Curse you, ROSS STORES!!

Well, they’re at it again.  Ross, the bane of my collectors’ existence has once again scored a coup, this time with the previously released only in Canada Wave 3 of the Rise of Cobra Alpha vehicles.  This wave contains the Polar Shark Sub w/ Ice Storm, the Desert Rockslide w/ Dusty, the Tiger Claw ATV w/ Leatherneck, and the Lavapod w/ Volcano Viper.

Now, I’ve been able to get these, so really, I’m not feeling too wounded, but every time I hear about Ross getting these cool tail enders, I just get reminded how the nearest store is like 350 miles away.  The vehicles are retailing for about $8.99 apiece, just to twist that knife a bit deeper.

Thanks to GeneralsJoes regular Nas for the info, with confirmation pics at HissTank.com.  If you have a Ross near you, GO GET ‘EM.

Missing Alpha vehicles from The Rise of Cobra found North of the Border!

With a huge thanks to friend of GeneralsJoes and member of JoeCanuck.com Stealth Viper for reporting that the third wave of Alpha vehicles from the G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra have started hitting retail at various Wal-Marts in Canada!

The sighting was first reported here by akpayne, and several other JoeCanuck members have chimed in, including images!

This is finally confirmation that these have hit mainstream retail somewhere, and will fill some holes in many Joe fans’ collections!  Check out the sighting thread here, and if you’re in Canada, or know someone who lives there, start cashing in those favors.

Reviews and scores of images of Wave 3 Alpha Vehicles

The third wave of Rise of Cobra Alpha Vehicles created quite the firestorm when it was leaked that the assortment was potentially cancelled.  In fact, I’d argue word of their cancellation generated much more buzz than the actual figures and vehicles themselves ever did.

Well, after all of the hulabaloo (yes, I just used the word hulabaloo…) it now appears that the assortment will see release after all, just after a short delay.  In fact, word is the Philippines have already seen the vehicle packs appear on store shelves.  As further proof of this, JoeCustoms member chrysophylax has posted some very nice images along with some reviews over at JoeCustoms.com.  Reviews are up for the Tiger Claw w/ Leatherneck, the Polar Shark Sub w/ Ice Storm, and the Lavapod driver, Volcano Viper.  I’ve also mirrored the great images below.

The more I see the Volcano Viper the cooler he becomes…I really love the detail on that helmet.  Holy crap that’s coolness.  The Polar Shark Sub is pretty awesome, too.  Definitely the strongest Alpha wave yet, glad it’s being released.

Toy News International SDCC Image rundown

Okay, I perused the gallery over at Toy News International, and there wasn’t a whole lot of consequence.  Well, that’s not entirely true.  The diorama buildings in those images pretty much blew my head clean off.  Absolutely amazing…I’d wager the fine folks at Diorama Dreams had just a little to do with those…pure  brilliance.

As far as product goes, mostly what we’ve seen before, with a few gems mixed in:

  • The Doctor in a white labcoat.  Planned variant?  Another figure entirely?  Hmmm…

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  • Dusty standing next to the Desert Rockslide; Very nice camouflage patterns on both, but still repaint stuff.

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  • Mini Subs!  Hell yeah…we’ve seen funky multicolored test shots, but no actual in-color production shots of what looks to be the Polar Shark Sub w/ Ice Storm (though they almost look like Volcano Vipers).  These things look pretty nasty.

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All images, again, came from the Toy News International Rise of COBRA gallery.