EDIT – Added images of the G.I. Joe HISS tank the CHIMERA.
I was a bit lax on reporting the first burst of overseas eBay auctions that appeared on the scene a couple of weeks ago, but this time I wanted to try and at least stay a little on top of it, mostly because this offers us our first real in hand look at some of these figures. They are currently found on eBay, but as with all pre-production items, caveat emptor.
Keep in mind, deco’s will be changing (no the final Storm Shadow is not going to be missing his gray camouflage) but this is still a nice look at some of this upcoming product.
And I’ve learned a couple things here.
1 – The Cobra Basilisk looks a LOT cooler than I initially anticipated. That slight paint brush “wear and tear” look on the surface adds a ton of great dimensions to that vehicle. I surprised myself with how much difference that made in my mind. It shifted this item straight from “somewhat dull Snowcat repaint” to a new and interesting looking Cobra take on that vehicle. It’s pretty nice.
2 – I still love the Cobra Elite Horseman. I first fell in love with this figure during the Pursuit of Cobra/30th Anniversary line, when he was in red, and he looks pretty darn nice here in blue as well.
3 – Initial samples of Chuckles were missing the floral deco, which had some fans worried. Well, worry no more, they’re back here. Not only are they back here, but this could cause those non-floral deco versions sold a couple of weeks ago to get a little more desirable…
4 – I believe these are our first looks at Gung Ho and Storm Shadow, two of the few truly “new” tooled figures we’re getting. Both look nice, but Gung Ho, of course, truly shines. Looking forward to getting this one in hand, I just hope from a plastic material perspective he feels a bit more solid than Destro from the 50th Anniversary.
5 – Steeler looks awesome. Both Steeler and Grunt seem like they’re pulling from the Pursuit of Cobra line of design, where figures like Kickstart and Double Clutch had this flat green look. I love it, and it’s neat to see that we now have three of the Original 13 (Steeler, Grunt, and Clutch) in this somewhat modernized look. Heck, we could throw PoC Snake Eyes and 30th Anniversary Stalker in that boat as well. Building a nice little modern team of the original guys.
I still haven’t quite decided how this line should be “branded”. I’m sure they’re using the same format as the 50th Anniversary line last year, but for obvious reasons, these can’t be considered 50th Anniversary figures. I’ve gotta work this out in my head.
Check out the images below, the fact that we’re getting new G.I. Joe items at retail is starting to feel like more of a reality…
Also, there are two different Air Vipers in the gallery. I believe that one of them on the auction pages is the original, and the one with the colors on the vest is from the upcoming release…