No longer “canceled”, the third wave of “Target Exclusive” vehicle sets are now hitting Ross Stores nationwide (well…for folks unlike me who actually have one within 350 miles, anyway).
Thankfully I have some very kind readers who have extended their generosity and allowed me to get my full of these vehicle sets at killer prices. I reviewed two of them yesterday, and today I will add the final two to the Pursuit of Cobra Review Page. Check out the links below.
Alongside the Desert Battle RAM w/ Sandstorm, Rulz has also posted via HissTank.com some great pictures of the COBRA Twin Battle Gun w/ Range-Viper, another release in that same boxed set assortment that, honestly, blows away anything we’ve gotten so far, in my opinion. LOVE that RAM w/ Sandstorm, and I’m quickly falling for this Twin Battle Gun w/ Range-Viper as well. The Range-Viper base figure in the COBRA Island boxed set was fantastic, and in this new, more subdued paint scheme, he is even better. Very cool stuff.
I’ve been a bit behind the eight ball over the past couple of days while I deal with some home-related issues, but since I was posting the Resolute DVD review, I had to get something up there for the two most recent Gyre-Viper discoveries over at HissTank.com.
Man, I love seeing this stuff…both from an unproduced or pre-production perspective, but also because it gives us some great detail on figures that are “in the hopper”…and I was pretty psyched about that mail away Cobra Commander. Now, I’m way beyond psyched. This guy looks in SANE. The dark chrome red finish on the torso is cool enough, but that rough metallic facemask is just too cool for words. Much more imposing than the previous version. I really like it…more than I thought I would. Gotta love the removable twin-barrel machine gun from the HISS Tank drone, too. Check out the original thread, or the mirrored images below.
The Whirlwind stuff is cool, number one because we get a peek at the original paint scheme (at least a little bit) for the vehicle that was slated to come with Recondo. But at this point what really interests me is that Twin Battle Gun w/ Range-Viper. I know a lot of folks have been complaining about the green, but I love it. The Range-Viper has always been designed as a wilderness trooper, so the green and gray are awesome colors. I do think it will look a bit less “sparkly” in person…the coolest thing to me about this particular Range-Viper, though, is that it uses the Resolute Trooper as a base figure, so not only does it have some great articulation and design aesthetics, but it can be used as a “Death Squad” trooper of sorts in your Resolute universe. Oh, and I guess the Cobra Whirlwind repaint is okay, too.
We got a very light glimpse of this third wave of Target Exclusive vehicles during JoeCon a couple of months ago, but the images were shoddy at best and impossible to see at worst. The sounds and overall look of the packs seemed like winners over all, but I was reserving judgement until we saw some actually legible images.
Well, thanks to HissTank, we’ve got some images now, and I am SOLD. Capt. Ace w/ the Glider leaves me totally cold, but the other three sets all have some very nice redeeming factors, especially if these hit at the same price point as past Target exclusive vehicles. This is what we’ve got to look forward to:
Cobra Flight Pod w/ Elite-Viper; Damn! Elite Viper looks GREAT with the red armor and the red camouflage pants. I love this look…really love it. The crimson Trubble Bubble is iffy, but the figure more than makes up for it. Very impressed with this.
RAM w/ Sandstorm; Hell yeah. I love the RAM, and seeing it in desert paint scheme is pretty cool, but again, it’s all about the figure. He looks like your basic Reactive Armor Joe with the Resolute Duke helmet and some desert camouflage pants, but I think the look is still great. The fact that the Pursuit of Cobra Zartan supposedly comes with a Sandstorm costume only furthers the “legacy” of this new character as well.
Cobra Twin Battle Gun w/ Range-Viper; WOW. I love the Whirlwind, and it looks bad ass in these Cobra colors…but what makes this set is the Range-Viper! My favorite figure from the Defense of Cobra Island was awesome enough, even in bright blue and yellow. Seeing it in muted grays and blacks is only more bad ass than it was before. Gorgeous. I cannot wait to get this set in hand.
Glider w/ Capt. Ace; Ehhh… no thanks. Basically a Slipstream repaint in strange urban camouflage with the same Glider we’ve seen several times already. This one is a definite miss, but it’s the only one in this assortment that I’m not crazy about.
For mirrored images check below. Very excited for this wave!