GeneralsJoes Reviews 2016 Heavy Duty and Stiletto

The holidays are past us and I’ve gotten a couple more 2016 G.I. Joe reviews under my belt… Heavy Duty and Stiletto can now be found on the G.I. Joe: 50th Anniversary review page.

Along with this, with Chris from the Full Force Podcast’s help, a video review has been completed to compliment them and that can be found below, or embedded within the review itself.

Enjoy!

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GeneralsJoes Reviews the Kre-O Arashikage Dojo with HISS Tank

Several online toy reviewers are celebrating the holiday season this year by contributing to the Advent Figure Reviews Calendar.  A new review is being posted every day leading up to Christmas, and I was lucky enough to be able to contribute!

Check out yesterday’s date on the Review calendar to see the review for the G.I. Joe Kre-O Arashikage Dojo set.  It’s a massive review with many more pictures than you probably wanted to see, but it’s there!

After the calendar has run its course, I’ll post the links in the normal places.

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Fill that Kre-O void with some other excellent building sets

I realize it’s a strange time to talk about a G.I. Joe Kre-O “void” when the Ghoststriker and Wave 2 Kre-Ons are officially at retail, but the fact remains once those come and go, and the Arashikage Temple makes its appearance, any future iteration of G.I. Joe’s Kre-O line is officially up in the air.

Yes, Derryl DePriest did confirm at ComicCon that the line would continue into 2014 at Toys “R” Us which is fantastic news, but without any concrete information, Kre-O fanatics have started to look at other alternatives for their “building block” fix.

Big props have to go to the cadre of Kre-O fans on Twitter like Twitziller, Kenny, Todd, Flag Points, GeeWunner, AT_GIJoe and many others who find some really cool stuff on the outskirts.  Toys from companies like Cobi, Character Building and Oxford (which actually is the company that works with Hasbro to produce Kre-O) offer some awesome pieces to compliment your growing Kre-O collection.  Of course some of these items are only available overseas, and you need to expect some increased cost due to shipping or dollar conversion, but they exist and they are available.  Check out some examples below:

Character Building – Monsters Vs. Zombies “Lab of Doom”

Recreate the perfect Zombie-Viper outbreak scenario with some great alternate heads or use it as Mindbender’s lab or a B.A.T. Factory!

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Character Building – Monsters Vs. Zombies “Laboratory of Doom”

Yes this one is a bit different than the one above.  Looks like a different doorway and some different mini-figures.  Very similar set up with just some minor tweaks.

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Amazon.co.uk Building Block Listings

I showcased those two specific sets, but a cursory search of building block sets on Amazon’s UK site reveals a wealth of decent military offerings, from tanks and anti-aircraft to transport planes.

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Character Building – Dr. Who

Made by the same company responsible for the HM Forces military sets also do some great Dr. Who sets that would also be a great source of B.A.T. factory or Cobra base pieces.  There is a particular seller on eBay who specializes in these sets.

Character Building sets from Roxy Media on eBay

GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: Retaliation Wave 2 Storm Shadow

As March, 2013 nears we can expect G.I. Joe: Retaliation figures to start hitting harder and heavier.  Wave 2 has just started blasting across the country, and I’ve begun the review process.  First up in the second wave is Storm Shadow.

Not the most auspicious beginning to the Wave 2 reviews, but for better or worse, you can check him out at the G.I. Joe: Retaliation review page, or linked below.

It’s officially 2013…G.I. Joe product hitting hot and heavy – UPDATED WITH KRE-O!

It seems like it’s been a long time since new G.I. Joe product has been spotted at normal retail outlets, but from the looks of things, they’re making up for lost time!  All at once, various different G.I. Joe products are starting to hit retail chains across the country.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation Waves 2 & 3

Over on The Terror Drome, gijoefrank has posted photographic proof finding these figures at his local Target.  Over on HissTank reports of Wave 3 also being spotted at Target, and even K-Mart!

G.I. Joe Micro Force “Starter” Pack

Perhaps these have been mentioned somewhere, but I didn’t notice.  There is apparently a MicroForce “Starter Pack” featuring some Micro figures on an interesting packaging.  The below image was sent from Gary “cmdrinchief”.

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G.I. Joe Kre-O

I’ll blame my 48 hour flu with the fact that I missed an update from Now Back to G.I. Joe on Twitter saying that he found G.I. Joe Kre-O at his local Toys “R” Us!  He also, very awesomely, took some great pictures of some of the mini figures via his Instagram account.  I hate to say it, but those little guys are growing on me.  Check out the mirrored images below, and be sure to follow Now Back to G.I. Joe to see more of the great stuff he posts.

Also, you’re really going to want to add this HissTank post to your favorites if you’re hunting Kre-O.  The unique code on the back of the bags have already been linked to figures in the blind bags, so no more guessing!  I’m mirroring the code set for that below as well:

  • 23401 75 Alley Viper
  • 23401 76 Cobra Ninja Viper
  • 23401 77 Cobra Trooper
  • 23401 78 Crimson Guard
  • 23401 79 Cobra Axe Ninja
  • 23401 80 Kim Arashikage (Jinx)
  • 23401 81 Kamakura
  • 23401 82 Quick Kick
  • 23401 83 Rock-N-Roll
  • 23401 84 Scarlett
  • 23401 85 Adventure Team Commander
  • 23401 86 Torpedo

Along with the previously revealed Wave 2 3-Packs and the running changes for the discount figures, it looks like we are well underway on a new year of G.I. Joe at retail!  Enjoy it!

Discussion point – What existing G.I. Joe figures need to be re-released?

Things get interesting when the retail shelves are bare, especially at Christmas time.  It seems almost criminal to have a holiday season with nary a single G.I. Joe item to be found on shelves…but such is the unfortunate dichotomy that comes with a Hollywood marriage.  The brand can live or die with the fate of the film, and for 2012 at least, G.I. Joe is a non-factor.

Hopefully with 2013 and the coming of G.I. Joe: Retaliation that will change.  In fact, online stores are already offering pre-orders for the first two waves of G.I. Joe: Retaliation product, currently slated to hit in February.  But with all of this G.I. Joe “down time” I got to thinking.

Over the past few years we’ve seen a LOT of great G.I. Joe toys come and go, and sometimes they either went too quickly, or they were somewhat difficult to get a hand on due to exclusivity.

Purely for the sake of discussion, and for the sake of gathering information, I took further advantage of the Survey Monkey tool and created a quick survey.  Looking back through the Pursuit of Cobra, 30th Anniversary, and the 7-Packs, which figures were the best figures that you had the hardest time finding?  What figures did you love the looks of, but were disappointed that you couldn’t get your hands on?

The best example I can think of from my own perspective is a figure like Shadow Tracker, who I think is very cool, and was also very hard to find.  The same could be said of Renegades Storm Shadow.  However, figures like Zombie-Viper or Jungle-Viper were good figures, but not as hard to find.  Of course your mileage may vary…that’s kinda the point of the survey.  ;)

Essentially what I’m asking is if you could get access to some recently released figures again in single card form, which figures would you prefer?  Check out the Survey Monkey survey below and share your thoughts! If you need any refreshers on which figures were in which waves, more than just the list below, check out the GeneralsJoes review sections:

New trademarks shed (just a tiny bit) of light on potential new G.I. Joe items

Thanks to BCYOJOE over on HissTank.com for reporting that the United States Patent & Trademark Office has reported some new trademarks registered to Hasbro in connection with the G.I. Joe brand.  These are trademarks for “Toy action figures and accessories for use therewith” and obviously are things to watch out for in coming years.

The list is below:

  • HEAVY DUTY (Trademark Number: 85774331)
  • ACTION MARINE (Trademark Number: 85774333)
  • ACTION SAILOR (Trademark Number: 85774334)
  • ACTION PILOT (Trademark Number: 85774335)

I will admit I find the new Heavy Duty trademark ironic (just signed 11/08/2012) considering he was always used as the default heavy weapons guy because Roadblock’s trademark was never available.

The other three, though…  BCYOJOE assumes they are for Hasbro’s 12″ line, and he’s probably right, but I don’t think we can assume that’s the only reason for the trademark.  2014 is, after all, the 50th Anniversary of G.I. Joe and it’s quite possible Hasbro will be re-visiting their classic nameless characters in various shapes and sizes.

Thanks again to BCYOJOE of HissTank.com for the info.

G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club Clearance Sale FINAL FIVE DAYS

Both the G.I. Joe Collectors Club and the Transformers Collectors Club are celebrating clearance sales on their respective store fronts, though the sale prices won’t last long.

The following email comes courtesy of Brian Savage from Fun Publications:

“Hello all you Club Members!

Don’t forget that both Club’s annual clearance sale ends Friday.  There are still some great deals left so check it out!  Go to GIJoeclub.com or TransformersClub.com and click shop!

Thanks for your support!

Brian”

Great prices on Direct to Consumer figures, Operation: Flaming MOTH, and lots more!  Check out the stores at the links below:

Concept Case Survey Round One Results – and where do we go from here?

Well, I actually cheated a little bit and instead of closing down the Concept Case survey last night, I did it at about 5:30 am this morning.  I was very pleased to see people were placing votes all the way until the end, as the last survey completed was at around 3:00am.

The response to this survey has been frankly overwhelming.  Everyone has been very positive and very enthusiastic about the results and the potential for data gathering for Hasbro.  While there is certainly no guarantees that anything here will impact any decisions Hasbro is going to make, they encouraged us at JoeCon to get whatever data we could, and G.I. Joe fans should be proud, you guys delivered!

There were nearly 1200 responses, which is quite impressive, and the fans have spoken.  I am going to outline the winners of Round One below, and you will see a wealth of charts and graphs screen capped as well, just to prove the results weren’t skewed in any way.

30th Anniversary Top 10

  1. Kwinn
  2. Flint
  3. Hit & Run
  4. Lady Jaye
  5. Crimson Guard Immortal
  6. HEAT Viper
  7. Cobra Eel
  8. Beachhead
  9. Cobra Officer
  10. Crimson Shadow Guard

Pursuit of Cobra Top 10

  1. Data-Viper
  2. Clutch
  3. Echo Faction Trooper
  4. Dreadnok KAOS Crew
  5. Cobra Infantry
  6. Zartan
  7. Heavy Alley-Viper
  8. Raven’s Wing
  9. NOMaD Warrior
  10. HISS Driver

Zombie Invasion & Legends of the Arashikage

  1. Ghost Ninja Henchman
  2. Dark Ninja Master
  3. Zombie Cobra Commander
  4. Beast Ninja
  5. Toxo-Zombie
  6. Red Ninja Dice
  7. Ninja Warrior Monk
  8. Zombie Cobra Viper
  9. Gold Ninja
  10. Urban Ninja

There were also (obviously) results for the G.I. Joe: Renegades and vehicles as well, and I mirrored images of the survey results on those below.  I figured the figures from the three main sections was the most important.

Now…where do we go from here?  I think an important next step is to take the winners of each section and face them off against each other.  They’ve all been compared within the confines of their own subline, but I think the next important step is to cull more wheat and refine the results even further.

For folks who have been following along…what would you rather see?  The Top 5 from each section face off, or the Top 10?  Would a Round two survey with 15 – 20 quick and easy choices be a better idea, or broadening the scope a bit?  Leave me comments in the comment section with your choices.

Take a peek at the images below to get a great breakdown of each section of the poll, and most importantly THANK YOU ALL for your contributions.  This has been a terrific community-building experience.

 

Carded images of recently revealed “Dollar Store” G.I. Joe figures

Topping off the frenzy he started earlier this week with the revelation of the “Dollar Store” assortment of vintage themed figures, Gyre-Viper has now posted carded images for these figures!  Check them all out on JoeDeClassified.com.

Don’t forget to hit up the DeClass thread right here as well for the initial reveal, as well as some additional intel I was able to gather about these figures right here.  If you want to stay right on top of all of these reveals, make sure you’re following Gyre-Viper on Twitter.