G.I. Joe Collectors Club FSS IV Bullhorn revealed

Continuing their FSS IV reveals, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has shown off their version of Bullhorn today, taking inspiration from the 90s version…well, the only version unless you count the Club’s own take from 2008.

It’s a good looking figure that is certainly based on the 1990 version with some good modern parts and great accessories. In my younger days, Bullhorn joined Hit & Run as being “boots on the ground” for the next generation of G.I. Joe, so I’m excited to see him here.

Check out GIJoeClub.com for the latest info on FSS IV!

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G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals FSS IV Tiger Force Outback

The Figure Subscription Service reveals are officially in full swing, and the Collectors Club has now revealed Tiger Force Outback!

A great looking new head, and the tiger deco on the shirt came out great, though I would have enjoyed a slightly updated build. The 25th Anniversary one isn’t terrible, but those arms… just feels like better stuff was available recently.

That being said, it’s a good deco, and they nailed the most important part, which was the tiger pattern on the shirt.

Keep checking GIJoeClub.com for the latest info, and sign up for FSS IV right here!

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FSS IV Order Period continues, Interrogator revealed!

While the folks at Fun Publications were ramping up for Botcon, they put FSS IV reveals on hold to focus on the task at hand.

Now Botcon is over and the latest Figure Subscription Service is open for business again.  To celebrate the launch, the Club has revealed Interrogator!

A personal favorite character of mine (I still can’t believe in FSS 3 & 4 we got or are getting Hit & Run, Vypra, and Interrogator.  Too cool.) I am pretty particular about how Interrogator should be represented.  We’re fortunate enough to have a few good sources of inspiration for the character, from the awesome ’91 original to the Direct To Consumer “Viper Lockdown” version which is pretty amazing.  Here, the Club is taking a different approach.

This Interrogator draws some inspiration from older models, but also adds some nice newness.  Using Retaliation Cobra Commander’s torso and arms with Artcic Destro’s legs there is some nice armor and some great black and gray offsets.  I’m not wild about the re-use of the 2010 Convention helmet (really if they’d used the Retaliation Cobra Commander head along with the torso and arms with a red faceplate it would have worked) but the rest of the figure surprisingly appeals to me.  I like that he’s more combat ready, and goes in a bit of a different direction than previous versions.  This almost looks like it could be a Plague version if the colors were darker.

Anyway, I’m excited for this one.  Check out the image below and keep watching GIJoeClub.com for the latest info.  Also, if you like what you see, sign up for the FSS, it’s only open until midnight of July 15th.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews FSS 3 Mystery 13th Figure

I’m not sure if everyone has received their last packages from the Collectors Club containing the mysterious 13th figure, but just in case someone out there is trying to retain some element of surprise, I’ll keep this vague.

But trust me, the 13th figure is pretty great.  Check out my G.I. Joe Collectors Club Review Page, or click the link below.

GeneralsJoes Reviews FSS 3 Big Ben

It felt like 1991 was a big year for G.I. Joe…at least it jumps out at me, looking back, that it was almost a turning point of sorts from the straight-laced military aesthetic of 1990 to a more colorful and science fiction one.  I know, there were plenty of science fiction and fantasy elements in previous years, but with the advent of the Eco-Warriors, the revisiting of some classic past characters in somewhat more complicated looks.  I loved 1991 as a kid, and it still holds a place in my heart as an adult.

The funny thing is, Big Ben was kind of lost in the shuffle for me back then.  He didn’t stand out among the Low Lights, Mercers, Dusty’s, Snake Eyes, and other refreshing new designs of that year.  That year I was all about revisiting the classics.

So one of the things that the Club has excelled at over the years is taking some of those forgotten characters and injecting new life into them.  Big Ben achieves that in spades.

Check out my full review at the G.I. Joe Collectors Club Review Page, or the direct link below.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews FSS 3 Crimson Guard Immortal

Figure Subscription Service week continues as I wrap up my reviews for the third FSS just as the Collectors Club is ramping up their subscription period for FSS 4.  Good timing, eh?

Today I’m covering the Crimson Guard Immortal, a figure first seen in Hasbro’s Concept Case in 2012, and finally available in plastic form to collectors everywhere.  Check out the G.I. Joe Collectors Club Review Page or hit the direct link below.

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Figure Subscription Service Bombstrike reviewed!

The week long coverage of the last shipments of FSS 3.0 continues today with Bombstrike!  The third of the Stall siblings joins her two brothers (previously released in FSS 1) and she definitely raises the bar.

Check out the G.I. Joe Collectors Club Review Page, or click the direct link below.

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G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals FSS IV Pathfinder

I’m firmly of the belief that the 1990 line of G.I. Joe is a strange anomoly in the world of G.I. Joe.  It certainly appeared to be, in conjunction with the DiC series, an inline “rebranding” of the G.I. Joe line, bringing a wealth of new characters to the table.  Many of those characters, while getting a focus in animation, never really captured the imagination of comic readers or collectors.

The Collectors Club is dipping into the 1990 roster twice in this FSS with both Pathfinder and Bullhorn, and they’re showing off Pathfinder first!  Check out the preview image below, and if you like what you see, sign up for FSS IV right here.

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Using Lifeline’s head with Gnawgahyde’s hat and a newly tooled weed whacker, this certainly looks like a pretty spot on update for the 1990 G.I. Joe jungle specialist.

 

Big Ben (Figure Subscription Service)

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I will fully admit that Big Ben has never been one of my favorite characters, even with his great entry in the 1991 line, and certainly his rampant appearance in 2000 – 2002 didn’t change that opinion much.  I think part of it was that I loved the 1991 run of figures so much, he sort of faded into the background in an awesome selection of character updates.

Back in 1991, Big Ben was equipped in what appeared to be arctic gear with a heavy machine gun, and I was never a huge arctic fan anyway.  If I wasn’t a big fan of Big Ben even in 1991, his constant resurgence in 2000 would have definitely pushed me over the edge.  So Big Ben hasn’t been high on my list of figures I wanted to see, but now that I have the Figure Subscription Service in hand, I realize that narrow opinion was a fallacy.  This Big Ben update is nearly perfect.

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With a new head sculpt (sporting a nicely updated Bluetooth headset replacing his previous old school earpiece) immediately Big Ben is a character meshing perfectly with more modern updates.  As we’ve come to expect, Boss Fight Studio did terrific work here.  Utilizing a nice build from parts in recent years, the figure is stocky and solid, yet maintains fantastic articulation and range of motion.  I absolutely love the G.I. Joe: Retaliation G.I. Joe Trooper arms, they have great details and bend really far to allow for nice poses.

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The Pursuit of Dusty legs adds some bulk to a winter based figure, and the overall look of Big Ben is terrific, really separating him from some other contemporaries.

The Club deco borrows heavily from the original 1991 version, which actually has the very nice added benefit of being a close match for the Z-Force deco as well, and Big Ben actually jives with the FSS Quarrel in a nice way.  Utilizing his British background, the Club takes this opportunity to dovetail Big Ben with “Special Action Force” giving him a nice arm patch on one side the the Union Jack on the other, which again puts him in league with Quarrel (and the upcoming Jammer) very nicely.  These are the kind of great added details I like seeing from the Club in these FSS entries.

Accessories

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Big Ben is pretty loaded with accessories.  He has a large backpack, which opens up, twin machine gun ammunition belts, and the heavy machine gun to go with them.  He also comes with the grenade launcher from the G.I. Joe: Retaliation Trooper, a pair of grenades, and a satchel.  He doesn’t come with the bag that opens for the grenades as other versions have, but the overslung satchel charge is a nice homage to it.

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If you’d asked me to name 50 figures I wanted to see in the FSS, I’m pretty sure Big Ben wouldn’t have been on that list.  But the Club took that somewhat forgettable character and made him extremely memorable.  A great build, a fun deco, and terrific accessories makes for an impressive FSS entry, and one that I’m extremely happy we got.

Bombstrike (Figure Subscription Service)

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Ah, yes, the Stall siblings. It takes you back to a time when Hasbro was trying to bring new story elements to G.I. Joe rather than just revisiting vintage looks. I, along with many others, was captivated by the Stall sibling story line, and now three renditions into the Figure Subscription Service we have all three siblings in modern format. Bombstrike is far and away the best of the three.

With a great new head sculpt by Boss Fight Studio, and a pretty spectacular modern build, Bombstrike is a heck of a great update to a fun part of recent G.I. Joe history. She has a great combination of modern female G.I. Joe parts that give us a nice update to the figure’s look, but adds some great different elements to her design. The G.I. Joe vest over the black shirt adds some nice color variation to the figure while maintaining a good
tie back to the 2005 original. Her articulation is really good (though the elbows could stand a little bit more movement) and the more modern sculpted parts give us a figure that really shines, even among newer product.

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One thing I really enjoy is the camouflage pants. A very tight, nicely applied paint scheme gives the camouflage pants a remarkably great and realistic look, far removed from the more typical blobs of camouflage paint we normally see. The combination of brown, black, and camouflage strongly resembles the older figure, but has enough new and interesting elements to make this a new looking figure.

And that head sculpt? Yeah, pretty terrific.

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From a character perspective, I’m glad they ommitted a reference to her being captured on the file card. That made for an interesting story dynamic back then, but obviously it doesn’t make sense to continue that story, plus I like to think that Bombstrike is bad ass enough to be the one doing the rescuing instead of being the proto typical “damsel in distress”.

ACCESSORIES

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Bombstrike comes with a wealth of great gear as well, including a machine gun, the drone that came with Retaliation Duke, and the metallic case with enclosed submachine gun. As a Forward Air Controller, the computer in the case makes sense, not to mention the drone to be used for close range air support. Really great selection of weapons.

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Bombstrike is a terrific update. Enough homages to her previous version to make folks happy, but enough new elements to have a character that shines among current contemporaries. The new head sculpt is fantastic, the character selection is great, and the whole package excels. Awesome entry to the FSS!