Continuing on the fury of the GeneralsJoes Review-A-Rama, today I finish off reviewing last year’s Wal-Mart Exclusive Battle Stations sets… saving perhaps one of the best for last, the Cobra Surveillance Port w/ MARS Officer and Tele-Viper. You can also hit up the Rise of Cobra Review Page to catch up on other reviews you may have missed along the way.
I had promised to get these posted last week, but Thanksgiving events postponed that somewhat…but better late than never, right?
Over in the Rise of Cobra Review Section I’ve posted reviews for both recently released Toys “R” Us Exclusive Troop-Builder 5-Packs:
There are more images here than you will see anywhere.
Werecat over on JoeBattleLines has posted a pretty nice in depth look at some ways to get a more character-accurate version of Repeater out of the recently released Toys “R” Us Troop Builder 5-Pack.
Some nice little part swaps over some great opportunity for expanding the Joe roster. Check out the thread right here, and some images are also mirrored below.
“Good news for those of you out there who were upset at Repeater’s needless race change. As it turns out, it’s a very easy fix to make him true-to-form, and give us a simple but effective LBC Hardball as a bonus. The only catch, is, you’ll need to buy two ‘Joe sets.
Repeater and Footloose share the same body, just with different flesh color. So if you have an extra Footloose, you’ll have a Repeater body with Caucasian skin tone. And you don’t have to worry about a proper Repeater head. Hasbro already helped us out on that angle! The extra Zartan head very much harkens back to White Repeater, because it has the patrol cap and black hair. So simply stick this head on the Footloose body, and you have an instant Repeater. You can even keep the same web gear, as it’s similar enough to the original figure in design.”
They retail for $19.99 each…I just placed my order, and it was $45.00 for the two of them including shipping. Pretty good deal, all told, for ten figures. There are no images in the listing, so just be aware that Trooper Builder 5-Pack 1 is the G.I. Joe one, and Troop Builder 5-Pack 2 is the Cobra one. Go get ’em.
Over at JoeBattleLines, MaxPower has stumbled across the KMart Exclusive 4-Pack at his local California K-Mart and was kind enough to snap some pictures of what can be found inside. The set comes with:
- Desert Camouflage Heavy Duty
- Duke (in MP Uniform)
- MARS Weapon Officer
Heavy Duty is the best of the bunch, just because he comes with the best of the gear from the two previous versions! He’s got the machine gun and pistol from the Weapons Specialist (as well as the backpack w/ straps), but he’s got the heavy machine gun and grenade launcher from the Reactive Armor version.
The two COBRA’s are colored up in a strange dark brown/bronze shade which doesn’t appeal to me a whole lot, though each of them come fully equipped with their original weapons load. Duke is just kind of a toss in, I think. I’m not crazy about the MP/Zartan figure, and we’ve already got a decent desert camouflage Duke. Anyway…retail was apparently $27 or $28. Keep your eyes out if you’re interested!
As cool as the G.I. Joe 5-Pack is, I find the COBRA pack pretty underwhelming. Sure, it’s great for army builders, since there are few changes to any of the troopers within (save for Elite-Viper’s COBRA symbol), but I’m not crazy about those two MARS Trooper/Officer figures, and I certainly don’t need a sixth Neo-Viper necessarily. I wouldn’t mind another Elite-Viper, and that infiltration Duke is completely bad ass, but I don’t see myself paying $20 just for those two figures. I’ll probably crawl eBay and see who’s dumping that Duke and keeping the troopers.
Interesting that the Joe set seems full of creative thinking and new characters, while the COBRA set just seems to be rehash central. But again, for an army builder pack, maybe that’s what folks want in a COBRA set…we’ve already got plenty of Skittle-Vipers as it is.