Wow. Anyone complaining about a lack of Joe product earlier in the year certainly should be happy now. I no longer got reviews posted for Pursuit of Cobra Wave 1, then Wave 2 hit retail, then the Wave 2 Bravo vehicles hit online stores, and now, I’ve received confirmation from BBTS that my pre-order for the second wave of Alpha vehicles has arrived in their warehouse! In fact, they’ve listed the set of two vehicles as in stock now.
This includes the awesome looking Ice Cutter w/ Snow Serpent Officer as well as the AWE Striker with Night Fox. Really looking forward to getting these in hand. I couldn’t care less about the Striker itself, but Night Fox looks pretty awesome. And the Ice Cutter really looks like a winner all around.
Keep your eyes open!
Since JoeCon 2009 I’ve been looking at that AWE Striker w/ Night Fox and have been filled with an overwhelming sense of “meh”… nothing about it really resonated. We’ve gotten a Night Ops AWE Striker, we’ve gotten a desert AWE Striker, so why do we need this bizarre amalgamation of the two of them? I couldn’t really find a reason to be excited about it. Even Night Fox, a new character (which I normally love) seemed like a strange mish mash of parts and pieces that didn’t necessarily flow.
But then both Gyre-Viper and GeneralsJoes contributor cmderinchief dug up some new images from overseas specialist toyssir898. And these new images really struck a nerve with me. In these images, Night Fox is wearing a helmet, not his ill-fitting cap, and for whatever reason, it makes a world of difference. For the first time I noticed the great webgear…I love the fact that he uses Jungle Assault Ripcord’s baggy-sleeved arms. The whole figure looks very, very cool. I’m not sure why the helmet and close up picture suddenly made all of this difference, but it did. I find myself really looking forward to this now, even though I’ll likely discard the AWE Striker and just use Night Fox as a night ops specialist.
Also in the series of images was the Ice Cutter with the original version of the Snow Serpent slated to come with the vehicle originally (before it appeared to be changed to a paint scheme resembling the Toys “R” Us version from last year). I find myself liking that red, especially when looking at the cancelled Elite Ice-Viper and Arctic Destro figures. The red and white paint apps would have all blended very nicely together…
Check out the images mirrored below and let me know what you think.
I know there’s been some dead time with the reviews, but I’ve got a bunch in the hopper that I’m just going to kind of get out there whenever I can. First up are reviews of the Toys “R” Us Headquarters for Heroes Bench Press and Snow Serpent. I expected to love Bench Press (and did), but the Snow Serpent took me a little bit by surprise. Check out both reviews at the Rise of Cobra review page, or the links below.
NSA, the admin of Fighting118th.com took another trip by the Hasbro booth today at San Diego ComicCon, and noticed a new addition…an apparent Toys “R” Us Exclusive single-card Snow Serpent in unique Rise of COBRA colors! Awesome!
I’ve mirrored a couple of pictures below, but there are more fantastic images at the source…these guys really know how to use their camera, definitely check their site out for some of the best pictures of SDCC I’ve seen on the ‘net.