GeneralsJoes reviews Rise of Cobra Desert Rockslide w/ Dusty!

The July “Review-A-Rama” continues!  You didn’t think G.I. Joe: Origins #17 was the only review I was going to do today, did you?  ;)

I covered the Rise of Cobra Lavapod yesterday, and today I bring you a review for the Desert Rockslide w/ Dusty!  I was not a huge fan of the Rockslide in Wave 1, but for some reason I am really liking this set a lot more than I thought I would.  I’m not a big desert environment fan, I’m not a big Rockslide fan, yet I find some appeal in this one.  Maybe it’s just in comparison with the Lavapod…  whatever the reason, check out all of my thoughts right here!

Target Exclusive “Past and Present” Rockslide 2-Pack reviewed

So I haven’t really jumped all over the Past and Present idea…I mean, I absolutely love the concept, but there’s only so much Hasbro can do with it, and honestly, I didn’t think they started off very strongly with the Rockslide 2-pack.  I’ve already got two Rise of Cobra Rockslides, and I’ve got plenty of vintage Snow Jobs and Battle Bears, with no real desire to drop money for more.

Thankfully, GeneralsJoes contributor Mysterious Stranger doesn’t agree, he picked up a set, and was awesome enough to submit a review!  You can check it out on the Rise of Cobra Reviews Page, or just hit it directly right here.

Just another one I owe him…

Weekend Recap – Rise of Cobra Alpha Wave 3 released to retail in the Philippines

lava-pod-polar-sharc-tiger-clawIn a pretty surprising story that has flown amazingly under the radar, the third wave of Alpha vehicles that was initially rumored to be cancelled has arrived at retail in the Philippines according to Terror Drome member FeuerFrei.

Does this mean they are soon to arrive stateside as well?  The latest Hasbro Q & A reported that these vehicles were just delayed, and not in fact cancelled, but if they hit shortly, that would be a lot earlier than everyone thought.

Click here for the full details.

Weekend Recap – Alpha vehicles Wave 3 high res gallery

Another nice post over on HissTank.com reveals some great images of the soon to be released third wave of Alpha scale vehicles, slated to hit in early 2010, according to the latest Hasbro Q & A.  Some very nice pictures of all vehicles and vehicle drivers.  Not really wild about any of the three vehicles, but Volcano Viper is insane!  The new Dusty is pretty freaking great, too, but Leatherneck leaves me a bit “bleh”.  Still cool to see the images, though.

G.I. Joe “Past and Present” Rockslide 2-Pack IN STOCK at Target.com!

Big thanks to GeneralsJoes commentor m6d for pointing out that Target.com now has the Rockslide “Past and Present” 2-Pack IN STOCK now for $24.99!  Click here to grab it before it’s gone.

High Res product images for latest wave of Alpha class vehicles

Awash with repaints and retools, the next wave of Alpha Vehicles consists of a mostly blech repaint of a mostly blech vehicle, the Lava Pod, however, the Volcano-Viper looks all sorts of kick ass.  Pretty funny how he uses the same tooling as the arctic Ice-Viper, yet the ultra-hot weather specialist still looks right at home.  A bad ass head sculpt and mask don’t hurt.

The Rockslide is no great shakes either, but the digicam Dusty looks pretty nasty as a great modern update for the familiar old favorite.  Hopefully the final version comes with his head scarf, I can’t recall if we saw it during the various convention photo shoots.  My least favorite of this underwhelming trio is the TigerClaw, a haphazard repaint and retool of the already haphazard Snake Trax w/ Scrap Iron.  But what really bums me out here is the vehicle driver.  If they’re going to give us a Leatherneck in green camouflage, couldn’t they at least have made it a pure homage to the ’86 version, rather than this strange dark forest camo?  At least that way they’d make the old school folks happy…instead, we get a bizarrly kitbashed version that is unchanged from the original other than a different camouflage scheme that still doesn’t look like the right camouflage scheme.  The figure isn’t really a bad one, I guess…he does have some neat military elements, but I can hear those complaints coming a mile away.

Ah, well, at least he’s got the fixed Duke arms.  Check out the images below.

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.

Royal Purple website features some great information on Rise of COBRA vehicles

I think this website for the Royal Purple/G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA promotion has been up for a while, but for some reason, we’re just noticing the vehicles section.  But this vehicle section is absolutely bad ass.  It has some great images and details for the vehicles featured in the film, many of which we haven’t heard of before!  I’ve mirrored the images below for the following vehicles:

  • Brawler – An innocuous looking van on the outside, with high tech surveillance and weapons systems on the inside
  • Attack Helicopter – No name, just looks like a generic military assault copter
  • Howler – The VTOL troop transport that carries the Joe team through the air
  • RHINO – An armored Humvee looking thing
  • Rockslide – Familiar snowmobile attack vehicle that we’ve seen in toy form already
  • Scarab – The “Steel Crusher” going by its original name
  • Spyder – A very futuristic looking motorcycle (that looks a lot cooler than the upcoming “Snarler”)

The vehicles page can be found here with some nice details on these various weapons of war, and again, all images are mirrored below.

Images of upcoming exclusives emerge…

As SanDiego ComicCon grows closer more and more secrets continue to be uncovered prior to the “official” reveal…  this time credit The Terror Drome for uncovering some pictures of the upcoming Toys “R” Us Exclusive “Attack on the Pit”, Target Exclusive “Rescue Mission”, and the Target Exclusive “Past and Present” boxed set, which is a new one to us.

Attack on the Pit is a very nice looking set featuring Duke, Ripcord, Pit Commando, a Neo-Viper repaint and a Neo-Viper Officer, who looks awesome in the MARS Officer webgear!

We’d already knew about the Rescue Mission 4-Pack, but we get some additional pictures here of the set, which includes Snake Eyes, Duke, and two Neo-Viper repaints.

Lastly, a previous rumored set, but with no details, we get some pictures and details of the “Past and Present” set which apparently is a two pack of Snow Jobs with two Rockslides, one new one, and one what looks to be the Polar Battle Bear from the vintage days.

I gotta say, seeing all of these Neo-Vipers scattered in all of these various sets, the figure is really growing on me…and it appears even if you just buy a few exclusives this year you’ll get yourself a nice little squad!  Thanks again to HissCommander of The Terror Drome for the info.

Very nice pictures of the Ice Dagger and Rockslide at JoeSightings

M6D, a moderator at JoeSightings and admin of Magnum6Delta.com has posted a series of very nice pictures of the recently released Rise of COBRA Ice Dagger and Rockslide vehicles.  These things look a lot cooler than they did even a week ago.  Check out the original thread here, and I’ve also mirrored the images below.