The Heavy Conflict and Mission Accepted G.I. Joe two-pack reviews are LIVE!
It’s been a while since we’ve had any new reviews here at JBL. The holidays, a lost family pet, and some crazy workloads led to a crazy few weeks here at JBL HQ. However, we’re getting back on track and that means not one but TWO brand-new reviews from the G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary Collection, year 3!
Check out what Fred and Chris have to say about the four figures from the Heavy Conflict and the Mission Accepted two-packs! It’s a brand new take on Heavy Duty and Duke and the debut of Fan’s Choice figure Stiletto and Tombstone!
There’s some good. There’s some bad. There’s a few rants by Chris and some snark from Fred. There may even be a Deadpool cameo or three. However, there’s something that almost everyone can find to love in both the Heavy Conflict and the Mission Accepted two-packs. After all, what’s not to love about the return of two familiar faces as well as the debut of two brand-new characters? Well… if I told you then you wouldn’t have to read the reviews! (Unless you just want to look at the pretty pictures. That’s okay too. Really. This way you don’t have to deal with another “Chris rant.”)
JBL reviews the new G.I. Joe Zombie Patrol two-pack– featuring the reissue of the highly sought-after Zombie Viper!
Our server migration is finally complete and almost everything seems to be working on the back end. (FINALLY!) As such, it’s time to get back to business around here when it comes to reviews! For the new crop of 50th Anniversary product I’ll be tackling some of the reissue sets solo. Chris and I will team up for the new release figure sets.
Case-in-point: the Zombie Patrol two-pack!
This set was initially released during my self-imposed hiatus from the online community. (I pretty much took off the time arom Rise of Cobra through Retaliation.) The Zombie Viper was part of the 30th Anniversary line which weaved the notion of the mysterious Compound Z throughout several waves. The figures proved to be a hit with fans but were challenging to find at retail and now command some solid prices on the secondary market. Thankfully, Hasbro listened to the fans and the Zombie Patrol two-pack was released in November at Toys R Us and BigBadToyStore.com.
Is this set worth all of the hype? Are the Zombie Vipers all that they’re cracked up to be? Didn’t people get enough of them the first time around?
You’d never know it by looking at the front page but it’s actually been a busy few weeks here at JBL. There’s been a lot of behind-the-scenes work as JBL migrated from our existing (and failing) server to a brand new virtual location. Now it’s time to get back to work and that means add more new reviews to the site!
The order of publication is still up in the air but it’s about time that we got back on track here at JBL. No excuses… while this is a hobby site and not a full-time job, it’s about time that the admin got off his butt and got back to work.
Do you have a preference on the order? Are you more excited about Powerglide than Tiger Force Big Brawler? Does Flying Scorpion rate higher on your priority list than another Zartan release? Let JBL know in the comments below or over on the JBL Facebook page.
The G.I. Joe FSS 5 previews continue with a sneak peek of Sneak Peek!
G.I. JOE ADVANCED RECON: SNEAK PEEK
(Based on the classic 1987 action figure!)
Includes: removable helmet & vest, assault rifle, binoculars, field radio,
modern era design periscope, and figure stand.
NOTE: All images are Photoshop representations, final product, accessories and/or colors may vary!
It’s a foregone conclusion when the Club releases a sub-team version of a new character that the standard release will follow before too long. Case in point: Tiger Force Sneak Peek is now returning as standard version Sneak Peek. However, rather than a straight repaint, the Club opted to make some changes. The figure’s web gear has been changed and, to my eyes, it’s actually less of a match for the original 1987 design than the vest used in the recent Tiger Force release. I’m not entirely certain what the reason was for the change but it is what it is. (It looks a bit short in the picture.) Otherwise, it’s a decent update albeit one that once again reuses the 25th Anniversary Airborne head. #Twinning indeed!
JBL reviews the G.I. Joe FSS 4 Tiger Force Outback, Tiger Force Sneak Peek, and bonus Carla “Doc” Greer!
Just last week subscribers in this wave of the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Figure Subscription Service received the final figures in the series. Tiger Force Outback and Tiger Force Sneak Peek, based on the 1990 European exclusive figures, arrived along with the mysterious “13th bonus figure.” Initially, fans speculated that this figure was going to be Tiger Force Jinx.
The internet speculation was wrong! Instead, fans were treated to an ARAH generation 3 update to Carla “Doc” Greer!
Fred and Chris take on the task of reviewing Tiger Force Outback, Tiger Force Sneak Peek, and Carla “Doc” Greer. As always, our two intrepid reviewer take a look what’s good and would could be improved with these latest Club releases. Were these figures worth the wait? Does Fred finally agree that Tiger Force isn’t so bad? Will Chris like any of these G.I. Joe Collector’s Club figures? Does Deadpool make another cameo?
The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Pythona review is live!
Seriously, I can scarely believe that I’m typing the words “Pythona review.” Since her debut in G.I. Joe: The Movie nearly 30 years ago, this deadly emissary/assassin from the mysterious kindgom of Cobra-La has been on the top of G.I. Joe fans’ wishlists. Thanks to the folks at the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club, this long sought-after femme fatale is finally making her way into the displays of Joe fans everywhere as the 2016 membership renewal figure.
Was she worth the wait? Did the Club deliver the good this time around? Does Deadpool make yet another gratuitous cameo? Do Fred and Chris finally completely agree on a figure? Will I ever stop asking questions and get to the Pythona review?
The G.I. Joe FSS 4 Billy Arboc & Cobra Interrogator figures have been reviewed!
Of all of the shipments in G.I. Joe FSS 4, this one was the most anticipated for many subscribers. With the first ever figure of Cobra Commander’s son Billy and the long-awaited debut of the Cobra Interrogator in generation 3 form, there was little in the roster that could top it. Finally, after weeks of waiting, the figures have dropped!
Did they live up to decades of anticipation? Was Billy Arboc worth the wait? Did the Cobra Interrogator live up to the hype. Do Chris and Fred agree on anything in these reviews? More importantly, does Deadpool make yet another in a series of gratuitous cameo appearances?
It’s an odd pairing– a negotiator and an incendiary automaton designed for mass destruction but that’s par for the course when it comes to G.I. Joe FSS 4 shipments. Can this hot-headed android and this cool intervention specialist get along? Bullhorn and the Inferno BAT might not make for an ideal showdown but this marks the first time that either of them has been updated to generation 3 construction.
The big question is: are these figures worthy additions to any G.I. Joe Collection?
One’s a DiC era Jungle Warfare specialist with a penchant for heavy machine guns and landscaping equipment! The other’s UK Z-Force communication specialist that bears a striking resemblance to the G.I. Joe team‘s original Ranger from Detroit. Together, they keep the world safe for freedom! That’s right Joe fans– this month’s G.I. Joe FSS 4 Review odd couple is none other than Pathfinder and Jammer!
It’s been nearly two weeks since the last G.I. Joe Collector’s Club FSS 4 boxes arrived in the mailboxes of subscribers. Chris and Fred took these figures and once again put them under the G.I. Joe FSS 4 review lens– and this time they even brought along a special consultant on one of the figures!
Are these two worth picking up? Do Chris and Fred find anything to agree on? Does Deadpool continue his string of gratuitous cameo appearances? These questions will indeed be answered in the latest G.I. Joe FSS 4 Review installments. Check out both Jammer & Pathfinder over on the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Review Index!
It was just over a week ago that subscribers to G.I. Joe FSS 4 began receiving their second of six shipments with the latest two figures in the line. Today, Chris and Fred pull Barricade and the Cobra Ice Ninja off of their cards and throw them under the review lights!
What did our two intrepid reviewers think of these latest figures from G.I. Joe FSS 4? Did they break new barriers or were they met with a chilly reception? Does Fred keep trying to make inane ice and cold puns? Does Deadpool make yet another cameo? (Like you had to ask…)
These questions and more are answered in two reviews chock-full of banter, obscure sci-fi references and more links to Wikipedia than you can shake a stick at!