There aren’t many Conventions that I’ve missed over the past twelve years, but it just so happens that 2011 was one of them. It was also the year the Collectors Club officially jumped with both feet in the pool into “Modern Era” figure style. I think this change has served them very well. Not only do they have a lot more parts to choose from for their figures, but there seems to be a lot more collector demand and much better sell through.
That was certainly true of the Mission Brazil set. While I was recently able to get my hands on the Python Patrol Stinger (with great help from Jay of CardedHeroes.com), fellow What’s on Joe Mind host Mike wrote this review for me a while ago, and I’m eternally grateful. A lot of folks don’t realize the amount of time and work that goes into review writing… it’s not a short “bang it out” type of thing, and for Mike to take his valuable time to do this for me was very awesome of him.
It almost lets me overlook his repeated gut-punches regarding last year’s Super Bowl. Almost.
As if G.I. Joe: Retaliation wasn’t enough, we’ve got the upcoming social media G.I. Joe: Special Ops online game that is looking more out of this world with every reveal! Today we’re introduced to the Special Ops version of Roadblock, Lifeline, Buzzer, Dr. Mindbender, the Cobra Stun and G.I. Joe: Wolverine, and things are looking awesome. Very much a vintage aesthetic, with some neat 30th Anniversary twists.
Lifeline is clearly based on the way the 30th Anniversary figure looks, with those unique differences from the classic version. Roadblock, on the other hand, is looking like his old school Tiger Force version. Pretty awesome.
Check out the latest details at the Special Ops website on SyFy.com, and I’ve mirrored some nice images below. I mean, doesn’t it seem like we’ve been waiting for some kind of game like this forever? When have we gotten such character and vehicle-accurate renders for any kind of video game? I’m getting pretty excited to check this out, just in case you couldn’t tell. I’ve mirrored darn near every image we’ve seen so far, check out the most recent ones on the end.
What better way to celebrate the new year than to look back in the past?
I was convinced I’d never get my hands on the 25th Anniversary Stinger w/ Stinger Driver Commander, but luckily I was able to score one a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve finally gotten around to posting the review.
Good friend of GeneralsJoes, madmac41 from JoeBattleLines has posted some images and mini-reviews for the recently released Wave 5 vehicles. Read the text below, links to the original threads are in the titles…check out the great mini reviews with a ton of pictures after the jump!
Terror Drome member Sparks received his recently released Wave 5 vehicles in the mail from SmallJoes, and did up a great review with some really nice images over on their site. I’ve also mirrored his fantastic images below. Some great looking vehicles, to be sure. Like the COBRA Island 7-Packs, there was a very good chance that these never saw the light of day, kudos to Hasbro for answering their fanbase and finding a way to get these out there. It would have been a real shame if they hadn’t made it.
Continuing the recent trend, ACToys.net has some great images of soon-to-be released items up on their message boards. This time around are some terrific shots of the upcoming vehicles, including the Arctic HISS, the Stinger, and the FLAK vs. CLAW 2-pack! Check out the thread here, or see the images mirrored below.
ACToys.net continues to be a great source of pictures for upcoming items, this time giving us some nice looks at the upcoming Defense of COBRA Island Lamprey, and the new Stinger that’s on the way. Check out the Lamprey thread here and the Stinger here, or just peruse all the pics mirrored below.
From the “off again, on again” department at Hasbro, the Wave 5 vehicles have been a source of question marks for Joe fans over the past several months. Solicited a long time ago, then cancelled, and now apparently reborn, the Stinger, Arctic HISS, and FLAK/CLAW continue to tease collectors. eBay seller dreamcab has now posted test shots for these vehicles on his eBay page, along with some apparent packaging samples.
Click here to check out his eBay seller page, or you can always check out the direct links and images mirrored below.