The news just broke today that G.I. Joe: Retaliation Wave 3.5 pre-orders are shipping from certain online retailers, but here at GeneralsJoes we’re getting a jump on things early. Big thanks to Glumby for hooking me up with some early samples of these upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation figures, and I’ve posted two new reviews to the G.I. Joe: Retaliation Review Page.
That’s right, G.I. Joe fans, G.I. Joe: Retaliation Wave 3.5 (AKA the SUPAH WAVE) is right around the corner, and some folks have already scored figures from the assortment. The pre-production master Glumby as accumulated a nice assortment of early sample figures and posted some images over on JoeDeClassified.com.
First early looks are of the Crimson Guard as well as Budo and Cobra Commander. Many of these images show these figures in never-seen before in hand formats, including Cobra Commander with his hood and a great look at his FANG helicopter themed backpack.
Huge thanks to Glumby for getting these images out there. Check out JoeDeClassified here and here, and I’ve also mirrored some of the images below.
Hasbro’s excellent PR firm has begun sending out the press material, and I’ve uploaded a large amount of it already to the YoJoe Photo events page! The Press images include Budo without his helmet, Cobra Commander wearing his hood, and all of the Wave 2 Kre-On figures that weren’t in the showroom!
Also see the Arashikage Dojo and Ghoststriker fighter jet. Check ’em out right here.
You would think after three years we’d seen almost every canceled Rise of Cobra figure that was out there, but as usual, Gyre-Viper proves that thinking incorrect. We’d heard rumors about these figures several times over the years, with the most solid information coming from package artist Mike Thompson, but for the first time ever, we are seeing plastic evidence of canceled Rise of Cobra figures Dr. Mindbender, Zap, and Budo. Gyre-Viper also tosses in some more great images of Nano-B.A.T. while he’s at it, and to further prove the theory about these figures’ histories, Nano B.A.T. seems to come as part of the package with the other three figures.
Check out the very nice gallery of images at JoeDeClassified.com. Dr. Mindbender is a very interesting looking addition, with the 25th Anniversary head sculpt and some great purple gloves as homage to the original. Budo is mostly a Resolute Training Storm Shadow with what looks like the Hard Master head and the belt/ceremonial skirt from the Valor Vs. Venom Slice. Zap is obviously the most straight-forward update.
Rumors have persisted that these are part of a canceled second series of Wal-Mart Exclusive 2-packs, and Mike Thompson believed that was the case as well. Check out a few of the mirrored images below, and look at all these great pictures at JoeDeClassified.com. A huge thanks as always to Gyre-Viper for the pictures.