Sigma 6 Celebration Day 7: Adventure Team Dusty Review

I’ve been promising a surprise throughout this whole Sigma 6 Celebration, and unfortunately the “surprise” is a bit dilluted, just because this figure has shown up on HissTank.com while I was in the planning stages of this big “reveal”, but still, I think folks will enjoy this in depth typical GeneralsJoes format review for the unproduced Adventure Team Dusty!

A great figure that unfortunately never saw the light of day, anything you could want to know, you can now find out!

Enjoy!

Sigma 6 Celebration Day 6: Season Two Recap (Part 2)

Well, this rounds off the GeneralsJoes “Sigma 6 Celebration”.  I hope folks who are fans of the toyline enjoyed it, and I hope those who aren’t weren’s too put off by it, and maybe even found some redeeming characteristics buried within.

Obviously if you’re at this point, you’ve probably been reading all along, and have already perused the Season 1 Recap (Parts 1 and 2) as well as the first part of the Season 2 recap.  So far I’ve covered the animated series as a whole all the way up through Episode 9 of Season 2.  I’m actually somewhat surprised at myself for being able to stomach this out, because quite honestly I’m not a fan of the animated series.  While there were snippets of cool action, and I always love seeing my toys come to life on the screen, as a whole the writing was painful, the dialog abysmal, and some of the characterizations were straight out of the worst stereotypes I can imagine.  Yet some part of me enjoys the Sigma 6 universe so much, that it seemed a shame not to at least touch on the animated series to at least a degree.  And at this point, I’ve gotten this far, might as well wrap it up.

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Sigma 6 Celebration Day 6: Season Two Recap (Part 1)

If you’ve been following along, you’ve seen me cover Season One of the Sigma 6 cartoon in two parts here and here.  I’ll be doing the same thing this time around with Season Two, covering the first 6 episodes in this article, then covering the next 6 episodes in Part Two.  Episode 13 of Season 2 was merely a “recap show” wrapped into a pseudo-Awards show, so I didn’t feel that was even worth including.

It should be noted that in the US, Season Two only aired through Episode 8, the rest of them were found on the Canadian station YTV, or Hasbro’s “MonkeybarTV” website.

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Sigma 6 Celebration Day 5: Season One Recap (Part 2)

In Part One, I gave an overview of the Sigma 6 animated series, and covered episodes 1-6 of the first Season. The first 5 episodes encompassed one 5-part tale, while Episode 6, “Race” began dipping into the Power Stones story and introduced us to Spirit Iron-Knife for the first time. As we continue on through the rest of Season One, Spirit sees some more action, we get a lot of robots thrown at us, and as with the first 6 episodes, the end result is more than a bit mixed.

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Sigma 6 Celebration Day 5: Season One Recap (Part 1)

If there was anything that the G.I. Joe purists hated more than the Sigma 6 toys or the  Sigma 6 concept itself, it was the animated series.  We got our first taste of the cartoon at the G.I. Joe convention, and all came away pretty impressed.  With designs and animation by Gonzo studios, this seemed like a potentially great (if not somewhat “kiddified”) new super-hero type animated series, but featuring our favorite Joe characters.  While at the beginning, the animation impressed, the writing was an immediate drawback, as the cartoon came across as if it were almost written for the kindergarten set.  Overly emotional, wacky vocal patterns, and over-exaggerated expressions gave us the worst parts of the Japanese animation culture, but not much of the good stuff.  Still, there were some things to look forward to, if you could overlook the silliness.

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Sigma 6 Celebration Day 3: The Unproduced

Often a sure sign that a toyline is in trouble is the quality of the toys we’re getting near the end of the toyline’s life.  Even great runs like the Real American Hero seemed to suffer from mixed signals and conflicting ideals in 1993 and 1994, bringing us some oddly colored and strangely themed toys that didn’t necessarily mesh with each other.  In fact, I’d argue that most of the best known action figure lines showed clear signs of their age by the time the lines faded away.  Sigma 6, though, couldn’t be farther from that, in my opinion.

Simply looking at what as still to come shows that there was a lot of life still left in the 8″ line, and it’s a damn shame that it ended when it did.  There was a lot of cool stuff left to come, and for today, I’ve decided to include some hefty galleries of figures that were in the works, but didn’t make the cut.  This includes concept art found online, pre-production items displayed at Joe Con, and some other little tidbits.  Doing this article was tough for me, as it served to be a reminder of what we didn’t get, but I think it’s worth it in the long run, and hopefully you agree.  Along with this article, I’ll also have a nice surprise at the end of this whole celebration which will tie into this article as well.  ;)

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Sigma 6 Celebration Day 2: The Artwork

Such a critical part of a successful toy launch and marketing blitz is the packaging style and the artwork on those packages.  Ever since 1982, the G.I. Joe line has put a huge focus on the artwork that adorns their packaging, and the Sigma 6 toyline was no different.  If anything, it put an even larger emphasis on package design, especially on the 2.5″ line.

For this celebration, I took some time to talk to Chris Lie.  Most folks may not know his name, or may know him better from his comic work, but Chris Lie (who is probably most well-known for his amazing all-encompassing cover to G.I. Joe: America’s Elite #25) also did the artwork for the entire 6-issue Sigma 6 limited series, as well as the art for the 8″ Commando scale figures from the Sigma 6 line.  Chris was nice enough to take time out of his busy schedule and talk to me, so please click the link below to read that interview:

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Sigma 6 Celebration Day 1.5 : Adendum (now with Video)

So, Sigma 6 Central forum member Swivel-Arm-Beer-Grip so accurately informed me…  just because it’s not a diorama, custom, or handbuilt item doesn’t mean you can’t be creative, right?  If I’ve got photography in the celebration, why not video?  It’s a valid point.  While there certainly isn’t a lot of Sigma 6 related video out and about, I gotta give some credit to Swivel-Arm-Beer-Grip and his fantastic work.  Embedded below are his amazing YouTube videos that won awards at the G.I. Joe Convention and infiltrated forums everywhere.  So, because this is a celebration of all things Sigma 6, here are some of his videos below!

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Sigma 6 Celebration Day 1 : The Creativity

Ever since the news broke in 2005, Sigma 6 has been a “dirty word” amongst the G.I. Joe fandom.  With a different scale, and a different style, this toyline was sure to rise the ire of old school G.I. Joe fans everywhere.  I’ve always stood behind the line, and still believe to this day that it was one of the greatest toylines that I have collected in my 27 year history of buying toys.  If “A Real American Hero” is tops on the list, I would say that Sigma 6 may even come in second.

That all being said, with Toy Fair a few months ago, it had been four years since Sigma 6 was first “launched” at the familiar location in New York City.  There were mixed emotions (well, not all that mixed, most of the reaction was abject hatred), and I’m hoping as we look backwards, we can appreciate the line for what it was at the time, and enjoy some content from the Sigma 6 days.  Most of it has probably been seen somewhere, but I’m hoping collecting this all in one place might inspire some Sigma 6 fans to “come out of the closet” if you will.  Each day will provide a different look at Sigma 6, and I’m hoping even the folks who weren’t fans of the property will still reap the benefits of this celebration and just enjoy some of the aspects of the line, even if it wasn’t your favorite scale or style.

For the first day, I want to focus on the Sigma 6 community, and the amazing creativity that went along with that.  Even for such a short-lived toyline and cartoon series, it seemed to inspire a lot of fans to do customs, dioramas, general picture taking, and even crafting entire universes based on these 8″ action figures.  For this first post, I’d like to focus on some of the folks who really took their love of Sigma 6 to the next level and produced some amazing customs and crafted some great stories for these characters.  Please keep in mind there is so much terrific work in the Sigma 6 style that I cannot possibly hope to cover it all.  I’m just providing a sampling of some folks, and please don’t think that if I don’t include you here that you haven’t provided a service to the community, I just wanted to do a general overlook of some of the creative energy that Sigma 6 spawned during it’s short, but sweet lifetime.

Whether it’s straight up photography, dio-stories, or amazing customizing, the Sigma 6 community has done it all, especially for a toyline that never really hit its stride.  I want to take this chance to showcase some of the impressive work by fellow members of this small fraternity.  Whether you like the Sigma stuff or not, certainly any Joe fan can appreciate the creativity behind some of this stuff.  Click the link below to read the full article.

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