Joe Con 2015: Tiger Force Recondo Revealed!

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The reveals for the Joe Con 2015 Tiger Force vs. Iron Grenadiers set continue as the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club reveals Tiger Force Recondo!

Joe Con 2015 Tiger Force Recondo

- 25th Anniversary Modern Style/Fully Poseable Action Figure
– 1st Tiger Force Release based on 1988 prototype**
– Removable Hat and Shoulder Harness with Pistol
– Includes Marksman Rifle, Mambele (Sickle Sword),
G.I. Joe Logo Stand, and Backpack

Tiger Force Recondo made his retail debut on Toys R Us store shelves in 1988. However, that’s not the version the Club chose to release, instead going with an obscure deco that appeared only in a 1988 catalog.  To bring this design forward for Joe Con 2015, the folks at the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club appear to have used the body of the 25th Anniversary Recondo with the arms of the Retaliation Kwinn figure.  It’s an interesting idea as hinged wrists have become a truly necessary part of the current style of construction and their absence in some recent figures has been very noticeable. Continue reading

Joe Con 2015: Iron Grenadier Undertow Surfaces!

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The reveals for the Joe Con 2015 Tiger Force vs. Iron Grenadiers set continue with the unveiling of the Iron Grenadiers frogman Undertow!

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- 25th Anniversary Modern Style/Fully Poseable Action Figure
– Based on 2009 GIJCC Exclusive Iron Grenadier Deco
– Box Set contains THREE Troop Builder Action Figures
– Includes Cobra Logo Stand, Removable Classic Scuba Mask,
Scuba Tank Backpack, Spear Gun, Trident Spear, Swim Fins,
and Underwater Delivery Vehicle (UDV) with Torpedo.

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Joe Con 2015: Tiger Force Dial-Tone preview

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As the date of Joe Con 2015 gets closer and closer the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club has begun to unveil the figures that will comprise the 1:18 scale 15 figure set.  Today’s preview is an alumni of two previous Collector’s Club releases – feast your eyes on Dial-Tone:

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TIGER FORCE COMMUNICATIONS: DIAL-TONE

- 25th Anniversary Modern Style/Fully Poseable Action Figure
– Highly Requested Character in traditional theme Tiger Force deco
– Includes G.I. Joe Logo Stand, 9mm Parabellum Submachine gun,
Computer case with Submachine gun, & Communications backpack
with positional microphone arm.

(Note: Photo depicts mock up and final product may slightly differ.)

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Joe Con 2015: Tiger Force vs. Iron Grenadiers theme!

 

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The brochure for Joe Con 2015 is live and with it comes this year’s 1:18 theme: “Springfield Island: Peril in Paradise.”
That’s right kids– it’s the Tiger Force vs. the Iron Grenadiers, who were last seen in 2012’s Operation Bear Trap set.  Here’s the official description from the Club:

G.I. JOE intelligence reports that DESTRO has sent a regiment of his elite IRON GRENADIERS, led by GENERAL MAYHEM and executed a hostile takeover of a billionaire Montgomery Springfield, III’s tropical island in the South Pacific. The island’s private security force was no match for the blitzkrieg style attack by sea and air.

While the IRON GRENADIER leader’s exact plans are unknown, it is expected that this will become another primary location for them to stockpile munitions and test experimental M.A.R.S. technology. A G.I. JOE: TIGER FORCE unit, led by SGT. STALKER, is called in for this perilous mission to re-capture the island paradise and expel the IRON GRENADIERS at all costs. Getting onto the island will be extremely dangerous, but when the enemy sees the colors yellow and black, they will know that the TIGER FORCE team is hungry to fight and ready to attack!

The 2015 3 3/4-inch convention set contains highly requested teams and some new additions available for the first time in the modern era 25A action figure style.

This special edition set includes:

Tiger Force (six figures): Sgt. Stalker, Dial-Tone, Big Brawler, Wreckage, Recondo, Edwin “Lifeline” Steen.

Iron Grenadiers (nine figures): General Mayhem, Metal-Head, Undertow Officer, Iron Anvils x 3, Undertow x 3.

Okay… that’s totally not the direction that I would have predicted for this year’s set, aside from the Tiger Force inclusion.  The Iron Grenadiers were featured heavily just three years ago so their return seems a bit soon.  Ironically enough, this will also mark Dial-Tone’s THIRD release from the Club as he was both the renewal figure and part of Mission Brazil II in 2011.  Also, another member of the 1982 “Original 13″ makes an appearance as Stalker is given the convention treatment.

There’s also the matter of everyone’s favorite “Not Outback” – Big Brawler, who is named after a long-time Club staff member.  However, to counter this, there’s also METAL-HEAD!  BANG!  BANG!!!

So far only Wreckage has been revealed so the Club has plenty of previews to tease in the coming weeks.

The entire brochure is up for your viewing pleasure at GIJoeCon.com!

What do you think of this roster?  Sound off in the comments below!

G.I. Joe FSS 3 Muskrat and Slice Reviews!

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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?

You can check out both reviews and find out two Joe fans’ opinions in the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Review Index!

Plus, feel free to leave your own comments below!

Joe Con 2015: Tiger Force Wreckage Previewed

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At long last, the first figure from the Joe Con 2015 convention set has been revealed!  Meet Tiger Force Wreckage!

Joe Con 2015 Tiger Force Wreckage

- 25th Anniversary Modern Style/Fully Poseable Action Figure
– 1st Modern Era Release based on 1988 prototype**
– Includes Harness with two removable Explosive Devices,
G.I. Joe Logo Stand, Assault Rifle, Pistol, Knife,
and Backpack with removable lid

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G.I. Joe FSS 3 Shipment 2 is Inbound!

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G.I. Joe FSS 3.0 Shipment 2 had deployed just under the wire to make the January deadline!

Yesterday on Facebook, Alyosha of BrokenArrowToys.com shared images of his new arrived FSS 3.0 shipment!  Yes, we’re going to discuss the figures so if you’re one of the few folks out there that want to be surprised, look away.  (Seriously– we’re not going to play games.  Figures will be named.)

Okay, still here?

It’s Slice and Muskrat!

FSS 3 shipment 2

I’ve mirrored some of Alyosha’s images of G.I. Joe FSS 3.0 shipment 2 below.  Note: his Slice figure arrived with two right arms including one arms that was altered seemingly at the factory level to appear to be normal.  (The thumb on the left arm was sliced off.  Ironic, eh?  “Sliced”?  Get it?  Never mind…)

Muskrat is a repaint of the 2013 Nocturnal Fire version and Slice seems to be primarily built on the Renegades Storm Shadow/ Retaliation Red Ninja body so, aside from the color scheme and the new head, there’s not a lot that fans already haven’t seen here.   Still, these two guys are inbound so subscribers should keep their eyes peeled toward their mailbox this week for the new arrivals from the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club.

As always, stay tuned to JBL for a new review of these figures once they arrive at JBL HQ!

G.I. Joe FSS 3.0 Repeater & Psyche-Out Review

G.I. Joe FSS Repeater & Psyche-Out

 

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?

Head on over to the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Review Index and find out two Joe fans opinions!

G.I. Joe Collector’s Club FSS 3.0 Shipments Arrive!

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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.

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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:

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS 3 Shipment 1I’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!

Check out these images courtesy of Alyosha of Broken Arrow Toys!

G.I. Joe Collector’s Club FSS 3.0 Ships Soon!

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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!

 

Brian

Now, the question remains– who will be arriving in the first shipment?  Will it be the controversial Hit & Run figure that sparked much debate amid the fandom?  What about one of the five repainted figures from the 2013 Nocturnal Fire convention set?  Or will it be the odd choice of the Night Creeper Leader v2?

(My suspicion is that the v1 with the Tiger Striped pants that was originally teased in the FSS 3.0 announcement will be included in the 2015 Convention set.)

Regardless of who it is, subscribers should keep their Eagle Eyes turned toward their mailboxes over the next few weeks as two new Joe figures are on the way!