GeneralsJoes Reviews the Discount Store exclusive “Running Change” Cobra Trooper

Moving full steam ahead on the discount store exclusive reviews!  I’ve already covered Snake Eyes, Duke, and Shipwreck… today we tackle the Cobra Trooper!  Is this a comic deco?  Cartoon deco?  A little of both?  Read the review to find out!

Check out my 3oth Anniversary Review Page, or click the direct link below to take a look.

GeneralsJoes Reviews Discount Store “Running Change” Shipwreck

The Road to Retaliation continues with my daily reviews, and we start off this Monday morning with the “Running Change” version of Shipwreck!  The Navy soldier dons green and brings the fight on land!  Check out the latest review on my 30th Anniversary Review page, or just by hitting the link below.

GeneralsJoes reviews Discount Store “Running Change” Duke

Continuing on with the “running change” versions of those exclusive figures that came out last year is Duke!  This Duke is a dark gray instead of the green that we got last year.  If I didn’t know better, I’d almost think they were going for a Sunbow version of Breaker homage.

Take a look for yourself and decide!  Hit up my 30th Anniversary Review Page, or go to the direct link below.

GeneralsJoes Reviews Discount Store “Running Change” Snake Eyes

I remember like it was yesterday… the frantic post-G.I. Joe: Retaliation meltdown where everyone was convinced G.I. Joe was dead, the Dollar General exclusives were getting recalled, truly Deth of teh line!11!  Here we are a little less than a year later with a good chunk of pretty cool product to look forward to.  Included in that product is the “running change” versions of the aforementioned Dollar General figures.  So far being spotted in places like Marshall’s and TJ Maxx, these figures promise to be a bit more available than the previous ones.

I was able to get my hands on Snake Eyes, and you can either check out the review on my 30th Anniversary Review Page or the direct link below.

Discount “Dollar General” G.I. Joe figures available for pre-order online!

Well, this certainly comes as a surprise.  Online retailers Big Bad Toy Store and Entertainment Earth have both opened up pre-orders for the now legendary “Dollar General” G.I. Joe figures.  Based on the images shown, they appear to be the original decos and NOT the “running change” versions, but I’m thinking perhaps we shouldn’t take that as a guarantee.

Considering even the “running change” versions of these figures use the original figure on the package itself, I would not be at all surprised if that’s what is being offered here.  I would hesitate to recommend people pre-order these blindly, but it might just be worth taking a chance, I don’t know.  Check out the links below to stock up!

Entertainment Earth

Big Bad Toy Store

Keep in mind at BBTS, a few of the singles are already sold out, so going by the set may be your best bet.  Pretty inexpensive, too!  Check out my reviews for the original “Dollar General” G.I. Joe figures at the links below as well:

Discount store repaints hit eBay, and another hidden homage?

In a clear sign that these discount store G.I. Joe figure repaints are likely on the way to retail stores, eBay seller viperkingdom has posted them all up on eBay.  This second wave is full of some great homages to the classic Joes…some obvious, some not so much:

Now most folks have identified some of the clear inspiration for these figures.  Cobra Commander is based on his comic deco, while Storm Shadow uses T’Ginzu from Ninja Force as his base.  Duke’s interesting uniform color pulls inspiration from the animated Sunbow Breaker.

Shipwreck looks like a great OG13 base, and Snake Eyes looks to be based on the unheralded and extremely underrated Toys “R” Us Heavy Assault Set 6-Pack version from the new sculpt era.  But perhaps the most interesting here (and maybe the most overlooked) is the Cobra Trooper.

Many folks have identified the Cobra Trooper as having a comic inspiration, with the light blue and tan.  But it goes beyond that, at least from my view.  I’m sure folks remember those animated commercials way back in the day.  Well, the Cobra Troopers in those animated commercials look exactly like these figures, all the way to the blue mask.  It’s a very obscure and really neat homage for Joe fans who are interested in that type of thing.

I’ve mirrored the original gallery of images courtesy of Gyre-Viper from JoeDeClassified, and I’ve also included some low res images from those old school commercials.  I think the inspiration is clear.  Very cool stuff.

And below some very low resolution screen shots of those animated Cobra Troopers…notice the blue masks, blue gloves, and yellow straps?  Pretty cool.

 

12 for ’12 – GeneralsJoes Top 12 G.I. Joe toys of 2012

One would think this would be a pretty easy, straight-forward article, right?  I mean, we barely had a wave of figures released, and the vehicles were by and large unremarkable, so what is the point of this discussion?

Well, I kind of thought so, too, but then I started looking into what we got this year, and it became evident, that even with G.I. Joe: Retaliation’s short-lived shelf life, there was still plenty of topics to dissect and plenty to talk about in regards to 2012’s slate of G.I. Joe toys.

Now, a pair of items kind of had me in a quandry.  While technically the Slaughter’s Marauders and Dreadnoks 7-Packs were shipped in 2012, I still consider them 2011 product.  They were announced and solicited in 2011, and I received my sets in 2011, even though many folks got them in 2012.  For that reason I did not include them when considering this list.

Any thoughts from the peanut gallery on that?

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12 for ’12 – GeneralsJoes Top 12 G.I. Joe news stories of 2012

Whatever you think about the state of G.I. Joe throughout 2012, I don’t think anyone can argue that it was a slow year for news.  Quite the opposite!  Going from nearly daily reports of movie updates, to the downward spiral of G.I. Joe: Retaliation confidence, and finally finding some middle ground with the great regional gatherings of Joe fans and the countless great independent projects.

It was quite the interesting year for G.I. Joe, and in celebration of 2012, I’m picking the top 12 news stories for the year.  They may be good, they may be bad, but the end result is a collection of events throughout 2012 that paints a pretty cool picture when we look back on it.  Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below for the run down.

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Still looking for Dollar General figures? Check your local Christmas Tree Shop

For you unlucky souls throughout America without a local Dollar General store, if you have a “Christmas Tree Shop” nearby, you’re going to want to hit it up.  Granted, I think Christmas Tree Shops are even more regional than the Dollar Generals are, but there are folks, specifically in New England, who have a Christmas Tree Shop, but no Dollar Generals.

Troy from the ToyVerse and Shogi from Joe Toon Archive both report that the Dollar General figures have been spotted there, and Shogi even sent along an image that you can see below.  Do you have a local store?  Check ChristmasTreeShop.com to see if there is a store in your area.

First carded image of Dollar Store Storm Shadow repaint

With the almost infamous Dollar Store G.I. Joe figures only being spotted sporadically throughout the United States at various Dollar General stores, there are a lot of questions about the mysterious repaints that Gyre Viper showed us quite a while ago.  Are these variants of current product?  A second wave?  A Family Dollar exclusive?

Most of these questions we do not know the answers to (but will hopefully find out at JoeCon next week!) but Gyre-Viper has now shared with GeneralsJoes a carded image of the upcoming Storm Shadow repaint.  Obviously taking a page from the T’Ginzu book, this great looking version of Storm Shadow is shown here in packaged form for the first time, revealing that these are being designed and packaged just like the first wave, with no real alterations.

For potential confidentiality reasons, Gyre-Viper will not be sharing the date stamp, or assortment number, considering these are as of yet unreleased items and things could have changed after he got his hands on this sample.  He does mention that the code names are exactly the same, and the back of the card is exactly the same (showing the original paint schemes, not the repaint colors) which seems to indicate that these are indeed variants or running changes, and are not a full fledged second wave of product.

Quite an interesting look at a series of figures that there seems to be more questions than answers about.  I really look forward to talking to Hasbro next week to see if we can get more details.

Speaking of Gyre-Viper and the Convention next week, if you’re going to be in New Orleans make sure you check out the Joe Declassified booth!  If you love unreleased product, pre-production product and just finding out some great hidden details about the entire history of G.I. Joe you won’t find a better place to do that than at the DeClassified booth.  With some awesome figures on display and some genuine fans of the hobby manning the booth it will be a fantastic opportunity to see some cool toys and talk to some cool people.

All of the information about the DeClass booth can be found right here on JoeDeClassified.com.

Make sure you check it out!  Hopefully I’ll see you in New Orleans.