G.I. Joe: Renegades “Homecoming” 2-Parter Reviewed and added to Episode Guide

How’s this for dedication?  Even among four separate Christmas events over the past 24 hours and preparation for a fifth tomorrow, I’ve got the latest two episodes of G.I. Joe: Renegades added to the Episode Guide!  Sure, they’re about 24 hours later than normal, but they’re there.

Truth is, the highlight of my week is doing these, and even though I made sure to carve out plenty of family time this weekend, I just had to put in some extra late night hours to get these posted.  Check out the full episode reviews with tons of video as usual at the links below.  As always, too, keep your browser pointed to the G.I. Joe: Renegades Supersite for the latest news and intel as it happens.

Merry Christmas!

For folks who don’t normally check out the Renegades stuff, you may want to…  Episode Seven featured the Renegades debut of Private Skoog (AKA Tripwire) and callsign Stalker-1 (AKA Stalker!).  A great 2-parter to be sure.

IDW G.I. Joe: Hearts and Minds #2 Reviewed

I figured a good return to the update pool would be a review of a very understated, yet fantastic read, G.I. Joe: Hearts & Minds #2.  As with issue #1, written by Max Brooks with art chores shared by Howard Chaykin (Firefly half) and Antonio Fuso (Tripwire half), the lack of action and “snazz” is almost palpable.  You can tell this was meant to be written from a strictly “prose” perspective, and it dives deeply into the characters that make up the G.I. Joe mythology.

Of course, it’s a bit of a double edged sword, because we’re focusing on these characters from the IDW universe, which doesn’t really tie in to the existing Real American Hero mythology, but it still provides some very cool insight “behind the mask” so to speak.  To avoid spoilers, I’ve placed the actual review after the jump.

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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.

Alexx features the Outpost Defender!

With all this new product hitting, seems like old friend of GeneralsJoes “Alexx” has his hands full!  This weekend, we’re getting a feature on the Wal-Mart exclusive Outpost Defender w/ Roadblock and Tripwire.  Excellent choice. 

Check out the original thread on JBL here, and take a peek at the gallery below as well!

This one definitely tops my list of most wanted from these latest Wal-Mart exclusives.  Love the Outpost Defender, and LOVE that Roadblock.  Tripwire is a bit sketchy, very obviously using the old Tiger Force paint apps, only done up in the slightly overdone black and silver movie paint scheme, which doesn’t look nearly as good.  I guess I don’t really understand…if Roadblock can be done in various shades of brown and green, why not Tripwire?  That would give the vintage fans their Tiger Force homage they want, while still getting some neat movie product out there, too.  I can understand the desire to use the movie paint scheme, but if Roadblock can be in different, more jungle themed stuff, why not the other figure?  It would bring the whole set together a lot more cohesively, and this is coming from someone who normally doesn’t give a crap about old school homages…

Wal-Mart Battle Station Images galore

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.

Some more peeks at upcoming Wal-Mart Battle Station packs

Rulz over at HissTank adds two more Battle Stations to his COBRA Surveillance Port and has posted some very nice pictorials with a few details that we may not have seen.  This time around, he showcases the Outpost Defender w/ Roadblock and Tripwire as well as the Laser Artillary Weapon with General Hawk and Grand Slam.

Once again I feel like these miss the boat a bit.  It’s great seeing the Resolute Roadblock, but those colors are pretty horrible.  The mustard yellow and strange hybrid desert camouflage just doesn’t really work to me.  Tripwire looks okay, but he looks a lot like Grand Slam, only with some tiger stripes slapped on.  They seem pretty random, and he doesn’t come close to matching the actual Tiger Force version of the character, so I’m not entirely sure why they’re there.

I absolutely love the single pack General Hawk, so it’s cool to see him here with green camouflage legs, but did we really need yet another Grand Slam on the shelves at the same time as the Target exclusive version?  The guy got two versions in twenty-five years, and now we’re working on his fourth in two years, and his second in a matter of weeks.  What really stinks is none of them really looks that different from another…except for the fact that they have different heads.  Odd.

The Battle Stations themselves look okay…I really like the sandbags and the overall look of the Outpost Defender, and the LAW is actually growing on me somewhat, but neither of them really screams “Buy Me!” at the $18.00 price tag.  Check out the mirrored images below.

Packaged shots for Wal-Mart Battle Stations online

The Terror Drome has dug up some nice packaged shots of the upcoming Wal-Mart Exclusive Battle Stations which come with familiar mini playsets and a pair of Rise of COBRA themed action figures.  They should retail for $17.99 and be available at Wal-Mart.  The sets include:

  • Heatseeker Missile Launcher w/ Scrap Iron and Neo-Viper
  • Laser Artillary Weapon w/ Hawk and Grand Slam
  • COBRA Surveillance Port w/ Tele-Viper and MARS Trooper
  • Outpost Defender w/ Roadblock and Tripwire

I’m sort of on the fence with these.  I love the Surveillance Port, and really dig that RoC Tele-Viper, but I’m not wild about another MARS Trooper.  The green camouflage Hawk kicks ass, but I don’t really need another Grand Slam, and I’m not crazy about the LAW either.  I am a bit tempted on the Outpost Defender, simply for the Resolute styled Roadblock, but I’ve got a pre-production version, and I really don’t care for Tripwire.  The Heatseek Missile is probably my favorite of the actual mini playsets, but I don’t really like either figure.  It’ll help Scrap Iron if he’s got the newer construction from the unreleased Wave 15 version, but beyond that…I dunno.  Nothing with these sets is knocking my socks off.  Check out the images for yourself.