No longer “canceled”, the third wave of “Target Exclusive” vehicle sets are now hitting Ross Stores nationwide (well…for folks unlike me who actually have one within 350 miles, anyway).
Thankfully I have some very kind readers who have extended their generosity and allowed me to get my full of these vehicle sets at killer prices. I reviewed two of them yesterday, and today I will add the final two to the Pursuit of Cobra Review Page. Check out the links below.
Granted, I’m one of the lucky ones who grabbed the full set of four of these from eBay last week, but this is just crazy. Just as the Rise of Cobra was morphing into the Pursuit of Cobra, a number of items were solicited, and some items were destined for the dustbin of history, including the final wave of Target Exclusives. Initially this wave was slated to come with the Trubble Bubble w/ Elite-Viper, Twin Battle Gun w/ Range-Viper, Air Assault Glider w/ Capt. Ace, and the RAM w/ Sandstorm.
These items have sold for upwards near $300 on the secondary market, and now you can get them for six bones a pop at your local Ross stores.
At least, I’m assuming some folks have these locally. Myself? The nearest Ross is 350+ miles away.
If anyone gets their hands on a few Twin Battle Gun w/ Range-Vipers, feel free to let me know. I’d love to have a little squad of these babies, but I’ve got no Ross stores locally. I will be getting my eBay one this week, and at least this makes my decision to open them much easier. Reviews will be coming!
Check out some mirrored images below, and a huge thanks to japanX80 of HissTank.com for the info.
Rulz over at HissTank.com has gotten a hold of another upcoming Rise of Cobra exclusive item, this time the Target Exclusive Cobra Flight Pod w/ Elite-Viper. I know I’m in the minority here, but I’m really loving this paint scheme for the Elite-Viper. Absolutely love the combination of black and red with the camouflage pants. A very cool look…I may end up grabbing a couple of these. It’s weird…the first two waves of Target Exclusive items were fairly “bleh”, but this third wave looks very freaking cool. Love this set.
Over on HissTank.com, they report that some images have appeared of upcoming Rise of Cobra releases, including a very mysterious Firefly/Elite-Viper hybrid that doesn’t fit anything we’ve heard of before. Tough to tell if it’s actually legitimate or not, but it is interesting to see it. The coloring is a bit lighter than the version released with the Gunship, and with that Elite Viper head, it could really belong anywhere…be interesting to see where this goes.
As for the other pictures, Ice Storm is still a pretty neat looking figure to me, and unlike many Joe fans apparently, I actually really like the red camouflaged Elite-Viper slated to come with the Trubble Bubble, too. Check out the images below.
We’ve seen enough of these images to really know what we’re getting with these sets, but the fact that we now have official pictures to show probably means these are on the verge of release. And as usual, these two vehicles add a sense of conflict… I love the Elite-Viper, but would have loved something NEW with the Elite-Viper…however, the Cobra vehicle is far superior to the G.I. Joe one. On the flip side, though, this strange amalgamation of Paris Pursuit Snake Eyes and the Commando Snake Eyes from Rise of Cobra at least offers some new elements, even if the end result is a bulkier version of the same figure. Bulk is exactly what that figure needed, though, so maybe this is a good thing?
We’ve seen some scattered images for the upcoming “Rip Attack” vehicles, but HissTank has now provided the most in depth images yet, giving us clear images of the two drivers, the vehicles and the mechanism used to launch them. Coolest thing to me is this version of Snake Eyes…I hadn’t noticed in earlier images, but this looks to be a combination of the Paris Pursuit head and legs with the version 1 body and arms. It actually works really well, I think, making Snake Eyes really resemble his movie self, yet being a bit bulkier and more imposing than the overly scrawny first version. I dig it.
Unfortunately “Street-Viper” just looks like the regular Elite-Viper, no new paint scheme or anything, which is kind of a shame, but his vehicle actually looks pretty neat. Check out the mirrored images below.
dawg99 over at HissTank.com has posted a nice image of all four of the upcoming Pursuit of Cobra mini-vehicle sets mint in their boxes…and I’m really surprised. The packaging is surprisingly nice! For the record, this appears to be the breakdown:
Air Assault Glider w/ Capt. Ace (Arctic Assault)
RAM Cycle w/ Sandstorm (Desert Battle)
Jungle Terror Twin Battle Gun w/ Range-Viper (Jungle Assault)
COBRA Flight Pod w/ Elite-Viper (City Strike)
I’m amazed that they managed to get that Whirlwind shoe-horned into that tiny box…impressive. If these sell for the same price as current versions, I’ll buy a few of those if I can find ’em. Check out the image below.
Werecat over on JoeBattleLines has posted a pretty nice in depth look at some ways to get a more character-accurate version of Repeater out of the recently released Toys “R” Us Troop Builder 5-Pack.
Some nice little part swaps over some great opportunity for expanding the Joe roster. Check out the thread right here, and some images are also mirrored below.
“Good news for those of you out there who were upset at Repeater’s needless race change. As it turns out, it’s a very easy fix to make him true-to-form, and give us a simple but effective LBC Hardball as a bonus. The only catch, is, you’ll need to buy two ‘Joe sets.
Repeater and Footloose share the same body, just with different flesh color. So if you have an extra Footloose, you’ll have a Repeater body with Caucasian skin tone. And you don’t have to worry about a proper Repeater head. Hasbro already helped us out on that angle! The extra Zartan head very much harkens back to White Repeater, because it has the patrol cap and black hair. So simply stick this head on the Footloose body, and you have an instant Repeater. You can even keep the same web gear, as it’s similar enough to the original figure in design.”
Thanks to HissCommander from The Terror Drome for letting me know that ToysRUs.com currently has the two brand spankin’ new Troop Builder 5-Packs available for ordering through their website!
They retail for $19.99 each…I just placed my order, and it was $45.00 for the two of them including shipping. Pretty good deal, all told, for ten figures. There are no images in the listing, so just be aware that Trooper Builder 5-Pack 1 is the G.I. Joe one, and Troop Builder 5-Pack 2 is the Cobra one. Go get ’em.