The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club FSS 2.0 is drawing to a close. For the second-to-last shipment the GIJCC dipped not into the traditional G.I. Joe canon but instead dove headfirst into collecting lore by producing the first ever mass-produced version of a figure whose origins were long considered a mystery.
That’s right folks, I’m talking about Bombardier – the mysterious “blonde Flash” that surfaced in the late 90’s.
In the middle of all of the Toy Fair excitement, it has been revealed that the next shipment in the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club FSS 2.0 is now arriving.
I know… there are people who don’t want spoilers. For those folks, I can only advise you to STOP READING NOW.
Okay, for the rest of you… it’s one of the shipments I’ve been waiting for: the pairing of Keel-Haul and Bombardier!!!
Keel-Haul has always been a favorite of mine– ever since I got a USS Flagg for Christmas as a kid. Unlike his Sunbow counter-part of Admiral Ledger, Keel-Haul was a former fighter-pilot-turned-carrier-commander. With his slanted hat and Burt Reynolds moustache, he was just PURE awesome and the GIJCC and Boss Fight Studio nailed this perfectly!
Bombardier is a very interesting figure to me for a variety reasons. Years ago I remember when pictures of a “blonde Flash” surfaced on the internet and yet no one could identify who he was. It took years and the Action Force knowledge of Dave Tree and Ron Conner to reveal that this was originally intended for Palitoy’s Action Force! In fact, it was a high point of the History of Palitoy panel at the 2013 G.I. Joe Collector’s Convention. You can read the full story HERE.
I’ve mirror the images that were originally posted at HISSTank.com but if you’d like to check out the original discussion thread, here’s the link!
The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club is pulling out all of the stops during this Figure Subscription Service sign-up period– with two more mock-up being unveiled today! The deadline to sign-up is May 22, 2013 and only two more mock-ups remain a mystery.
Maybe I’m a “bad” G.I. Joe collector but I’ve never been very interested in collecting international figures– until now. The GIJCC took the “blonde Flash” from a few years ago and brought him firmly forward into the Generation 3 era of G.I. Joe. This new version is faithful to his Palitoy origins in terms of initial gear and parts construction. However, he goes completely over the top into “cool” with the inclusion of the Rise of Cobra missile drone accessory. Now if only the Club will give him the name of “Dave Tree” in honor of the Joe detective who shed light on the mysterious origins of this figure!
Cesspool is one of those figures that I discovered later in life. I was out of actively collecting G.I. Joe when he was released in 1991 and it wasn’t until I wrote the 1991 Cesspool ARAH Review for JBL that I discovered just how amazingly interesting the character was. From his twisted backstory as a cost-cutting CEO to his disfiguring scarred countenance, the character of Vincent D’Alleva really appealed to me. His inclusion in FSS 2.0 was one of the swaying factors in this particular Joe fan’s decision to sign-up. While the Club’s mock-up is mostly digital, I’m happy with the parts combination and am looking forward to seeing a more tangible prototype in the future. This guy is almost the Joker of the G.I. Joe world– what’s NOT to love?!