The cover of the latest issue of the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club magazine has revealed the next membership incentive figure: BIG LOB!
Big Lob Revealed – Image courtesy of Michael Taylor
I’ll admit it– I’m both surprised and pleased by this! Who’d have imagined Big Lob as this next year’s figure?
For those of you who don’t remember, Big Lob was one of the Rawhides, a group of new recruits introduced in the Sunbow-produced 1987 film G.I. Joe: The Movie. Along with Jinx, Tunnel Rat, Chuckles, and Law & Order, Big Lob was part of the next generation of Joes who were put through their paces and evaluated by Beach Head. (Spoiler alert: they all passed– much to Beach Head’s chagrin!) Despite this introduction, Big Lob never saw release as an action figure until 2010 when the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club released an o-ring version as the annual membership incentive figure.
G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Magazine reveal of Big Lob – courtesy of Doug Monroe
Now, after seven years history repeats itself again and the Rawhides are on their way once more to being complete– this time in generation 3 construction. I’m seeing a lot of the first build of Roadblock from G.I. Joe Retaliation in this figure which gives Big Lob the height he needs, although more bulk than I’d have expected. However, the new head is MILES AHEAD of the previously released version. Rather than a reused Mercer sculpt, he gets his own unique noggin! (I’m digging the lopsided haircut!)
As always, to receive your Big Lob figure you’ll have to be a member in good standing of the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club by March 2016. To learn more about the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club and to ensure your chance to own this sports-themed Joe, visit GIJoeClub.com!
That’s right kids, 3.75″ Joe Volume 3 has four days left to fund on Kickstarter! Currently the project has raised $14,600 toward a goal of $16,000 needed to publish the next installment. It’s a completely achievable goal and one that our fandom should help achieve. A copy of the book is available for a pledge of support of only $40.00
I’ll admit it– I’ve been remiss on posting about this. 3.75″ Joe, volumes 1 & 2, have been sitting on my reference shelf since they were first published. They’re AMAZING volumes chock full of incredible pre-production artwork and insights into the designs of our favorite Real American Heroes. The previous two volumes include commentary from G.I. Joe designers and even the former brand manager of the ARAH years. They’re just utterly AMAZING works that can be enjoyed by EVERY fan of the ARAH era G.I. Joe!
Seriously– if you have the extra funds, consider supporting this AMAZING project!
Looking for the new 2016 G.I. Joe figures and don’t have ready access to a Toys R Us? Look no further!
When Hasbro first announced the 2016 G.I. Joe line-up it was stated that these figures would hit retail “November 2016.” In spite of this fact, pre-orders for that line have been virtually non-existent. However, over the past few days sightings have started pouring in from various Toys R Us locations ranging from Louisiana to Texas to Illinois where the release date seems to have been broken.
The FULL inventory is available here. However here are two quick links that will get you “one of each” of each set available. (Note, these aren’t affiliate links. JBL makes NOTHING from any orders placed by clicking on these. We’re just trying to help out the community any way we can.)
If you’re on the edge of your seat waiting for this new G.I. Joe vs. Transformers set to see release wait no longer! The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club has listed pre-orders for the next three exclusives in their ongoing Joe vs TF series. However, be forewarned– the pricing on this set isn’t for the faint of heart. In order to snag the big set, fans will have to shell out a cool $129.00!
Also up for pre-order are the two “Almost Human” figures– the synthoid body versions of Rodimus Prime and Arcee. These tie in nicely with the Old Snake and Stealth BATs set released last year. All three sets have an expected delivery date of “December 2016.”
Buzz Dixon’s long-lost Sunbow-inspired story “The Most Dangerous Man in the World” is now available as a G.I. Joe Kindle Worlds tale!
Flash backwards in time for a moment. It’s 1986 and the pre-production for the second season of the classic Sunbow G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero tv series is in full swing. Story editor Buzz Dixon pitches an idea to Hasbro– a story called “the Most Dangerous Man in the World” that delves into the mysterious origins of Cobra. Hasbro approved the story and things looked rosy for it to be developed into an episode Suddenly the folks in Pawtucket threw the animation team a curve ball in the form of Serpentor. His very existence causes this story to be rendered null and void. Reluctantly, Buzz scraps the idea for the story and ultimately, that should have been the end for “the Most Dangerous Man in the World.” Or was it…
Flash forward to June 9, 2014, when the announcement of G.I. Joe on Kindle Worlds caused Buzz to consider something — the resurrection of this now lost episode of G.I. Joe!
The wait is over! The classic Sunbow-inspired lost G.I. Joe story “The Most Dangerous Man in the World” is now available on Kindle Worlds for a whopping $3.99. Rather than read as a continuation of a cartoon episode this is a novella inspired by the Sunbow series. There are some tonal differences but there are also a myriad of references to classic episodes and bits of G.I. Joe lore. It’s a rolicking read that will take Joe fans on a roller coaster ride of thrills and chills as they attempt to discover the identity of a man whose very existence can shake the foundation of Cobra to its serpetine core.
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.
Thankfully, it appears that the folks at the Club have listened. This afternoon, the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club released this updated image and information:
For Salvo, we tried many different combinations rather than a straight up repaint. After reviewing some of your suggestions, we’ve selected another option to show you a new figure build before we have final feedback on tool availability.
So, keep your fingers crossed!
Let’s be honest– the first Salvo build was, well, awful. Under-sized and uninspired, it took the concept of “good enough” design to a new low. For this version, the Club pretty much went with the fandom’s suggestion of a straight repaint of the Retaliation Roadblock build— and it looks MILES better! Just take a look at a quick side-by-side comparison:
Yes, there’s no guarantee that the new build will be approved for use by Hasbro BUT the Club must be pretty confident of the odds if they released this image to an already unhappy fandom. To this Joe fan’s eyes– there is NO comparison. The version on the right is the clearly superior build both in terms of size and with regard the lettering found on the t-shirt.
Now, let’s just wait until we have confirmation that this WILL be the official G.I. Joe FSS 5 Salvo build!
To subscribe to the FSS, head on over to GIJoeClub.com and stay tuned to JBL for more G.I. Joe FSS 5 news!
The final reveal is here! Reflect upon the G.I. Joe FSS 5 design for Shattered Glass Xamot!
So here it is– the Shattered Glass Xamot figure. (Posted late due to some server issues yesterday.)
I’ll be honest– I like him. I like him quite a lot but not for the reasons that the GIJCC might have intended.
The “Shattered Glass” storyline ran in the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club newsletter’s Adventure Team comic for around 12 installments. In this tale, the members of the Adventure Team were catapulted into a parallel universe in which Cobra was essentially the resistance to a tyrannical government led by Joe Colton and overseen by G.I. Joe. What started off as an Adventure Team story quickly descended into a series of ARAH cameos in a riff on the “Worlds Without End” classic Sunbow episode that really went on far too long in this Joe fan’s opinion.
One of the best parts, however, was seeing Xamot presented in a suit that was VERY similar to the office attire that he and his brother wore in the classic Sunbow series. That’s right kids– forget “Shattered Glass” and all of its muddled plotlines. This is the Extensive Enterprises version of Xamot that many of watched each weekday afternoon during our youth! For that reason alone, I’m totally excited about this figure, which uses the same basic build as the Marvel Universe Professor X figure or, more recently, the Club exclusive Joe Colton from the Zombie Initiative convention set.
Now, can we hold out hope that a matching Tomax is the 13th figure in G.I. Joe FSS 5? (Or is that too logical for the GIJCC?)
To subscribe to the FSS, head on over to GIJoeClub.com and JBL for more G.I. Joe FSS 5 news!
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!
NOTE: All images are Photoshop representations, final product, accessories and/or colors may vary!
Back in 1989, the minds behind G.I. Joe introduced the concept of an embedded reporter to America’s daring highly-trained special mission force. Based on NBC reporter Mike Leonard, the 1989 release of Scoop was distinctive for both his bright yellow jumpsuit (a fashion trend later co-opted by April O’Neil?) and his giant TV camera.
I’m hoping that the colors are just off on this preview as Scoop’s jumpsuit looks WAY more orange than yellow. As these are just photoshop mock-ups that is likely to be the case. Otherwise, this would appear to be an attempt at a Tiger Force take on the team’s reporter. While I miss the removable helmet of the original figure, this one is pretty decent.