Some awesome Rise of Cobra concept art from Facebook game

Stalwart G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra fans (who are probably few and far between) likely remember the Facebook game that  came out around the release of the film.  It involved facing off one-on-one against another opponent, picking your trooper, and upgrading their equipment as you fight others and increase your experience.

It wasn’t the most interesting or captivating game, but it provided a look at some interesting artwork as the game progressed and you upgraded your uniform.

Well, the artist for this Facebook game, Jason Badower has a blog, and way back in January posted some of the artwork that was used in the Facebook game.  A lot of it is stuff I hadn’t seen before, and even the stuff that was seen in the game is interesting to see in a different context.

Check out Jason’s excellent blog right here, and the mirrored images are hosted below.

Thanks to Dark Jedi from JoeCustoms.com for digging up these images.

Target Exclusive “Serpent Armor w/ Viper Commando” Reviewed!

Umm… what the hell?  Did I forget to post this?

As I was preparing the Past and Present set for review, I noticed that I had no link up on the Rise of Cobra Review Page for the Serpent Armor set that I reviewed like…I dunno…months ago?  Did I forget to post it?

I have no idea.  If I did, well, it’s posted now.  That’s a damn shame.  I love the set, and I figured I’d told everyone how much I loved it by now.  Go buy it if you can find any left.

Alexx is at it again… Serpent Armor w/ Viper Commando

Holy crap what a difference a little color alteration makes.  I’m getting pretty sick and tired of the same ole black and silver Neo-Vipers, but Hasbro gives the “Viper Commando” in the Serpent Armor set a black head with red eyes, and it gets whole new life.  Damn what a cool looking version of the way-too-abundant Neo-Viper.  Add that to the fact that he comes with a great looking black and silver SNAKE armor, and you get a win all around.

In fact, if you get your hands on a 25th Anniversary Stinger, a Heatseek Missile set, and this Serpent Armor, you get the start of a very awesome looking black/red color scheme COBRA strike squad…  but I’ll let Alexx’s always funny pictures speak for themselves.  You can see the thread on JBL here, too.

Great images of Target Exclusive Serpent Armor

Terror Drome member RainbowViper has posted a really nice review with some great pictures of the very recently released Serpent Armor w/ Viper Commando Target Exclusive set.  This set features a nice black and red repaint of the infamous SNAKE Armor, as well as an absolutely BAD ASS dark repaint of the Neo-Viper.  Though, again, he’s being called a Viper Commando for some strange reason.  No matter what his name is, though, the figure looks absolutely awesome in the dark black paint scheme with those crazy looking red eyes.  Love it.

I’ve hosted some of the images below.

Great pictorial reviews for the Senior Ranking Officer 3-Packs

The guys at The Terror Drome are continuing their great “Pictorial Reviews” this time tackling the very recently released Senior Ranking Officer 3-Packs, exclusive to Toys “R” Us.  These sets each have their own unique identity with some pluses and minuses…personally, I really like the green camouflage redeco of Sgt. Stone, and I like Speed Metal as well, even if he is just a minor repaint and head swap.  Love the Destro in the COBRA pack as well, very reminiscent of his video game appearence, which is great.

Anyway, you can check out the Joe review here, and the COBRA one here.  Images are hosted below.

Toys “R” Us Exclusive Senior Ranking Officer 3-Packs found at retail

Paul Ernst from Fighting-118th.com has found the Toys “R” Us Exclusive Senior Ranking Officer figures at a local Toys “R” Us, and reports about it on his site here.  They retail for $14.99, and look to have some pretty nice repaints in the packs.

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Reviews Updated for G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA figures

With thanks to Carlos, two more reviews have been posted on the Rise of COBRA Review Page:

Check them out, and as always, let me know your thoughts.  Thanks!

Updated high res images of revealed Target vehicle packs

HissTank.com acts pretty fast…news just barely broke this morning of an apparent second wave of Target Exclusive vehicle/figure packs, and they’ve already got some high res images posted on their forums.  I’ve also mirrored the images below.  The sets consist of:

  • Air-Viper with Rocket Pack
    I’m loving this one…the “Air-Viper” is painted up kind of like a Bronze Bomber, and it matches a somewhat updated paint scheme on the COBRA jetpack to boot.  Not wild about that COBRA pack, but I’m happy to see more vintage stuff being moved over to the movie line.
  • Storm Shadow with Arashikage Cycle
    Ehhh…it’s all right, I suppose.  Wave 1 brought us a pretty crappy Snake Eyes with his Arashikage Cycle, and this one isn’t a whole lot better.  For some reason I do kind of like the looks of that Stormy, but not enough to pick this one up.
  • COBRA Viper Commando with Serpent Armor
    HELL.  YES.  I still find it funny that all the folks complaining about Accelerator Suits are getting fired up about the SNAKE Armor, which is a suit of armor that enhances the user’s abilities, remarkably like the Accelerator Suit that everyone has been decrying.  Regardless, the suit looks BAD ASS in black and red, and every time I see a new picture of the Neo-Viper, I start wanting to buy the dang thing.  I don’t own a single one yet, but I think they’ll pull me in, kicking and screaming.  The red goggles and dark colors of this one are gorgeous.
  • Wet-Suit with the Dragonfish
    Well, the Eel came with one in Wave 1, so I suppose the Joes need to combat it, eh?  I do like this paint scheme for Wet-Suit, and I’m kind of getting into the idea of working these lower level Joes into the movie universe…but…I kind of liked the figure even better as Wetdown with the Flash mask.  Sadly, apparently that’s not to be.  Heh…kinda wonder why they didn’t get Wet-Suit done up in some Mission: Brazil colors, I think he still could have worked in the movie line that way.

Pretty interesting assortment.  Target is really ramping up the Joe product this year, good for them!  Love all the vintage homages and the obscureness.

New Target Exclusive vehicles revealed with some great vintage retools!

New_Target_Mini_VehiclesShin Densetsu over on HissTank.com breaks the news that there are some apparently new Target Exclusives on the horizon featuring some great  vintage vehicles making their first re-appearence in a long while!  These exclusives are:

  • COBRA Viper Commando w/ Serpent Armor
  • Wet Suit w/ Dragonfish
  • Storm Shadow w/ Arashikage Cycle
  • Air-Viper w/ Rocket Pack

The Serpent Armor appears to be a black repaint of the SNAKE Armor from the 80’s, and done up in a paint scheme similar to how they make their appearences in the upcoming video game.  It’s tough to tell how the Viper Commando is changed, but he must be painted a bit differently.  Wet Suit is in an apparent gray and black uniform, that almost looks like it might be the rumored “Wet Down” that was seen on eBay a little while ago.  Storm Shadow in the red trim is the repaint we’ve seen here and there, and we’re getting yet another Air-Viper/Strato-Viper repaint, but with a very odd choice. The COBRA Jet Pack that hasn’t made an appearence since 1987.  This seems like a bit of an odd choice, it’s never been a fan favorite, but it’s still cool to see.  Just goes to show that nothing is off the table.

I’m astounding by the sheer volume of product that appears to be coming out this year…and we are just barely approaching ComicCon.  I only hope that if there’s not much new revealed in San Diego that the fandom doesn’t get in an uproar with Hasbro…after all, there’s a TON of stuff they would have debuted there had images not leaked before hand.  Let’s all keep things in perspective.  ;)

Some quick pics of Viper Commando and Neo-Viper

Alexx, one of my favorite picture takers from JoeBattleLines has snapped some images of the two initial COBRA Troopers from the G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA line, who are the Viper Commando and the Neo-Viper.  He seems to have a fairly positive opinion of the Neo-Viper especially, which I must admit I don’t really share.

Honestly I’ve been absolutely nutty about every figure I’ve checked out so far, but I haven’t even been able to spend the money on one of the Vipers yet…perhaps when I get one in hand I’ll change my mind, but for now I’ll let Alexx tell their story for me.  ;)  Check out the links back to the posts and the mirrored images below.