Joe Con 2016: Legends of the West

Joe Con 2016 concludes today but we’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about Legends of the West.

Legends of the West control art

Earlier in the Armchair Coverage of Joe Con 2016, there was mention of the Broken Arrow Toys booth and how there were several lines being displayed there.  JBL’s already highlighted Spero Studios Animal Warriors of the Kingdom but now it’s time to acknowledge another more classic-themed line: Chicken Fried Toys’ Legends of the West!

Imagine if you will a brand-new 1:18 scale series of Western-themed figures.  Now, take those figures and add in incredible sculpting detail.  Sound pretty good?  Let’s take it a step further and give them modern-level articulation!  Now, if that doesn’t make you want to saddle up and support the line I don’t know what will!

According to the images shown at the Broken Arrow Toys booth, the line will consist of the following figures:

  • The Head Honcho
  • The Gunfighter
  • Trail Drover
  • Masked Lawman
  • The Marshall
  • The Sheriff
  • Territories Lawman
  • The Shopkeeper
  • The Trail Boss
  • The Ranch Hand

There’s also the possibility of two others who, according to the initial artwork, seem to be a combination of parts from the other figures.  Each figure also appears to include at least two accessories (firearms) as well as a unique Chicked Fried Toys display base.

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FSS 4 Tiger Force Outback Unveiled!

Tiger Force Outback steps out of the shadows in today’s FSS 4 reveal!

FSS 4 Tiger Force Outback

TIGER FORCE SURVIVALIST: STUART “OUTBACK” SELKIRK

(Based on the European exclusive Tiger Force action figure!)

Includes: NEW head sculpt, removable harness & flashlight, assault rifle, survival knife, backpack and figure stand.

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G.I. Joe FSS 3 Crimson Guard Immortal Review

FSS 3 Crimson Guard Immortal

The FSS 3 Crimson Guard Immortal has been reviewed!

Whew!  With that, the FSS 3 reviews are done!  As part of the final shipment, the Crimson Guard Immortal was one of the most anticipated figures in the entire FSS.  Originally shown at the 2012 Joe Con as part of the imfamous first “Concept Case reveals”, this figure has been on the fandom’s radar for some time.  When it was announced in 2014 as part of the FSS 3, fans were both surprised and excited for the opportunity to finally get their hands on this “elite of the elite” trooper.

Was the Crimson Guard Immortal worth the wait?  Did Fred and Chris agree on this one?  Is the review full of bad Highlander puns?  Will I stop with the questions and just get to the point already?

Check out the review either by clicking on the picture above or jumping over to the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Review Index.  Afterwards, leave your own thoughts about this figure in the comments below.

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!

Boss Fight Studio Kickstarter Reaches Its Goal!

Boss Fight Studio Kickstarter
With 36 more days to go, the Boss Fight Studio Kickstarter has reached it’s initial goal of $75,000.00!  This means the Vitruvian HACKS line is guaranteed to go forward and that any subsequent funds raised will count directly toward the amazing Stretch Goals offered!

This is what BFS member Dave Proctor had to say earlier today:

Attention Boss Fighters! Our very own Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. action figure Kickstarter has met the $75,000 funding goal!!!!! A HUGE heart felt thanks, from all of us here at Boss Fight, to all of you that have helped us to come this far! We are preparing a very special reveal from our series three lineup to celebrate this milestone, please stay tuned! Know lets hunker down and start working on those stretch goals….

That’s right– now that the project is funded it’s time to focus on those amazingly Stetch Goals!  After all, who doesn’t want a veritable army of Gorgons and Spartans!  To contribute, check out the Boss Fight Studio Kickstarter and let’s keep this project growing!

Congratulations to the entire crew of Boss Fight Studio on the successful funding of their first in-house figure line!  Soon fans will be able to set up their own Vitruvian HACKS Spartan army!

“THIS… IS… BOSS FIGHT!!!”
Boss Fight Studio

Boss Fight Studio Kickstarter is LIVE!

Boss Fight Studio Kickstarter

It’s finally here– the Boss Fight Studio Kickstarter for their Vitruvian HACKS figure series is now live!

Unless you’ve been hiding in a cave in Cobra-La for the past few years you’re probably familiar with the work of Boss Fight Studio.  This talented group of former Hasbro employees has worked on lines from Marvel Legends to G.I. Joe to the annual G.I. Joe Collector’s Convention sets.  (Remember Nocturnal Fire and the Zombie Initiative? Yeah, it’s THOSE guys!)

Now this insanely talented group has decided to take their skills to the next level and branch out with their own proprietary figure line. Dubbed the Vitruvian HACKS (Highly Articulated Character Kit System), this series promises insane articulation on both male and female bodies in the 1:18 scale translated into a variety of classic themes.  That’s right– mythology, fantasy, and science fiction– they’re all on the table with the HACKS system.

So, what can you do to help?  How can you obtain some of these fantastic figures?  This is where the Boss Fight Studio Kickstarter comes in!

In less than 24 hours and with 38 days to go, the crew has already raised just shy of $28,000 of their $75,000 goal.  Your support of this project via Kickstarter can ensure two things:  the project’s success and your own ability to obtain some truly awesome figures at launch!  Plus, with their stretch goals, the rewards for supporting the Vitruvian HACKS only get better with the more funds that are raised.  Plus, this is a Kickstarter supported project which means that your funds are secure.

So, what are you waiting for– an engraved invitation from the Boss Fight Crew?  Hit the link below, show your support and tell your friends!  Remember, the deadline to pledge is Friday July 11, 2014 @ 9:52pm PDT!

Boss Fight Studio’s Vitruvian HACKS Kickstarter

Need more encouragement?  Check out these images for the FIRST series!

G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Accepting Pre-Orders for Carded Cross Country Figures

G.I. Joe Collector's Club Cross Country carded

 

One of the perks of attending the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club annual conventions is being able to purchase carded versions of the annual membership renewal figures.  However, the GIJCC has stepped up their game a bit this year and is currently accepting pre-orders for carded version of the 2014 membership incentive figure Cross Country for $30.00!

The pre-orders are limited to one per membership and are slated to ship in April 2014.

If you’re a carded collector, this is a great opportunity to snag this exclusive figure.  Just use the link below and get yours today.

2014 Carded Cross Country Figure

Marauder Gun-Runners Action Figure Kickstarter Launches!

Marauder Task Force

We LOVE Marauder Gun-Runners here at JBL!  Sure, I’m incredibly behind on reviews of the last series but that doesn’t mean that the MGR love has diminished in any way.  So, just imagine our reaction when this announcement dropped in the JBL mailbox late last night:

Marauder “Gun-Runners”ACTION FIGURE Pre-Order
Marauder Task Force Action Figures “Pre-Order”

Hey Folks!

Introducing the MARAUDER TASK FORCE Action Figures!

Highly detailed, fully articulated figures with multi-role customizable designs and featuring a wide variety of “modular” interchangeable accessories.  The nameless, faceless, minions are ideal “army builders” or perfect “backup” troopers to use with other currently available action figures.  “Night-Ops” Marauders, “Desert-Ops” Marauders, “Urban-Ops” Marauders…whatever mission, the Marauder Task Force figures can fill the need.

The Marauder Task Force figures feature multiple designs, several color options and a large number of accessories.  REMOVABLE Helmets, headgear and vests coupled with a wide variety of INTERCHANGEABLE accessories (holsters, sheaths, ammo pouches, pockets & more)…leaves the final  figure & accessory combination up to you!

Each fully assembled, factory painted, 1:18th scale action figure is produced at a high tech manufacturing facility using modern ABS & PVC materials (NOT handmade “castings” made out of “resin”).  We were fortunate to work with the incredibly talented designers and sculptors at Boss Fight Studio on this project. Seriously, the figures need to be seen in person to really appreciate the level of detail (pictures DO NOT do the figures or accessories justice!).

We’ve launched a Kickstarter pre-order project to help get the required funding to start production.   Designs, prototypes and paint masters are COMPLETE…all that remains to do is tool up and produce the actual figures and accessories. Please visit the Marauder Task Force Kickstarter project page for more pictures and greater in-depth details about the project.

(either “click” the link or go to kickstarter.com and enter “Marauder GR” in the search field)

Hope you like Marauder Task Force figures & accessories and consider participating in the Marauder GR Pre-Order event!

Thanks again for all your support and if you have any questions, please let us know via email, thru the kickstarter message system or on our facebook page.
Take care!
MJ & the entire Marauder Team
Marauder “Gun-Runners”
www.marauderinc.com
Marauder GR Pre-order for NEW items on kickstarter.com
Seriously, what are you waiting for– an engraved invitation from Sgt. Slaughter himself?!!  Get over there and throw some support for this AMAZING project!
Just in case you need any further convincing, check out the Marauder Gun-Runners Review Index here at JBL!
Time to start digging spare change out of the couch cushions again!