And they pretty much ROCK. Cobra’s first ever desert combat specialist the Desert Scorpion was a long time favorite of mine, and the Collectors’ Club did him justice. Using the Snake Eyes-like head sculpt from the Steel Brigade Delta figure and the head wrap from the Night Creeper, as well as 25th Anniversary Zartan’s body and an amalgamation of legs (I really dig those HISS Driver lower legs). I can’t quite place the arms at that angle, but the rest of the figure looks very classic themed. I approve. Interestingly, the figure is very close in design to the canceled Cobra Minotaur driver, with just some very minor part changes (specifically the head sculpt). It will be interesting to see if this version has the Crimson Twins arms like that older version was meant to.
Meanwhile, Widescope… hoooly cow. Back in the early 2000′s, Widescope was merely conceived as a Shockwave place holder, since Hasbro didn’t have the appropriate trademarks for him. With this figure, the Club really takes Widescope to a new level, and maybe it’s just me, but this figure makes the 25th Anniversary Shockwave look pathetic. Yes, it’s essentially a repainted Shock Trooper with a Shockwave head and hat, but the blue paint scheme is fantastic. I really dig that camouflage on the legs, too. It looks very similar to the “Urban Rain” color scheme from the 2005 Steel Brigade Convention figures. Very unique look.
I fully admit to being a fan of the first generation Figure Subscription Service, and man, version 2.0 is out pacing it at almost every step. If this is any indication, we’re in for some great product from the Club over the next series of years. I love the fact that a relative unknown like Widescope is getting really great treatment and a chance to live on in a modern format. Really good stuff. Keep checking GIJoeClub.com for the latest information, and I’ve mirrored the most recent two images below.
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First and foremost, big thanks to Glumby who so kindly gave me access to this very rare and highly sought after pre-production piece! As we all know there isn’t enough G.I. Joe: Retaliation product for me to push forward on these daily reviews for the next 24 days, so I’m getting a little creative here.
Initially I had asked for the figure so I could do a comparison shot for my FSS Jinx review, but since I had it… again, thanks to Glumby for the assist!
You can check out the review in my Pursuit of Cobra Review Page (in the “pre-production section) or at the direct link below:
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So did you think 2012 was a slow year for G.I. Joe? While the fine folks behind the What’s on Joe Mind Podcast did drop down their recording schedule a bit to accommodate a slow trickle of Joe news, there were still many exciting G.I. Joe events to talk about.
From animated voice actors to movie news and toy reports, What’s on Joe Mind covered the gamut of G.I. Joe news and events for the year.
Even with a much slower recording schedule in the back half of 2012, it was tough to pick out 12 isolated episodes, but with Gary and Mike’s help, somehow I made due.
Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below for the full list!
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It’s fallen off the main page, so I’m figuring folks have probably forgotten, but if you haven’t done it yet, please consider taking a few moments to fill out the GeneralsJoes survey reporting which PoC/30th figured you’d like to see re-released in single pack form.
It’s nothing official, but I figure if I can get some data together perhaps even to present at Toy Fair, the more responses the better! Check out the survey at the link below:
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It’s been about a week, give or take, since I posted the SurveyMonkey survey asking for some input from Joefans about what figures they’d like to see re-released in single pack form at retail. The survey, as I hoped it would, has generated some terrific discussion.
Please take a few moments to share your thoughts on the survey and in the comments section. Some good stuff coming out of it.
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Things get interesting when the retail shelves are bare, especially at Christmas time. It seems almost criminal to have a holiday season with nary a single G.I. Joe item to be found on shelves…but such is the unfortunate dichotomy that comes with a Hollywood marriage. The brand can live or die with the fate of the film, and for 2012 at least, G.I. Joe is a non-factor.
Hopefully with 2013 and the coming of G.I. Joe: Retaliation that will change. In fact, online stores are already offering pre-orders for the first two waves of G.I. Joe: Retaliation product, currently slated to hit in February. But with all of this G.I. Joe “down time” I got to thinking.
Over the past few years we’ve seen a LOT of great G.I. Joe toys come and go, and sometimes they either went too quickly, or they were somewhat difficult to get a hand on due to exclusivity.
Purely for the sake of discussion, and for the sake of gathering information, I took further advantage of the Survey Monkey tool and created a quick survey. Looking back through the Pursuit of Cobra, 30th Anniversary, and the 7-Packs, which figures were the best figures that you had the hardest time finding? What figures did you love the looks of, but were disappointed that you couldn’t get your hands on?
The best example I can think of from my own perspective is a figure like Shadow Tracker, who I think is very cool, and was also very hard to find. The same could be said of Renegades Storm Shadow. However, figures like Zombie-Viper or Jungle-Viper were good figures, but not as hard to find. Of course your mileage may vary…that’s kinda the point of the survey. ;)
Essentially what I’m asking is if you could get access to some recently released figures again in single card form, which figures would you prefer? Check out the Survey Monkey survey below and share your thoughts! If you need any refreshers on which figures were in which waves, more than just the list below, check out the GeneralsJoes review sections:
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Judging from all of the comments and requests I get, it seems like G.I. Joe fans are still very big fans of the dio-story concept. While my own time is too short at the moment still to produce one of these bad boys, that hasn’t stopped friend of GeneralsJoes Nas from doing his own thing.
Over on Gigamach Productions, Nas has produced a new Dio-Story that is showing some serious promise. He was kind enough to send me a printed copy he made up for ComicCon, but he’s got it all hosted online as well, and it’s definitely worth checking out.
Click on over to Gigamach Productions and take a peek. I can’t wait to see more.
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As time continues to roll on, it feels a bit odd writing up these updates, considering how far along I am now, but how far back I feel like I should write so I don’t skip too much time. Folks who have been following along, know that in Part Three I talked about the sudden appearance of 7 feet of copper piping on one wall, and how that threw my entire display idea into flux. The builder accommodated nicely by walling around those pipes and the wall-mounted ventilation system, giving me some room to work with.
At this point, we’ve been living in the house for about two months, and the room is starting to come together. Click the read the rest of the story link below for the full details.
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Not content to merely represent the hidden world of G.I. Joe at the official G.I. Joe Convention on an annual basis, this year, the guys from JoeDeclassified will be going north of the border! Yes, apparently their parole has been lifted and homeland security is letting them leave the country.
Not only will JoeDeclassified have a great booth at the Canadian JoeCon, but for the first time ever, they will be holding a seminar at the show discussing many of the hidden gems of the G.I. Joe universe. Secrets will be revealed from the past 30 years, both in the booth and at the seminar. There will be items shown in the panel that are not on display at the booth, and there will be items in the booth that will not be seen at the seminar, so going to both will be the best way to see everything that JoeDeclassified has to offer.
Many people have personally sent Gyre-Viper select pieces from their collections and the oldest 3 3/4″ prototype known to be in existence will be present at the show. This is a must see. These are all items that will be publicly unveiled at some point, but for the immediate future, the Canadian JoeCon is the only way to see all of this in living color. History may be getting re-written 30 years after the fact, make sure you are present to hear and see all about it!
Below I have mirrored some images, which will serve as “teasers” for product being shown at Canadian JoeCon. Don’t miss out! For all of the latest info, keep checking CanadianJoeCon.com and a huge thanks to Mike for inviting JoeDeclassified to take part. Obviously big thanks also go to JoeDeClassified.com themselves to keep up to date on all these great pieces of history throughout the G.I. Joe line.
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A huge thanks has to go out to too many people to mention here…I put out a request for some Excel help last week in order to try and decipher the hundreds of write in’s that were supplied in Round One of the Concept Case survey.
I got almost two dozen offers of assistance, which absolutely blew me away. Matt from the Awesome Toy Blog did some great formatting and data gathering… ImpHolocron on Twitter came through as well… in the end, though, my man Trazz from HissTank.com took all of the intel together and compiled a pair of insane spreadsheets.
Who ever thought anyone would use the term “insane spreadsheets” to describe anything?
Trazz not only compiled a spreadsheet for figures and for vehicles, but actually charted the responses to measure a ratio of the most requested figures and vehicles via write in votes. Crazy.
I’ve attached the two spreadsheets here. The spreadsheets have multiple tabs, including a tab which has every single write in vote, but then also some compiled answers as well. The figures chart absolutely blew me away, showing that aside from Cobra “Viper” troopers of various ilk, Gung Ho seems to be far away the most requested character. That comes as no surprise.
Feel free to download the spreadsheets from this post and peruse them at your leisure. Excellent insight. Keep in mind that this isn’t anything that was fully analyzed by teams of professionals…it was essentially two guys (Trazz and myself, but mostly Trazz) who gathered this together and formatted it. I’m sure it’s not perfect, but it is very cool, nonetheless.
I cannot thank the numerous volunteers enough for pitching in with offers to help. Thank you ALL.
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