G.I. Joe FSS 3 Alpine Review

G.I. Joe FSS 3 Alpine

The G.I. Joe FSS 3 Alpine review is FINALLY live!

We’re whittling down the backlog of G.I. Joe Collector’s Club figures that’s built up here at JBL over the past few months.  Once again I’m joined by visiting Professor of G.I. Joe Studies Chris Chung of JoeSightings.com as we take a look at the FSS 3 Alpine — a reincarnation of a Valor vs. Venom era repaint.

Was the FSS 3 Alpine worth the wait?  Does the new Boss Fight Studio breathe new life into the character?  What’s the secret to his muscular calves?  Find out the answers to some of these questions as two long-time Joe fans offer up their thoughts on this update to a classic Sunbow-era character.

Check it out by clicking on the picture above or by heading over the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Review Index!

G.I. Joe FSS 3 Big Ben Review

G.I. Joe FSS 3 Big Ben

Oy! It’s the G.I. Joe FSS 3 Big Ben Review!

JBL continues to plow through the enormous pile of yet-to-be-reviewed G.I. Joe Collector’s Club figures with a review of the FSS 3 Big Ben!  An update to a DiC era character, Specialist David Bennet makes his debut in the generation 3 construction style with a brand new head from Boss Fight Studio!

So, what did two long-time Joe fans think of this particular figure?  Did Fred like it while Chris found it wanting?  Or, did we enter a strange parallel universe where the opposite occured?  Could something even more improbable have happened?

Click on the picture above or head on over to the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Review Index to find out!

Update on G.I. Joe FSS & Joe Con 2015 Reviews

FSS Crimson Guard Immortal

Sigh… I hate this kind of post.  I really do.

Joe Con 2015 and G.I. Joe FSS reviews are coming.  Really.  I had photos shot for these reviews for weeks now and even have the web page built.  Joe Con 2015, Joe Con 2013, and the FSS reviews for Hit & Run, Alpine, Crimson Guard Immortal, Big Ben, and Frostbite are about 85% ready to go!

So, you might find yourself asking, what’s the holdup?

Between my current real-life job and some family obligations, I’ve just not had the time to sit down and really finish the writing.  Knock on wood I can sequester myself away this weekend for a bit and finalize my portion of the text.

However, I don’t want to leave folks hanging.  Below is a preview gallery of images from many of the G.I. Joe FSS and Joe Con 2015 reviews that will be hitting here soon.  Consider it a bit of a “mea culpa” for being so tardy.

 

G.I. Joe FSS 4 Order Period Suspended

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The order period for G.I. Joe FSS 4 has been suspended, according to an email from the Collector’s Club that was sent to members early this afternoon.  Ordering will not resume until after Botcon 2015 which is scheduled for June 18 – 21, 2015.   Image previews will also be suspended until ordering resumes.

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Arctic Dr. Mindbender Review

arctic dr. mindbender

I never thought I’d own an Arctic Dr. Mindbender figure.  More importantly, I never thought I’d want to own an Arctic Dr. Mindbender figure.

When this figure was announced at the 2014 G.I. Joe Collector’s Club, my reaction was less than enthusiastic.  After all, who would want a figure based on a character’s appearance in just a few short scenes in the animated G.I. Joe: the Movie?  Plus, hadn’t Mindbender already been released back in 2009?  Was there really a need to update him?  Apparently, there was and the result is surprisingly… well, you’ll have to read the review to find out this Joe fan’s opinion!

Check out the Arctic Dr. Mindbender review in the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Review Index!

Meet G.I. Joe Pathfinder from FSS 4

Feast your eyes on the last FSS 4 G.I. Joe – Pathfinder!

FSS 4 G.I. Joe Pathfinder

G.I. JOE JUNGLE ASSAULT SPECIALIST: PATHFINDER

(Based on the 1990 G.I. Joe action figure!)

Includes: removable hat & vest, machine gun with removable ammo box, jungle cutter, machete, axe, backpack with flashlight, pistol, and figure stand.

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G.I. Joe FSS 3 Final Shipment is on its Way!

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The G.I. Joe FSS 3 final shipment is on its way to fans and thanks to Alyosha of BrokenArrowToys.com we have some in-hand images of the final figures.  Note: this includes the mysterious 13th figure which, after Joe Con 2015, may have been the worst-kept secret in history.

Seriously– if you don’t want the G.I. Joe FSS 3 final shipment spoiled stop reading now.  If you’re like me, click below and find out after the jump!

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G.I. Joe FSS 4 Nunchuck Unveiled!

G.I. Joe FSS 4 reveals continue with the camo-clad ninja – Nunchuck!

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G.I. JOE NINJA COMMANDO: NUNCHUK

(Based on the 1992 G.I. Joe action figure!)

Includes: removable hood & harness, dart pouch with removable dart, swords x 2, dual sword sheath backpack, nunchuku sticks, sai x 2, and figure stand.

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G.I. Joe FSS 4 Inferno BAT revealed

It’s another G.I. Joe FSS 4 reveal!  Things are heating up with the Inferno BAT!

g.i. joe fss 4 inferno bat

COBRA BATTLE ANDROID TROOPER: COBRA INFERNO B.A.T

(Based on the variant Cobra action figure!)

Includes: backpack with four removable hand attachments and figure stand.

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G.I. Joe FSS 4 Law & Order Preview

It’s a new week and a new preview for G.I. Joe FSS 4!

Based on the original 1987 version, feast your eyes on the classic MP duo of Law & Order:

gi joe fss 4 law & order

G.I. JOE MILITARY POLICE & K-9: LAW & ORDER

(Based on the 1987 G.I. Joe action figure!)

Includes: removable helmet & vest, submachine gun, nightstick, K-9 with leash, pistol with suppressor, and figure stand.

Not a lot of surprises here… it’s the 30th anniversary Law body and head with the 25th Anniversary Wild Bill vest in the classic color scheme.  The helmet bugs me as it’s not a great fit on the head and hasn’t been since the original release.

The sign-up deadline is Tuesday June 9, 2015!  So, if you’re interested in G.I. Joe FSS 4.0, just hit the link below and sign-up before it’s too late!

What do you think?  Love it? Hate it?  Expecting something completely different?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!