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!
Fear not, Joe fan! You’ve not stepped through a rift that’s transported you back in time nearly three years! Rather, the JBL admin has decided to whittle down his massive backlog of reviews and delved back into the first series of the subscription service to review FSS Quarrel!
Two years. That’s the time difference between the first and last photos shot for this review. In that time no less than 2 successive waves have hit and been reviewed. It’s the problem with stockpiling photos with all the obsessiveness of a digital horder. It all leads to a massive stockpile of product that has been shot, watermarked, but never reviewed and posted. (Heck, there’s still last year’s Joe Con set to get through!)
However, enough ranting from the admin. FSS Quarrel first dropped back in early 2013 as part of the first series of the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Figure Subscription Service. Based on the classic 1983 Action Force character, this marked Quarrel’s first appearance in the “modern era” of G.I. Joe figure construction.
Was it worth the wait? Is she a solid addition to any Joe collection? Do she and Duke use the same hair dye? Only two of this questions will be answered but to find out which two, head on over and check out the review of the FSS Quarrel figure in the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Review Index!
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?