Curse you, ROSS STORES!!

Well, they’re at it again.  Ross, the bane of my collectors’ existence has once again scored a coup, this time with the previously released only in Canada Wave 3 of the Rise of Cobra Alpha vehicles.  This wave contains the Polar Shark Sub w/ Ice Storm, the Desert Rockslide w/ Dusty, the Tiger Claw ATV w/ Leatherneck, and the Lavapod w/ Volcano Viper.

Now, I’ve been able to get these, so really, I’m not feeling too wounded, but every time I hear about Ross getting these cool tail enders, I just get reminded how the nearest store is like 350 miles away.  The vehicles are retailing for about $8.99 apiece, just to twist that knife a bit deeper.

Thanks to GeneralsJoes regular Nas for the info, with confirmation pics at HissTank.com.  If you have a Ross near you, GO GET ‘EM.

GeneralsJoes reviews Rise of Cobra Polar Sharc Sub

Hey, I said the Review-A-Rama would post a review a day…I never specified weekends off!  So yes, it’s Saturday, and yes, there is another review posted for your viewing pleasure.

Gyre-Viper very kindly took the reigns during yesterday’s update with his awesome introspective with Bill Merklein, but today, we’re back to the more familiar formula.  Check out the Rise of Cobra Review page, or just peek at the review itself right here.

Missing Alpha vehicles from The Rise of Cobra found North of the Border!

With a huge thanks to friend of GeneralsJoes and member of JoeCanuck.com Stealth Viper for reporting that the third wave of Alpha vehicles from the G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra have started hitting retail at various Wal-Marts in Canada!

The sighting was first reported here by akpayne, and several other JoeCanuck members have chimed in, including images!

This is finally confirmation that these have hit mainstream retail somewhere, and will fill some holes in many Joe fans’ collections!  Check out the sighting thread here, and if you’re in Canada, or know someone who lives there, start cashing in those favors.

Reviews and scores of images of Wave 3 Alpha Vehicles

The third wave of Rise of Cobra Alpha Vehicles created quite the firestorm when it was leaked that the assortment was potentially cancelled.  In fact, I’d argue word of their cancellation generated much more buzz than the actual figures and vehicles themselves ever did.

Well, after all of the hulabaloo (yes, I just used the word hulabaloo…) it now appears that the assortment will see release after all, just after a short delay.  In fact, word is the Philippines have already seen the vehicle packs appear on store shelves.  As further proof of this, JoeCustoms member chrysophylax has posted some very nice images along with some reviews over at JoeCustoms.com.  Reviews are up for the Tiger Claw w/ Leatherneck, the Polar Shark Sub w/ Ice Storm, and the Lavapod driver, Volcano Viper.  I’ve also mirrored the great images below.

The more I see the Volcano Viper the cooler he becomes…I really love the detail on that helmet.  Holy crap that’s coolness.  The Polar Shark Sub is pretty awesome, too.  Definitely the strongest Alpha wave yet, glad it’s being released.

Interesting pre-production images revealed… legit or not?

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.

Some nice loose images of upcoming Wave 3 Alpha Vehicles

Over at Hisstank.com familiar pre-production fan Rulz has come up with the entire third wave of upcoming Alpha vehicles, and has kindly posted a number of images of said vehicles.  The assortment includes the Polar Sharc Sub w/ Ice Storm, the Cobra Lava Pod w/ Volcano Viper, and the Tiger Claw ATV w/ Leatherneck.  Personally, for as much as I love the Rise of COBRA, I do feel like the vehicles have been somewhat lacking, especially the Alpha class stuff.  While the Snarler and the Skysweeper were both pretty cool, I’m not wild about the Rockslide, the Molepod, or the Cobra Snake Trax.  Now, only in the third wave, we’ve got another Molepod, and another ATV Ferret repaint, with a Rockslide repaint coming with Dusty in Wave 4.  It’s getting a bit silly.  Dealing with repaints and mixed tools in the figure line is one thing, but paying $18 for repaint vehicles 2 months after they were released the first time is really pushing it.

But as mixed as I am on the vehicles, the figures are actually looking pretty damn good.  I love the Rollbar and Air Raid from the Snarler and Sky Sweeper.  Ice Storm and Volcano Viper both really kick ass, too.  I even think the upcoming Dusty looks spectacular.

But this post is about Wave 3 isn’t it?  :shifty:

The Polar Sharc Sub actually looks really neat, so I think that one is a home run all around.  Ice Storm is an awesome looking new figure and new character to boot.  The Volcano Viper has some serious potential, but I really didn’t dig the Molepod the first time around, I especially don’t dig the Lavapod repaint.  I will say the Tiger Claw looks a lot cooler than the Snake Trax, though…but Leatherneck doesn’t offer a whole lot of new stuff to love, even in the jungle camo.  Maybe I’ll let the images speak for themselves.

Toy News International SDCC Image rundown

Okay, I perused the gallery over at Toy News International, and there wasn’t a whole lot of consequence.  Well, that’s not entirely true.  The diorama buildings in those images pretty much blew my head clean off.  Absolutely amazing…I’d wager the fine folks at Diorama Dreams had just a little to do with those…pure  brilliance.

As far as product goes, mostly what we’ve seen before, with a few gems mixed in:

  • The Doctor in a white labcoat.  Planned variant?  Another figure entirely?  Hmmm…

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  • Dusty standing next to the Desert Rockslide; Very nice camouflage patterns on both, but still repaint stuff.

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  • Mini Subs!  Hell yeah…we’ve seen funky multicolored test shots, but no actual in-color production shots of what looks to be the Polar Shark Sub w/ Ice Storm (though they almost look like Volcano Vipers).  These things look pretty nasty.

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All images, again, came from the Toy News International Rise of COBRA gallery.