Tiger Force Outback (Figure Subscription Service)

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Along with the different Action Force focused characters released as European exclusives, one of the more famous and popular branch of UK and Europe released figures were their Tiger Force themed versions.  Outside the United States, the Tiger Force color pallet went a decidedly different direction, using oranges, blues, browns and greens rather than the more familiar yellows and blacks.  Looking back on it, the orange and brown specifically makes a bit more sense given the whole Tiger Force motif, though the domestic released figures appeared to be paying homage to some real world military themes.

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One of the most familiar of these repaints was Tiger Force Outback, who actually developed a whole new t-shirt deco featuring a great looking cat face that has really drawn lots of collector interest over the past several years.  It makes sense for the Collectors Club to want to dip into this area of collector desires.

What’s really interesting about how the Collectors Club handled this was that they actually wrote Outback into this look and feel throughout their monthly comic.  Making Outback a part of the Zombie Invasion convention set, they had him infected by Compound Z, and while he ultimately recovered, it ended up coloring his hair white (as the foreign version had white hair and a beard as well).  Once that revelation appeared in the convention comic, it was pretty clear that this figure was in the works.  So now that we have it, how does it measure up?

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It measures up… pretty well, I suppose.

I love the concept, and I love that they revisited the UK Tiger Force Outback in a modern format, I just wish they had taken a few more chances with the build.  I love the new head sculpt, it’s a great likeness and quite a bit better than the head we got for the 25th Anniversary.  It’s fantastic, actually.

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The torso is the same torso we got with the 25th Anniversary version, as are the legs, both of which are kind of a shame.  I understand why the Club went that route, mostly for the leg-mounted flashlight and the tie back to the original, but at this point, parts developed in 2007 – 2008 look pretty out of date next to more modern sculpted figures.  Not only that, but the COBRA Trooper legs tend to look bow-legged.  The knee pin on my figure is actually barely holding together, which might color my opinion a little bit too much, but still, looking at Outback’s legs compared to legs sculpted and developed post 2010 is a pretty stark reminder of how far things have come.  Thankfully, however, the Club does change out his arms with the more modern 30th Anniversary style short sleeves, which is a change that is very much appreciated, adding some better articulation and range of motion over the old school 25th Anniversary arms.

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What the figure does excel at, however, is the deco.  The cat face shirt pattern looks terrific, and the color matching of the figure is pretty spot on.  He’s a vibrant, interesting looking entry into the FSS, I just wish they hadn’t been quite so faithful to the outdated original with their parts choices.

Accessories

 

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Tiger Force Outback comes with a different sort of webgear that is actually cool, because he can wear it around his shoulders without covering up the awesome cat face.  He has a machine gun, large backpack and knife (again with the 25th Anniversary accessories, though.  It looks woefully out of scale and out of date compared to newer items).

The accessories are pretty good and work well for the character, though don’t provide anything especially revolutionary.

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Ever since his escape from Borovia, Outback has been one of my top tier characters in the Real American Hero mythos.  He’s gotten a surprising amount of love throughout the modern era, but none of them have been quite perfect.  The Tiger Force version improves most with a vastly improved head sculpt and great shirt deco, but the outdated build once again reduces the “wow” factor that the vintage figure provided.

Tiger Force Sneak Peek (Figure Subscription Service)

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Like with Tiger Force Outback, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club looked overseas for an idea on the deco for this particular figure, and I’m really glad they did.  In a way, I’ve always preferred the look of the European Tiger Force exclusives over much of the domestic releases (and really loved the aesthetic of the Toys “R” Us set, which mimiced some of that look) and it’s cool to see those decos represented here, even if they don’t really closely match some of the domestic figures.

I found myself especially excited for Sneak Peek considering his recent (well, somewhat recent) run in the IDW G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero comic, which had him coming back from the dead as a top secret undercover operative.  Interestingly that storyline tied into a story bringing Darklon back as well, and now both of those characters are appearing in more familiar paint schemes in FSS 5.

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Keeping our minds on Tiger Force Sneak Peek, the build is pretty straight forward, looking like more or less the Pursuit of COBRA Shock Trooper from neck to foot.  While not unexpected, this kind of default build can get a little tiring after a while, especially when it sidesteps some of Sneak Peek’s more identifiable traits like his rolled up sleeves and knee-high boots.  I know, I know, I consistently complain about dovetailing too closely to the vintage look, but in the case of Sneak Peek, it feels like they ignored some of the unique aspects that make him different, instead just giving us more of the same with the Poc Shock Trooper.  I’m curious to know if their access to tooling libraries is getting more restrictive, as we’re starting to see more and more figures sharing more and more of the same parts.

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Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with the Shock Trooper parts, they have great sculpting and impressive articulation, and look suitably military, but I’m hoping they’re not becoming a crutch and restricting creativity, especially when parts do exist.  Sci-Fi’s legs and 50th Anniversary Flint’s arms could both work for a Sneak Peek formula.  Perhaps there were restrictions I’m not aware of, though.

Thankfully they appear to be under no restrictions with the color pallet, though, and do a great job with the orange and blue that’s become a trademark of the European Tiger Force clan.  The look is great from that perspective, and I love the colorful nature of Sneak Peek.  He’s a great looking figure in spite of the somewhat generic build.

Accessories

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Sneak Peek comes pretty well loaded with accessories.  He’s got a removable helmet and Scrap Iron’s vest, along a newly sculpted and tooled periscope which looks pretty fantastic.  He has his trusty M-16, binoculars, and a field radio, all of which mesh nicely with his specialty.  It’s a pretty awesome selection of some great accessories that make the figure really pop.

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As a character, Sneak Peek never did a whole lot for me until Hama inadvertently brought him back from the dead and added some more intriguing twists to the character.  Since then, I’ve become much more of a Sneak Peek fan (even if it was a pseudo retcon on Hama’s part) and I’m glad to see him represented here as well as in the upcoming FSS 5.  Plus, it’s about time we started filling out more of the 1987 roster, which was one of the more unique series in the line’s history.

Although the parts chosen here feel a little bit phoned in, the deco is great and they gave him a ton of awesome gear, so the end result is better than I might have suspected.  A good note to end FSS 4 on.

GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe Convention “Peril in Paradise” Convention Set

It’s taken a long time, but finally, the reviews are complete for the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention set “Peril in Paradise”.  Featuring Tiger Force versus the Iron Grenadiers, this combined review features a look at over 20 different items with in depth break downs of each.

The format is a bit different this time around, falling more in line with some of my recent Masters of the Universe Classics and Transformers reviews, so hopefully you like the new layout.  Same number of images, same star rating system, same in depth look, just with some new wallpaper.

Check out my G.I. Joe Collectors Club review section, or click the link directly below:

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G.I. Joe Convention Comic reveals exclusive details

Big thanks to Patrick Stewart who very kindly fed me some info as I’ve been traversing the east en route to Springfield for JoeCon 2015.

As has become customary, the Collectors Club revealed the list of exclusives for JoeCon 2015 in their comic at the Golden Ticket pick up tonight, and there are some exciting new reveals to think about!

  • Iron Grenadiers Air Assault Two pack LE 900
  • Tiger Force Helicopter Crew Three Pack LE 800
  • Tiger Hawk LE 600
  • Tiger Shark w/ Felino LE 800
  • Tiger Sting w/ Sgt Katzenbogen (that would be Tiger Force Bazooka!)LE 800
  • Iron Anvil Officer w/ Parachute LE 600
  • Kre-O Six Pack

Some mysteries obviously remain still…  one must assume the “Iron Grenadier” Air Assault Two Pack is a pack of repainted Annihilators, who appear in the Club comic.

The helicopter crew three pack should include Skystriker (seen in the Club comic with a Tripwire head and Wild Weasel body) and perhaps Alpine (also seen in the Club comic, who would be a great match for Bazooka), and maybe Frostbite (who appears in the comic as well)?  Also, do the Kre-O figures represent Iron Grenadiers or Tiger Force?  I’m betting it’ll be similar to the last couple years with a mix of the two.

Fans might have noticed Dusty in the comic, but it’s not Dusty, it’s Felino, who is a Brazilian exclusive that looks an awful lot like our familiar Desert Trooper.

It looks like a great line up, with some interesting twists and still some potential twists to come.  Check out some of the images below.

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G.I. Joe Collectors Club brings in Tiger Force Sgt. Stalker

After a few quiet days on the 4″ G.I. Joe front, we get another reveal today with Tiger Force Sgt. Stalker!

Stalker is one of my favorite characters and I’d been looking forward to seeing how he would be represented here, and honestly, he looks pretty damn great. Not many of the previous Tiger Force reveals have really knocked me out like this one does. A great new head sculpt, really good parts combination, from what I can tell. They used the Toys “R” Us formula, but in more traditional colors. I dig it. Really great job on this one Club, and it makes me even more optimistic to see Metalhead and General Mayhem still to come.

Check out the mirrored image below, and keep watching GIJoeCon.com for the latest reveals!

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G.I. Joe Convention 2015 Tiger Force Dial Tone revealed

The G.I. Joe Collectors Club has started the weekend off with a bang, revealing another of their upcoming Tiger Force themed convention figures.

Joining Wreckage is Dial-Tone.  Mostly carrying forward one of the previous Dial Tone figures, the Club adds a new pair of legs and tweaks the Tiger Force deco a bit.

Gotta say, I’m not sure I’m wild about the results here.  I always thought the neatest part of the Toys “R” Us Tiger Force set was the UK-themed blue…the Club took that template, but stuck with the vintage colors.  Maybe once I see the whole group I’ll think different.

Keep watching GIJoeCon.com and check out the mirrored image below.

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G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals first look at Tiger Force Wreckage

There’s been a regular schedule to these things over the past several years…first we get the Convention location, then the brochure, then the figures debut, and finally registration.

Well this year that schedule is apparently a bit sideways. We don’t have the brochure posted yet, but we do get our first look at one of the Convention exclusives this year, and it’s a doozy!

The G.I. Joe Collectors Club has revealed “Wreckage”! A Tiger Force repaint of Firefly named “Sabretooth” was first shown in a catalog back in the 80’s, and Hasbro took that ball and ran with it during the early 2000’s, introducing “Wreckage” into their Toys “R” Us Tiger Force six pack.

Now we have a modern version of the same character, using the always fantastic Ultimate Firefly tooling. I guess this is official notification to keep watching GIJoeCon.com for the latest information. Check out the mirrored image below.

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Rumor Alert – 2015 G.I. Joe Convention Exclusive to feature Tiger Force?

A short while ago, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club let slip that the Diamond release of their G.I. Joe vs. Cobra #7 comic would feature a subtle hint for next year’s Convention set. Over on the G.I. Joe Discussion Group on Facebook, John Stottman posted a quick picture from this comic, and it would appear the subtle hint may refer to… Tiger Force.

Granted, it’s not obvious, but taking a peek behind the Baroness, and you can clearly see a tiger pattern, which would certainly indicate one of G.I. Joe’s most popular sub teams.

The Club has been known to throw curve balls in the past, so this could be one, but they mentioned a hint, and there’s not much else different within the contents of the issue. With the Convention coming up in April, we have to think we’re going to start seeing reveals in the coming months.

If it is Tiger Force, any guesses so far? Obviously there are some key members of the classic team missing like Bazooka, Tripwire, and Roadblock (which were all planned for the 25th Anniversary line, but never made it to retail). Then there’s some obvious subjects like Lifeline or Recondo.

Personally? I’m hoping for some outside the box choices. An Ultimate Firefly repaint as Sabretooth would be awesome, as would some of the UK exclusive Action Force figures. Not to mention other figures from the 2002 – 2004 era. I’ll be watching GIJoeCon.com for sure.

Check out the image below.

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G.I. Joe: Battleground new Operation: Takedown Event has begun!

With no advanced warning, and fresh off a double XP weekend, G.I. Joe: Battleground has launched directly into a new Operation: Takedown event!  Following up on the Tiger Force vs. Python Patrol conflict from the previous event we have Rock Viper and Copperhead going up against Tiger Force Duke, with Tiger Force Flint as the ultimate Legendary reward card.

Some exciting other new recruits have joined the fray as well, featuring the awesome Toys “R” Us Python Patrol versions of SAW Viper and HEAT Viper along with the Valor Vs. Venom Python Patrol Viper!  I can’t get enough of this obscure awesomeness from DeNA and Mobage!  Check out a screen shot gallery below.

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