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

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.

 

FSS 6 and FSS 7 News from the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS 6 roster

The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club released an update regarding G.I. Joe FSS 6 and FSS 7 yesterday afternoon:

Hello Members,

Here are our latest updates:

FSS 6.0 has landed on the west coast but is not here yet. We expect it in the next 10 days or so.

In the meantime, if you have moved since this summer, please update your shipping address here.

In addition, you can use the same link to confirm that your correct credit card (installment only customers) is on file. We won’t set the billing date until they are here but it is still anticipated to be the beginning of December.

FSS 7.0 figure previews and order period will start next week and end December 4. You will all be very excited about the coming figures. These should ship starting in the Spring, just after FSS 6.0 concludes.

Convention information will be released in early January with registration starting in mid-January.

Thanks for your support!

Brian

Well, well, well… it seems that we could see FSS 6 hitting subscriber mailboxes before Thanksgiving!  Now that’s a great way to start off the 2017 Holiday Season for Joe fans!

Even more compelling, we’ll start to see FSS 7 previews next week.  At Joe Con 2017, we found out the identities of only two members of the roster: Shattered Glass Tomax and Crystal Ball.  This means we’re going to have the reveal of a whopping TEN MORE FIGURES!  As for the rest of the FSS 7 roster– it’s anyone’s guess.  Will there be more Ninja Force?  Action Force?  Could Night Force Sneak Peek actually happen?  What about Hardball whose weapon was reissued as part of the Force of Battle convention souvenirs?

(It also means that JBL staff have to get off their collective keester and POST the rest of the FSS 5 reviews!  SLACKERS!!!)

For those of you wanting a refresher, here’s the full roster for FSS 6:

Joe Con 2017: Day 2 Souvenir items and recap

Joe Con 2017 coverage

Joe Con 2017 Day 2 is now one for the history books!  However, we’ve got a bit to talk about in today’s Armchair Coverage recap.

To start– let’s talk souvenir items!  Thanks to Mike Tinnel of Just Another G.I. Joe Show we received an update to last night’s story about the souvenir item list.  This included confirmation and pricing for all of the items.

  • BF 2000 Vector Jet (repainted Conquest) – $132.00
  • Cobra Sky Serpent w/Pilot (rumored to be a Black Dragon VTOL) – $95.00
  • BF 2000 Marauder Snowmobile 2 Pack (repainted Polar Battle Bears) – $64.00
  • Cobra Laser Vipers 3 Pack (concept case version from a few years ago) – $80.00
  • Ultimate Enemies 2 Pack (two pack of DeeJay and his Brazilian repaint Corasao, an Eco-Warriors foe) – $58.00
  • Cobra B.A.T. Rocket Glider 2 Pack (rumored to be the Cobra Jet Pack) – $58.00
  • Battle Force 2000 weapons pack – $13.00

However, Mike has also posted a quick video look at the souvenir figures including Dee-Jay, Corrosao, and the Cobra Laser Viper:

Has anyone noticed that Corrosao seems to be carrying HARDBALL’S launcher!!!  Could this be a hint at FSS 7?!!! Continue reading

FSS 6 previews conclude with Guillotine

The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club FSS 6 previews conclude with a look at Eel Commander Guillotine!

FSS 6 Guillotine

COBRA EEL COMMANDER
Code Name: GUILLOTINE

(Inspired by the 2006 action figure!)
Features NEW head sculpt. Includes: removable scuba mask,
harness, belt, pistol with silencer, knife, assault rifles x 2,
skull sword, scuba backpack, and figure stand.

The fan-favorite Eel Commander has landed and he’s quite the update! Continue reading

G.I. Joe FSS 6 WORMS Officer may make you squirm

We’re nearing the end of the G.I. Joe FSS 6 previews with a look at the Cobra WORMS Officer!

G.I. Joe FSS 6 Cobra WORMS Officer

COBRA ARTILLERY COMMANDER
Code Name: COBRA W.O.R.M.S. OFFICER

(Inspired by the 1987 Cobra vehicle driver!)
Features NEW cloth ascot & re-tooled classic helmet.
Includes: removable helmet, jacket, ascot,
pistol, computer pad, explosive projectile,
and figure stand.

He’s an officer and a gentleman!  Or is he? Continue reading