Reviewing a 12 figure wave can be intimidating, but I can now officially sign off on the Wave 3.5 reviews with the final two installments – Flint and Cobra Combat Ninja! Both figures use mostly existing tooling, but do so in very unique ways, giving us film accurate versions of some very important characters in the G.I. Joe mythology.
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The long awaited day as arrived, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation Wave 3.5 (AKA the SUPER WAVE11!!1!) has begun arriving in mailboxes around the country. I was able to get some early reviews done over the past couple of weeks, and now with the official release, I’ve updated some images in those reviews, and have also posted some brand new ones!
Check out the G.I. Joe: Retaliation Review page to see new reviews of “Ultimate” Storm Shadow, “Ultimate” Snake Eyes, and Cobra Commander, with some updated images of Duke, and packaged images of Kwinn, Data-Viper, Crimson Guard, and Budo.
I was a lucky recipient of a screener copy of the upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation Blu-Ray release, and took the opportunity to review it. I know the “Extended Action Cut” has been getting the bulk of the attention (as it deserves) but I do believe there are still things to enjoy and appreciate about the mass retail release as well.
It is the theatrical cut, so the additional footage from the Extended Action Cut is not included…this is the movie we all saw in theaters. But what makes this release special is all of the bonus content. With three deleted scenes (that are different than the additional footage from the Extended Cut) and over an hour’s worth of behind the scene features, there is a ton of entertainment crammed into this small package.
Check out the review in my G.I. Joe: Retaliation section, or directly via the link below:
While the “Ultimate” Flint is still a ways off, we have a Flint available in Wave 2 of the G.I. Joe: Retaliation line. Yes, he’s just a repaint of the version 1 Duke with a new head, but there are some merits to this figure as well. Enough merits to buy this one instead of the upcoming “Ultimate” version?
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First and foremost, a huge thanks to Josh for letting me borrow this figure in order to do this review. I’m extremely flattered that he offered this up so I could get the review done for the review page, hopefully I did him proud.
This figure is slated for release in first quarter 2013 as part of the Wave 2 G.I. Joe: Retaliation 3-Packs. The “Cobra Invasion” 3-Pack is also slated to come with Storm Shadow and the Cobra Invasion ParaTrooper. Check out the full review in my G.I. Joe: Retaliation Review page, or hit the direct link below.
Agent Mouse was last week… and this week it’s Sgt. Airborne! Built upon the foundation of the unreleased Data-Viper with some 30th Anniversary Law & Order thrown in, there is a lot of new stuff to love with this figure.
Check out the review in my G.I. Joe: Retaliation review page, or by hitting the direct link below.
G.I. Joe fans seemed to really latch onto the first wave of G.I. Joe: Retaliation 3 Packs which offered many familiar characters but with some great additional accessories that really added some value to the figures. From the looks of it, Wave two is going to be even better, giving us brand new characters with some awesome previously unreleased accessories.
One of my favorite looking figures from the early pictures we’ve seen was Agent Mouse.
I managed to get my hands on the figure, and have reviewed it in my G.I. Joe: Retaliation section, or you can check out the direct link below.
When the news broke that the G.I. Joe: Retaliation toy line would be getting pushed back to 2013 to be in line with the film release, I held on to desperate hope that Wave 2 at least would still hit retail on time.
That soon proved to be a fruitless hope as online retailers confirmed rumors that beginning immediately all distribution of G.I. Joe: Retaliation figures was being put on hold. That essentially meant that everything from Wave 2 on was being delayed. Knowing how cool some the Wave 2 figures looked, I was very disappointed.
Now the only issue with a line getting cut so close to retail release is that production level samples end up out in the wild, and that was definitely the case with these figures as well. I got my hands on them and I was not disappointed in the end results. Check out my G.I. Joe: Retaliation review page, or just hit up the links below.
EDIT – I had an old review file uploaded with incorrect “Star Ratings”. I’ve adjusted them properly and re-uploaded. Sorry about that!
Already causing some conflict within the G.I. Joe fandom, the G.I. Joe: Retaliation vehicles continue to be a conundrum to me. Somewhat cheaper feeling plastic, figures that only move at five points of articulation, yet still sporting some very nice improvements on previous releases, and pretty fun vehicles all told.
But do some improvements justify the cost of these new vehicles? In some cases no (you can probably tell which ones I have not been able to justify by the fact that reviews have not been posted on the site yet…) but in some cases, yes. Which category does the HISS fall into? Check out my G.I. Joe: Retaliation Review Page or just hit the link below to find out.
Couldn’t quite get them all finished up last week, but I managed to wrap up the last three reviews among packing and moving this weekend, and you can check them all out on my G.I. Joe: Retaliation Review Page.
Of course you could also just click the various links below:
And, of course, do not forget that awesome review sponsor Big Bad Toy Store is loaded up with pre-orders for these figures and future ones as well! Wave 2 looks especially awesome with movie accurate Roadblock, Snake Eyes, Flint, and Firefly! Check out the links below.