Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at JBL!

JBL would like to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!

JBL Thanksgiving

(Yes, it’s that same picture again.  I’ll update it someday!)

Today is the day that is dreaded by turkeys across the land– where groups of friends and family gather round the table to share a meal and enjoy some time together.  It’s also a time to look back and consider all the things that we have to be thankful for.

Sure, there’s a lot going on the world that can, as individuals, raise our blood pressure and cause us to raise our fists in the air but there’s also still a lot of things that are going right. As such, Thanksgiving can be a day in which we reflect on everything that has actually gone right for us and our friends.

At JBL, we’re thankful for each and every person who reads this post, visits the forums, reads the reviews (when I get around to publishing them!) and even who stops by our Facebook page.  Without each of you, this page would literally be a series of random musings thrown into the wind.  Thank you for making JBL a part of your G.I. Joe life!

To everyone out there: Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Christmas G.I. Joe

 

A chilling look at the FSS 7 Ice Viper Officer

Another FSS 7 preview today before the Thanksgiving holiday: the Ice Viper Officer!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS 7 Ice Viper Officer

COBRA ARCTIC TRANSPORT OFFICER
Code Name: ICE VIPER OFFICER

(Inspired by the 2007 action figure.)
Includes: removable helmet, goggles, harness,
radio, rifle, sais x 2, boot cleats, and figure stand.

So, there he is– the FSS 7 Ice Viper Officer.

He’s pretty much exactly what this Joe fan expected: an updated version of the 2007 Collector’s Club exclusive “Flaming MOTH” Cobra Arctic Technician figure.  The design of that exclusive has been updated pretty much 100% to the current style of construction. Continue reading

G.I. Joe FSS 7 Tiger Force Jinx shows her stripes!

With the forthcoming holiday, the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club dropped the latest FSS 7 preview early: Tiger Force Jinx!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS 7 Tiger Force Jinx

G.I. JOE TIGER FORCE NINJA
Code Name: KIM “JINX” ARASHIKAGE

(Inspired by the 2003 action figure.)
Features NEW head sculpt.
Includes: masked/unmasked heads, swords x 2,
dual sword sheath backpack, Naginata, and figure stand.

At long last– it’s Tiger Force Jinx!

This figure has been a bit of a no-brainer for some time now.  She’s been teased in the Club comics and she’s an easy build to boot.  Essentially, this is the SDCC exclusive Jinx with the deco of the 2003 Tiger Force six-pack version. It’s a simple build and yet amazingly effective– even if it does make her look like Cringer/Battle Cat from Masters of the Universe! Continue reading

Reflections on the G.I. Joe FSS 7 Tomax preview

Maintaining their current Tuesday/Thursday schedule, the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club has unveiled the preview of FSS 7 Tomax!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS 7 Tomax

EXTENSIVE ENTERPRISES CEO
Code Name: TOMAX

(Inspired by the Sunbow cartoon design.)
Features NEW head sculpt.
Includes: aerial platform with sky hook, auto pistol,
briefcase with warheads x 4, and figure stand.

This is the preview that shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone!

In FSS 6, fans were treated to the release of Shattered Glass Xamot.  While he was inspired by the character’s appearance in the club magazine comic, the design influence was clearly taken from the Sunbow cartoon series.  In those animated episodes, the “Crimson Twins” Tomax and Xamot wore business suits as often as they did their Crimson Guard uniforms.   Continue reading

G.I. Joe FSS 7 Skidmark stops you in your tracks!

The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club continues the FSS 7 previews with a look at Treadmark… uh… SKIDMARK!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS 7 Treadmark Skidmark

G.I. JOE ASSAULT VEHICLE DRIVER
Code Name: TREADMARK

(Inspired by the 1988 action figure.)
Includes: removable vest, assault rifle, pistol,
combat knife, and figure stand.

Holy orange hunting vests, Batman!  Skidmark looks pretty good!

Okay, I’m just going to clarify this here and now.  While the stand says “Treadmark” we all know who this is.  It’s Skidmark; in fact, it’s a direct homage to the one and only 1988 Skidmark release. His code name was changed– maybe for legal reasons or maybe because his original name makes Joe fans giggle like a bunch of second graders.  Regardless, I’m just going to call him Skidmark from this point on. Continue reading

G.I. Joe FSS 7 Dreadnok Kaos slashes your expectations!

The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club has dropped another FSS 7 preview: Dreadnok Kaos!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS 7 Dreadnok Kaos

DREADNOK SALVAGE CREW
Code Name: DREADNOK KAOS

(Inspired by the unreleased “concept case” action figure.)
Includes: removable harness, pistol, bolo,
wrist crossbow, machete, and figure stand.

 

Ladies and Joe fans– feast your eyes on Jason Voorhies!  Um…. I mean… Dreadnok Kaos!

All kidding aside, this figure has been on some fans’ “most wanted” radar ever since his first reveal as part of the Concept Case from Joe Con 2012.  He’s got a very Dreadnok look with the rugby/web gear from the 2011 Thrasher (or “Thunder” as Hasbro dubbed it) and the Road Pig crossbow that was finally released as part of the Danger in the Docks set.  The original Dreadnoks were inspired by the Marauders in the Road Warrior and this design is in keep with that aesthetic.

I do have to laugh at the fact that he was a machete and hockey mask.  I know he’s supposed to be a troop builder but for the love of Colton’s Ghost please let his birthplace be listed at “Crystal Lake”.  Continue reading

FSS 7 General Hawk soars into view!

The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club reveals another preview from FSS 7.  Look up– it’s General Hawk!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS 7 General Hawk

G.I. JOE COMMANDER
Code Name: GENERAL HAWK

(Inspired by the 1991 action figure.)
Includes: removable helmet, harness with holster,
pistol, rifle, glider backpack with pop-out wings,
detachable rockets x 2, and figure stand.

Holy cow – it’s the DiC era 1991 General Hawk and he’s looking pretty good!

I like the reuse of the helmet and the backpack from the 2011 Pursuit of Cobra Skydive.  Aside from the 2016 Sky Patrol convention set, these parts haven’t seen an excessive number of reuses.  The Retaliation Cobra Trooper web gear is a pretty decent match for the original 1991 tooling and the colors look pretty spot-on.  During last week’s Just Another G.I. Joe Show, I had pegged this figure as a “maybe”, depending on how the preview turned out.  As of now, he’s just shot up to a “Yes, please!”

Now, the real question is: whose head is underneath that helmet?  Hopefully the Club will use the 25th General Hawk noggin to keep the character’s appearance consistent. Otherwise, I could see the Resolute boxed set Duke head as a viable alternative.

Either way– I’m digging this build!

For those who are keeping score, here’s the roster of FSS 7:

  • Arctic Cobra Commander – based on the cancelled two-pack version
  • Budo – G.I. Joe Samurai
  • Crystal Ball – Cobra Hypnotist
  • Dreadnok Salvage Crew – Code name: Dreadnok Kaos
  • Dusty & Sandstorm (v3) – DiC era Desert Trooper and coyote
  • General Hawk (1991) – DiC era jet pack version
  • Ice Viper Officer – based on the Club’s Flaming Moth version
  • Kangor – International repaint of Big Boa
  • Stalker (Tundra Ranger) – DiC era cold weather version with kayak
  • Treadmark (aka Skidmark) – the Desert Fox driver returns
  • Tiger Force Kim “Jinx” Arashikage – based on the 2003 six-pack version
  • Tomax – inspired by the Shattered Glass/Sunbow look

The FSS 7 page is LIVE now!  The cost of the thirteen figure set (including the bonus piece) is $375.00 plus shipping. Place your order prior to December 4, 2017  and keep your eyes peeled to GIJoeClub.com for more previews.

G.I. Joe Collector’s Club 2017 Membership Rock n Roll Revealed

The 2017 G.I. Joe Collector’s Club membership incentive Rock n Roll figure has been revealed!

2017 G.I. Joe Collector's Club Membership Incentive Rock & Roll figure

So, there is it is… our first look at the long await Rock n Roll membership incentive figure that was accounted at Joe Con 2017’s Club Roundtable.  In some ways he almost exactly what this Joe fan expected.

Let’s flash back to Joe Con 2013 and the unexpected unveiling of “Concept Case v2” – a small group of figures that was shown by onsite Hasbro personnel in the final hour of Saturday’s dealer’s room.  The reveals were impressive– new updates on classic versions of Destro, Flint, Storm Shadow v2, Leatherneck, and the greatest Marine of the Joe team: Gung-Ho.  (No bias here.) All of these have seen release through the now-defunct 50th Anniversary Line but one figure from those reveals never made it out– the update to the 1989 Rock n Roll v2. Continue reading

A chilling preview of FSS 7 Arctic Cobra Commander

We have another FSS 7 preview today, thanks to the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club.  The subject: Arctic Cobra Commander!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS 7 Arctic Cobra Commander

COBRA SUPREME LEADER
Code Name: COBRA COMMANDER

(Inspired by the unreleased “arctic” action figure.)
Includes: removable helmet, holster with pistol,
advanced combat rifle, cobra staff, and figure stand.

 

So, the Arctic Cobra Commander is revealed at last– and he’s virtually identical to the cancelled figure from 2010.  (Check out this breakdown of the intended two-pack over at HISSTank.com.)  The color palate is a dead-ringer for that particular release.  Only the accessories are different– with the longer staff replacing the smaller scepter and the “advanced combat rifle” added to the gear.  (I have my doubts on how well old Snake Head will be able to hold that piece of firepower.)

Parts of the coat should look familiar as the Club used them previous in the 2012 Elite Guards from that year’s Joe Con set.

Overall it’s a nice compliment to the Arctic Mindbender released by the Club as a renewal figure a few years ago.

For those who are keeping score, here’s the roster of FSS 7:

  • Arctic Cobra Commander – based on the cancelled two-pack version
  • Budo – G.I. Joe Samurai
  • Crystal Ball – Cobra Hypnotist
  • Dreadnok Salvage Crew – Code name: Dreadnok Kaos
  • Dusty & Sandstorm (v3) – DiC era Desert Trooper and coyote
  • General Hawk (1991) – DiC era jet pack version
  • Ice Viper Officer – based on the Club’s Flaming Moth version
  • Kangor – International repaint of Big Boa
  • Stalker (Tundra Ranger) – DiC era cold weather version with kayak
  • Treadmark (aka Skidmark) – the Desert Fox driver returns
  • Tiger Force Kim “Jinx” Arashikage – based on the 2003 six-pack version
  • Tomax – inspired by the Shattered Glass/Sunbow look

The FSS 7 page is LIVE now!  The cost of the thirteen figure set (including the bonus piece) is $375.00 plus shipping. Place your order prior to December 4, 2017  and keep your eyes peeled to GIJoeClub.com for more previews.

Feast your eyes on FSS 7 Dusty & Sandstorm

The first FSS 7 preview has dropped and it’s Dusty & Sandstorm!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS 7 Dusty & Sandstorm

G.I. JOE DESERT TROOPER & COYOTE
Code Name: DUSTY & SANDSTORM

(Inspired by the 1991 action figure.)
Includes: removable beret, harness with large knife,
assault rifle, sub machine gun, coyote, knife,
pistol with suppressor, and figure stand.

Hmm… so this is the FSS 7 homage to the 1991 Dusty v3 action figure.

This build, like the original design, is pretty simple.  Pursuit of Cobra Snake Eyes legs and what might be the Retaliation Cobra Trooper torso.  The head appears to be from the Slaughter’s Marauders version of Falcon. It’s simple but then again so was the original. However, I do wonder what happened to the camouflage pattern on his pants? It would help him stand out a bit from some previous figures like FSS 1 Desert Grunt.

Ole Sandstorm has been given a bit of an upgrade– morphing from a coyote to a re-release of Timber from the Paris Pursuit Snake Eyes.  You know… because wolves and coyotes all look the same.  (That’s species discrimination!)

For those who are keeping score, here’s the roster of FSS 7:

  • Arctic Cobra Commander – based on the cancelled two-pack version
  • Budo – G.I. Joe Samurai
  • Crystal Ball – Cobra Hypnotist
  • Dreadnok Salvage Crew – Code name: Dreadnok Kaos
  • Dusty & Sandstorm (v3) – DiC era Desert Trooper and coyote
  • General Hawk (1991) – DiC era jet pack version
  • Ice Viper Officer – based on the Club’s Flaming Moth version
  • Kangor – International repaint of Big Boa
  • Stalker (Tundra Ranger) – DiC era cold weather version with kayak
  • Treadmark (aka Skidmark) – the Desert Fox driver returns
  • Tiger Force Kim “Jinx” Arashikage – based on the 2003 six-pack version
  • Tomax – inspired by the Shattered Glass/Sunbow look

The FSS 7 page is LIVE now!  Head on over to place your order and keep your eyes peeled to GIJoeClub.com for more previews.