New images of Marauder Valkyrie test shots and production update

Marauder “Gun Runners” just got back from their factory trip and while they have some unfortunate news about the timing of distribution of their Valkyrie Kickstarter figures, they did bring back some fantastic new images of some of the test shots, which make us even more excited to see the finished product!

Check out the great images below, as well as the update on the timeline for production and distribution.  Keep watching the Marauder “Gun Runners” Facebook Page for updates.

MTF Valkyries project update 8/12….after Factory Visit
Posted by Marauder GR (Creator)
For backers only
Hey “814 Valtaskers!”

Hope your summer is going well! Your “Gun-Runners” spent several weeks at the factory in China reviewing the MTF Valkyries project. 15 hour plane flights and 98 degree temperatures with 90% humidity…JOY was had by all! When not dealing with weather, unique food and cultural & language differences; we spent all of our time working on the project. We reviewed EVERY part, EVERY feature and EVERY version. Our driving goal was and is for the figures & accessories to not only meet your expectations, but possibly surpass them!

Here are images of some of the production samples. We hope you agree that the head sculpts, new accessories and paint decos are looking pretty good! Again, SEVERAL changes were made on the items in the images and final versions might vary slightly from those shown (lip color missing, incorrect colors, several color versions NOT shown, etc). There are several color changes, corrections and adjustments being made to the items shown, so please don’t get concerned if something isn’t an exact match to a previously mentioned and/or shown item…THESE ARE NOT FINAL.

We had to make a huge number of paint/deco adjustments, change the hardness/softness on many of the items and correct the fit/function on several body parts & accessories. The good news is the vast majority of the parts & working features were correct. The bad news is some of the seemingly relatively minor issues with “fit/function” require NEW production tools. These new tools take some time to complete & test. Couple the new tool need with the factory requirement that the massive order be split into 2 (TWO) separate production runs and our revised end of August ship is now not possible. We are so sorry about the delay and AGGRESSIVELY pursued every option to avoid disappointing our supporters, but there is no other choice. A temporary inconvenience for a long term gain is the only answer in this situation. We don’t have a definite avail date, but we’re working to get everything complete & shipped out as soon as possible. As we get updated production info, we will let you know the revised shipping timeline. Rest assured, we will add some NEW “bonus” items (NEW items NOT available in the Kickstarter event) to every MTF Valkyries Kickstarter order to help make amends for unforeseen delay.

Thanks again for your support and we are quietly optimistic that you will really like the new Val items.

MJ & the entire MGR Team

 

Huge G.I. Joe Convention High Res Image Update – Marauder, Eagle Force, Legends of the West, AWOK goodness

Huge thanks to YoJoe staffer Phil for making the rounds on the convention floor today and agreeing to grab some better images of the Marauder Task Force, Eagle Force, Legends of the West and Animal Warriors of the Kingdom figures that were revealed yesterday!

There’s a ton of great stuff being shown during JoeCon, and you can check out some fantastic images below.  Please check out the YoJoe G.I. Joe Convention 2016 Photo Galleries as well for some other great images straight from Loveland, Colorado!

Big kudos to Phil and the YoJoe team for their coverage.  Expect them to be all over the Hasbro Team presentation at 11am Mountain/1pm Central TODAY!

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Marauder Task Force reveals fantastic new offerings for 2017

As if there wasn’t enough news already!

By all accounts the Marauder Gun Runners booth at JoeCon is hopping, and in the midst of all  the eager Task Force fans, Marauder has revealed some amazing new items coming in 2017!

First and foremost, what looks to be a Task Force compatible Exo-Suit (think Edge of Tomorrow type of thing) and a fully articulated military K-9!  Articulated animals are something that fans have been clamoring for throughout the years that I’ve been a member of the community and it’s pretty fantastic to see some of those dreams realized.  The images aren’t great I’m trying to get someone to take some better ones) but you can get an idea of what’s coming from Marauder.  Also in their booth are some test shots of upcoming items to be released including lower arms without armor and some new vests and accessories previously unrevealed!

Also, somehow I missed this news tidbit, but physical samples of the Valkyrie Test Shots have also been released via the Marauder Gun Runners Facebook Page, and those are mirrored below.

This has been an amazing start to JoeCon 2016 and both Hasbro and the G.I. Joe Collectors Club are still to come with their reveals.  What an explosive finish to the Fun Publications reign, I desperately wish I was there to enjoy it with everyone else.

Marauder Gun Runners offering special JoeCon Exclusives!

A short while ago Marauder “Gun Runners” announced that they would have some JoeCon exclusives available in Loveland, Colorado next week, and now we get an idea of what they’re offering!

Check out the post on the Marauder Facebook Page and the mirrored images below.  If you’re hitting JoeCon, make sure to stop by the Marauder booth and stock up!

Hey Folks!
We are excited to unveil the MTF Con Exclusive figures:

Tan with Green ASSAULT-OPS
Green with Brown RANGE-OPS
Tan with Tan HAVOC-OPS

These were the MOST requested color combinations and we are delighted to release them! In addition to new color gear for the Range-Ops & Assault-Ops versions, there are new “SKULL-FACE” balaclava heads. They’ll be available at Joecon and will make remaining inventory live on the website after the show. We hope you like them and look forward to seeing all of you next week at the con!
MJ

Exciting JoeCon news for Marauder Task Force!

Over on their Facebook Page, the folks behind Marauder “Gun Runners” have posted an exciting announcement about the upcoming G.I. Joe Convention in Loveland, Colorado!

Hey Folks!

We hope to see you ALL in a couple weeks at the upcoming Joe convention in Colorado! At the con, we will have:

-A huge 3 booth Marauder “Gun-Runner” display

-The MTF Valkyries figures & gear from the production tools on display

-NEW & UNANNOUNCED MTF accessories & gear on display that are ALSO getting released this summer

-Special con pricing on MTF items & MGR weapons,

-UNVEIL our upcoming and ALREADY IN THE WORKS Marauder Task Force 2017 projects

-3 (THREE), never before released, MTF Convention EXCLUSIVE figure styles: Range-Ops, Assault-Ops and Havoc-Ops (details and images to come!)

-Ryan Lord, the artist responsible for the MTF cardart illustrations & MTF skull/knife design, will be at the booth with a wide variety of artwork & custom items.

Again, would love to see you all at show! Please stop by, check out the booth and say “Hi” to your “Gun-Runners!”
MJ

Sounds pretty exciting!  Everyone make sure you check out the Marauder booth at JoeCon, I’ve hit it in year’s past and it’s always a highlight of the Convention!

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Special exclusive G.I. Joe/Transformers Cover for Roll Out Roll Call!

An exciting announcement from the folks at Roll Out Roll Call!  Attendees of the show in London Heathrow will get a special opportunity to own Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #13 with a special exclusive cover by Robert Atkins and Joana LaFuente.

There will be a run of only 250 of these exclusive covers featuring a number of characters played by convention guests Morgan Lofting and Neil Ross. Your best chance to get this exclusive comic is at Roll Out Roll Call!  Along with this, they’ve already announced exclusive availability of previously sold out Botcon exclusives!

The show is July 8th – 9th at London Heathrow and is a favorite show for many fans.  Boss Fight Studio will be there, likely with a bunch of product in hand to sell!

There’s going to be lots to love about this year’s Roll Out Roll Call, and you can find all of the great details over on their Facebook page.  Tickets are on sale now, so don’t wait!

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GeneralsJoes Reviews Boss Fight Studios Vitruvian HACKS

There were times I wasn’t sure this was going to come together this week.  Every time I thought I was done with images, I came up with something else, which is a testament to just how feature packed and revolutionary these action figures are.  Whether you’re a Greek Mythology fan, or a customizer, there is a LOT to love in almost every part of these spectacular figures.

I have posted reviews for all the character based toys now (the Blanks are coming soon).  Check the links below for all the review action.  I have posted a quick dio-story in the “Overview” section, so don’t skip it!  :)

Boss Fight Studio Virtuvian HACKS (Overview)

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Transformers: Combiner Wars Bruticus

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The Combiner Wars theme, I’m happy to say, has had far more “hits” than misses, and I feel comfortable saying that Bruticus is another solid home run. Using the same connection template as the previous combiners, the limbs all say firmly secure, yet offer very nice poseability, as the other combiners do.

Perhaps what puts Bruticus over the edge is that he is a combiner team I actually owned part of when I was younger (as a G.I. Joe fan back then, I naturally gravitated towards the military theme) along with the Stunticons and Aerialbots. Unlike the Stunticons and Aerialbots, however, I don’t believe I ever owned the entire set of Combaticons, so this is like a new world for me, and it’s one that I like.

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Britucus’ very distinctive head sculpt is translated perfectly with this combined figure, and I love the broad, triangular chest plate. He looks imposing and powerful, and unlike Menasor, he doesn’t feel like he exists just to topple over. The wide stance of his legs (like Defensor) holds him in poses really nicely, and even though the individual Combaticons have some pretty different, distinctive colors, he still makes for an awesome combined character.

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Bruticus is great, all things considered. I think I may still like Superion the most (well, unless you count Devastator), but Bruticus is a close second, followed by Defensor. Menasor needs to rethink his outlook on life.

Transformers: Combiner Wars Onslaught

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It’s amazing what some minor changes can do to change one character into another, and those minor changes work wonders for Onslaught.

Obviously based on the Hot Spot tooling, Onslaught has just the right changes to completely redefine the figure into a different, more effective character. The elaborate hook and ladder system on his back in vehicle mode is now a triangular mount for his two cannons, and not only does it look more potent and deadly in vehicle mode, but the it converts nicely into an effective chestplate for Bruticus.

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The vehicle itself is narrow and sloped, like the fire truck, but still makes for an excellent military type vehicle, although not especially vintage accurate. Like Hot Spot, transformation is relatively intuitive and easily accomplished, and as cool as the vehicle is, the robot mode is even better. Articulation is spectacular, with great movement at all necessary joints. I love how imposing the armored shoulder pads look, and the intricate lined sculpting in robot mode is seriously impressive.

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Sculpting in the new head is nearly flawless, and it’s amazing to me how a featureless robot can express such emotion with the different positions of his head and body.

The twin cannons can stay attached to the back like you might expect, but are also removable and can be held as robotic guns, too.

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Like the rest of the Combaticons, Onslaught’s colors are based more strongly on the classic toy than the animation, but work well in that regard, and as a lifelong G.I. Joe fan, I’m extremely attached to the military angle of all these Combaticon toys. Onslaught is a great vintage update and makes for a fantastic centerpiece to the Bruticus combiner.

Transformers: Combiner Wars Swindle

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Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but I’ve always understood Swindle to be probably the most famous of the Combaticons, and one of the characters that has somewhat transcended his role as merely one part of the larger whole. That might be just because of my fascination with Transformers: Animated and the fact that he had such a distinct role there, but that’s the impression that I get.

Hasbro does a good job of taking the classic elements of Swindle and integrating them a bit more into an effective “combat” vehicle, using a healthy helping of Rook, but adding some very nice tweaks with some rollbars and more identifiable “Jeep” parts. The result is a bulky, armored combat jeep that manages to maintain all the hallmarks of the vintage original, yet plenty of more modern power while they’re at it.

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One of the best parts of the figure is the new head sculpt, which is chock full of that Swindle arms dealer character. With his trademark purple “sunglasses” and grimace, the head and face definitely resemble the Swindle that we know and love. He’s got a very unique head that is translated quite nicely to plastic form here, and I love it.

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With a nice mixture of orangish/brown, Hasbro takes some queues from the vintage version and both the vehicle and robot look the part. It certainly helps that Rook is one of my favorite base figures, too, and I’m really glad they’re leveraging him for both Swindle and Hound. It makes for a great base, and with just the right tooling tweaks, they look separate enough to work nicely.

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Swindle is pretty great. I daresay he’s the highlight of this wave of Deluxes for me, easily pushing aside Brawl, who I just assumed would be my odds on favorite.