give Godsoe a lot of credit for sitting through this episode in editing and preparation, I’m sure I couldn’t have done it…I wouldn’t have been strong enough to listen to Goggles’ voice for three hours while deciding where to cut or adjust sound controls. It must have been difficult.

As we lead up to Episode 100, it seems appropriate that the penultimate marathon that brought us here features Gary “Goggles” Head in his last speaking role, and its a testament to his place in the G.I. Joe fandom that he got one last opportunity to voice his opinions before falling forever silent. Meanwhile, I struggle with the fact that I missed being with him on this night, I’m sure it would have been a memorable one.

You can listen to Episode 99 of What’s on Joe Mind, one that’s sure to live on for a long time, over on our Podbean page, or embedded below.

As always, the show notes are after the break.

Rest in Peace, Gary… as painful as it was, it felt good to hear your voice one last time.

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G.I. Joe Convention Tiger Force Recondo crawls out of the jungle

Tonight the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has debuted another member of their upcoming Tiger Force squad from the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention boxed set.  Recondo steps out of the jungle and into the tiger stripe camouflage uniform, but not the Recondo as you might remember him, pilot of the Tiger Fly.  No, this Recondo is based on an early catalog image in a color scheme very reminiscent of Tiger Force Flint.

Interesting choice to go with this unreleased version rather than the more familiar retail colors…if nothing else, the Club is kind of keeping folks guessing this year.  Check out the mirrored image below, and keep watching GIJoeCon.com for the latest info.

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G.I. Joe Convention Undertow trooper posted to GIJoeCon.com

The world continues turning, even with recent events, and with his love of Iron Grenadiers, Gary would have enjoyed today’s reveal.

Today the G.I. Joe Collectors Club showed off their Convention Undertow trooper, a modern update of their own membership exclusive Undertow from several years ago, recolored in Iron Grenadier black, red, and gold.

Using mostly parts from the recently released 50th Anniversary Eel, but in the trademark Iron Grenadier colors, this scuba trooper makes for a solid addition to any modern IG army.  Keep watching GIJoeCon.com and check out the mirrored image below.

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For folks longing for Undertow in more classic colors, there is an Undertow Officer slated for release in the Convention boxed set as well… perhaps that will give us 90s fan our classic version that we’d love to see?