I know I’m a day late and a dollar short on this one, but I thought it deserved a mention. Over on GIJoeCon.com and the G.I. Joe Con Facebook page, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has revealed the G.I. Joe Challenge Coin that will be available at the 2014 JoeCon in Dallas.
Also, another accessory for the 12″ set was shown, too, in the form of a great looking map and map case. According to the GIJoe Con Facebook page it may be a map of Spy Island, but folks have also drawn some parallels to Cobra Island. Another possible link between the 12″ and Real American Hero universes? Hmmm…
Check out the mirrored images below.
Whoever laid down cash that Repulsor was going to be a Sludge-Viper, please proceed to window #4 to pick up your winnings!
Yes, G.I. Joe fans, we officially do have a Sludge-Viper has part of the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention Set, and its “Director of Security” Repulsor! As many folks guessed, the Repulsor name referenced some early artwork for the Sludge Viper character that used that name instead of the final approved version.
Surprisingly, there are no new parts to this figure, using a Zombie Viper helmet and pretty much a full blown 30th Anniversary Techno-Viper from the neck down. It’s an interesting choice, and does tie him in somewhat with Cesspool, Zombie Viper, and the Toxo-Viper, as the former uses the Techno-Viper vest, and the latter uses the Techno Viper legs (with the Zombie Viper reference sandwiched between). There’s a cool sense of cohesion here. I do wonder who’s head is underneath there… guess we’ll find out at some point! Check out GIJoeCon.com and the image is mirrored below.
Gentlemen (and ladies) start your speculation!
According to the GIJoeCon Twitter Account, we will indeed see the 15th and final figure in the Real American Hero G.I. Joe Convention set today! Repulsor has been a big mystery, being the only true new character in this year’s Zombie Initiative boxed set… today we’ll finally see what we’ve been waiting for.
Keep it drilled to GIJoeCon.com!
My first reaction? Ewww… but I think that’s probably supposed to be the first reaction. Ever since Resident Evil thrilled video gamers with the cut scene of zombie dogs hurling themselves through windows, the idea of these brain-eating beasts has floated around through many different properties.
Now the G.I. Joe Collectors Club is doing their own version of a zombie dog, going the pit bull route. Obviously infused with some kind of Compound Z formula, DAWG has seen some better days. What I find most interesting about this reveal is that the identify Repulsor as a “director of security for Cobra Industries”…
The last time we heard about Cobra Industries was G.I. Joe: Renegades… and I gotta admit, I get an ear-to-ear grin just thinking about that series. It does make me a bit more interested to see just what Repulsor might end up being. There have been rumors that he’s a variation of a Sludge Viper (early concepts for Sludge Viper indeed identified him as “Repulsor”) but I will admit, I have no idea what to expect here. He’s the last reveal, and hopefully we’ll be seeing him this week. Meanwhile, hit up GIJoeCon.com for the full details, and DAWG can also be seen below.
Just a few moments ago, the G.I. Joe Con Twitter account mentioned checking “under the hood” and now, they have!
Although I was hoping for perhaps a Repulsor reveal today, instead we get our first look at Clean Sweep’s face underneath the chem hood!
Check out GIJoeCon.com, and I’ve also mirrored the image below.
…And it’s pretty flipping awesome.
For any fans who have been complaining about Hasbro leaving the 12″ fan in the dust when designing the 50th Anniversary product, you cannot accuse the Collectors’ Club of the same thing. They’ve designed a really nice 50th Anniversary homage to the original Green Beret, and included a great Adventure Team figure in the set to boot. Some really nice gear, and of course, that pesky 4″ Joe Colton in there stirring up trouble.
Check out all the details of the 12″ Convention Set right here, and I’ve mirrored an image below. Now, fingers crossed we get a peek at Repulsor and DAWG today to help round off the Real American Hero set!
Straight from the floor at Toy Fair, 2014, Bloomberg Television sat down with Vice President and G.I. Joe historian Derryl DePriest to talk about G.I. Joe’s history and it’s present incarnation.
I’ll be honest, it’s not a softball interview. The host asks some hard questions about G.I. Joe’s military ties, about the role model it sets for boys, and about what the brand is doing to innovate, and to his credit, DePriest answers those questions, but quite artfully.
I find a lot of these interviews to be somewhat “more of the same” but this one stood out…it’s a good five minute watch, check it out.
G.I. Joe fans everywhere had been jumping up and down waiting for the reveal of the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention Toxo-Zombie, and now that they have it, we’re getting a second helping of detail in the form of an awesome control drawing by the designers Boss Fight Studio.
I suspect yesterday’s image was a Photoshop mock up, and I cannot wait to see this head sculpt live and in person. Until then, check out the amazing art below. If you like what you see, make sure you hit up Boss Fight on Facebook and give ‘em a Like.
I will admit, I’ve been waiting for the Toxo Zombie with some trepidation.
At this point I’ll act like a big ole hipster and say “I liked Zombies before they were cool”… but I actually have proof! I have about 10 vintage Toxo Zombies as a little undead squad, and back in the 90s I thought those guys were pretty bad ass, even if they were pink and neon green.
For that reason, I must admit I was taken aback by the concept case presentation of the Toxo Zombie. By and large the concept case in New Orleans was mind blowing stuff, but the Toxo Zombie, was… well… kinda blah. I think some folks were nervous that the Collectors Club would try to replicate that with this figure (myself included).
Thankfully that’s not the case! They went all out with this one, leveraging the skills of the awesome folks at Boss Fight Studios to generate some great new parts and make it awesomely vintage. That new “battle damaged” head sculpt is terrific, and I kind of like that they went with the same colors as the Toxo Viper’s uniform rather than the bleached out colors of the vintage version. I am in LOVE with this thing.
Check out the full details on GIJoeCon.com and also see the mirrored images below. Down to Repulsor and Dawg (as well as Clean Sweep’s face)! Looking forward to seeing how this set rounds off.
We got nothing yesterday, but according to the Twitter account of the G.I. Joe Convention we should be seeing another 2014 Convention Set reveal today!
Earlier, they posted the following clue:
Now that may not make a whole lot of sense on its own, but when you consider that Cobra Troopers who are “bad” at their jobs are transferred to the Toxo Viper corps, it sounds like we just might be getting a peek at a Toxo Zombie today!
Of course, the last time I assumed this was happening, it didn’t exactly turn out that way, but fingers crossed that I’m right this time.
That would leave just Repulsor, Dawg, and Clean Sweep’s big melon as the last three items to see… Registration time GOOOOOO.