GeneralsJoes Reviews the 2011 GIJCC Convention Set!

The day has finally come!  Well, mostly, anyway.  I won’t bother getting into the various reasons why this review was so delayed, but the important thing is that I’ve got it posted…well, for the most part.

Generally even when I don’t make it to the Convention I make arrangements for someone to pick up the exclusives for me.  Well, I let that slip through the cracks a bit this year, and it bit me in the ass, so I am currently Stinger-less, Motor-Viper-less, Cobra Commander-less, Water Moccasin-less, and Tele-Viper Officer-less.  I just can’t squirrel up the extra funds to try and get this stuff on the secondary market.

Thankfully, GeneralsJoes contributor “Beachhead” Mike came through on the Water Moccasin, and Gary “Gyre Viper” Goggles hooked me up with the awesome 2-Pack, so I am able to include those reviews here, but it is essentially the boxed set, the 2-Pack, and the Water Moccasin until I can get my hands on the other stuff.   Hopefully you’ll still find the review helpful!  Check it out as always at the GIJCC Exclusives Review Page, or just click the link directly below:

JoeCon 2011 Convention Exclusive Dial Tone and Wet Suit

Oh.  Wow.

Who would have thunk it?  A Special Missions Brazil redux coming with Wet Suit…  and there isn’t a hint of silver or blue to be seen.  In fact, there isn’t a hint of dive gear to be seen.  Only head-to-toe land-based Navy SEAL awesomeness.  DAMN.

If one figure ever made an entire convention set worth it, it just might be this one.  Realistic camouflage, a retooled head, a great boonie cap, and using the awesome Pursuit of Cobra Beachhead tactical vest?  Sold.  With those flippers that hook on the back?  No doubt with both knives this time?  Double sold.

Fantastic looking figure.

Dial Tone is a bit of a departure, but not a bad one by any stretch.  It’s a fairly generic black, brown, and green deco that boasts to be a “Traditional Special Forces” outfit.  It looks good, if somewhat understated compared to the camouflaged outrageousness of Wet Suit.  Of course we knew Dial Tone would be a bit different, simply because the traditional figure is being released as the 2011 promotional incentive…but this is very cool.

Wet Suit certainly takes the cake, though.  Check out all of the updates at GIJoeCon.com, and the mirrored images below.

G.I. Joe Convention 2011 Brochure Online!

With JoeCon coming much earlier in the year next year, the Convention Brochure has already been posted online!

The biggest revelation, of course, is the announcement of the Convention Exclusive sets!  And would you look at this…  something that I mentioned on the GIJCC Club forums a while ago, and have been talking about on these very pages looks to be coming to pass!  No images, unfortunately, but enough details to make mouths water.

MISSION: BRAZIL II!  Check out this figure lineup and tell me the 25th Anniversary fan inside of you isn’t giddy:

“This updated fan favorite set includes 15 figures in the 25A body style including unique Brazilian characters and Python Patrol troop builders. Every collector will want these 25A style action figures from this set!

The G.I. Joe figures include Captain Claymore, Leatherneck, Wet-Suit, Mainframe, Dial-Tone and features the female secret agent, Sparta!

The Cobra figures include two Python Tele-Vipers, six Python Troopers and features the elusive Steel Cobra (Cobra de Aço)!  Each of these great teams comes with their classic weapons and accessories in this exciting 2011 fifteen figure boxed set. Mission Brazil II will be a great addition to your collection!”

My only real caveat is that I hope while the Club uses the Special Missions: Brazil concept, I hope they don’t mirror the exact paint schemes.  I’d love to see a classic Leatherneck, perhaps a Wet-Suit with the proper helmet, Mainframe with a better head sculpt, etc…  the only question I have lies with Dial Tone.  Obviously he got the classic homage with the 2011 incentive figure, so that makes me just a bit nervous that they might be going whole hog into the Special Missions: Brazil theme.  Time will tell.

I’m sure folks will be crazy for the Python Patrol soldiers as well.

One very intriguing aspect here has to be the addition of Sparta.  Released single carded in Brazil, Sparta was essentially a reissued Cover Girl.  So will this re-release give fans the 25th Anniversary Cover Girl figure they’ve been after?  It certainly appears that way.

Keeping my fingers crossed for some traditional paint apps, but beyond that, a terrific sounding concept.  Really looking forward to seeing some image reveals.  Check out the Brochure right here, and keep your eyes on GIJoeCon.com, this year (for the first time) we’re getting electronic registration, which promises to go up before Christmas.

Holidays and Convention Season…it really is the most wonderful time of the year!

Wave 2 Target exclusive mini-vehicles posted online, though not yet for sale

In a move that seems to indicate that we’ll see these vehicles for sale online shortly, Target.com has posted entries for their second wave of highly anticipated exclusive mini-vehicles, including the Serpent Armor and Rocket Pack.  Check out the links below.

Thanks to m6d for the information!

Another week-long review extraveganza – COBRA Island 7-Packs!

So over the past couple of weeks I’ve been pumping out reviews…everything from Rise of COBRA figures to Shout! Factory DVD sets.  Well, the trend continues this week as I present another special weeklong review series.  This time, for the COBRA Island 7-Packs.

Starting tonight (Sunday) and rolling through next Saturday, I will be posting two figures per day, one Joe and one COBRA.  The same, full featured, tons of images reviews you expect from GeneralsJoes.  To check out the first two reviews, click the links below.  As more get posted, the 25th Anniversary section will be updated with links as well.

Enjoy!

Awesomely clear pictures of Assault on COBRA Island 7-Pack

Todd, photography wizard, and the admin of Magnum6Delta has posted a great thread on JoeSightings.com with some very nice clear images of the Assault on COBRA Island 7-Pack.  He has also graciously allowed me to host the images below!

Fantastic looking figures.

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.  ;)