Considering I just received the final installment of the Figure Subscription Service this past weekend, I guess it’s about time I get caught up on some of these past reviews. Next two in line are Sure Fire and SKAR leader Iron Klaw, so hit up my G.I. Joe Collectors Club section or click the links below directly.
Gyre Viper and his excellent crew of cast mates have finished and posted the latest episode of the JoeDeclassified Spec Ops (JDSO) Podcast! In this episode, they bite deep into the canceled Nano BAT, Iron Klaw, and even touch on the canceled Crimson Guard figure that was slated to come in the same comic pack as Iron Klaw.
Perhaps the coolest thing about this episode are the accompanied images, which have all been posted over at JoeDeclassified.com. These images show some incredibly awesome detail from the unreleased Iron Klaw, Nano BAT, and Crimson Guard.
Keep in mind, these are not the FSS figures, these samples were canceled figures initially slated to appear in the G.I. Joe 25th Anniversary line (Iron Klaw vs. Crimson Guard Trooper Comic Pack) and the Rise of Cobra line (Nano BAT). The insight in this episode is awesome.
Check it out at JDSO’s Podbean page, and please also check out the accompanying images on JoeDeclassified.com. Some really awesome stuff here. Kudos to these guys for such a great show. Hopefully I’ll be joining them on it soon!
Fans have been asking, and the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club is delivering!
Now that pretty much all of the card art has been revealed, the GIJCC is providing some more great close up shots of the figures that are destined to be released in the Figure Subscription Service. Today, we got a great look at Iron Klaw with his removable beret!
VERY cool. Check out some mirrored images below, but be sure to check out the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club on Facebook for even more details!
I freaking LOVE this figure. The detail work on the facemask is insane. A fantastic looking figure, for sure.
Also of note…the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club has added a Terms and Conditions page for the Figure Subscription Service. No pricing yet (except for the $20 – $25 per figure number that we’ve known about for months) but it’s a very detailed document that should answer some questions out there. Check it out right here.
Wow! Hopefully Joe fans out there are following the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club in all their various iterations, because they unleashed a barrage of sneak previews for artwork from the upcoming FSS (Figure Subscription Service)! These reveals include the full card art for Quarrel and Nano-Bat as well as sneak peeks of Iron Klaw, Jinx, and Topside!
I will say I’ve seen a lot of people talking trash about the artwork as well…and while I’m not necessarily head over heels about the art either, I think the limitations more lie with the source material than with the work being done with it. Let’s all face it, the art we got in the 25th Anniversary line was nothing to fawn over. It took inspiration from the classics, but was not even in the same league with the likes of Dave Dorman. The Club is working with what they have, and in some cases it works, and in some cases it doesn’t, but in my eyes, the biggest limitations are the source images.
Of course, this isn’t true of Jinx, which is based on the awesome City Strike Scarlett by Mike Thompson, but personally, from what I see, the Jinx looks pretty damn good.
Look, I’m not a MOC collector anyway, so it doesn’t impact me much one way or the other, but I do think we need to cut the Club a little slack on this one. They’re working with existing art from the Hasbro libraries that isn’t the best to begin with, and what they’re doing is certainly right on par with what we’ve seen in the 25th Anniversary line already. At least that’s my opinion. We’ve been spoiled by the Pursuit of Cobra stuff and even the Rise of Cobra stuff, which was exponentially better from a package art perspective, but I think these figures are really being designed to blend with the existing 25th Anniversary stuff, and do a perfectly fine job at it.
Aw hells yeah!!
It started earlier this morning when the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club Tweeted about a reveal today for a character that first debuted 25 years ago. But as sometimes happens, plans changed, and they mentioned needing to “Iron out” some details.
Well, that was about all the encouragement I needed as I kept reloading my Twitter client and GIJoeClub.com every 12 seconds until he was finally revealed. The one, the only… Iron Klaw.
Back in ’95 Iron Klaw was the evil mastermind of the G.I. Joe Extreme universe, with a very cool design aesthetic. For whatever complaints folks have about the toys, the cartoon universe of G.I. Joe: Extreme was fascinating, and Iron Klaw was a big part of why.
For this reason, the fans were thrilled when it looked like we might get a comic pack featuring this evil terrorist (although redubbed as a Cobra “Iron Klaw Trooper”). However, as often happens to the G.I. Joe fandom, our hopes were crushed as the movie line took over, and subsequent Anniversary or Resolute styled comic packs vanished into the ether.
But along comes the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club to the rescue, digging the tooling for Iron Klaw out of Hasbro’s vaults and finally giving the fans what they’ve been asking for over the past two years. Can I say they’ve done a fantastic job on it, too? This is one great looking figure, and whether you want to use it as a new Cobra “Iron Klaw Trooper”, or as the malicious Iron Klaw himself, this guy works both ways. I love the detailed weathering on the mask, the new webgear…man, it’s all awesome! Great work.
Kudos, GIJCC, and I think this figure will be just the first step in convincing many folks to sign up for the Sub. For more details on the subscription service, check out GIJoeClub.com. Can’t wait to see more!
Just a few minutes ago I posted about how Joe fans could do themselves a good service by checking out some of the lesser known aspects of G.I. Joe history… and here’s another great way to do it.
Over at HissTank.com, notorious forum member Gyre-Viper has posted some of his holy grail items in his collection. Sure, I think we all knew he was all over the Asian scene, but turns out, he’s got plenty of domestic connections as well! Some very nice pieces in his collection, including an original sculpt for the unproduced Rocky Balboa action figure, a couple of Sigma 6 pieces, and my personal source of jealous rage, the unproduced Iron Klaw test shot.
Do yourself a favor and check it out! I’ve also mirrored the pics below.
Many Joefans likely flocked to Amazon.com to pre-order G.I. Joe: Resolute so they could check out the exclusive unreleased Resolute comic that was available for download with the purchase. GeneralsJoes was among that crowd, and I’m posting a little sneak peek at some of the panels in the comic. I was really pleasently surprised at the book, to be honest…it was written very crisply, with a lot more adult-oriented action than some of the previous releases. The coolest thing is, it gives some insight into the Iron Klaw Troopers and Crimson Troopers. By looking at the panels in the book, it would appear that the Iron Klaw Troopers are meant to be the “cream of the crop” of Cobra troops, even above the esteemed elite Crimson Guard. Heavily utilizing the Iron Klaw look from G.I. Joe: Extreme, they actually mesh into the Cobra hierarchy very well.
As for the Crimson Troopers…at first they appear to simply be offshoots of the Crimson Guard, but at one point, the Iron Klaw Trooper hands one of them a tactical vest, updated helmet, and parachute which almost look to have a strong Resolute Trooper influence. Actually, in one of the panels, the Crimson Trooper looks like it was probably a Resolute Trooper from the neck down with a cool newly sculpted helmet for the head.
Frankly…this is a big bummer, considering this never got released. This could have been a great Resolute Crimson Guard, and I am a humongous fan of the Resolute Trooper tooling. The comic issue shows the Crimson Troopers going through a rigorous training exercise designed to weed out the ineffective and incapable. At the end, one Crimson Trooper remains and we get a glimpse of just how intense Cobra’s training program is. A pretty cool shift, and unlike many of the other Resolute comics, this one actually seems like it could mesh into the Resolute universe fairly well. Check out the mirrored images below.
Mere days after the unreleased Training Snake Eyes was shown on JoeIntel, test shot maestro Gyre-Viper at HissTank.com has shown some pictures of the unreleased “Iron Klaw Trooper” that was initially slated to come with another wave of Comic Packs before the line shifted to a movie theme. Check out the mirrored images below.
This… is awesome. From what I’ve seen there hasn’t been much unreleased stuff that has really made me sad that it won’t make it to retail. Resolute stuff aside of course (which looks to be coming in a boxed set in 2010). But this Iron Klaw Trooper? Damn, man. I love it. I was a big fan of the Extreme universe, but the figures were horrible, it’s freaking great to see those characters worked into the Anniversary line, even with just a new head, beret, weapon, and webgear. The base figure looks to be an Iron Grenadier Destro. Regardless of all this, the figure is very cool, and I hope Hasbro finds some way to work this tooling into the Pursuit of COBRA line. I really love the face sculpt and skull-themed webgear. Very cool figure.
He also showcased some images from the upcoming Pursuit of COBRA Arctic Destro, which is another pretty neat one. Those ice-cased accessories are pretty cool and the sculpt is great. Check out those images below.