Continuing on the fury of the GeneralsJoes Review-A-Rama, today I finish off reviewing last year’s Wal-Mart Exclusive Battle Stations sets… saving perhaps one of the best for last, the Cobra Surveillance Port w/ MARS Officer and Tele-Viper. You can also hit up the Rise of Cobra Review Page to catch up on other reviews you may have missed along the way.
Not content with merely providing a crappy cell phone pic, Scott “madmac41” from JoeBattleLines has put his camera to use, grabbing a nice allotment of boxed images of the fresh from the retail womb Wal-Mart Battle Station sets! Retailing for a very appealing $14.96 (in the same ballpark as the Wal-Mart 2-Pack figures, only with a whole bunch of added Battle Station goodness… WTF?) these are some very cool sets that initially left me somewhat cold, but are now leaving me a lot less cold. Still a bit cool, though. I’m not wild about ’em…
Frustrating thing is, there are some very cool things about each set, but none of the sets really blow me away. I love the Heatseek Missile, but I really don’t care for that Scrap Iron, and I’ve got like 47 Neo-Vipers already. The COBRA Surveillance port is awesome, but I really don’t need another cruddy MARS Trooper, and that Tele-Viper don’t look right.
On the Joe side, I dig the Resolute Roadblock (he looks a lot better in these pictures, for sure), but Tripwire is just bizarre, and I’m not sold on the Outpost Defender itself. The Laser Artillary Weapon is a bit underwhelming, but that Hawk kicks all sorts of ass. I dunno…maybe I’ll think different if I see them at retail. There are some pretty awesome aspects to them, but not enough warranting sixty of my dollars, at least not at this point. I know other fans are riled up about ’em, though, so enjoy the mirrored pics.
Rulz over at HissTank.com is making quite the name for himself with all of his pre-production scores, and he’s come up with another one, this time the COBRA Surveillance Port with MARS Trooper and Tele-Viper.
I’m torn on this a bit… I’m actually not a huge fan of these mini-playsets, and I’m one of those grumbling guys who is ready to move on from the vintage homage stuff, but the Surveillance Port fits in nicely to the new universe. I actually like it an awful lot in this blue paint scheme…more than I thought I would. The figures, though? Eh, not so much. I wasn’t a big fan of the MARS Trooper initially, and he’s not doing anything more for me now. The Tele-Viper is all right, but that black and red paint scheme just doesn’t mesh real well. I do really like how Hasbro is integrating the vintage stuff with the more modern style, but that Tele-Viper just doesn’t have any real “flow”. It feels like a vintage head slapped on a new body, and not like a real cohesive new trooper. There’s some neat gear here (like the COBRA style laptop) and the Surveillance Port itself appeals, just not sure I’m sold on the whole package.