G.I. Joe Convention 2015 Lifeline

Big BrawlerDial ToneLifelineRecondoSgt. Stalker
WreckageGeneral MayhemIron AnvilMetalheadUndertow Officer
UndertowIron Anvil OfficerAnnihilatorAlpineFrostbite
SkystrikerTiger Sting w/ BazookaTiger Shark w/ FelinoTigerhawkMantis
Con Set RecapKre-O Six Pack

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How can you go wrong with a Lifeline repaint? One of the shining examples of what the 30th Anniversary did right, Lifeline was the epitome of great toy design with his release in 2012. While he borrowed parts from the Pursuit of Cobra Snake Eyes, the new bits that were added flowed seamlessly with the existing ones, and his head sculpt remains one of the cleanest and most versatile three years later. When this year’s Convention theme of Tiger Force was announced, it made perfect sense for the Club to revisit Tiger Force Lifeline, and they did so to perfection.

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I’ve never been a big fan of Tiger Force in general, mostly preferring the original versions of those characters to their brighter repaints. I know that back in the day Hasbro did this to get some of their most popular characters back into circulation, but aesthetically I never found the domestic vintage Tiger Force to be all that appealing. Honestly I much prefered the blue and orange themes of the UK exclusives. Those were always a much nicer splash of color and interest compared to the ones released in the United States. All that being said, I know there’s a wealth of Tiger Force fans out there who were clamoring for more characters from that subteam, and to that end, the Club was quite successful here. Lifeline retains the same parts as his 30th Anniversary version, but with faithfully reproduced Tiger Force deco, looking much like the vintage version in a modern era format. Color tones are spot on to the original the striping pattern is accurate, and although the lack of breaks on the pouches of the torso is a bit disconcerting, it remains accurate to the original, which is what most fans are looking for, I’d think.

Accessories

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Like the 30th Anniversary version, Lifeline comes loaded. He has his removable helmet, the stretcher, and his Rescue case along with all of the medical instruments crammed neatly inside. The IV is there along with the clear plastic tubing, the facemask, his hypodermic, knife, and pistol. A ton of gear with this figure, and the Club brings it all forward quite nicely.

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Lifeline is a terrific figure and is executed faithfully and well. Thematically, not my first choice, but I cannot argue with a job well done, and this one clearly was.


G.I. Joe Convention Tiger Force Lifeline first image revealed

The G.I. Joe Collectors Club has been pretty effective thus
far of keeping us guessing as to how these figures were going
to look. Dial Tone’s combined deco work, the 2009 Undertow
repaint, the unreleased Recondo deco, and the female Undertow
officer were all interesting curve balls in the convention
set reveals.

Lifeline pretty much follows status quo.

Using the tooling from the excellent 30th Anniversary
Lifeline, the Collectors Club gives him a very traditional
Tiger Force deco update and loads him up with his familiar
accessories. It isn’t an outside the box choice, but with such a great base figure, it’s tough to complain.

Check out GIJoeCon.com for the latest, and the image is also mirrored below.

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G.I. Joe: Special Ops website updates with new characters and gear!

As if G.I. Joe: Retaliation wasn’t enough, we’ve got the upcoming social media G.I. Joe: Special Ops online game that is looking more out of this world with every reveal!  Today we’re introduced to the Special Ops version of Roadblock, Lifeline, Buzzer, Dr. Mindbender, the Cobra Stun and G.I. Joe: Wolverine, and things are looking awesome.  Very much a vintage aesthetic, with some neat 30th Anniversary twists.

Lifeline is clearly based on the way the 30th Anniversary figure looks, with those unique differences from the classic version.  Roadblock, on the other hand, is looking like his old school Tiger Force version.  Pretty awesome.

Check out the latest details at the Special Ops website on SyFy.com, and I’ve mirrored some nice images below.  I mean, doesn’t it seem like we’ve been waiting for some kind of game like this forever?  When have we gotten such character and vehicle-accurate renders for any kind of video game?  I’m getting pretty excited to check this out, just in case you couldn’t tell.  I’ve mirrored darn near every image we’ve seen so far, check out the most recent ones on the end.

GeneralsJoes, RealAmericanHero.com, and Terror Drome team for “Best of” 2011

Frustration from the glut of merchandise clogging retail pegs and blocking the release of subsequent waves of highly-anticipated figures seemed to be the theme of 2011. When new G.I. Joe figures finally made their way into our collections, the countless accessories, innovations in articulation, and intricately-detailed sculpts made the class of 2011 among the best we’ve ever seen in the 25th Anniversary-style era. Hasbro surprised with the release of the Sky Striker as part of the 30th Anniversary line, disappointed with the cancellation of the G.I. Joe: Renegades animated series, and energized with the trailer for the live-action movie sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Not to be outdone, licensees such as IDW Publishing and Sideshow Collectibles continued to impress with their offerings of G.I. Joe merchandise, an indication of the strength of the G.I. Joe brand. In retrospect of 2011, A Real American Hero, Generals Joes and The Terror Drome team up to bring you the best of G.I. Joe 2011.

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G.I. Joe 30th Anniversary Wave 4 Processing through BBTS

Joe fans have been on the edge of their seats, and as usual, it’s feast or famine.  Just like Waves 1 & 2 struck almost simultaneously, I received my set of Wave 3 from Big Bad Toy Store last night, and received notification that Wave 4 was now processing!  How’s that for service?

Items are mostly listed in a “Pre Order” status, but they are showing up at BBTS, and promise to be hitting Kokomo Toys early next week.  Buckle your seat belts, Joe fans.  Wave 4 is without a doubt the strongest wave, top-to-bottom that we’ve ever seen in the modern era, and I really don’t think that’s hyperbole.

Hit up Big Bad Toy Store to check out their stock, and while you wait until the figures are available, get caught up on my advanced reviews as well!

GeneralsJoes Reviews 30th Anniversary Wave 4 Lifeline and Zombie-Viper

A little over a week ago I was able to devote some serious time to reviewing upcoming G.I. Joe 30th Anniversary Wave 3 and Wave 4 figures, thanks to Gyre-Viper.  Well, he did me another solid favor and passed along the upcoming Lifeline and Zombie-Viper as well!

In fact, he and online community member Glumby have been doing an awesome job with their connections enabling many Joe fans to check this stuff out prior to release.

So without further ado, I encourage you to hit up my 30th Anniversary Review Page, or the links below to check out these latest reviews of two excellent new additions to the G.I. Joe action figure family.

Make sure you keep your eyes on GeneralsJoes.com as well!  Throughout the rest of this week I’ll be posting reviews for the soon to be released 7-Packs of the Dreadnoks and Slaughter’s Marauders!

GeneralsJoes Review-A-Palooza – The Sequel

Remember like a week and a half ago when I ran those daily reviews for G.I. Joe 30th Anniversary figures that hadn’t been officially released yet?  Yeah, that was awesome.  Guess what I’m doing again?

Starting on Monday, I will once again be diving headfirst into new product review hell!  I’ll be tackling a couple of key figures from the 30th Anniversary Wave 4 assortment that haven’t yet been covered (hmmm, I wonder who…) and I’m also happy to announce I’ll be reviewing the Dreadnoks and Slaughter Marauder 7-Packs from Big Bad Toy Store!

This will make for many late nights for me, but hopefully also late nights for the readers who get to check out all of the details and images prior to official release!

Until then, make sure you catch up on my 30th Anniversary Review Page, which has almost all of Wave 3 and also a chunk of Wave 4.  Last, but certainly not least, I must once again give props to Cobra Island for coining the Review-A-Palooza term.  I dig it.

In hand images of upcoming 30th Anniversary Lifeline and Zombie-Viper

Run don’t walk to JoeDeclassified.com!

The ever omnipotent Gyre Viper has posted some great in hand images of the upcoming 30th Anniversary Wave 4 Lifeline and Zombie-Viper due for release soon from Hasbro.  These figures round off Wave 4 of the 30th Anniversary (along with Sci-Fi, Airtight, and Law & Order) and look to keep up the quality of the other three figures.  Very nice.

Check out all the great images at JoeDeclassified.com, and I’ve also mirrored some of the images below.

And of course, after you’ve drooled over these early images, keep on coming back here to GeneralsJoes.com, as the full reviews should be going up very soon!

Carded images appear for 30th Anniversary Lifeline and Zombie Viper

It was only a short while ago that the folks over at AC Toys gave us carded images of most of Waves 3 and 4 of the upcoming 30th Anniversary figures, but noticeable by their absences were both Lifeline and Zombie Viper.

Well today that has been rectified as we get some very nice and detailed images of the undead Cobra and the G.I. Joe medic, both coming from the fourth wave of 30th Anniversary figures.  Check out the images here, or take a peek at them mirrored below.

Thanks much to The Terror Drome for the info.

JoeCon 2010 Recap – Thursday (Con Exclusives!)

As usual, the Convention started with a sprint that quickly led to the abrupt halt that is known as “pre-registration”.  Actually, to be fair, the lines were not bad at all this year, and I give all the credit in the world to the line monitors who did an absolutely awesome job.  They all deserve commendation.  Especially for those damn orange vests they had to wear.  :shifty:

In all seriousness, the lines all moved at a very brisk pace and things went smooth as silk.  I did have to step out for about 40 minutes to help Mark Bellomo unload his car down through the freight elevator, which added some excitement.  Click the “Read the rest of this entry” link below to get a run down.

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