GeneralsJoes Reviews Figure Subscription Service Barrel Roll and TNT

The Figure Subscription Service has wrapped shipping and I’m finally getting those last loose ends tied up.  Not quite done with the mythical “Number 13” yet, but here are numbers 11 and 12.  Barrel Roll is one of my all time favorite characters, especially in recent years, and I’m glad to see him released.  Meanwhile, TNT was a very pleasant surprise, to be sure.

Check out my G.I. Joe Collectors Club Reviews section for the latest FSS reviews, or the direct links below.


Another G.I. Joe Collectors Club “Did you Know?” article… FSS Barrel Roll!

I can’t help but renew my (minor) disappointment with this figure as the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club gives us a very nice in depth look at the Barrel Roll character on  Their first two figures were Quarrel and TNT, both International exclusives that some newer domestic fans might not be real familiar with.

Barrel Roll was a character released in 2003 originally, and I’m sure there are some modern era specific fans who don’t know who he is, and this article provides some awesome insight, as well as some great new images of the upcoming Figure Subscription Service figure.  I’m happy to see that the helmet fits much better here than it did in the DTC days (or in earlier pictures).

All of that being said, the figure is cool enough that I’m almost even more disappointed that he ended up in his desert deco instead of the much more established blue and gray.  I think the same exact figure in some slightly tweaked colors would have made me infinitely more happy.  That being said, the figure still looks really nice and has some very cool elements.

Check out the article on and don’t forget, deadline for signing up for the FSS is September 4th!!  Don’t miss your chance.

G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club gets close up with FSS Barrel Roll

Not to be outdone by the G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer, the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club continues to reveal items from their FSS (Figure Subscription Service).  This time around, they give us a nice close up shot of the FSS Barrel Roll, which pretty much looks like the Direct To Consumer version of the figure.

Check out the mirrored image below, and of course, follow the G.I. Joe Club on Twitter, Facebook, and at for all the latest info!

Art update for the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club FSS figures

So, after GeneralsJoes faithful Monte chided me in my comments for a lack of updates, I went into last week to see when I posted last and holy crap!  Somehow I missed some art updates from the FSS (Figure Subscription Service).

As of this point, the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club has revealed character art for ten of the subscription figures (no dedicated Sure Fire or TNT images yet), and posted a little update about the source material for the art as well.

They also provided a terrific image of a Jinx close-up that looks to be a retooled and modified Valor vs. Venom head sculpt.

I’ve mirrored those images below, and you can stay up to date on

Also, just to keep all up to date, below you can see all of the close-up card art we’ve seen so far.  I haven’t included any of the full cards here, but this is a good look at what we’ve seen to date.  The two missing characters can be seen in the compilation image above as well.

I know the art style has been a hot button topic throughout these reveals, and I still stand by my thoughts that these are no worse than anything we’ve received in the past few years, and in fact, I think they maintain the style pretty well.  Balancing cost against resources is an ongoing battle, and we must remember the limited budget involved in packaging these.

If I had my preference, I’d say just sell them loose and eliminate those costs altogether, but I know there is a popular surge amongst the fandom to have packaged versions of these figures available.  I don’t understand it myself, but apparently there is a presence there.

I think the most important thing to remember when providing feedback for anyone, keep it respectful.  I have seen some downright mean, condescending, and bordering on belligerent comments about this artwork online, which is frankly pretty disappointing.  It’s fine to express that this art is not your cup of tea, but keep in mind that there is always a human being on the other side of the digital paintbrush, and while constructive criticism is always appreciated by an artist so they can grow their craft and improve, insults and hurtful words do nothing to help the artistic process.  It’s a shame that I actually have to type those words considering we’re all adults in this hobby, for the most part, but there you are.

Again, make sure and keep tabs on for all the latest news and information.

GI Joe Collectors Club reveals subscription figure #8 – Barrel Roll!

We continue full steam ahead towards the new G.I. Joe Collectors Club Figure Subscription Service (FSS) and today brings us a new figure reveal for the sub service. Today the club unveils Barrel Roll!

Obviously inspired by the DTC desert version, with some jetpack love built in, Barrel Roll obviously uses Resolute jetpack Duke for much of his tooling with the DTC version’s head sculpt.

Personally, I’ll admit I was hoping for more of a Spy Troops inspiration, but this one has all of the necessary Barrel Roll elements, and I love the tooling used.  Check out the image right here, or also mirrored below.

Big thanks to Phil from for the heads up!

Kick ass custom of the week – 25th Anniversary Barrel Roll

barrelroll1Anyone who follows my reviews or my dio-stories knows that I’m a big fan of Barrel Roll from the Spy Troops era, and am, in fact, a huge fan of the whole Stall family dynamic.  From Barrel Roll and Blackout’s conflit, tying in the whole sister angle with Bombstrike…sure it’s unlikely that three separate siblings would all happen to join G.I. Joe and/or COBRA and face off against each other, but it was still a cool story and an interesting subplot, even if not fully explored.  I like to think Brandon Jerwa obviously had it on his mind when he was penning the G.I. Joe title, but I’m not sure he ever got the chance to fully develop it.

At any rate…the utter distaste that most fans have for the new sculpt era has left a lot of great stuff on the table, as it’s fairly unlikely that Hasbro will dip into that pool for source material.  Yeah, they did the “Greatest Battles” 4-Pack, but let’s face it, that was pretty much just an excuse to release another Duke, COBRA Commander, Snake Eyes, and Storm Shadow.

Lots of folks have identified the Resolute Duke figure that showed up in the 5-Pack as being a potential Barrel Roll, and I can see that.  The original figure was labelled a “high altitude sniper” and came with some COBRA pilot gear…the second figure actually came with a jetpack.  When Barrel Roll showed up in the Sigma 6 toyline, he actually had a remarkably similar paint scheme to the Resolute Duke from the 5-Pack as well.  But this is all just a roundabout way of me being giddy that someone finally gave us a decent 25th Anniversary Barrel Roll custom, and it’s only fitting that it’s longtime “friend of the site” Mysterious Stranger.barrelroll3

He posted the custom here on JoeBattleLines, and damned if I don’t freaking love it.  He took the familiar Resolute Duke with the jetpack, gave him a sculpted head from Broken Arrow Toys, the Ace legs (which look PERFECT in comparison to the original version) and then painted the figure to more closely resemble the original Spy Troops look of the character.  The end result is a fantastic update to the Barrel Roll character that blends perfectly with the 25th Anniversary, yet is also a nice representation of the Spy Troops era.

Great job on this one!  Love it.  Now do a Blackout, dammit.  ;)