Some awesome Rise of Cobra concept art from Facebook game

Stalwart G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra fans (who are probably few and far between) likely remember the Facebook game that  came out around the release of the film.  It involved facing off one-on-one against another opponent, picking your trooper, and upgrading their equipment as you fight others and increase your experience.

It wasn’t the most interesting or captivating game, but it provided a look at some interesting artwork as the game progressed and you upgraded your uniform.

Well, the artist for this Facebook game, Jason Badower has a blog, and way back in January posted some of the artwork that was used in the Facebook game.  A lot of it is stuff I hadn’t seen before, and even the stuff that was seen in the game is interesting to see in a different context.

Check out Jason’s excellent blog right here, and the mirrored images are hosted below.

Thanks to Dark Jedi from JoeCustoms.com for digging up these images.

Walmart Exclusive Outpost Defender and Heatseeker Reviewed

I’ve had these in the hopper for a little while, and I’m just starting to kind of catch up a bit… these have also been posted to the Rise of Cobra Review Page.

Wave 2 Target exclusive mini-vehicles posted online, though not yet for sale

In a move that seems to indicate that we’ll see these vehicles for sale online shortly, Target.com has posted entries for their second wave of highly anticipated exclusive mini-vehicles, including the Serpent Armor and Rocket Pack.  Check out the links below.

Thanks to m6d for the information!

Reviews posted for Toys “R” Us Troop-Builder 5-Packs

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.

Alexx is at it again… Serpent Armor w/ Viper Commando

Holy crap what a difference a little color alteration makes.  I’m getting pretty sick and tired of the same ole black and silver Neo-Vipers, but Hasbro gives the “Viper Commando” in the Serpent Armor set a black head with red eyes, and it gets whole new life.  Damn what a cool looking version of the way-too-abundant Neo-Viper.  Add that to the fact that he comes with a great looking black and silver SNAKE armor, and you get a win all around.

In fact, if you get your hands on a 25th Anniversary Stinger, a Heatseek Missile set, and this Serpent Armor, you get the start of a very awesome looking black/red color scheme COBRA strike squad…  but I’ll let Alexx’s always funny pictures speak for themselves.  You can see the thread on JBL here, too.

Wal-Mart Battle Station Images galore

Not content with merely providing a crappy cell phone pic, Scott “madmac41” from JoeBattleLines has put his camera to use, grabbing a nice allotment of boxed images of the fresh from the retail womb Wal-Mart Battle Station sets!  Retailing for a very appealing $14.96 (in the same ballpark as the Wal-Mart 2-Pack figures, only with a whole bunch of added Battle Station goodness… WTF?) these are some very cool sets that initially left me somewhat cold, but are now leaving me a lot less cold.  Still a bit cool, though.  I’m not wild about ’em…

Frustrating thing is, there are some very cool things about each set, but none of the sets really blow me away.  I love the Heatseek Missile, but I really don’t care for that Scrap Iron, and I’ve got like 47 Neo-Vipers already.  The COBRA Surveillance port is awesome, but I really don’t need another cruddy MARS Trooper, and that Tele-Viper don’t look right.

On the Joe side, I dig the Resolute Roadblock (he looks a lot better in these pictures, for sure), but Tripwire is just bizarre, and I’m not sold on the Outpost Defender itself.  The Laser Artillary Weapon is a bit underwhelming, but that Hawk kicks all sorts of ass.  I dunno…maybe I’ll think different if I see them at retail.  There are some pretty awesome aspects to them, but not enough warranting sixty of my dollars, at least not at this point.  I know other fans are riled up about ’em, though, so enjoy the mirrored pics.

Don’t like the new Repeater? There’s a fix for that.

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.”

Toys “R” Us Troop Builder 5-Packs available online at TRU.com!

Thanks to HissCommander from The Terror Drome for letting me know that ToysRUs.com currently has the two brand spankin’ new Troop Builder 5-Packs available for ordering through their website!

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.

Target: Rescue Mission 4-Pack Review Posted!

Hot on the heels of the Toys “R” Us Attack on the Pit review comes the follow up review for the Target exclusive Rescue Mission 4-Pack.  While it doesn’t have as many figures, or quite as much value, I think the set itself has a whole lot more “cool factor” than the TRU one.

Check out the review right here!

Toys “R” Us “Attack on the Pit” 5-Pack Reviewed!

Coming off the reviews of Waves 4 & 5, I made a little road trip a short while ago and scooped up the two latest exclusives from Target and Toys “R” Us.  I’m still working on the Target Rescue Mission review, but I’ve posted the one for the Toys “R” Us Attack on the Pit on my Rise of Cobra Review Page!  There are a TON of pictures in this review…more than you’ll see anywhere else.

Enjoy.