GeneralsJoes Reviews FSS Charbroil and COBRA Viper

Don’t look now, but the Figure Subscription Reviews continue unabated here at GeneralsJoes.com!

Today we’re taking a look at Charbroil and the COBRA Viper, the first two figures that hit mailboxes for FSS 5.0.

You can check out the reviews on the G.I. Joe Collectors Club Review Page or click the links below.

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Charbroil (Figure Subscription Service)

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If you’d asked me at any point over the past several years if we really needed an update for Charbroil, I would have said “hell no”.  In the 21st Century the need for flamethrower troopers seems unnecessary, and Charbroil isn’t even the number 1 flamethrower trooper on the G.I. Joe team.  Not only that, but we’ve already received two Charbroil updates, though one was Rise of COBRA and one was Night Force, so we never really got the 1988 update that some folks might have thought we needed.

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I would have disagreed.

However, throughout doing this review and realizing just how many 1988 figures have now been released, it’s kind of cool to see the group shot and Charbroil does fill a hole in that roster, which is cool to see.

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Charbroil himself is a decent figure.  He uses pretty much the entire base figure for the G.I. Joe: Retaliation G.I. Joe Trooper (like the Night Force version did) but done up in colors more accurate to the 1988 version.  The shade of brown for the uniform is a decent match for the ’88 original and the yellow trim does a good job complimenting it now as it did 19 years ago.

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One curious choice, however, was that instead of reusing the same unmasked head that we got with the Night Force version, instead this Charbroil has a balaclava.  I’m not entirely sure why that decision was made, though I would have much preferred the unmasked head here as it was with the Convention set.

If I have a gripe, while the sculpting on the legs is exceptionally well detailed and looks really nice, the ankle joints don’t work especially well (as they really haven’t since 2012) making it tough to keep the figure standing, either on the battle stand or off.

Accessories

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This figure comes with the accessories you’d pretty much expect, including the familiar helmet, backpack with flamethrower (and removable flame) and pistol.  Honestly there’s nothing especially revolutionary or different here, and nothing that wows or impresses.  The weapons are fine and they make sense, but beyond that they’re just kind of there.

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As a character, Charbroil has never really held an interest for me, and as we sit here in 2017, the concept of a flamethrower trooper seems unrealistic at best.  It’s nice to have another entry in the 1988 figure roster filled, however, and I will admit I geeked out just a little when I shot that group shot that keeps on getting just a little bit larger every year.

Surprise! G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals FSS 5.0 Charbroil!

This is one way to make a Monday better!

The G.I. Joe Collectors Club has posted their first reveal from the upcoming Figure Subscription Service 5.0 and it’s one great looking figure!  Charbroil has appeared on GIJoeClub.com and anyone who has the Night Force version will find some similarities in the build here, but the Club looks to have included a removable helmet that is much more 80’s inspired.

Check out the first preview below and get excited, because I’m sure there’s more to come!

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Charbroil’s head sculpt revealed on GIJoeCon Facebook page

Well, look at that!  You wouldn’t necessarily think so, but a slight change in hair color makes all the difference in the world.  It helps that this head has only been used with masked characters so far as well.

Yes, Charbroil uses the same head sculpt as the Rise of Cobra Aqua-Viper Officer and more recently as the Figure Subscription Service Dice, but with the red hair he looks like a totally different guy.  The G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club showed his unmasked head on their Facebook page.  It’s also mirrored below.

The next 2013 G.I. Joe Convention Exclusive revealed – Night Force Charbroil!

And this just might be a figure that is better than his previous version.  Far, far better.

Charbroil was always somewhat of a second rate Blowtorch in my opinion, and even though his Night Force version did add some nice credibility to the character (I really hated the brown, yellow, and silver look) he still wasn’t really high on my list of knock out characters.  Of course, appearing in the same assortment as Hit & Run, one might expect he got a little overshadowed.

The Collectors Club has revealed their version of Night Force Charbroil now, and it is pretty nice.  Using what appears to be the G.I. Joe: Retaliation Joe Trooper body from neck to toe (which I have ZERO issues with, as demonstrated by my Best Toys of 2012 article), he’s got a newly tooled helmet and backpack and even without a ton of detail work, the figure looks really nice.  Love the combination of gray and blue here.

Check out the latest update at GIJoeCon.com, and I’ve mirrored the image below.

Rise of COBRA Reviews updated – Nano-Viper and Charbroil

I’ve rounded off Wave 4 of the Rise of Cobra reviews with Charbroil and the Nano-Viper.  Check ’em out on the Rise of Cobra page, or the links below.

Wave 4 and Wave 3 variants are hitting retail at Toys “R” Us!

Paul Ernst from the Fighting 118th has reported that Rise of COBRA Wave 4 as well as the Wave 3 “The Doctor” and “Arctic Storm Shadow” variants have hit retail at his local Toys “R” Us in California!  He also posted images, which I’ve mirrored below.  The hunt continues…

Nice review and some images for upcoming Wave 4 Charbroil

Over on JoeCustoms.com, chrysophylax got a hold of Rise of COBRA Wave 4 Charbroil, and has posted a pretty neat mini-review with a nice handful of pictures.  I’ve mirrored those pictures right below.

This figure I’m pretty lukewarm on.  There are some neat parts…I love the idea of the COBRA Commander chrome head underneath the helmet to make the goggles look reflective.  That’s actually really neat, though it obviously affects the helmet removal.  The Blowtorch vest over some of the Resolute parts works nicely, though, and gives the figure a somewhat unique new look.  Vintage purists will rant that he looks nothing like Charbroil, but I’ve got no issues with that.  The figure has grown on me somewhat, but is still probably one of my least favorite of Wave 4.

G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA Wave 4 coming soon at HasbroToyShop

HasbroToyShop’s G.I. Joe section has posted “Coming Soon” links for the upcoming Wave 4 G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA action figures.  Check out the links below…these items are not currently in stock, but looks like they could be coming very soon!  In fact, the estimated arrival date on the site is September 14th.

Even with a lot of reused parts, this is a pretty neat looking wave.  Some new characters, some new ideas, and figures to look forward to.  I especially dig Night Adder, that is one sick looking COBRA security guard!  Thanks to The Terror Drome for the info, and don’t forget to use the gijoe10 code for 10% off!

Some updated G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA Product Images

Yet more figure news out of HissTank this morning as they’ve gotten their hands on some product images for upcoming G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA action figures.  These are thought to be from Wave 4, but that’s not known for certain.  Shown in the mirrored gallery below are:

  • Charbroil
  • The Doctor (White Labcoat)
  • Nano-Viper
  • Kamakura
  • Night Adder
  • Red Fang Ninja

Check out the original thread here, and take a peek at the images below.

A ton of reused parts and pieces…lots of Resolute Duke and Blowtorch for Charbroil…Nano-Viper is a straight up Viper Commando repaint.  Kamakura is pretty much all repainted parts.  Night Adder has Resolute Roadblock’s body and vest, though he has a new head.  Even the Red Fang Ninja looks to have the RoC Viper body, and maybe just a Resolute Trooper head with sunglasses.  They are mixing them up well, and the result is decent, but they’ve definitely got this formula down.