Old Snake & Stealth BAT Duo Review

G.I. Joe & the Transformers Old Snake & Stealth BAT duo

The Old Snake & Stealth BAT Duo two-pack review is live!

The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club blew the fandom’s collective minds at Joe Con 2015 when it was revealed that one of the pieces in their G.I. Joe & the Transformers series was a two-pack featuring Old Snake aka “Future Cobra Commander.”  Featured in the classic G1 Transformers episode “Only Human“, this 1:18 figure recreates the look of a familiar-voiced arms dealer who went by the moniker of “Old Snake” and who just happened to be in possession of Synthoid technology.  However, the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club took things a step further and packaged this distinctive villain with two repurposed Transformers Prime Soundwave figures in classic Battle Android Trooper deco.

The result: the Old Snake & Stealth BAT Duo two-pack!

Check out the guest review from Otto “The Otter” Phillips over in the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Review Index and then let us know your thoughts on this set in the comments below!

Hunt for Cobra Commander two-pack review

G.I. Joe Hunt for Cobra Commander

The G.I. Joe Hunt for Cobra Commander two-pack review is now posted!

It’s been a bit of a busy week here at JBL HQ but that’s not stopping us from whittling our way through the new G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary two-packs!  This time, Fred takes a look at the Hunt for Cobra Commander set which pits the 2012 concept case Shipwreck up against a darker more sinister Cobra Commander.  These sets are just now hitting Toys R Us stores across the nation and full cases are STILL available at EntertainmentEarth.com for just $119.99.

Who will emerge victorious?  Do the red shoes help?  Should Deadpool make more cameos in reviews? Does it even matter?

Check out the Hunt for Cobra Commander Shipwreck and Cobra Commander reviews over in the G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary Review Index!

FYI – We want your feedback!  Either drop us a comment below or post thoughts on this set and our review over at the JBL Facebook page!  (Seriously, we love to talk G.I. Joe!)

G.I. Joe Club Old Snake & Stealth BATS in stock!

Old Snake & Stealth BATS

The G.I. Joe/Transformers “Old Snake & Stealth BATs” set is now IN STOCK at the G.I.Joe Collector’s Club store!

The past few years have seen more G.I. Joe/Transformers crossovers than I would have thoguht possible including three SDCC exclusives from Hasbro.  This year Fun Publications, the company behind both the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club and the Transformers Collectors Club, announced two different crossover sets– one featuring Marissa Faireborne, the daughter of Flint and Lady Jaye, and a second featuring a beloved character from the Transformers episode “Only Human.”  In this episode, the villain Drath approached an indvidual named “Old Snake” for his synthoid technology, something that Cobra had used numerous times in the G.I. Joe cartoon.  Old Snake, as most fans will immediately recognize, was intended to be the future version of Cobra Commander! Continue reading

FSS 4 Billy Arboc is revealed!

No more words… FSS 4 Billy Arboc has been unveiled!

FSS 4 Billy Arboc


(Based on the never before released G.I. Joe comic book character!)

Includes: NEW head, submachine gun, sword, grappling hook, and figure stand.

Note: Photoshop coloration make some parts look glossy but will not be that way on production figure.


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Happy Holidays from JoeBattlelines!

Happy Holidays from JoeBattlelines.com

The xmas holidays have this high value: that they remind Forgetters of the Forgotten, & repair damaged relationships.
– Mark Twain in a letter to Carlotte Welles, 30 December 1907

Just a quick shout out to everyone who visits this site whether frequently or occasionally– a quick moment to wish any and all who celebrate it “Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays”!   Whether you enjoy the day with friends and family or quiet reflection, it’s a day to reflect on the blessings that each of us share and to remember those who are less fortunate than us.  For children it’s a day filled with the excitement of a new present; for adults, it’s a day to put aside the cares of every day living and just enjoy the spirit of the season.  It’s a day in which mankind shows the best that it has to offer its fellows.  It’s also the day in which TBS broadcasts the story of a young boy and his quest for a Red Rider BB gun for 24 hours straight!  (Something that my friends over at TheBreauxShow remember all too well!)

I’d also like to thank everyone who visits this site on a regular basis.  JBL isn’t the biggest Joe site on the web and it was inactive for far too long during the past couple of years.  It’s meant a lot to me that people still stop by, check out the news and the reviews, and even post on the forums.  (All seven of you!)  As the admin, I’d like to just humbly say “thanks for sticking with us.”

So have a safe and happy holiday, don’t shoot your eye out, and thank you for visiting JoeBattlelines.com.  We look forward to celebrating the 50th Anniversary of G.I. Joe in 2014!

Larry Hama signed G.I. Joe auctions – Round 2!

Larry Hama arashikage

Fan-favorite author, toy expert, and comic archivist Mark Bellomo is back with another round of auction on Ebay featuring a metric ton of pieces all signed by the “godfather of G.I. Joe” — Larry Hama!  Hitting just in time for the holidays it’s a great opportunity to shop for the Joe fan in your life and snag some fantastic pieces by the franchise’s single greatest creative contributor!  These are pieces from Mr. Hama’s personal collection that he is parting with which makes this a very unique opportunity.

Know that your purchase will not only be appreciated but will also go to toward a good cause.

Reminder. The SECOND ROUND of eBay auctions featuring items signed by LH from the Larry Hama Collection are up and running. They end in a day-and-a-half. There’s some 25th anniversary comic packs, vintage stuff, G.I. Joe Convention exclusives, etc.:

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed Collection 25th Comic Pack Ace & Wild Weasel MOSC!!!http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-I-Joe-Larry-Hama-Signed-Collection-25th-Comic-Pack-Ace-Wild-Weasel-MOSC-/350917783093?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item51b4546e35

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed 25th Comic Pack Crimson Guard Scar Face Officer MOSC!http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-I-Joe-Larry-Hama-Signed-25th-Comic-Pack-Crimson-Guard-Scar-Face-Officer-MOSC-/350917789203?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item51b4548613

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed 25th Comic Pack Tomax & Xamot C.G. Commanders MOSC!!!http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-I-Joe-Larry-Hama-Signed-25th-Comic-Pack-Tomax-Xamot-C-G-Commanders-MOSC-/350917791303?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item51b4548e47 G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed 25th Comic Pack Dreadnok Torch & Dreadnok Ripper MOSC http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-I-Joe-Larry-Hama-Signed-25th-Comic-Pack-Dreadnok-Torch-Dreadnok-Ripper-MOSC-/350917795395?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item51b4549e43

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Collection Signed 25th Comic Pack Destro & Breaker MOSC!!!http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-I-Joe-Larry-Hama-Collection-Signed-25th-Comic-Pack-Destro-Breaker-MOSC-/350917799626?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item51b454aeca

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Collection Signed 25th Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow MOSC!!!http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-I-Joe-Larry-Hama-Collection-Signed-25th-Snake-Eyes-Storm-Shadow-MOSC-/350917813955?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item51b454e6c3

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed Comic Book 3-pack Steeler Flagg Cobra Officer MOSC!!!http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-I-Joe-Larry-Hama-Signed-Comic-Book-3-pack-Steeler-Flagg-Cobra-Officer-MOSC-/350917925435?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item51b4569a3b

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed Comic Book 3-pack Zap Grunt Snake Eyes rare MOSC!!!http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-I-Joe-Larry-Hama-Signed-Comic-Book-3-pack-Zap-Grunt-Snake-Eyes-rare-MOSC-/350917927202?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item51b456a122

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed Comic Book 3-pack Scarlett Snake Eyes Kwinn MOSC!!!http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-I-Joe-Larry-Hama-Signed-Comic-Book-3-pack-Scarlett-Snake-Eyes-Kwinn-MOSC-/350917932105?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item51b456b449

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed 3-pack Baroness Cobra Commander Cobra Trooper MOSC!!!http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-I-Joe-Larry-Hama-Signed-3-pack-Baroness-Cobra-Commander-Cobra-Trooper-MOSC-/350917933830?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item51b456bb06

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Collection Signed 25th Comic Pack Scarlett & Hawk MOSC!!!http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-I-Joe-Larry-Hama-Collection-Signed-25th-Comic-Pack-Scarlett-Hawk-MOSC-/350917936121?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item51b456c3f9

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed VvV two-pack Cobra B.A.T. II v 3.2 & BAT v 4 MOSC!!!http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-I-Joe-Larry-Hama-Signed-VvV-two-pack-Cobra-B-A-T-II-v-3-2-BAT-v-4-MOSC-/350917940558?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item51b456d54e

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Collection Signed VvV two-pack Snake Eyes Storm Shadow MOSC!http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-I-Joe-Larry-Hama-Collection-Signed-VvV-two-pack-Snake-Eyes-Storm-Shadow-MOSC-/350917943471?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item51b456e0af

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Collection Signed VvV two-pack Duke & Venomous Maximus MOSC!http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-I-Joe-Larry-Hama-Collection-Signed-VvV-two-pack-Duke-Venomous-Maximus-MOSC-/350917945081?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item51b456e6f9

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Collection Signed VvV two-pack Gung-Ho & Wild Weasel MOSC!!!http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-I-Joe-Larry-Hama-Collection-Signed-VvV-two-pack-Gung-Ho-Wild-Weasel-MOSC-/350917946701?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item51b456ed4d

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Collection Signed VvV two-pack Kamakura & Storm Shadow MOSC!http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-I-Joe-Larry-Hama-Collection-Signed-VvV-two-pack-Kamakura-Storm-Shadow-MOSC-/350917948510?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item51b456f45e

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed VvV two-pack Dr. Link Talbot & Night Creeper MOSC!!!http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-I-Joe-Larry-Hama-Signed-VvV-two-pack-Dr-Link-Talbot-Night-Creeper-MOSC-/350917949321?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item51b456f789

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed VvV two-pack Sand Scorpion & Razor Trooper MOSC!!!http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-I-Joe-Larry-Hama-Signed-VvV-two-pack-Sand-Scorpion-Razor-Trooper-MOSC-/350917952558?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item51b457042e

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed Spy Troops two-pack Kamakura & Night Creeper MOSC!!!http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-I-Joe-Larry-Hama-Signed-Spy-Troops-two-pack-Kamakura-Night-Creeper-MOSC-/350917956554?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item51b45713ca

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed Valor vs. Venom Barrel Roll w/ Air Assault MOSC!!!http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-I-Joe-Larry-Hama-Signed-Valor-vs-Venom-Barrel-Roll-w-Air-Assault-MOSC-/350917967774?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item51b4573f9e

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Collection Signed Valor vs. Venom Dart & Gun Station MOSC!!!http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-I-Joe-Larry-Hama-Collection-Signed-Valor-vs-Venom-Dart-Gun-Station-MOSC-/350917970071?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item51b4574897

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed Valor vs. Venom Snake Eyes & Ninja Lightning MOSC!!!http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-I-Joe-Larry-Hama-Signed-Valor-vs-Venom-Snake-Eyes-Ninja-Lightning-MOSC-/350917972086?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item51b4575076

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed Valor vs. Venom Storm Shadow & Ninja Lightning MOSC!http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-I-Joe-Larry-Hama-Signed-Valor-vs-Venom-Storm-Shadow-Ninja-Lightning-MOSC-/350917973480?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item51b45755e8

G.I. Joe vs. Cobra Larry Hama Signed Sgt. Stalker vs. Neo-Viper Commander MOSC!http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-I-Joe-vs-Cobra-Larry-Hama-Signed-Sgt-Stalker-vs-Neo-Viper-Commander-MOSC-/350917977346?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item51b4576502

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed Collection 1993 Battle Corps Cobra Commander MOSC !!!http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-I-Joe-Larry-Hama-Signed-Collection-1993-Battle-Corps-Cobra-Commander-MOSC-/350917984696?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item51b45781b8

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed Collection vintage 1989 Snake Eyes v3 MOC MOSC !!!http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-I-Joe-Larry-Hama-Signed-Collection-vintage-1989-Snake-Eyes-v3-MOC-MOSC-/350917986507?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item51b45788cb

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed Collection vintage 1992 Ninja Force Storm Shadow MOC!http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-I-Joe-Larry-Hama-Signed-Collection-vintage-1992-Ninja-Force-Storm-Shadow-MOC-/350917987818?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item51b4578dea

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed Collection vintage 1993 Ninja Force Snake Eyes MOC!!!http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-I-Joe-Larry-Hama-Signed-Collection-vintage-1993-Ninja-Force-Snake-Eyes-MOC-/350917989016?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item51b4579298

G.I. Joe Convention Exclusive Larry Hama Signed 2008 Hotwire B.A.T. Mechanic !!!

G.I. Joe Convention Exclu. Larry Hama Signed 2008 Low-Light Long Arm Shockblast!

Holiday shopping alert – Larry Hama signed items and cover sketch!

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero 195 cover sketch

As the holiday season approaches, consumers everywhere are left with the dilemma of what to get for those friends and family members on their respective lists.  Even more perplexing can be the question: “What do you get for the G.I. Joe fan on your holiday list?”  Well, thanks to Joe fan and published author Mark Bellomo, this might have become a lot easier.

As of last night, Mark opened the floodgates and has listed a plethora of Joe-themed goodness up on internet auction site Ebay.  However, what makes a lot of these items truly unique is that they are signed by the “godfather of G.I. Joe Larry Hama”– and many of them come from his private collection!  In corresponding with Mark he’s revealed at even more items are coming– just keep an eye out on  his eBay page for future updates.

Check out the Joe goodness that is listed!

Normally this type of news wouldn’t make the front page here at JBL but for a chance to own something truly unique– a piece signed by Larry Hama himself– well, we’ll make an exception.

Yet, as as they say in the infomercials: “But wait, there’s more!” There is something even cooler on Ebay as well– Larry Hama himself has listed the original cover sketch for IDW Publishing’s G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #195!  With just over a day remaining, here’s a great chance to own a real piece of G.I. Joe history with a piece that features Shockwave, Lady Jaye, and the ever-popular Roadblock!


New G.I. Joe carded artwork poster available from 3DJoes.com!

3DJoes.com 1982 - 1985 card art poster project.

3DJoes.com 1982 – 1985 card art poster project.

Here at JBL, we’re suckers for good G.I. Joe artwork and the website 3DJoes.com.  So, imagine the utter glee that was experienced by one admin in particular when the following announcement went up on 3DJoes regarding their recent carded artwork poster project!

Carded 3DJoes” posters are here!

The first “Carded 3DJoes” poster is here! It features every single carded figure from 1982-1985. That’s 49 unforgettable Joes and Cobras on one 24″x36″ poster!Paper details: All 3DJoes posters are printed on 65 lb. sterling premium gloss paper stock. According to my printer, 65 pound paper is the thickest you can use and still roll them without creasing or damaging. It wont easily crease, pinch, or wrinkle. These posters are definitely frame worthy, but the paper is thick enough that if you just want to tack them up, that will work too.

Printing details: We use a four color printing process (CMYK), not digital. Four color prints are much higher quality than digital laser prints. To see behind the scenes at the printer, check out my “3DJoes of the 80s” album on Facebook.

Cost: All 3DJoes posters are an even $20 a piece, plus an estimated $9 for shipping. Comic/Collectibles dealers: please contact me for bulk purchase discounts. Orders of 20 or more are half off!

Why: Proceeds will help pay the $80/month that I’m paying to Arqball for their pro subscription. More info on that here: Pricing » Arqball Spin Blog  Fan response has been great and visitors enjoyed 47,000 spins last month, so hopefully I’ll sell plenty of posters!

Wow!  1982 – 1985 were considered by many to be the peak years of the original A Real American Hero toy line.  These were the years that introduced fans to most of the line’s core characters from Snake Eyes to Cobra Commander to Firefly to Shipwreck to the Dreadnoks!  49 nine of your favorite characters stunningly reproduced on heavy card stock in a gorgeous 24 x 36 image?  This promotion already had me at “poster” but the fact that this is also helping to offset site maintenance costs for 3DJoes.com just makes it a complete no-brainer!Seriously– we’re moving into third quarter now and that means holiday shopping has begun.  (Or, at least, you might want to think about getting started.)  What better gift for the Joe fan in your life than one of these posters hanging proudly on the wall of their office/den/Joe room!

Check out the “Carded Joes 82 – 85” page over at 3DJoes.com for ordering information!

G.I. Joe Retaliation Wave 3.5 reviews are coming…

“The best laid plans of mice and men”… it seems to be a mantra around JBL lately.

I had been planning on getting reviews posted of G.I. Joe Retaliation wave 3.5 shortly after Coil Con IV as I was able to procure a good supply from Kokomo Toys.  However, WordPress issues and work wackiness seemed to be facets of a multi-pronged attack by Cobra to prevent any new content from going live on the site.

Thankfully– the site seems to be functioning normally now and things at the office have died down a bit.  (What?  This ISN’T my day job?!)  So, it’s back to shooting images and getting the reviews ready.   So far wave 3.5 seems to be limited to online stores with limited sighting at retail.  In my area (Central Illinois) the line has been dropped by both Target and Kmart (yes, we still have a few) while Walmart has scaled it back to just a pair of pegs reserved for the figures.  Toys R Us has yet to restock and hopefully won’t just jump to wave 4.

It’s an interesting time to be a Joe collector as the movie’s delay until March seems to have thrown off Hasbro’s entire time frame for product.   The three new figures in wave 4 are going to prove particularly elusive as they’re packed in a case with figures that have been out for months now.  The sole troop builder the Cobra Night Viper is starting to command premium prices on Ebay and many online stores are already sold out.

However, all is not bleak on the western toy front– the GIJCC’s FSS 2 should be shipping before too long giving fans SOMETHING new to add to their collection and Hasbro’s Derryl DePriest promised that Toy Fair 2014 will hold a few surprises for fans.    It gives us all a chance to catch our breath after the onslaught that was G.I. Joe Retaliation– a line that was produced in far more conservative numbers than it’s cinematic predecessor.

So, reviews will continue here in the coming weeks.  I’ve got some back-end work to do on the review page templates to make them “less archaic” but there’s a ton of product sitting in my “to do” pile that is just begging for some attention.  (Plus now that I have Kwinn in hand I really want to review the Club’s Dr. Venom figure!  “The bear is angry with the weasel!”)

So, stay tuned to JBL.  More new content IS indeed coming!

g.i. joe retaliation wave 3.5

6 days until G.I. Joe Retaliation – Cobra Commander’s battle helmet

Twitziller counts down the final few days until G.I. Joe Retaliation with today’s reason to be excited – Cobra Commander’s battle helmet.

G.I. Joe Retaliation Cobra Commmander battle helmet

Let’s face it- Cobra Commander looked ridiculous in Rise of Cobra.  His mask, seen on screen for all of 5 minutes, resembled a silver bed pan more than anything he’d ever worn before.  Thankfully the production designers this time paid attention to the source material and the incredible Retaliation Cobra Commander was born.  Now if they can just erase that whole “Rex Lewis” garbage from existence.

Check out the recent JBL Review of the G.I. Joe Retaliation Cobra Commander and peruse the rest of Twitziller’s images below: