So with the recent unfortunate news about G.I. Joe: Renegades, I thought I’d take a step back in time and explore some other recent unfortunate G.I. Joe events. Of course, you say the word “unfortunate” to most G.I. Joe fans these days, and the first thing they think of is The Rise of Cobra.
Keep in mind I didn’t buy these things when they were $15 a pop, but when they started hitting clearance, I decided to check them out. You can hit the Rise of Cobra reviews page, or just check out the links directly below:
Over on HissTank.com, Gyre-Viper revealed some descriptions (which were then followed by actual images, mirrored below) of potential upcoming vehicles…and as usual, I’m pretty impressed. Pretty impressed only because the apparent second wave of Rip Attack vehicles looks as uninspired as the first (especially those figures… yuck), but the retooled and modified Ghost Hawk and that motorcycle that looks to be strongly Dreadnok related are both balls out!
The Ghost Hawk was pretty much defined by those crazy rear stabilizers, which have been tooled way down to a more streamlined exhaust engine…while that motorcycle is just pure sickness. Love the blades, love the dual handlebar weaponry. Hot damn that’s a freaking awesome looking little bike. Kind of tough to tell what the deal with the driver is, but still looks great all the same.
Of course the real question is…will we see this at retail? It’s obvious a drastic theme shift is going on at Hasbro with some scrambling to redefine the way we’ll see G.I. Joe in 2010, and it’ll be interesting to see if these make the cut. There’s a lot of new tooling there, and obviously they’re pretty far along in the production process, so signs point to “yes”, but just something to watch for…maybe we’ll learn something more at Toy Fair in just under a month. I’ll certainly be on pins and needles waiting for it.
JoeCustoms members Jay and Chief have both posted sightings of the G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Rip Attack Tiger Strike w/ Street-Viper and the Jetstorm Cycle w/ Snake Eyes at local stores (though there are no details as to which local stores they are). Check out the original thread here, and the mirrored image below.
We’ve seen enough of these images to really know what we’re getting with these sets, but the fact that we now have official pictures to show probably means these are on the verge of release. And as usual, these two vehicles add a sense of conflict… I love the Elite-Viper, but would have loved something NEW with the Elite-Viper…however, the Cobra vehicle is far superior to the G.I. Joe one. On the flip side, though, this strange amalgamation of Paris Pursuit Snake Eyes and the Commando Snake Eyes from Rise of Cobra at least offers some new elements, even if the end result is a bulkier version of the same figure. Bulk is exactly what that figure needed, though, so maybe this is a good thing?
Check out the images below.
We’ve seen some scattered images for the upcoming “Rip Attack” vehicles, but HissTank has now provided the most in depth images yet, giving us clear images of the two drivers, the vehicles and the mechanism used to launch them. Coolest thing to me is this version of Snake Eyes…I hadn’t noticed in earlier images, but this looks to be a combination of the Paris Pursuit head and legs with the version 1 body and arms. It actually works really well, I think, making Snake Eyes really resemble his movie self, yet being a bit bulkier and more imposing than the overly scrawny first version. I dig it.
Unfortunately “Street-Viper” just looks like the regular Elite-Viper, no new paint scheme or anything, which is kind of a shame, but his vehicle actually looks pretty neat. Check out the mirrored images below.