G.I. Joe Convention 2015 Recondo

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Okay, this one surprised me.

Not being one of those fans who was desperate for modern updates to all vintage Tiger Force figures, I don’t have a personal attachment to seeing those designs updated, but I know a lot of folks do. When Recondo was listed in the Convention brochure, I figured it was a slam dunk that he’d appear with his familiar blue hat and gray/green color scheme that we’d all seen as a kid, piloting the Tiger Fly helicopter. Instead, the Collectors Club threw a hanging curve ball and gave us an unreleased version of Recondo, originally seen in the same pre-sales catalog as Sabretooth.

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It was an interesting choice. I can understand why it would upset some people, because many folks out there feel like they need all of those vintage versions updated. But on the flip side, going the unproduced route is a more intriguing move, because it’s something that hasn’t been done before. However, on the other hand, it just so happens that the unproduced Recondo is in a color scheme exceptionally similar to Tiger Force Flint, so in that way, Recondo seems somewhat uninspired.

At the end of the day, you can only really judge the figure by your own personal enjoyment of it, and Recondo excites me about as much as any Tiger Force figure does… which ain’t much.

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That being said, there are elements to enjoy here. Granted, the 25th Anniversary era head sculpt is pretty soft and dated when compared to its peers, but it’s Recondo, that much is inarguable. I love that the Club improved the arms, going with Kwinn rather than the bulbous Flint arms of the 25th Anniversary version. Recondo desperately needs those new arms, and these work amazingly well. Even though the color scheme so lock step in line with Flint, it is still pretty nice, with great shades of green, brown, and black, looking almost more jungle-like than Recondo’s original tan and light green. Purely on his own merits, the figure is fun.

Accessories

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I would imagine because of Wreckage’s weapon choice, this Recondo doesn’t come with his trademark shotgun, instead sporting the great wrapped sniper rifle that the Pursuit of Cobra version of the character came with. I approve. He also has his familiar backpack, removable boonie hat, and the truly bizarre jungle knife that Shadow Tracker originally came with. The knife was a really strange choice, but individually it doesn’t make or break the character. As we’ve seen since day one, the hat has some trouble staying on his head, but for display purposes, it works.

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Recondo was an early favorite character of mine that remained somewhat under utilized in the comics and cartoons, but every time he did appear, he made an impact. This figure takes the spirit of the character and does some interesting things with it, and I like that the Club went unproduced with the deco, even though to many folks it will feel like a missed opportunity. In actual execution, the figure is nice, poses well, and has some crisp paint applications. A decent enough update.


G.I. Joe Convention Tiger Force Recondo crawls out of the jungle

Tonight the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has debuted another member of their upcoming Tiger Force squad from the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention boxed set.  Recondo steps out of the jungle and into the tiger stripe camouflage uniform, but not the Recondo as you might remember him, pilot of the Tiger Fly.  No, this Recondo is based on an early catalog image in a color scheme very reminiscent of Tiger Force Flint.

Interesting choice to go with this unreleased version rather than the more familiar retail colors…if nothing else, the Club is kind of keeping folks guessing this year.  Check out the mirrored image below, and keep watching GIJoeCon.com for the latest info.

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G.I. Joe: Pursuit of Cobra Recondo artwork on Mike Thompson’s art blog

Nice!  I’ve been talking about it for a few weeks, and Mike Thompson himself is going to join us on What’s on Joe Mind next week, and now Mr. Thompson has posted the artistic process behind the awesome artwork for the Pursuit of Cobra Recondo figure!

Aesthetically one of my favorite Pursuit of Cobra figures, Recondo faltered somewhat in translation to plastic, but that doesn’t change just how cool the painting was.  Check out his fantastic artwork at his WordPress blog, and tune in to What’s on Joe Mind next week to hear some insight behind the design work!

The coolest thing about this art reveal is that this is the first real time we’ve seen the full body artwork for Recondo.  BAD ASS.  A huge thanks to Mike for sharing these great details.

IDW Review Onslaught – G.I. Joe #23 and #24

So it’s the day after Thanksgiving, and while many folks are braving the crowds for “Black Friday” shopping, I’m taking some time to gather the last few releases of IDW comic books and trying to play “catch up” on some reviews.  I was surprised to find that I was actually a couple of months behind on  some of these.  How does that happen?

In recent months, I’ve been pretty hard on the main IDW G.I. Joe title, simply because I try and hold it to a higher standard.  While G.I. Joe: Cobra, G.I. Joe: Origins, and even stuff like Hearts & Minds should all be considered fringe titles, the main run is the run that should continue to breath life into this new G.I. Joe mythology, and while there was a really good stretch going there for a bit, it’s starting dragging just a bit again.

Well, I may be one of the only ones, but I was really looking forward to seeing what IDW was going to do with Agent Helix…and they finally introduced her in the main title in issue #23.  However, based on the 5-page preview I posted, I was immediately hesitant to buy in, simply because it was evident she was being designed as a new “super power”, even in her first appearance.  We’ve spent thirty years establishing what a bad ass Snake Eyes is, and here comes Helix in her first mainstream appearance, and she hands him his ass?  Well, I’m hesitant to base a character and an issue on only five pages, so I will review issue #23 and #24 below.  Click the “read the rest of the story” link below to check out these reviews, but be warned, spoilers will be evident.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews Pursuit of Cobra Wave 2 Snake Eyes and Recondo

By and large, the Pursuit of Cobra has been a lovefest.  Hasbro has been on a roll, and most of the figures released for this line to date have been home runs, or at the very least a solid double or triple.

Well, nobody’s perfect, I guess.

These two figures come from each side of the spectrum…one of them has pretty much nothing of merit, while the other one is just chock full of lost potential.  The end result is still a couple of disappointments.  Check out the Pursuit of Cobra Review Page, or hit the links below to go direct:

Diamond Release dates for Pursuit of Cobra Wave 2

Thanks to SNAKE EYES of HissTank.com for revealing the release dates for Pursuit of Cobra Wave 2 as revealed by Diamond Distribution.  But to me, the best news is this crazy high resolution images provided.  Nice!

Good grief I’m in love with the Pursuit of Cobra.  These are all exceedingly awesome looking figures.  Every freaking one of them.  I do hope Jungle-Viper looks okay without his monstrous backpack suit thing, because I’d love to use him as a more generic Cobra jungle operative…and yes, I understand Snake Eyes has “Tornado Action” and that figure looks pretty wonky, but I love it all, anyway.

Check out the mirrored images below.

The release information is as follows:

Pursuit Of Cobra WAVE 2: The evil schemes of Cobra are thwarted throughout the world by the noble soldiers of G.I. Joe, and their battles can be replayed time and again with the G.I. Joe action figures! Each figure stands 3 3/4″ tall and comes with accessories. Fans can choose from Zartan (Version 2)*, Recondo, Destro (Version 2), Jungle Viper, Snake Eyes (Version 2), Dusty, and many more. Blister card packaging.

Estimated ship date: 9/29/10

GI JOE BRAVO VEHICLES WAVE 2: Stage your own battles between the forces of G.I. Joe and Cobra with the all-new G.I. Joe Bravo Vehicles, scaled to the 3 3/4″ figure height! Choose from the Vamp 4×4 with Double Clutch, or the Cobra Fury with Alley Viper.

Estimated ship date: 9/29/10

GI JOE ALPHA VEHICLES WAVE 2: Take your Joe and Cobra forces into battle with these 1- and 2-man vehicles, scaled to the 3 3/4″ figure, each with its own exclusive pilot/driver! Collectors can choose from the A.W.E. Striker, which comes with Nightfox, or the Cobra Ice Cutter, which comes with Snow Serpent.

Estimated ship date: 9/29/10

New carded Pursuit of Cobra images make a good day even better

So I got my new Droid yesterday…and I’m in love with it.  It’s Friday.  My boss bought coffee this morning.  Could the day get any better?

Turns out, yes, yet it can.  Thanks to The Terror Drome for passing along the word that ACToys forum member zartan扎坦 has posted some carded images of the upcoming second wave of Pursuit of Cobra single-packed figures, and of course, they’re freaking gorgeous.  I love these toys.

Check out the mirrored images below.

Assload of new toy images on HissTank.com – Resolute and PoC Recondo fest!

Yeah, I think “assload” applies.  Gyre-Viper got a hold of quite the array of test shots for upcoming items, and produced an mysterious tale of suspense and intrigue…  what happens when Token-Viper dares turn on the Cobra cabal?

Find out which Joes are behind enemy lines… and ask yourself why the hell is Duke wearing a parka in the middle of a steaming jungle?  Check out the images at HissTank.com, or also mirrored below.

Quick review of Operation: HISS Webisode #1

Heh…in the last post I mentioned a month was a long time to wait for a follow up to a 5 minute webisode.  Turns out, the action itself only took just over 3 minutes.  Overall impression?  About what you’d expect for a direct-to-website feature catered to kids.  It’s done in CGI animation, purely computer models, and they looked like they were pulled from the cut scenes of the console game (which isn’t necessarily a good thing).  Some choppy animation, some stilted voice acting, and nothing that will really make the long time fans go crazy.  Definitely not G.I. Joe’s best side.

I still kinda dig seeing the movie universe further explored (especially since it would appear it’s vanishing entirely from store shelves with this G.I. Joe “reboot” this fall), but the end result did not blow my skirt up, which is really saying something when coming from this fanboy.  Regardless, I’ll be waiting the first Friday of every month just to see what’s next.

On the positive side, we did get some cool intel when the credits rolled!  I’ve mirrored some screen shots below, including a shot of the voice credits, which indicate that some other characters will be appearing in the series like Recondo, Helix, and Snow Job!  I’ll check out further installments just for that.

A fun way to spend a few minutes, but don’t expect Beast Wars or Starship Troopers…  the gallery is below.

More pre-production Gyre-Viper pics – Mail Away Cobra Commander!

I’ve been a bit behind the eight ball over the past couple of days while I deal with some home-related issues, but since I was posting the Resolute DVD review, I had to get something up there for the two most recent Gyre-Viper discoveries over at HissTank.com.

Man, I love seeing this stuff…both from an unproduced or pre-production perspective, but also because it gives us some great detail on figures that are “in the hopper”…and I was pretty psyched about that mail away Cobra Commander.  Now, I’m way beyond psyched.  This guy looks in SANE.  The dark chrome red finish on the torso is cool enough, but that rough metallic facemask is just too cool for words.  Much more imposing than the previous version.  I really like it…more than I thought I would.  Gotta love the removable twin-barrel machine gun from the HISS Tank drone, too.  Check out the original thread, or the mirrored images below.

The Whirlwind stuff is cool, number one because we get a peek at the original paint scheme (at least a little bit) for the vehicle that was slated to come with Recondo.  But at this point what really interests me is that Twin Battle Gun w/ Range-Viper.  I know a lot of folks have been complaining about the green, but I love it.  The Range-Viper has always been designed as a wilderness trooper, so the green and gray are awesome colors.  I do think it will look a bit less “sparkly” in person…the coolest thing to me about this particular Range-Viper, though, is that it uses the Resolute Trooper as a base figure, so not only does it have some great articulation and design aesthetics, but it can be used as a “Death Squad” trooper of sorts in your Resolute universe.  Oh, and I guess the Cobra Whirlwind repaint is okay, too.  :shifty:

Check those out here, and below.