Dreadnok Ground Assault 4WD and Heartwrencher revealed!

Christmas may have come and gone but the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club has one more present for members: the reveal of the Dreadnok Ground Assault 4WD and Heartwrencher!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club Heartwrencher Dreadnok Ground Assault

Wow… just wow… this one came out of nowhere!  Ever since it was announced at the Collector’s Club roundtable back in 2015, fans have speculated about the fate of the club exclusive Dreadnok Ground Assault 4WD with Heartwrencher figure.  Now, thanks to the our friend “Shattered Glass Jazz” we have a look at the preview of this upcoming set.  (Rick always gets his newsletters before anyone else.  I’m thinking he has “mob ties.”)

Let’s start with the driver Heartwrencher…   Continue reading

Merry Christmas from your friends at JBL!

Merry Christmas from  your friends here at JBL!

JBL christmas 2015

Today is Christmas Day!  Whether or not you celebrate it for its religious significance, today is day in which much of the western world seems to set aside differences and grievances and instead focuses on a spirit of giving and compassion.  For children, it’s a day in which brightly wrapped packages appear under a decorated tree– each promising hours of excitement to come.  For parents, it’s a day to watch over their children or even grandchildren as they embrace Christmas with open arms.

For all of you who read this, I’d like to express my wamest wishes for a safe and happy holiday to your and your families.  While our favorte brand of adventurers, soldiers, and Real American Heroes are no longer in stores, we can still enjoy the spirit of the season and look back fondly on the days when boxes of familar Hasbro products were unwrapped and new adventures with G.I. Joe were ahead.  G.I. Joe will return– and whether or not it is in a form familiar or in a brand new aspect, we all hope that name “G.I. Joe” will continue to foster the imagination of future generations.

Or rather, as the “Great Snake” himself once put it so succinctly:

 

G.I. Joe FSS 7 Crystal Ball mesmerizes your mind!

The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club dropped the final FSS 7 preview today: Crystal Ball!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS 7 Crystal Ball

COBRA HYPNOTIST
Code Name: CRYSTAL BALL

(Inspired by the 1987 action figure.)
Features NEW head sculpt!
Includes: removable vest, pistol, knife,
Re-tooled Hypno-shield, and figure stand.

Finally!  My reason for subscribing to FSS 7 has been revealed!

Let’s start off and see how this mock-up stands up to the original 1987 Crystal Ball.

I’m seeing the legs of the 25th Anniversary Iron Grenadiers Destro. The vest appears to be from the 30th Anniversary Gnawgahyde while the hypno-shield looks to be brand new.  (Please, let that be a lenticular decal.  Seriously– that’s non-negotiable.)  However, that’s not the real selling point of the figure. Continue reading

G.I. Joe FSS 7 Tundra Ranger Stalker preview is awesome!

The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club FSS 7 previews continue with a look at the mock-up for Tundra Ranger Stalker!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS 7 Tundra Ranger Stalker

G.I. JOE TUNDRA RANGER
Code Name: SGT. STALKER

(Inspired by the 1989 action figure.)
Includes: removable tactical vest, NEW hat, rifle,
knife, kayak with stabilizer, machine gun mount,
double-ended paddle, and figure stand.

“That guy’s AWESOME!”

That was the reaction by Scoop in the DiC mini-series Operation: Dragonfire the very first time Stalker deployed his Tundra Ranger kayak.

That statement might just hold true today with the reveal of the FSS 7 update to this classic 1989 Stalker design.  Sure, the Club is reusing some existing parts but that’s to be expected.  The Retaliation G.I. Joe Trooper legs are back– as is the head that was most recently used for the Tiger Force Stalker and the FSS Jammer figures.  However, the accessories are clearly the focus here– including a reproduction of the original cold weather outrigger kayak!  Continue reading

Is G.I. Joe FSS 7 Kangor a knockout?

The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club has a Cyber-Monday surprise in the form of FSS 7 Kangor!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS 7 Kangor

COBRA SAVAGE FIGHTER
Code Name: KANGOR

(Inspired by the Brazilian exclusive action figure.)
Includes: removable harness, boxing gloves/hands,
dumbbell weights x 2, kangaroo, and figure stand.

Well, this preview of Kangor shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone!

Let’s be honest– the 2013 FSS 1 Big Boa was pretty much the best figure of that initial wave of Club offerings.  He was a perfect update of the original 1987 vintage Cobra Trainer— right down to the boxing gloves.  Since his release, he’s become one of the most sought-after FSS figures and commands big bucks on the secondary market.  Therefore, the Club made him available again but with a twist. Continue reading

G.I. Joe FSS 7 Budo stands with honor!

The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club gives fans a Black Friday surprise in the form of FSS 7 Budo!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS 7 Budo

G.I. JOE SAMURAI WARRIOR
Code Name: BUDO

(Inspired by the 1988 action figure.)
Features NEW head sculpt!
Includes: Samurai helmet, removable chest armor,
belt, sais x 2, swords x 2, and figure stand.

YES!!!!  FSS 7 Budo has finally been revealed!

Okay, it’s time for an unpopular opinion: I’m not a fan of the 2013 Retaliation Budo figure. It’s not a bad figure by any stretch of the imagination but it’s design is that of a historically accurate samurai– which isn’t what 1988’s Budo was all about. The original figure was less “The Last SamuraiKen Watanabe and more of a melding of traditional samurai with the modern world.  As such, that figure never worked for me.  Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at JBL!

JBL would like to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!

JBL Thanksgiving

(Yes, it’s that same picture again.  I’ll update it someday!)

Today is the day that is dreaded by turkeys across the land– where groups of friends and family gather round the table to share a meal and enjoy some time together.  It’s also a time to look back and consider all the things that we have to be thankful for.

Sure, there’s a lot going on the world that can, as individuals, raise our blood pressure and cause us to raise our fists in the air but there’s also still a lot of things that are going right. As such, Thanksgiving can be a day in which we reflect on everything that has actually gone right for us and our friends.

At JBL, we’re thankful for each and every person who reads this post, visits the forums, reads the reviews (when I get around to publishing them!) and even who stops by our Facebook page.  Without each of you, this page would literally be a series of random musings thrown into the wind.  Thank you for making JBL a part of your G.I. Joe life!

To everyone out there: Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Christmas G.I. Joe

 

A chilling look at the FSS 7 Ice Viper Officer

Another FSS 7 preview today before the Thanksgiving holiday: the Ice Viper Officer!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS 7 Ice Viper Officer

COBRA ARCTIC TRANSPORT OFFICER
Code Name: ICE VIPER OFFICER

(Inspired by the 2007 action figure.)
Includes: removable helmet, goggles, harness,
radio, rifle, sais x 2, boot cleats, and figure stand.

So, there he is– the FSS 7 Ice Viper Officer.

He’s pretty much exactly what this Joe fan expected: an updated version of the 2007 Collector’s Club exclusive “Flaming MOTH” Cobra Arctic Technician figure.  The design of that exclusive has been updated pretty much 100% to the current style of construction. Continue reading

G.I. Joe FSS 7 Tiger Force Jinx shows her stripes!

With the forthcoming holiday, the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club dropped the latest FSS 7 preview early: Tiger Force Jinx!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS 7 Tiger Force Jinx

G.I. JOE TIGER FORCE NINJA
Code Name: KIM “JINX” ARASHIKAGE

(Inspired by the 2003 action figure.)
Features NEW head sculpt.
Includes: masked/unmasked heads, swords x 2,
dual sword sheath backpack, Naginata, and figure stand.

At long last– it’s Tiger Force Jinx!

This figure has been a bit of a no-brainer for some time now.  She’s been teased in the Club comics and she’s an easy build to boot.  Essentially, this is the SDCC exclusive Jinx with the deco of the 2003 Tiger Force six-pack version. It’s a simple build and yet amazingly effective– even if it does make her look like Cringer/Battle Cat from Masters of the Universe! Continue reading

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