Some fantastic additions to FSS 2.0 entries at GIJoeClub.com

Playing catch up a little bit here, as the G.I. Joe Collectors Club website has continued to post some great updates to the FSS 2.0 figures.  Included in these updates are some snippets of card art as well as a fantastic detailed look at the head sculpt for Keel Haul!  The entries are below:

The head sculpt for Keel Haul was posted on GIJoeClub.com as well, and you can see those images below:

G.I. Joe 30th Anniversary Wave 4 Processing through BBTS

Joe fans have been on the edge of their seats, and as usual, it’s feast or famine.  Just like Waves 1 & 2 struck almost simultaneously, I received my set of Wave 3 from Big Bad Toy Store last night, and received notification that Wave 4 was now processing!  How’s that for service?

Items are mostly listed in a “Pre Order” status, but they are showing up at BBTS, and promise to be hitting Kokomo Toys early next week.  Buckle your seat belts, Joe fans.  Wave 4 is without a doubt the strongest wave, top-to-bottom that we’ve ever seen in the modern era, and I really don’t think that’s hyperbole.

Hit up Big Bad Toy Store to check out their stock, and while you wait until the figures are available, get caught up on my advanced reviews as well!

GeneralsJoes Reviews 30th Anniversary Wave 4 Airtight and Law & Order

The review train keeps on rolling!

Started off the frenzy yesterday with Sci-Fi and today I continue on with two more figures from the excellent G.I. Joe: 30th Anniversary Wave 4 figure assortment.  These two figures were inspired by the G.I. Joe: Renegades animated series, but clearly have a modern and realistic slant.  A pair of two more fantastic examples from Hasbro.

For the moment, these two figures round off my Wave 4 reviews, with the rest of the review frenzy pulling from Wave 3.  So sorry, no Lifeline or Zombie-Viper (yet) but I’m trying to make that happen for next week.  Keep you all posted.  Until then, check out my 30th Anniversary Review Page or hit up the links below:

Once again, big thanks to Gyre Viper for letting be the first one to reveal these great figures to the readers.  These toys are truly as great as they look, and I hope the retail reaction tells Hasbro so.

In hand images of G.I. Joe: 30th Anniversary Waves 3 & 4 offer insight

Of course the big news is that someone overseas officially has pieces from both Wave 3 & 4 in hand, and images have been posted on ACToys.com.  But what is really interesting about the images is what new information is revealed about these upcoming figures, especially compared to previously seen images at various conventions, including NYCC, which just happened a week or two ago.

The G.I. Joe: Renegades figures especially seem to be in a constant state of change.

First and foremost, the images look to be an amalgamation of some items from Wave 3 and some from Wave 4.  Below I will rundown what we see in these images and what might have changed:

Wave 3

Ripcord – Probably the biggest and most disappointing change…  Ripcord is now sporting Renegades Duke’s vest instead of the all new Renegades-authentic vest he had been spotted with in every convention appearance to this point.  I don’t know…something about this really rubs me the wrong way.  Ripcord was shown at NYCC as recently as just over a week ago, and you’re telling me they couldn’t at least show him in a more final version?  Exceedingly disappointed, not only in the move to replace the vest, but in the total lack of forethought to at least broadcast this change ahead of time.  Not cool, Hasbro.

Scarlett – Yes, as I suspected (and many agreed) it certainly looks like she has lost the City Strike Scarlett gear.  Big bummer.  All we can hope at this point is maybe the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club will find a way to get that stuff in our hand.  The figure itself still looks amazing, but really disappointed in those accessories vanishing.

Tunnel Rat – Well, T Rat at least looks mostly the same, which is actually somewhat frustrating in and of itself.  I would much rather he not have that funky motorized bomb disposal thing if it meant Scarlett got her City Strike gear.  Was anyone clamoring for that thing?  Regardless, Tunnel Rat looks to be pretty much what we’re expecting.

Cobra Trooper – Parts-wise, this figure looks like the same one we’ve seen (thank goodness!) but he does have some minor cosmetic changes.  The coloring seems to be a bit more vibrant and bright, and not quite so subdued, which is a bit disappointing as well.  Sure, I was hoping for a animated aesthetic for Renegades, but since they were going whole hog into the realism, I had grown to really like that pale blue color, which almost looked like actual denim.  This new figure is pretty bright, though it may just be the flash.  I actually like the more well pronounced Cobra symbol, and the shield, to me, isn’t a deal breaker, so I don’t mind that it’s missing.  At least he has the Renegades laser rifle!

Techno-Viper – This guy looks much the same, but we now see his silver Cobra logo in full resolution!  Awesome addition, very glad it’s there.

Wave 4

Airtight – Holy crap this guy looks awesome.  I believe this is the first time we’re seeing him without his helmet, and I really love that hood pulled tight around his head.  A very cool touch, and he looks like he’s fully accessorized.  Totally geeking out over the Renegades artwork for him, too!

Law & Order – Hmm…tough to tell for sure, but I think he might be missing that awesome balaclava extra head.  If so, though, that’s it.  Hot damn this figure is amazing.  Ever since I got ole melon head the first time in 1987 I’ve been pretty luke warm to the character, just because I really didn’t love that head sculpt.  But this guy is awesome.  Great tooling, amazing accessories.  Love it.

Sci Fi – Another figure I hated since he came out in the 80’s.  I don’t have anything against bright colors, but the figure just didn’t seem very interesting to me.  Yeah, that’s changed.  This version looks amazingly cool.  Nicely detailed rifle, backpack…I don’t see the XLMR that was pictured with previously, but not a huge loss.  He’s got the helmets and the important stuff.

So yeah, once again to a small degree the Renegades fan feels like a red-headed stepchild as those Renegades figures are tweaked pretty severely while the 30th Anniversary stuff is left alone.  I certainly understand why Hasbro does it that way, and from a popularity standpoint, it definitely makes sense.  The Renegades fan in me can’t help but feel a little besmirched.

All that being said, even with the changes, these figures are, by and large, spectacular.  I can’t think of a single real stinker in this whole bunch so far, and this series of images doesn’t even include Storm Shadow, Zombie-Viper, or Lifeline, all of which are just as stunning as this group.  Truly astounding how far Hasbro design has come in a very short period of time.

If these are showing up packaged in Asia already, they should be here before we know it.  Can’t wait!

G.I. Joe: Renegades Episode 19 added to Episode Guide

Episode 19, The Anaconda Strain, aired tonight on The Hub, and it was one heck of an awesome fast-paced 30 minutes of television!  Guest stars galore, some great action, and an extremely captivating story.

Even realizing that the end is near, I find myself really enjoying these last few episodes…can’t wait to see how things wrap up.

Check out my Episode Guide, or just click the link below.  Once you’re there, you may want to check out the character menus, too…some new faces there as of tonight!

Episode description for G.I. Joe: Renegades Episode 19

G.I. Joe: Renegades continues to plug along, with new episodes beginning this Saturday at 7:30pm!  TVGuide.com has stayed right on top of things as well, and we have an episode description for the upcoming 19th episode, “The Anaconda Strain”.

“The Joes uncover a deadly virus while searching for a missing scientist and learn of Cobra’s plan to profit from the sale of its antidote.”

Rumor has it we may see Airtight appear in this episode, and it certainly sounds like something right up his alley.  The episode is currently slated to air Saturday, May 7th at 7:30pm Eastern.