GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe Kre-O Wave 3

I know the reviews have been few and far between as I focus on the Dio-Story, but I’m hoping over the next few weeks to get some more stuff out there.  I’ve currently got the Hot Toys Roadblock, a few excellent Acid Rain items, and a few new wonderful items from the great guys at Codename: Iowa which should hopefully provide some reading material throughout the next month or two.

Starting it all off, though, is the latest assortment of G.I. Joe Kre-O items!  I’ve posted reviews for all three of the new assortments, including the Firebat/Wolverine, the Outpost Defender/Ferret, and Wave 3 of the Mini Figure Kre-Ons.  Check out my G.I. Joe Kre-O Review Section, or just click the direct links below:

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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.

Alexx features the Outpost Defender!

With all this new product hitting, seems like old friend of GeneralsJoes “Alexx” has his hands full!  This weekend, we’re getting a feature on the Wal-Mart exclusive Outpost Defender w/ Roadblock and Tripwire.  Excellent choice. 

Check out the original thread on JBL here, and take a peek at the gallery below as well!

This one definitely tops my list of most wanted from these latest Wal-Mart exclusives.  Love the Outpost Defender, and LOVE that Roadblock.  Tripwire is a bit sketchy, very obviously using the old Tiger Force paint apps, only done up in the slightly overdone black and silver movie paint scheme, which doesn’t look nearly as good.  I guess I don’t really understand…if Roadblock can be done in various shades of brown and green, why not Tripwire?  That would give the vintage fans their Tiger Force homage they want, while still getting some neat movie product out there, too.  I can understand the desire to use the movie paint scheme, but if Roadblock can be in different, more jungle themed stuff, why not the other figure?  It would bring the whole set together a lot more cohesively, and this is coming from someone who normally doesn’t give a crap about old school homages…

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.

Some more peeks at upcoming Wal-Mart Battle Station packs

Rulz over at HissTank adds two more Battle Stations to his COBRA Surveillance Port and has posted some very nice pictorials with a few details that we may not have seen.  This time around, he showcases the Outpost Defender w/ Roadblock and Tripwire as well as the Laser Artillary Weapon with General Hawk and Grand Slam.

Once again I feel like these miss the boat a bit.  It’s great seeing the Resolute Roadblock, but those colors are pretty horrible.  The mustard yellow and strange hybrid desert camouflage just doesn’t really work to me.  Tripwire looks okay, but he looks a lot like Grand Slam, only with some tiger stripes slapped on.  They seem pretty random, and he doesn’t come close to matching the actual Tiger Force version of the character, so I’m not entirely sure why they’re there.

I absolutely love the single pack General Hawk, so it’s cool to see him here with green camouflage legs, but did we really need yet another Grand Slam on the shelves at the same time as the Target exclusive version?  The guy got two versions in twenty-five years, and now we’re working on his fourth in two years, and his second in a matter of weeks.  What really stinks is none of them really looks that different from another…except for the fact that they have different heads.  Odd.

The Battle Stations themselves look okay…I really like the sandbags and the overall look of the Outpost Defender, and the LAW is actually growing on me somewhat, but neither of them really screams “Buy Me!” at the $18.00 price tag.  Check out the mirrored images below.