G.I. Joe FSS 6 Captain Skip steps forward

Another day, another G.I. Joe FSS 6.0 preview.  Feast your eyes on Captain Skip.

G.I. Joe FSS 6 Captain Skip

SPECIAL ACTION FORCE OFFICER
Code Name: CAPTAIN SKIP

(Inspired by the 1983 International action figure!)
Includes: removable harness, sub machine gun, zip line handle,
Union Jack flag with flag pole, and figure stand.

NOTE: These modern era club exclusive action figures will not be exact replicas of their vintage counterparts. All images are Photoshop mock-up representations, final product, accessories and/or colors may vary!

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G.I. Joe FSS 6 announcement and roster revealed!

The signup for G.I. Joe Collector’s Club FSS 6.0 is  now LIVE!

G.I. Joe FSS 6

With 33 days remaining until JoeCon 2017, the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club revealed the pricing, roster, and subscriptions of FSS 6.0 on Friday.  Rather than waiting for the annual Collector’s Club round table for the reveal, the GIJCC opened the sign-up period right away!  Fans have until June 2, 2017 to sign up at the all-in price of $375 + shipping.  (Up from last year’s $336 + shipping.)

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS 6.0

G.I. Joe Collector’s Club FSS 6.0 roster

(Image compiled by Andrew Gaska for the G.I. Joe and 1:18th Facebook Group)

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G.I. Joe FSS 5 Gaucho steps into view!

Another G.I. Joe FSS 5 preview has been released – Z-Force Gaucho!

G.I. Joe FSS 5 Gaucho

Z FORCE MECHANIC: RICO “GAUCHO” GONZALLES
(Based on the European exclusive Command Centre action figure!)

Includes: removable vest, grenade launcher, wrench, tool satchel, boot knife, pistol, and figure stand.

NOTE: All images are Photoshop representations, final product, accessories and/or colors may vary!

To quote the 1980’s Saturday Night Live character the Church Lady: “Well isn’t that special…”

It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE fan of the 2015 Gung-Ho action figure which I regard with the same reverence that some folks reserve for their favorite sports teams.  It is an AMAZING figure that fixed ALL of the issues I had with the abominable 25th Anniversary release and then some.  Seriously– it’s one of the best pieces that Hasbro has released in years and nothing will ever persuade me otherwise.

Gaucho, from his very origins, was a repaint of Gung-Ho and so, it seems logical that the Club would take the path of least creative resistance and merely re-release Gung-Ho in a different color scheme.  I should be fine with this… except that I’m not for the simple reason that this figure looks like a lazy repaint to me.  When Gaucho was released as part of the 2010 convention set, his skin tone was changed to reflect his ethnic background and it really helped to set the character apart from Gung-Ho who is, in my opinion, one of the more visually distinctive members of the G.I. Joe team.  As such, I was expected the G.I. Joe FSS 5 version to be similarly produced.  Call me crazy, but this just feels lazy to me.  Even the FSS 4 Jammer wasn’t just a straight repaint of the 25th Anniversary Stalker.

Sorry Gaucho fans, but you deserve better than this figure.

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G.I. Joe FSS 5 sign-up is LIVE!

This isn’t a preview announcement– G.I. Joe FSS 5 sign-up is now LIVE!

G.I. Joe FSS 5 logo

That’s right– no more waiting.  If you want to be a part of G.I. Joe FSS 5, you can sign-up any time between NOW and September 2, 2016!  Of course, membership in the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club is required for purchase.  This year’s sub will set subscribers back a cool $336.00 + shipping in either one lump payment or three installments of $112.00.   (There is an extra transaction fee for the installment plan, per the Club’s usual policy.)

So, if you’re at all interested in this year’s wave of 12 stated figures plus the mysterious 13th bonus character, head on over and sign-up today!

Here’s the official announcement straight from the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club:

The GIJCC Figure Subscription Service 5.0 is an optional separate purchase if you are an active member of the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club. You can subscribe now through September 2nd deadline!

The cost of the 12 figure subscription service is $336 (+ shipping for 6 shipments). You can pay all at once or in three installments of $112 (billed to your credit card). When you subscribe and choose pay by Installment, you will be billed for the first two month’s shipments. Then sometime during the second month of shipping you will be billed for the 3rd and 4th months’ shipments and sometime during the 4th month of shipping you will be billed for the final 2 months’ shipments. Upon subscription completion, you will receive a bonus carded 13th mystery figure with the last shipment.

Please note that for the installment payment option, there is a $6 service charge per billing while the pay in full option has one $6 service charge. Please also note that for installment buyers, there is an additional charge each time a billing is attempted if your card is not approved. If your card has been declined and we have to re-bill, we will only be able to retry your billing three (3) times before your subscription is cancelled. Each retry has an additional fee added to your total charge (please see the Terms and Conditions.)

This Figure Subscription Service is a “build to order process” so you can order as many as you like, until the order period closes. At that time, we will not process any additional subscriptions and we may/may not have additional figures in the club store at a higher per figure price.

Please note that these are Photoshop mock-ups and the final product may vary. Also note that the colors are approximate as some may look glossy and everyone’s computer screen has a different look/calibration. Final figures colors/names/accessories may vary from the above descriptions and pictures.

Thanks for posting this on all your boards!  Order now!

Brian

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G.I Joe FSS 4 Review: Jammer & Pathfinder

G.I. Joe FSS 4 Review Jammer & Pathfinder

It’s time for another G.I. Joe FSS 4 Review!

One’s a DiC era Jungle Warfare specialist with a penchant for heavy machine guns and landscaping equipment!  The other’s UK Z-Force communication specialist that bears a striking resemblance to the G.I. Joe team‘s original Ranger from Detroit.  Together, they keep the world safe for freedom!  That’s right Joe fans– this month’s G.I. Joe FSS 4 Review odd couple is none other than Pathfinder and Jammer!

It’s been nearly two weeks since the last G.I. Joe Collector’s Club FSS 4 boxes arrived in the mailboxes of subscribers.  Chris and Fred took these figures and once again put them under the G.I. Joe FSS 4 review lens– and this time they even brought along a special consultant on one of the figures!

Are these two worth picking up? Do Chris and Fred find anything to agree on?  Does Deadpool continue his string of gratuitous cameo appearances?  These questions will indeed be answered in the latest G.I. Joe FSS 4 Review installments.  Check out both Jammer & Pathfinder over on the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Review Index!

 

G.I. Joe FSS 4 shipment 3 is inbound! Plus, a look at #5!

G.I. Joe FSS 4 shipment

G.I. Joe FSS 4 shipment 3 is now arriving!  That’s right– thanks to the accelerated delivery timetable of the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club, FSS 4 shipments are hitting subscribers’ mailboxes about every three weeks!

Thanks to Alyosha of BrokenArrowToys.com, we’ve got a look at shipment #3 below.

Not only that, but a shipping error has resulted in one lucky fan getting shipment #5 early!  We’ve got a pics and link to his Ebay auction below as well.

So, you’ve been warned.  After the jump, we’re taking a look at TWO G.I. Joe FSS 4 shipments.

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JBL Review: FSS Quarrel action figure

G.I. Joe FSS Quarrel

JBL Reviews the FSS Quarrel action figure!

Fear not, Joe fan!  You’ve not stepped through a rift that’s transported you back in time nearly three years!  Rather, the JBL admin has decided to whittle down his massive backlog of reviews and delved back into the first series of the subscription service to review FSS Quarrel!

Two years.  That’s the time difference between the first and last photos shot for this review.  In that time no less than 2 successive waves have hit and been reviewed.  It’s the problem with stockpiling photos with all the obsessiveness of a digital horder.   It all leads to a massive stockpile of product that has been shot, watermarked, but never reviewed and posted.  (Heck, there’s still last year’s Joe Con set to get through!)

However, enough ranting from the admin.  FSS Quarrel first dropped back in early 2013 as part of the first series of the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Figure Subscription Service.  Based on the classic 1983 Action Force character, this marked Quarrel’s first appearance in the “modern era” of G.I. Joe figure construction.

Was it worth the wait?  Is she a solid addition to any Joe collection?  Do she and Duke use the same hair dye?  Only two of this questions will be answered but to find out which two, head on over and check out the review of the FSS Quarrel figure in the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Review Index!

GI Joe FSS 4 sign-up and reveals begin next week!

gi joe fss 4

GI Joe FSS 4 sign-up begins next week!

Color me surprised!  In a completely out-of-the-blue moment, the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club sent the following email message to its members regarding GI Joe FSS 4:

Hello all!

Just a heads up that FSS 4.0 order period and reveals will start next week.

Watch your mailbox and GIJoeClub.com for more details!

These are great figures!

Brian

Wow… talk about striking while the iron is hot!  Fans have just had just a scant month and a half to digest the Joe Con 2015 FSS reveals and now it’s time to sign-up for the next round.

In case you’ve fuzzy, here’s the cast of characters:

Also, here’s a great roster image courtesy of ItsAllTrue.net:

gi joe fss 4

So, that’s the news concerning GI Joe FSS 4.  Stay tuned to JBL next week as we’ll posted each reveal as it’s revealed.  Hang on to your seats– it’s going to be a fun week!

G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Reveals FSS Big Ben

Even with Botcon 2014 in full swing, the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club gives fans one more preview of Figure Subscription Service 3.0.  Meet Special Action Force Commando – Big Ben!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS Big Ben

Look at this image it’s pretty clear that the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club design crew is a fan of the 1991 original version!

In terms of body construction, I see a lot of parts that were recently used for the Night Force Lt. Falcon— and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  Plus, a brand new head from Boss Fight Studio is always a welcome sight.  I like the Union Jack on the right hand shoulder which better reflects Big Ben’s origins.  Plus, making him a formal member of Action Force means that Quarrel and Bombardier have some company now!

If you’ve not already subscribed to the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club FSS 3.0, you’ll want to do so before June 30, 2014!