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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COBRA Viper (Figure Subscription Service)

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I’m going to start this review with a confession, though it’s a confession that will likely not come as a surprise to many.

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I love me some neon G.I. Joe.  I always have.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t love the figures because of the neon, I enjoy them in spite of their garish colors, and in most cases actually would prefer it if the kickass 90s molds would use slightly tamer, more realistic color schemes.  That being said, I will never look down on a figure because of its brightness, and the Battle Corps COBRA Viper is a perfect example of that.

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Yes the figure is purple and orange, and yes he would be a huge target on the battlefield, but from a pure sculpt perspective the figure is incredible.  The awesome narrow, sloped helmet with embedded visor, along with the built-in rebreather is an amazing design aesthetic, looking somewhat insect-like but also like something that could completely exist in the real world.  I think that’s what I’ve always loved so much about A Real American Hero, the fact that they take this outlandish concepts and manage to build figures around them that make them seem realistic.

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As one might imagine, after modern era format figures have been around going on seven years, we’re starting to run out of credible updates…so the Collectors Club is having to dig deep into the vaults, and with the COBRA Viper I think they made a great choice.  The choice makes sense as well, considering the Iron Anvil that was released for the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention.  Once that figure was revealed, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that the character’s predecessor from the vintage days would appear somewhere along the line as well.

Interestingly, rather than duplicate the spectacular build for the Iron Anvil, the Collectors Club went their own way, and I think the results are mixed.  I’ll never be one to admonish trying to develop new concepts rather than just repaint what’s already been done, however the Iron Anvil figure build, frankly, was superior to this one in every way.  The sculpt and tooling for the G.I. Joe: Retaliation Snake Eyes works a lot better in my mind, and allows the figure some better range of motion and an appearance of being more streamlined.

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Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against the Jungle Viper torso and legs we see here, the look is just thicker and more bulky, and overall I prefer the nimble appearance of the previous iteration.  Also, the use of the G.I. Joe: Retaliation COBRA Trooper arms means the wrists don’t get the extra articulation, which is a shame as well.

Looking at the color scheme, they did a decent job matching up the vintage ’94 COBRA Viper, while muting the tones somewhat.  You can immediately tell where the inspiration came from, but they manage to dial down the neon to a degree, which is a good combination.

Accessories

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The G.I. Joe Collectors Club chose some neat weapons for the COBRA Viper as well.  I’m a huge fan of the assault rifle that he comes with, I’ve loved it ever since it was released with G.I. Joe: Resolute Destro and I’m happy to say the COBRA Viper hands fit it really well.  He’s also got a purple knife inspired by the crazy blade that the original Viper came with, though since this knife is one that generally plugs into a hole on a figure, it has a huge rounded peg on it.  Without having some place to plug it in on the Viper, that seems a bit odd, but it’s not terrible.  Lastly, he has a pistol that fits neatly into the holster on his ankle.  He doesn’t come with a lot of weapons, but what he comes with makes sense and look pretty neat alongside the figure itself.

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I’m a huge fan of this version of the COBRA Viper and I have been for a long time.  I was really looking forward to seeing what the Collectors Club did with it. Unfortunately I ended up slightly disappointed in the build, though the overall color scheme and accessory compliment (almost) make up for that.  It’s a fun figure and a nice addition to the modern era collection.  Now someone get me a Crimson Guard Commander dammit.

G.I. Joe Collectors Club 5.0 Battle Corps Cobra Viper revealed

To close off your work week, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals the FSS 5.0 version of their Battle Corps COBRA Viper!  Interestingly, the Club didn’t go for a straight redeco of their Iron Anvil Convention Figure, but instead leveraged a chunk of the Jungle Viper.  Honestly, I think I prefer the Iron Anvil build, but as a 90s lover, I’ll certainly take this, too!

Check it out at GIJoeClub.com and the mirrored image below.

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Check out the first five reveals in the gallery below as well!

Weeping in the toy aisles? Don’t forget about Sideshow Collectibles!

I know there has been an obvious G.I. Joe vacuum at retail, but don’t forget…all is not lost in G.I. Joe toy land.  Those great folks over at Sideshow Collectibles still have tons of G.I. Joe products in stock and ready to ship!

Excellent figures like the Crimson Guard, General Hawk, Cobra Viper, Zartan, Rock n Roll, and many other great dioramas and statues are in stock at Sideshow Collectibles, so satisfy your G.I. Joe itch with some 12″ goodness.

Click the banner below to see what they’ve got in stock and use some of that “mad money” for some really cool conversation pieces for your G.I. Joe collection.

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Massive behind the scenes gallery for G.I. Joe: Initiate fan film

It’s been a little while since we heard word about the G.I. Joe: Initiate fan film, but that’s only because they have been very busy filming it!  In fact, over on the G.I. Joe: Initiate Facebook page they have proven this fact by posting a ton of behind the scenes images of the filming, with some very cool looking characters!

I’ve mirrored just a couple of the images below.  Check out their Facebook page here for a ton more photos, and also stay tuned to GIJoeInitiate.com for the latest updates, here’s hoping we see something online soon!

GeneralsJoes and Mysterious Stranger team up on Sideshow Cobra Viper review

I have unfortunately been sitting on this figure and this review for quite a while as other things just continued to come up in the world of G.I. Joe.  But with Sideshow Collectibles letting out rumors that they would be revealing a potential new G.I. Joe item this week, I thought it was a good time to get this review posted!

I was already working on a Cobra Viper review myself when Mysterious Stranger sent his in to me, so I figured we’d do the best of both worlds and just team up on the thing.  We each provided images, we each provided text, and the end result can be found in my Sideshow Collectibles review category and also at the link below.  Enjoy!

Yo Joe! Several Sideshow Collectibles G.I. Joe Items BACK IN STOCK

If you’ve been after a particular Sideshow Collectibles piece, but thought they were sold out, REJOICE.  Sideshow Collectibles tells us that they have many G.I. Joe figures and statues back in stock now.

With G.I. Joe: Retaliation apparently out of the picture for 2012, you need something else to spend your G.I. Joe cash on…  Click on the links or banners below to buy!

G.I. Joe Collectibles Zartan 12-inch Figure

Snake Eyes and Timber Statue

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Black Dragon Ninja 12-inch Figure

Cobra Viper 12-inch Figure

Chuck from What’s on Joe Mind Video Reviews some G.I. Joe stuff

Folks who listen to the What’s on Joe Mind Podcast have obviously heard all of us interact with Chuck, and the fact that he does YouTube video reviews…I know I’ve been joking with him about it, but he does cover some G.I. Joe items, and hey, he’s a funny guy, so I’ll give him some free pub here.

Some of his more recent G.I. Joe reviews involve Pursuit of Cobra and 30th Anniversary figures.

First and foremost, he reviewed the 30th Anniversary Law & Order:

He also has covered the Cobra Viper as well, which is a very nice figure:

You guys should check ’em out, especially if you’re a fan of the podcast.

Sideshow Collectibles Cobra Viper and Hawk still in stock!

Yes, you read correctly…in my mind, this is one of the best Sideshow Collectibles figures that has been produced…how do they possibly still have some in stock?!

I don’t know, but if you’re on the fence, you may want to pick it up while you can and avoid the Wait List.  Click the banner below to add to your 12″ army!

Cobra Viper 12-inch Figure

While you’re at it, the 12″ General Hawk figure is also still available and in stock now!  Hit up the banner below to grab that one.

General Hawk 12-inch Figure

These figures have been selling out fast, I’m amazed that these two (which are both very cool looking figures) are still in stock!  Jump on them while you have the chance.  While you’re at it, think about the woodland Ninja Viper figure as well.  Originally an SDCC Exclusive, you can pick this up right now directly from the Sideshow Collectibles store.

Cobra Ninja Viper 12-inch Figure - Attendee Edition SDCC Exclusive

This concludes the pimp post of the day.

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