G.I. Joe Con Exclusive Reveal Catch Up – Dodger and Blaster

I’ve had my nose buried in other projects this week and the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has unleased two more BattleForce: 2000 reveals: Dodger and Blaster.

Like they’ve been doing from the start, they seem to be sticking really close to the vintage aesthetic, and the designs are, for the most part, really solid.  I am a bit concerned about the Photoshop mock up head sculpts, especially the ones with the non-removable helmets, as I fear they may suffer from Static Line syndrome.

While many folks complained about Static Line’s permanently attached helmet, I wasn’t all that distraught about that component, but more about how the attached helmet almost looked like it was a part of his head.  Whoever is sculpting these heads doesn’t appear to be accommodating for the actual shape and size of the head underneath the helmet and the result is an almost “squished” look where the helmets are far too small and way too tight.

Time will tell what the actual finished product will look like, I hate to make judgments based purely on a Photoshop mock up, but that’s all we have to go on at this point.

One question I really do have though – WHERE’S BLASTER’S MASK????  Seriously that was a really awesome element to the original figure.  Very disappointed that they couldn’t find some way financially to include that, choosing instead to retool exact replicas of vintage accessories.  Curious choice on that one, I have to admit.

The builds for these two figures are pretty decent, though as I mentioned above I’m a little confused as to why money would be invested in retooling exactly replicas of the classic weapons when a 30 second trip to eBay will find any replacement you want for pennies on the dollar.

Regardless…  we’re now a good chunk of the way through the reveals and so far I’m liking the majority of the BattleForce: 2000 stuff, but am still really questioning the choice to include 9 Battle Android Troopers.  Let’s see what the rest look like.

Keep watching GIJoeCon.com for updates and see the previews below!

G.I. Joe Convention Exclusive Avalanche Revealed!

The next exclusive for the upcoming G.I. Joe Convention boxed set has been revealed and it’s looking pretty awesome!

Maverick and Knockdown were okay, but Avalanche is pretty spectacular.  Great build, great paint, and a new head sculpt.  Nice!  Keep checking GIJoeCon.com for the latest info, and you can see the image mirrored below.

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More G.I. Joe Convention Exclusives revealed

I could have sworn I posted this a couple of days ago, but I’ll be damned if I can find it.  My bad.

This week the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has revealed two more 2017 G.I. Joe Convention Exclusive figures.  A couple of days ago we got our first look at the B.A.T. Squad Leader, apparently inspired by the ’91 version of the Battle Android Trooper.  He’s got a newly tooled head, but is pretty much just B.A.T. v1 from the neck down.  The choice is a bit curious, as one would assume that folks might want to army build this version, and as a squad leader, I figure he’s the only one of this type in the boxed set.

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Which of course begs the question… what will the standard troopers look like?  The 2003 repaint?  Hopefully we’ll find out soon.

Along with the B.A.T. Squad Leader, today we also got a look at Knockdown, who appears to come with General Mayhem’s helmet and a newly retooled version of his crazy anti-aircraft pistol.  Not sure I’d consider that a worthy investment in tooling dollars, but there you go.

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More to come, keep checking GIJoeCon.com for the latest intel!

G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals potential revised Salvo build!

And it is SO MUCH BETTER.

Taking fan feedback into consideration, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has put together another possible build for the Salvo to be included in Figure Subscription Service 5!  Using the G.I. Joe: Retaliation Roadblock body and more accurate text for the shirt makes a TON of difference.

The figure looks 100% better.  Huge thanks to the Club for taking our feedback and bringing together something that really does Salvo some justice.  This is great stuff.

Please note – They still need to check on tooling availability, so this is not yet a done deal.  Everyone keep your fingers crossed that all the parts are available.  Check it out at GIJoeClub.com or the image below.

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The full line up (hopefully!)

Also, check out comparison images below:

SO MUCH BETTER.

SKAR has a new operative – GIJCC Steel Raven revealed!

Now this is cool.

I loved G.I. Joe: Extreme conceptually, but the figures released in the mid 90s were not up to par with the earlier efforts.  Victims of the 1990s style of toy design, with dramatic sculpted poses and super hero proportions the Extreme figures weren’t necessarily bad for what they were, they just in no way dove-tailed with what had existed in the Real American Hero leading up to that point.

Considering the Kindle Worlds project I’m currently working on, I’m ecstatic to see some movement towards further integration of SKAR into G.I. Joe mythology, and Steel Raven is a great next step after the Iron Klaw we received a few years back.  My hope is that perhaps these are the first few steps towards an expanded SKAR in a convention set, maybe?  Time will tell.

Regardless, this figure looks really fun, and any time we get a character that has never been in toy form before it’s something to celebrate.  Check it out on GIJoeClub.com or mirrored below.

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The bad news?  Only one reveal left…well unless you count a revamped Salvo…  can’t wait to see the next entry tomorrow!

 

Figure Subscription Service 5.0 Gaucho Revealed

By far my favorite Action Force subteam is Z-Force, so I’m loving the fact that the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has been focusing on that particular branch to bring us characters that were once European exclusives.

The latest member of that team comes to us in the form of Gaucho!  Originally released with the Action Force Headquarters, Gaucho was a Gung Ho repaint back in the day, so it makes sense for him to be a Gung Ho repaint now as well, using the incredible 50th Anniversary Gung Ho as a base.

This figure looks like a great version of the Z-Force mechanic, and I’m excited to see how he looks with the other Z-Force operatives the Club has released previously.  Check out the preview on GIJoeClub.com or the image mirrored below.

My only question at this point… what tattoo is he going to have?

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EDIT – Looks like the emblem from the Mexican flag is what’s likely on his chest:

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Guard your mailboxes… Pythona is coming!

It only makes sense that within the furious whirlwind of G.I. Joe news over the past week, Pythona’s arrival would make its way in there somewhere.

Over on HissTank a G.I. Joe Collectors Club member from Florida reveals that his 2016 incentive Pythona arrived in his mailbox.  Keep your eyes out, everyone!  Between this, possible ComicCon reveals, and JoeCon about 10 days away, business is about to pick up!

Generals Joe and Tell Video Reviews are up and going!

If anyone has been paying attention to my YouTube Channel then you know I’ve recently been posting some more video reviews to go alongside my written reviews.  Chris from The Full Force podcast has also signed on to help me out on some of my production values, and I’m thrilled to say we’re pushing these out on a pretty regular basis!

At this point, I’ve posted video reviews for the first four Figure Subscription Service figures under the header of Generals Joe and Tell and Chris and I are having a lot of fun with them.

We just posted one for the FSS Night Creeper, and also have Barricade, Nunchuk, and Law & Order posted as well.  Written reviews are coming very soon for the Night Creeper and Barricade as well.

If you’re into video reviews, please consider Subscribing to my Channel, and you can check out the latest FSS video reviews below.

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On the eve of G.I. Joe Club Registration – Club hits landmark numbers

Yes, I reported on Wednesday that the G.I. Joe Collectors Club would be accepting new members until the end of the day on March 16th, as they have every year.

However, they announced that this year they were expanding the deadline, and you now have until midnight TONIGHT to get your memberships in for 2016!  This will be the best way to get your hands on the 2016 incentive figures, Pythona or the 12″ Mike Power.

Apparently these two figures are in hot demand, as the Collectors Club announced today that they have reached a landmark number for memberships, their highest active member group ever.  Pretty exciting, and testament to the great looking exclusive figures that they’re giving away this year.

If you haven’t joined yet, you’ve got a small window of time, don’t lose out!  Hit up GIJoeClub.com and a hearty congrats to the Club on this great milestone.

G.I. Joe Collectors Club rounds of Con reveals with Static Line!

Today the Collectors Club has posted their last 2016 G.I. Joe Convention reveal with none other than Static Line from Sky Patrol!

A fantastic looking figure with a nice new head and great parts formula.  It would have been nice for the helmet to be removable, but even as it stands, the figure is really impressive.  Check out GIJoeCon.com or take a peek at the mirrored image below.

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