The new Combiner Wars Protectobots are landing, and I hate them

The new Combiner Wars Protectobots are landing, and I hate them

Actually almost the entire opposite. I kind of love them, and because I love them, I hate them.

I had told myself when Combiner Wars was first revealed that I would just stick with the Stunticons and Aerialbots…well, and Devastator, of course. Those are the three combiners I had as a kid, and gosh dangit, those would be the three combiners I would have as an adult. I figured the Protectobots would be reshelled and minorly retooled versions of the others, and yes, they are that indeed (well, except Hot Spot), but in spite of this they look SO DANG GREAT.

I won’t buy them.

I won’t.

But you should. While they don’t appear to be in stock everywhere online, there are reports of pre-orders shipping and sightings at Target stores throughout the country. Check Big Bad Toy Store, Entertainment Earth, and Amazon.com while I sit in my corner and pout.

As if that’s not bad enough, Brake-Neckand Quickslingerwere in stock at Amazon for like 14 seconds before selling out. Keep your eyes open!

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Legion XIV Kickstarter down to 11 days left – Go Get it!

I’ve been lax in my support of the new Legion XIV Kickstarter, but that ends here. It’s been posted for nearly three weeks and has garnered some good support, but not quite good enough.

There’s currently almost 100 supporters who have invested nearly $7,000 in getting this project off the ground, but more help is needed! With a goal of $21,000 and only eleven days left G.I. Joe fans need to come together to see if we can help get this project funded.

Focusing around a great looking 4″ female action soldier with impressive articulation, the Legion XIV project needs all of our support. Some great stretch goals are out there, too, so if you like what you see, and if you need more female soldiers in your display, hit it up!

Check out the Kickstarter right here and throw some support its way. We’re running out of time!

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Boss Fight hits Hong Kong!

We’ve all heard vague references to those Asian factories which actually are the cogs that produce the toys that we all love so much. But rarely do we get a real first hand glimpse of what they look like and what goes on there.

Well, Erik and Dave from Boss Fight Studio are paying a visit to Hong Kong, checking out the factory that’s making the Vitruvian HACKS action figures, and has sent along some fantastic images of their experience! In those images we see some great early examples of Vitruvian HACKS parts and pieces, as well as a glimpse of a never before seen abdomen piece to connect a male body with the Gorgon snake tail!

Super cool.

Check out all these great images below, drool alongside with me and then start running circles around the room because you can’t wait until these are released. TEASE FIGHT STUDIO GO!

Masters of the Universe Mini Comic Collection Pre-Order on Amazon

If you’re like me, it was the mini comics, not the Filmation cartoon that initially addicted you to Masters of the Universe at a young age. I have fond memories of eagerly peeling into those packages and cracking open that mini comic, digesting everything I could within that handful of pages.

Well, you can now revisit that feeling without combing eBay’s pesky auctions…and not just for 80s MOTU, but She-Ra and New Adventures of He-Man as well!  Heck, they even introduce the MOTU Classics Mini Comics as well.

Dark Horse Comics is publishing the Mini Comic Collection, gathering all those awesome mini comics of the old days into one fantastic looking hard cover collection, and the pre-order is on Amazon right now.

Set for a mid-November release, this book belongs in every MOTU fans’ hands. Check out the pre-order link below.

Rumors swirling about future Transformers: Combiner Wars releases

Over on TFW2005, forum member Mr. Chaos is revealing a list of potentially new Combiner Wars figures pulled from the computer listings of an unnamed retailer.

Take this all with a huge grain of salt, as none of it is confirmed, but the rumors certainly are intriguing.

I believe most Transformers fans already knew that Bruticus and the Combaticons were slated for an appearance somewhere within the Combiner Wars line, and these listings confirm that, with four of those Combaticons supposedly slated to appear as Deluxes!

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Following the formula of the Aerialbots and Stunticons, I think we can assume some repaints and retools, as well as some re-shelling, which is fine with me, because the cores of most of the Deluxe figures I’ve handled so far are excellent.

But here things get interesting… along with the above wave of Deluxes, a whole separate wave is listed (though no Voyagers appear in the system yet). This other wave consists of:

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This certainly raises some eyebrows! Classic Autobots as combiners? Could the three above figures work with some minor retooling and reshelling? Hrmmm…

Along with the above, some Legends figures were listed as well:

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Now, I’ll say right off, I’m not sure I’m “all in” on the Protectobots yet, but I will be all over those Combaticons for sure. And if the classic Autobots look good individually, too? Ouch. It’s looking more and more like my passing fascination with Transformers may not be so passing.

Check out the full reveal on TFW2005.

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Transformers: Combiner Wars Menasor

Combiner Wars is in full gear, with two waves of product at retail, and considering the main goal of this line was to provide toys that combine and interact with each other, the question must be raised…are the Combiner Wars gestalts as good as their individual pieces? Could the total be greater than the sum of its individual parts?

Unfortunately, in Menasor’s case, the answer is no.

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Transformers: Combiner Wars Breakdown

Seriously, what kid in the 80s didn’t love the Lamborghini?

Lamborghini’s were prevelant in the Transformers line in those first few years, with both Sideswipe, Sunstreaker, and Breakdown all bearing the proud shield of the famous car maker. Even back then, Breakdown was my favorite of the three. My memory is hazy after all these years, and maybe it was just because of the size and feel of Breakdown, but he just felt like a more solid, better car than the two twin brothers. I recall Sunstreaker being obnoxious to transform, and Breakdown was right for my smaller hands.

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Transformers: Combiner Wars Off Road

Unlike the other Stunticons and Aerialbots, I don’t have a real nostalgic attachment to Off Road, and even the package proclaims him as the “newest” member of the Stunticons. Truth be told, when the news about Wildrider/Brake Neck was revealed, part of me wondered if I really needed this one. But, as usual, my need for a pseudo-complete Menasor overwrote all common sense, and I bought this guy anyway.

You know, I’m kinda glad I did.

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Mammoth 100th Episode of What’s on Joe Mind is online

Holy…

Yeah, this is a big ‘un.  For our landmark 100th episode of What’s on Joe Mind, we wanted to pull out all the stops, but I don’t think any of us envisioned the result would be a close to five hour marathon of G.I. Joe talk!

All that being said, there is something here for everyone.  We talk to Bill and Craig from Fresh Monkey Fiction and Zica Toys about the Eagle Force Returns and Captain Action Kickstarter…and we break a special bit of news about them as well!

Along the way, we invite Cobra Commander himself to read from the mailbag, take listener calls, and break down all the latest (as of a month ago) news!

As always, find the latest episode at Podbean, and it’s also embedded below.  Show Notes are after the break.

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Review of upcoming Combiner Wars Series 3 “Viper”

In a Toy Fair that was generally starved of G.I. Joe news, many of us latched onto the reveal of the upcoming “Viper” Combiner Wars figure, a repaint of a Legends scale Powerglide.  A very familiar repaint.

Yes, for the first time ever, Hasbro is making a direct G.I. Joe link to their Transformers toy line, repainting the popular A-10 character blue and actually placing Cobra symbols on it to represent the Cobra Rattler!  It’s a pretty neat touch, even if it’s just an homage, and not part of some larger scale over-arcing story.

Fellow What’s on Joe Mind host Chuck has actually received his Viper figure already, and put up a video review yesterday.  I believe this is our first real look at the figure in hand, and should provide some entertainment for both G.I. Joe and Transformers fans out there.  Check out the video review below.

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