I’ll admit it– I’ve fallen a bit behind on getting these posted. Too many trips on the road for work and some pesky house issues around the JBL photo setup have pushed reviews back a bit further than I would have liked. Thankfully, after this week, much of the obstacles to publication will have been removed and we can get the review train rolling again! After all, there are a few three packs and the Silent Strike set yet to cover! (The Rock Rampage 3-pack continues to prove decidedly elusive.)
The Swamp Steam pack has the distinction of being the set that few people saw coming during the Hasbro reveals at Joe Con 2015. Based on two cancelled Pursuit of Cobra figures, this set finally puts the more tactically-colored Blowtorch and the Python Patrol Croc Master in the hands of fans after a four year delay.
Was it worth the wait? Are these figures worth adding to your collection? Will the name “Swamp Steam” ever make sense?
British artist Sam Smith has unveiled the theme song to the next James Bond film Spectre. The track is titled “Writing’s on the Wall.”
Yes, I realize that this has no direct connection to the world of G.I. Joe. However, one of the privileges of owning your own website is that you get to talk about the topics that you find interesting and I’m a HUGE James Bond fan!
On this morning’s episode of NPR’s Morning Edition, Smith previewed “Writing’s on the Wall” and discussed his inspiration for the theme to the 24th installment in the world’s longest running franchise.
“I tried to put myself in the shoes of Bond,” Smith explains. “My music is a diary and it’s a recap of my life, and I wanted to bring that kind of honesty. In the lyrics — “How do I live, how do I breathe? / When you’re not here I’m suffocating” — I wanted a touch of vulnerability from Bond, where you see into his heart a little bit.”
The theme song came together in a whirlwhind demo session that lasted under thirty minutes. In fact, the vocals in the final song were recorded during that initial session! The song itself harkens back to some of the older ballads that have been a hallmark of the series with a powerful brassy intro and a soulful performance
You can preview the track using the embed below:
Spectre opens on October 26, 2015 in the United Kingdom and will debut in theaters worldwide on November 6. For more information visit 007.com!
Is the Marissa Fairborn & Afterbreaker two-pack worth your hard-earned cash? Did Otto finally convert over to being a full-time Transformers fan? The answers to these questions and more can be found over at the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Review Index!
The G.I. Joe Classic Clash two-pack review has been posted!
He’s a native American tracker with a degree in psychology who can find anyone anywhere. He’s a former assasin who comes from an ancient and mysterious ninja clan who once served as the bodyguard for the “most dangerous man alive.” Together– they comprise the G.I. Joe Classic Clash two-pack!
Who’s the better figure – Spirit or Storm Shadow? Does either one of them know where Freedom is? Will Deadpool make a cameo? Does any of these even matter?
Some of you may remember a few years ago when JBL reported on an incredible original 11″ x 17″ poster that was being produced by talented artist Ian Fell. Featuring the G.I. Joe roster from 1982 – 1987, this work of art was offered for an incredibly low price of cost + shipping!
The G.I. Joe Hunt for Cobra Commander two-pack review is now posted!
It’s been a bit of a busy week here at JBL HQ but that’s not stopping us from whittling our way through the new G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary two-packs! This time, Fred takes a look at the Hunt for Cobra Commander set which pits the 2012 concept case Shipwreck up against a darker more sinister Cobra Commander. These sets are just now hitting Toys R Us stores across the nation and full cases are STILL available at EntertainmentEarth.com for just $119.99.
Who will emerge victorious? Do the red shoes help? Should Deadpool make more cameos in reviews? Does it even matter?
The G.I. Joe Marine Devastation two-pack reviews have been posted!
It feels like I’ve been waiting to pen this review for two years now— ever since this new Gung-Ho figure was unveiled at the end of Saturday’s events during the 2013 G.I. Joe Collector’s Convention in Indianapolis. Two long years of waiting for a truly breath-taking update of my favorite Joe. It wasn’t until this year’s Joe Con that the G.I. Joe Marine Devastation set was announced and Gung-Ho was finally slated for release. Even better– he was being packaged with a sinister-looking Cobra Shadow Guard!
Following the success of the last Kickstarter which produced the amazing Marauder Task Force figures, the good folks at Marauder Gun-Runners are back with a brand new project. This time, the goal of the Marauder Task Force Valkyries Kickstarter is produce a highly-detailed line of female action figures. That’s right– the 1:18 world just got a lot more dangerous with the introduction of some serious femme fatales.