FSS 5 reveals wrap up (mostly) with Shattered Glass Xamot!

Well, it’s about time!  For over thirty years fans have been clamoring for a Sunbow inspired Tomax and/or Xamot in their Extensive Enterprises suits and now we’ve got them!

Of course, for o-ring fans there was the Crimson Guard 6-Pack from Toys “R” Us which satisfied us somewhat, but this is a full blown modern era version with the right jacket and pants colors and everything.  I’ll have to get a closer look at that flower deco, though…

Check out this final reveal at GIJoeClub.com…  but don’t fret!  There’s still Salvo.  The Club is supposedly working on a new build for him, hopefully we’ll hear something about that shortly as well.  Until then, check out all the FSS 5 entries as we know them now below!


Get ready G.I. Joe fans – the Revolution has arrived!

It’s been teased for months, and we’ve all been bracing ourselves for it, but now it’s official… IDW Publishing’s Revolution series is officially HERE.

Over on IDW Publishing.com the Prelude to Revolution is available as a free download, and meanwhile you can check out the preview to the full first issue of Revolution over on Comic Book Resources.

Along with that over on YoJoe.com G.I. Joe comics mastermind antarctica is already putting the foundation in place for an entire section of their comics archive focused on the Revolution series!  Exciting stuff.

Meanwhile, over on the G.I. Joe Discussion Group on Facebook, new G.I. Joe writer Aubrey Sitterson and artist Giannis Milonogiannis have joined up and are sharing some really great info and intel about the upcoming series!  Revolution is looking to start off on a very strong footing, and as a G.I. Joe fan I’m excited, but as a G.I. Joe, Transformers, MASK (and heck Visionaries, too) fan, I’m REALLY excited.  This is looking like a pretty fun, intertwined storyline.  Be sure to bookmark all of those places and keep checking back here, because I’m loving what I’m seeing so far, and I think Revolution will give us all something to talk about!


G.I. Joe Convention 2016 Skymate w/ Glider

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Con Set Recap

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Do we really and truly live in a world where we have a modern update for Skymate?  Is that even possible?  That crazy dude with the pink knife on his wrist and bright yellow webgear?  The dude wearing a baseball hat with a freaking kangaroo on it?  That guy?


Yes.  That guy.

The vintage version of Skymate was one of my favorite 90s figures in spite of the fact that he liked wearing pink and yellow.  I loved that his bow and arrow plugged into his chest, I loved that crazy knife sheath on the back of his wrist, the translucent visor.  Everything.  He was the 90s personified and a character I really latched onto.  I enjoyed the Air Commandos so much in fact, that I worked them into my Kindle Worlds Whisper novella (and did so enthusiastically).

For obvious reasons the updated Skymate can’t quite include all of the nuances of the classic.  There really isn’t any tooling that can approximate the knife sheath or chest-mounted compound bow, but the formula they went with for the figure is eminently successful regardless of these facts.


We got a great new head sculpt with Skymate featuring his trademark baseball cap and closely shaven beard along with a nicely different combination of parts including nicely detailed pieces from the Pursuit of COBRA era.  Most recognizable are the Recondo arms, which I imagine were chosen to at least somewhat approximate the look of added weaponry on the forearms, even if they don’t exactly resemble the knife from the vintage days.


His colors are well done, a nice balance of green and black underneath the crazy yellow and pink, but the colors are understated enough where an enterprising collector who doesn’t like bright colors could easily swap out web gear and not even worry about the eye-searing yellow.  Not much to do about the pink hat, however.



Skymate comes with an interesting allotment of accessories including a newly tooled boomerang!  That’s a really fun touch, and of course, since he’s Australian and as we all know, everyone in Australia walks around with boomerangs.  If they don’t they damn well should.  He also comes with a bow and arrow (the same one initially seen with Shadow Tracker I believe) as well as the removable machete and pistol.


Along with all of these, he also comes equipped with his own huge ass glider!  It’s funny to sit back and see all of the different new sculpt era components that make up this set, and while these gliders are not nearly as aesthetically pleasing as the jetpacks or wingsuits of some of the other figures, they do fit the Air Commando aesthetic quite nicely.  The deco pattern of this glider is matched with Skymate’s vintage version, and it comes equipped with the handlebar and two missiles.  Skymate can fit on it really well, and hold the handles firmly, and while this glider isn’t necessarily my favorite vehicle made in the past 10 years…oh crap… maybe closer to 12 years…  I can see how the match was made to the Air Commandos here.


Skymate is such a fun character and this is a really fun representation of that character.  G.I. Joe is always at its best when it doesn’t take itself too super-seriously, and that’s why I’ve loved sets like this one and the Eco Warriors from a couple years back.  They embrace their color brightness and their near-ludicrous sub teams and yet manage to work it into a modernized, slightly more realistic format in a fun and well-executed way.

G.I. Joe Convention 2016 Freefall

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Con Set Recap

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Can I just say how happy I am to see 1990 being so fully explored through the G.I. Joe Collectors Club over the past year?  Sure, we got SAW Viper, Night Creeper and Metalhead a few years back, but for the first time, we’re getting a real strong focus on the G.I. Joe side of things during that last decade of A Real American Hero, and I love it.

Bullhorn and Pathfinder hit in the Figure Subscription Service 4.0 and were, by and large, successful interpretations of their vintage counterparts.  Now, in a pretty unexpected move, the Collectors Club has dropped Freefall among their Sky Patrol convention exclusives (which in and of itself, is a 1990 product).  But would Freefall end up being as successful as Bullhorn and Pathfinder?


Oh yes.  Much more so, in fact.

Freefall is made from existing parts all around, but the parts combination is pretty terrific.  His articulation and range of motion work really well, and the later generation parts make for a very nice baggy flight suit that still retains excellent movement.  He can hold his weapon exceptionally well and has nearly flawless balance.  To date he is probably my favorite 1990 update that we’ve gotten yet.


All of these great parts are only further amplified by his spectacular paint scheme, a very nicely applied camouflage pattern in great variations of brown and green, looking quite vintage in their pallet, but with the intricacies that more modern tools can deliver.  He’s the perfect balance of pleasing vintage aesthetics with a modernized take.  Freefall looks really spectacular.



As one would expect, Freefall comes with great accessories to enhance his specialty as a paratrooper.  The terrific rubber parachute pack fits him nicely and he comes with the great, large parachute the Club has utilized over the past few years.  He has 25th Anniversary Blowtorch’s helmet and facemask which make for a great paratrooper mask, along with a sub-machine gun and knife.  Every accessory he comes with makes sense and only increases the coolness of the figure.


Freefall is an excellent update to the 1990 original.  He fits in with Bullhorn and Pathfinder perfectly, as well as being an awesome compliment to the growing roster of HALO specialists and paratroopers throughout the modern era.  Great job on this one!

San Diego ComicCon Preview Night reveals carded images of 2016 G.I. Joe line

Over on HissTank.com, images from affiliate site Toyark have been mirrored giving us our first look at the carded design for the upcoming G.I. Joe line, scheduled to hit retailers in November of this year.  The fine folks at Toyark took a TON of pictures, and I’ve mirrored several of them below, but you should pop on over to HissTank.com to check them all out.

No real surprises here, but some nice shots and the obvious omission of the “50th Anniversary” logo on the packages.  Check it out!

Pythona (GIJCC 2016 Incentive Figure)

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Is this real life?  Only two weeks ago I got done posting my review for Billy, a figure G.I. Joe fans had been waiting for for nearly thirty years.  Now here we are taking a look at Pythona, Cobra La’s notorious infiltrator and assassin, a character who made her debut in 1987 and just barely received treatment in plastic form.

My history with Pythona is a weird one.  While I actually enjoy the 1987 G.I. Joe animated movie more than most other people I know, at the time of its original airing, I absolutely hated Pythona.  I still remember watching cartoons after school as I always did, when an advertisement for G.I. Joe: The Movie came on.  Completely out of the blue, not something I knew was coming at all (back in those innocent pre-Internet days) and I was immediately enraptured.  I’d already seen Transformers: The Movie and was still living off that high, and my mind went crazy with all the possible angles they could take in a G.I. Joe movie with the same production values.


The opening sequence blew my 13 year old mind, and afterwards, the entire infiltration scene with the Terror Drome was absolutely amazing.  A dark cloaked figure tearing through the COBRA ranks, burning dudes with acid, tearing open walls with nasty claws and being just a general bad ass.  Again, my mind went crazy considering who this could possibly be and what awesome character was doing all of this cool stuff.


When it was revealed to be Pythona, my initial reaction was pretty much… “who?”  Here we had COBRA the most nefarious terrorist organization in the world essentially decimated by one person, and it was someone I’d never heard of and someone I couldn’t own as an action figure.  Back then, and still to this day, my love for G.I. Joe and many toy brands is tightly focused on how the surrounding mythology supports the characters, and here was someone who had zero action figures I could play with to live out these incredible adventures happening on screen.  It kinda made me mad.

My opinion softened over the years, and I’ve grown to really appreciate Cobra La and Pythona, and she became a figure that I really and truly wanted almost above all others.  Her and Billy pretty much stood atop a drastically shrinking mountain of G.I. Joe and Cobra characters who never got action figures, and now within the span of a month, both of those check boxes have been checked.


I’ve said many times throughout the years that I didn’t think the Club would ever do Pythona simply because they wouldn’t be able to do her “right”.  The texture of her costume would require significant new tooling and would be prohibitively expensive, but thankfully last year I was proven wrong when the Club announced that she would be the 2016 incentive figure.  Now, when I heard they would be mostly mimicking the pattern of her uniform with paint, I was pretty dubious as to how well it would work.  I’ve seen plenty of customizers try that over the years (myself included) with iffy results.

Holy crap was I proven wrong.

Now, the Club did invest in new tooling here, going with a new head sculpt, new hands, and what looks like a possible new upper torso for Pythona, but they went with paint for all the shaped circles and ridges in the uniform and it works spectacularly well.


Pythona herself is a mixture of existing parts for the legs and arms, with the Reactive Armor Scarlett lower torso, but the new upper torso, new head, and new hands go an incredibly way towards making her a very unique and deserved update to the missing Cobra La member.  Her head is a gorgeous sculpt and features a removable ponytail so you can tuck the cloak’s hood up over her head, a little touch that is really awesome.  The ponytail does have a tendency to fall out of her head, but the look of the figure is terrific, and that feature is a welcome one.

Her slim build and impressive articulation allow for all sorts of great poses and movements, allowing us to put her in all sorts of great “infiltration” positions.  The newly sculpted hands are terrific, too, and while she can’t really hold anything, the trade off of those long fingers and fingernails is well worth it.


I’m happy to say her paint applications are nearly perfect as well, with dozens of those shaped circles all throughout the paint of her body, very closely matching the color pallet of the animated model and managing to look extremely realistic, even though the mold of the figure isn’t textured to match.  Color changes are subtle throughout and excellently applied, really bringing the figure to life nicely.  I can’t think of too many complaints at all when looking at the figure’s build, paint, and articulation.



I will admit there isn’t much here as far as accessories go, though I suppose Pythona doesn’t need much.  She comes with a great cloak, which may be a newly developed soft good, and it works nicely, fitting over the figure, with the hood coming up tightly around the head (once the ponytail is removed).  It adds some great aesthetic to the figure and in some ways I’m really glad Pythona was made now instead of 1987, because I seriously doubt the same effect could have been maintained back then.

She also comes with a foot stand and the same tentacle accessory that Nemesis Immortal came with several years ago.  It somewhat replicates one of her nasty hand-held weapons, so it seems like an okay choice.


I had my doubts that we’d ever see Pythona as an action figure, and even if we did see her, I suspected the end result would be less than ideal.  I was proven 100% wrong on both counts, and I’m exceedingly pleased with this figure, and am now firmly in the “Modern Era Cobra La please” camp.  Like with Pythona, I can’t really think of any way Golobulus or the Royal Guard could be done without some significant new tooling, but maybe, like Pythona, the Collectors Club will find a way to surprise me.  Considering the news from JoeCon that their relationship with Hasbro has been extended until at least 2018, that would be a terrific capper to their illustrious convention career.

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IDW Solicitations reveal details of upcoming Revolution

The latest round of IDW Publishing Solicitations has been uploaded and this brings us to September, 2016 and the kick off for IDW’s exciting new Revolution initiative!  Rather than just focusing on the G.I. Joe side of things (well, because there’s no G.I. Joe/Revolution tie-in for September, just the latest Real American Hero issue) I’m going to try and cover all relevant Revolution titles that might intersect with the G.I. Joe universe in some meaningful way within the first five week series.

Looking through the issue descriptions below you can see some things starting to take shape… Dire Wraiths infiltrating G.I. Joe, a mysterious decades long plan by Miles Mayhem.

Check out the details below.

Revolution #1 (of 5)—GEM OF THE MONTH

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Tradd Moore (c)

THE REVOLUTION BEGINS! Explosions rip across the Earth—and all signs of blame point to OPTIMUS PRIME and the TRANSFORMERS! G.I. JOE refuses to go quietly—and they assemble heroes big enough to stop the invaders! ACTION MAN and M.A.S.K. fight for humanity—but where do ROM and the MICRONAUTS stand? Celebrating more than a decade of stories by IDW and HASBRO, this unprecedented bi-weekly event draws everything together—and leaves nothing standing. The REVOLUTION is here—TAKE A STAND!

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Revolution #1 (of 5)—Brandon Peterson Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Brandon Peterson (c)

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Revolution #1 (of 5)—John Byrne “Official Handbook” Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • John Byrne (c)

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Revolution #1 (of 5)—Propaganda Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • James Biggie (c)

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Revolution #1 (of 5)—Imaginary 2-Pack Toy Variant: Optimus Prime and Scarlett

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Adam Riches (c)

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Revolution #1 (of 5)—Blank Sketch Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Blank Sketch (c)

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • A universe of characters is born through REVOLUTION!
  • Not a reboot! Not a relaunch!
  • The TRANSFORMERS forever changed!
  • The return of G.I. JOE!
  • The MICRONAUTS in our universe!
  • The DIRE WRAITHS with ORE-13!
  • And if that isn’t enough… introducing Miles Mayhem!
  • Written by the writers of MICRONAUTS and TRANSFORMERS!
  • Illustrated by burgeoning superstar Fico Ossio!
  • Epic-length kick-off story plus a whole host of back-up materials!
  • Variant covers by Ken Christiansen, Guido Guidi, and Art Baltazar!

Revolution #2 (of 5)—GEM OF THE MONTH

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Tradd Moore (c)

ROM—A MURDERER?! That’s what OPTIMUS PRIME and the TRANSFORMERS think—and right or wrong, there’s only one outcome: all-out war! Meanwhile, G.I. JOE turns to the one person who can save the world from ultimate destruction—MILES MAYHEM!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #2 (of 5)—Brandon Peterson Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Brandon Peterson (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #2 (of 5)—John Byrne “Official Handbook” Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • John Byrne (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #2 (of 5)—Propaganda Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • James Biggie (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #2 (of 5)—Imaginary 2-Pack Toy Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Adam Riches (c)

FC • 40 pages • $3.99


M.A.S.K.: Revolution #1—SPOTLIGHT

Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas (a) • Tommy Lee Edwards (c)

The origin of M.A.S.K.! Miles Mayhem’s decades long plans are finally coming to fruition, but will the revealed secrets he has hidden from Matt Trakker create a new enemy bent on Mayhem’s undoing? A special story tying directly into REVOLUTION!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

M.A.S.K.: Revolution #1—Subscription Variant

Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas (a) • Dan Schoening (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

M.A.S.K.: Revolution #1—Blank Sketch Variant

Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas (a) • Blank sketch (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • The triumphant return of M.A.S.K.!
  • Special one-shot connected to the REVOLUTION Series Event! Do not miss this issue!
  • All-new M.A.S.K. ongoing series coming later this Fall!
  • Variant Ken Christiansen cover, part of a 13-part connected cover! Connects with all 13 Revolution issues and one-shots!

Micronauts: Revolution #1—SPOTLIGHT

Cullen Bunn (w) • Chris Panda (a & c)

LOST IN MICROSPACE! Plagued by scavengers, harried by agents of BARON KARZA, and guided by the mysterious TIME TRAVELERS—the MICRONAUTS make a HUGE discovery—one that will transform everything they thought they knew about their universe.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Micronauts: Revolution #1—Subscription Variant

Cullen Bunn (w) • Chris Panda (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Micronauts: Revolution #1—Blank Sketch Variant

Cullen Bunn (w) • Chris Panda (a) • Blank Sketch (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • REVOLUTION is here—and the diminutive denizens of Microspace play a big role!
  • A key one-shot connected to both the ongoing saga of the MICRONAUTS—and the world of REVOLUTION!
  • Variant Ken Christiansen cover, part of a 13-part connected cover! Connects with all 13 Revolution issues and one-shots!

Rom: Revolution #1—SPOTLIGHT

Chris Ryall (w) • Ron Joseph (a) • Ashley Wood (c)

A REVOLUTION tie-in one-shot! ROM’s enemies, the DIRE WRAITHS have infiltrated G.I. JOE at the highest levels, clashed with the TRANSFORMERS over ORE-13, and now… stalk a lone stranger? Why would evil aliens bent on world domination terrorize one anonymous person? The answer is bigger and more sinister than you’d ever imagine!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Rom: Revolution #1 Rob Liefeld Variant

Chris Ryall (w) • Ron Joseph (a) • Rob Liefeld (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Rom: Revolution #1 Blank Sketch Variant

Chris Ryall (w) • Ron Joseph (a) • Blank Sketch (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • A REVOLUTION tie-in!
  • The DIRE WRAITHS’ plans stand revealed, with major implications for the ongoing ROM series!
  • The birth of a major new threat for ROM!
  • All that and a permanent change to ROM’s status quo, too!
  • Variant Ken Christiansen cover, part of a 13-part connected cover! Connects with all 13 Revolution issues and one-shots!


Revolution: The Road to Revolution 100-Page Special #1

Simon Furman, Chuck Dixon, John Barber, James Roberts, Mairghread Scott, Karen Traviss (w) • Robert Atkins, Brendan Cahill, Guido Guidi, E.J. Su, Steve Kurth, Andrew Griffith, Alex Milne, Sara Pitre-Durocher, Sarah Stone (a) • Pop Mhan (c)

Ten years of TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE comics have led to this month’s REVOLUTION! This bargain-priced bonanza presents five key stories that have paved the road to the universe being born this month! From the first-ever IDW Transformers comic to the Karen Traviss G.I. JOE, the building blocks of this universe have been growing for years!

FC • 100 pages • $7.99


Action Man #4

John Barber (w) • Paolo Villanelli (a) • Chris Evenhuis (c)

X MARKS THE SPOT! Will ACTION MAN and his allies put aside their differences long enough to stop DOCTOR X and save the world? Or will the bad Doctor’s master plan tear apart young ACTION MAN’s career before it starts?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Action Man #4—UK Theme Variant

John Barber (w) • Paolo Villanelli (a & c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • The new ACTION MAN’s first adventure comes to a soul-searing conclusion!
  • Leads into this month’s REVOLUTION event!
  • Variant cover by Andrew Currie!


G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #232: Snake In The Grass, Part 3

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

COBRA continues the search for their rogue agent. And an operation gone wrong costs a G.I. JOE member the one person they care about the most…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #232: Snake In The Grass, Part 3—Subscription Variant

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • John Royle (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Street Fighter vs. G.I. JOE, Vol. 1—SPOTLIGHT

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Emilio Laiso (a) • Mike Choi (c)

On a hidden island in international waters, 16 combatants enter a secret tournament… one that pits Street Fighter vs. G.I. JOE! M. Bison and Destro have joined forces, and taking them down will require the world’s finest warriors: Ryu, Snake Eyes, Guile, Scarlett, Chun-Li and Duke.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 140 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-744-4

Street Fighter vs. G.I. JOE, Vol. 1—Direct Market Exclusive Edition

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Emilio Laiso (a) • Zach Howard (c)

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 140 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-759-8

Bullet points:

  • “Street Fighter x G.I. Joe delivers exactly what it promises…” –IGN
  • Advance solicited for October release!

Images from the Hasbro booth at G.I. Joe Con 2016

Phil from YoJoe is KILLING IT today grabbing images from the Hasbro booth.  Tons of pictures are streaming in, and they’re going up at the YoJoe Photo Gallery, while I’m also mirroring them below.  These figures are looking great, and between Stiletto, Shooter, and Tombstone, I’m feeling like we’ve got some NEW BLOOD to play with here.  Excellent!

Check out some of the images below.

What’s on Joe Mind Episode 104 is online!

Hold onto your butts… What’s on Joe Mind is here with Episode 104, just recorded last week and ready to roll for JoeCon 2016!  We cover the latest news, talk about the Joes of 2004, and lose track of what we’re saying consistently for nearly two hours.  Just another day at the WOJM studio.

You can listen to the episode on Podbean, or the embedded player below.

Show Notes

We talk about the Joes from 2004, catch up on the news, begin to set the table of what will happen at JoeCon…and generally get side tracked – A LOT.  Download it now and listen to it on your way to JoeCon!

Speaking of JoeCon, be sure to catch Mike, Gary, Joe and Chris McLeod from the Full Force at our JoeCon panel on Sunday, June 19th at 1:00.  It will be the last ever panel at JoeCon. Join us as we turn out the lights…forever (maybe, maybe not, we will see – we’re looking at you Hasbro!)

If you have not signed it already, be sure to sign our petition to Save the GI Joe Convention! If you want a Joe-only convention like us, make sure you sign the petition and let the powers-that-be know what you think!  More than 2500 people have signed.  Sign on the campaign today!
G.I. Joe in 2004

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