GeneralsJoes Concept Case Top 10 – Number 10

So in conjunction with the launch of the Survey that will hopefully gather some good data from G.I. Joe fans throughout the internet, I figured I would have a series of articles covering my own personal top 10 figures from the now infamous G.I. Joe Convention “Concept Case”.

Since the survey is running for two weeks, I’ve elected to feature one entry per day, Monday through Friday until the first round of the survey is done.  This is not designed to sway anyone to my particular viewpoint, just to show how I’m thinking and why.

Out of the vast number of great looking figures we saw on display, I narrowed my favorites down to ten.  Let’s kick this off.

10 – G.I. Joe: Renegades Scrap Iron

Everyone knows by now that I’m a huge G.I. Joe: Renegades mark, but I will admit that the figure showings in the concept case for G.I. Joe: Renegades were pretty underwhelming.  Sure, the unmasked Storm Shadow was pretty fantastic, but beyond him we had a preposed Duke and Snake Eyes (who were vehicle drivers in case you were not aware) and a random masked trooper alongside what appeared to be Duke in a Blast Suit.  No Roadblock, no Destro, no Baroness…

However, we did get a Scrap Iron!  It’s obvious this Scrap Iron was shown incomplete, as he was initially supposed to have a heavy armored vest by the looks of the figure.  Even without that component, though, this figure rocked.  Large, armor-covered arms and legs, great articulation as well as a new and different design, all topped off by a fantastic new head sculpt, appropriately scarred.  In all honesty, the figure itself was neat enough, but I was totally swayed by seeing a new character in G.I. Joe: Renegades form.  I still weep a little inside when I think about what might have been for G.I. Joe: Renegades, and this figure managed to twist that knife just a little bit deeper.

Check out the images below.

G.I. Joe: Renegades “The Enemy of my Enemy” posted on Hubworld

Another Thursday, and another episode of G.I. Joe: Renegades posted to Hubworld.com!

This time around we get Destro in all of his metal-headed glory, along with a particularly meaty looking Scrap Iron.  This episode really sets the stage for the Cobra hierarchy going forward as well.  Check it out in great quality right here.

As always, make sure to keep up to date with the Renegades intel at my Renegades Supersite, and specifically the Episode Synopsis!

G.I. Joe: Renegades Episode 11 added to episode guide

Another late Friday night…but hey, I’m married with a couple of kids and I’m a toy nerd, it’s not like I’ve got a hot date or anything.

G.I. Joe: Renegades picks up steam once again tonight, thrusting us right back into the thick of the Joe and Cobra conflict!  And we also just might get a glimpse of an important player on the Cobra side… or two.

Check out the Episode Guide, or hit up the Episode 11 entry itself right here.

G.I. Joe: Renegades Episode 11 Promo is online

I’m still working on getting the review and Episode Guide entry done for Episode 10, but to keep you busy until I get that wrapped up, I’ve uploaded the promo for next week’s episode of G.I. Joe: Renegades!

Episode 11 is entitled “The Enemy of my Enemy” and appears to place a focus back on Destro and Scrap Iron.  Check out the embedded video below!

Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled to the G.I. Joe: Renegades SuperSite for Episode Guide updates and more!

G.I. Joe: Renegades Episode 8 “Rage” online at Hubworld.com

For folks who missed it, or for folks like me who are just in love with the awesome high quality videos on Hubworld.com, the latest episode has been uploaded!  Featuring the introductions of both Scrap Iron and James McCullen (AKA “Destro”), episode 8 takes a surprisingly dark topic and gives us 20 minutes of compelling animated action.

Of course, don’t forget that Episode 9, “Dreadnoks Rising” debuts on The Hub tomorrow as well, featuring the debut of Zartan and the Dreadnoks!

For all of the latest Renegades info, check out my Renegades SuperSite, and specifically the Episode Guide.

G.I. Joe: Renegades Episode 8 Reviewed and added to Episode Guide

We had a little bit of a delay this week as my DVR choked and I had to wait until the 11:30pm repeat before watching the episode, grabbing the video, and writing up the review.  I think the turnaround time was still pretty damn good.  ;)

Check out the G.I. Joe: Renegades Episode Guide, or just hit up Episode 8 “Rage” directly right here.  Lots of very cool Easter Eggs for Joe fans in this one.   Enjoy!

G.I. Joe: Renegades Episode Eight Promo

Thanks to Kenny, who reminded me to get my DVR rolling tonight, I managed to get a promo for next week’s episode of G.I. Joe: Renegades. Episode 8 supposedly will introduce Scrap Iron. The full episode description as found on my Renegades SuperSite is as follows:

“Scrap-Iron kidnaps Tunnel Rat and uses him to test a weaponized exo-suit. Roadblock attempts a rescue by allowing himself to be kidnapped as well.”

From a conceptual standpoint, these Exo-Suits remind me a lot of the SNAKE Armor from the Marvel days. Robotic suits of armor that control the user’s mind…very interesting. Check out the embedded video below.

It’s nice to at least have 30 seconds of Renegades goodness tonight. I think I’m going to have withdrawls…

Scrap Iron explodes into G.I. Joe: Renegades!

The hits just keep on coming for this new G.I. Joe animated series…  over the past two weeks we’ve met Breaker and Jinx, and now apparently, in Episode (which airs in January) we are set to meet Scrap Iron!  Who he works for and his motivations are currently unknown, but thanks to TVGuide.com, we know what his next moves are:

“Scrap-Iron kidnaps Tunnel Rat and uses him to test a weaponized exo-suit. Roadblock attempts a rescue by allowing himself to be kidnapped as well.”

Hmmm…a weaponized exo-suit?  Could it be this:

I guess we’ll find out January 7th!  Thanks to kennywr22 and The Terror Drome for the info.

Kick Ass Customs – OreoBuilder’s Robot Rebellion

I don’t think enough fans really appreciate what we had during the “new sculpt” days…as I worked on my Top 15 figures of the past decade feature, I continued to be impressed by the designs we were getting from 2003 – 2006, it was just a bit unfortunate that the sculpting had some proportion and functional issues.  From a pure design standpoint, though, there was some awesome, impressive stuff.

Well, JoeCustoms member OreoBuilder took some of those great designs, as well as some thoughts of what was going to be “Robot Rebellion” (the follow up to Valor Vs. Venom) and produced some absolutely fantastic 25th Anniversary style customs using those designs as inspiration.  Seriously, these figures look SICK.  Quite a departure from your typical look, but amazing looking figures and near production level custom quality.  This is exactly why I’d love to see Hasbro dip into the 2000 – 2006 well when doing some of their 25th and Rise of Cobra style figures.  Even though lots of fans don’t have any attachment to that era, there is lots of great, credible inspiration that can be drawn from there.

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.