The G.I. Joe FSS 3 Muskrat and Slice reviews are up!
It seems like just a few weeks ago that my esteemed colleague from JoeSightings.com and I put forward our thoughts on the first G.I. Joe FSS 3 shipment from the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club! In their efforts to get their shipping schedule back on the track, the Club shipped out the next two figures just before the end of January.
So, what did Chris and I think of the unlikely duo of Muskrat and Slice? Do a Swamp Fighter and a Ninja Commando go together like peanut butter and chocolate or is this a case of repaint overload? Does Deadpool make another cameo appearance in the pictures again? Or, more importantly, are these two figures worth adding to your G.I. Joe collection?
After a long dry spell, fans have new G.I. Joe FSS 3.0 figures!
This past week, subscribers of the G.I. Joe FSS 3.0 were frantically checking their mailboxes as shipping notices indicated that new figures were inbound! Repeater and Psyche-Out, boasting their original vintage color schemes, comprised the first shipment– fresh off their appearance in the 2013 Nocturnal Fire convention set! Thankfully on Friday, these two Joes dropped at JBL HQ which means that Chris “Werecat” Chung of JoeSightings.com and I have had the weekend to give them a once over.
Do these G.I. Joe FSS 3.0 figures measure up to their parts predecessors? Are they worthwhile additions to an ARAH generation 3 collection? Were these figures from G.I. Joe Collector’s Club worth the wait?
The long wait for the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club FSS 3.0 shipments is about to come to an end!
This afternoon, early reports trickled in from both HISSTank.com and the Facebook G.I. Joe Discussion Group that first shipment had landed. Those reports also confirmed the identity of the figures in the first shipment.
If you want to be surprised, stop reading here. If you don’t, read on.
Seriously– don’t make me repeat myself. I don’t want to psyche you out but this is your last warning.
It’s Repeater and Psyche-Out! (As if my heavy-handed hints didn’t give it away.) Take a look at the pic below, originally posted by BearViper of the HISSTank forums:
I’ll admit– I wasn’t expecting these two to be in the first shipment at all. Perhaps the Club is getting the repaints of previously-released Club figures out of the way first before shipping out the newer pieces. Regardless, after a LONG dry spell fans finally have some new G.I. Joe figures inbound!
According to the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club, the first installments of Figure Subscription Service 3.0 should be shipping in the very near future! Check out this email from the Club that dropped in member mailboxes yesterday:
Happy New Year!
Yesterday we unloaded the container for the FSS 3.0 figures. We are working on getting out the first wave to you this week. You should receive the first wave by Jan 23rd. The second wave will go out the last week of the month. This will get us caught up from all of the shipping and port delays.
For those of you on the subscription billing, we have set the two billing dates: February 2nd and March 16th. Please make sure your CC is good standing before those dates. You can change your information in thesystem so you don’t miss out! If you are planning on moving before the end of May, you can update your shipping information at the same link above.
Thanks for your support and we hope you enjoy your new figures!
ToysRUs.com is having a BLOWOUT sale on G.I. Joe Kreo!
Maybe it’s the holidays or maybe it’s the infamous “Deth of teh line !1!!!” but right now the prices on G.I. Joe KreO items have been slashed to rock-bottom levels. If you were ever on the fence about Hasbro’s Lego knock-off line, now is the time!
The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club loves build up excitement to the official reveal of the each years Joe Con theme. This year’s tease was slated to appear in the “G.I. Joe vs. Cobra #7” comic that shipped to retailers in December. (The issue itself is a mass-market release of the 2014 “Zombie Initiative” comic.)
Thanks to John Stottman from Facebook’s closed G.I. Joe Discussion group, some fans got an early look at that teaser image over the weekend. The ad features the Baroness with an automatic pistol standing in front of a semi-distinctive background– that just happens to contain what appear to be tiger stripes.
I’ll be honest– I’m pretty ambivalent on the theme. I’ve never been a Tiger Force fan so this one just doesn’t resonate the same way that Night Force did a few years ago in the Nocturnal Fire theme. However, there is one call out from the ad that has gone unnoticed in much of the discussion regarding the ad: both Hasbro and IDW are listed as attending. Hasbro was noticeably absent at the 2014 50th anniversary convention and IDW hasn’t been in attendance since Kansas City 2009 to the best of my recollection. Either way, keep your eyes turned to GIJoeCon.com for more information as the Club reveals it.
Take a look at the ad below and feel free to weigh in with your own thoughts. Love it? Hate it? Were you hoping for Sky Patrol?
For all you comic collectors, the Diamond edition of the 2014 G.I. Joe vs Cobra Issue #7: “Zombie Initiative” is now in the store.
Our end of year and archive sale continues with quantities dwindling down to just a handful on many of the items. In order for your items to arrive by Christmas, please place your orders by Friday.
The FSS 3.0 is on the water headed this way. Because of the dock workers on the west coast issues and the seasonal delays, we don’t think we will get them until the first week in January. Because of the delay, our current plan is to ship the first figures during the week of January 5 and follow up with the second shipment at the end of January to get us sort of back on track. This puts the second billing for the installment plan buyers around the end of January/first of February and the final billing around the middle of March. As soon as they arrive, we will set the official billing dates. I’m also sending this info from the FSS email system so you may get 2 updates.
And finally, we anticipate the registration being available for GIJoeCon after the first of the year. Please note that the hotel is about 70% full and is attached to the convention center. You can make your reservation now by following the link at GIJoeCon.com.
It looks like Spring 2015 is going to be a financially heavy time for some Joe fans with 2 FSS payments hitting before the 2015 Collector’s Convention. Again, no hard ETA on con registration other than “after the 1st” but hopefully registration will go more smoothly thanithas inpreviousyears.
Still, for fans who were watching their mailboxes expecting an early FSS Christmas present it just means the wait is going to be a little longer.
The auctions on Ebay appear to be for complete figures– and include the figure’s helmet, rifle, and two combat knives as well as a figure stand. (Also included is the VAMP Mk II’s ammo belt and firing projectile.) Most of these figures are currently listing under $11.00 which is a significant price drop from the prices they’ve been closing for in recent months.
So, if you wanted to stock up on this troop builder and still now blow your Holiday budget, now is your chance!
The G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary Arctic Threat review is long overdue!
Of all of the two-packs released thus far, this one features a pairing of characters that makes the most sense. Snow Job is the G.I. Joe team’s premiere cold weather specialist and the Cobra Battle Android Troopers are immune to the frozen temperatures of the Arctic regions. One is a highly trained specialized and championship marksman while the other is a relentless killing machine. In almost any context, this is a recipe for excitement!
Is this two pack worth a purchase? Or, is it along the lines of the “Heated Battle” which is still lingering on the pegs in stores?
Of all of the 50th Anniversary sets available this year, the Social Clash was one of the most anticipated by fans. Featuring the mass market release of the “Concept Case” Lady Jaye as well as a re-release of the Baroness, this two-pack was part of the “second wave” of product hitting both Toys R Us and BigBadToyStore.
Were these two ladies worth the wait? Or was it a case of the anticipation being greater than the realization? Check out the Social Clash review over in the G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary Review Index and find out one Joe fan’s opinion!