The first Joe Con 2017 preview is live and it’s Battle Force 2000 Maverick!
G.I. JOE BF 2000 SQUAD LEADER:
Thomas “Maverick” Kiley
– 25th Anniversary Style/Fully Poseable Action Figure.
– 1st Modern Era Release of Character based on 1987 design.
– Includes removable Helmet, Vest and Pistol, Re-tool of iconic
Semi-Automatic Machine Pistol, and G.I. Joe Logo Stand.
(Note: Photo depicts action figure mock-up and final product may slightly differ.)
Whoa! I must have stepped into a strange parallel universe– possibly the one seen in World’s Without End! Literally the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club has reached into my brain to pull out a darn-near perfect Maverick build! I love the reuse of the “jet pack” Resolute Duke helmet! The newly tooled web gear is a solid match for the 1987 Maverick design and the retool of his unique machine pistol is just terrific. Sure, these are initial photos but I’m digging them!
Bring on more Battle Force 2000!!!
This year’s theme is a perfect fusion of man vs. machine as it seems that the oft-maligned and yet still fan-favorite Battle Force 2000 will be going toe-to-toe with a force of Cobra BATs! Here’s the official description of the set’s theme from the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club:
FORCE OF BATTLE 2000!
We’re celebrating the 30th anniversary of the G.I. JOE BF 2000 team with this untold
tale of the original team members from a recently declassified special mission.
The G.I. JOE BF 2000 team is the walking, breathing proving grounds for tomorrow’s battlefield technology today!
These highly trained specialists are entrusted with one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art prototype weapons. Their mission
is to field-test experimental equipment under battlefield conditions.
COBRA has developed a new laser weapon system so dangerous that it threatens the safety of the entire planet!
The G.I. JOE: BF 2000 team is called into action and must travel through the Pacific Northwest into British Columbia to dismantle the operation.
What they don’t know is that COBRA is ready for them with a battalion of their upgraded B.A.T. (Battle Android Troopers) guarding their base.
This G.I. JOE team will be fighting against insurmountable odds, and must pull their individual specialties together to battle these deadly threats.
Will the cold and calculated programming of the COBRA B.A.T. SQUAD LEADER be the end of this G.I. JOE team?
For more information on this year’s G.I. Joe Con 2017 event, head on over to gijoecon.com!
It’s that time again– when subscribers to the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Figure Subscription Service eagerly start checking their mailboxes and front porches on a daily basis. That’s right Joe fans, G.I. Joe FSS 5 shipment 1 is on its way and, thanks to Alyosha of both Broken Arrow Toys and the newly-formed Chicken Fried Toys, we’ve got images of this first shipment!
For those of you who wish to remain “unspoiled” in this age of information overload, turn back now. We’re going to highlight just exactly who is in this first shipment.
The latest issue of the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club magazine reveals the upcoming female Cobra Trooper figures!
During Joe Con 2016, the Club announced that a brand-new three pack would be coming. Designed to work alongside the Toys R Us exclusive (and somewhat elusive) Cobra Legions three-pack Cobra Officer, female Cobra Troopers would be available for order some time in 2016/2017. Thanks to HissTank.com forum user Bluemax, we have our first look at these upcoming additions to the ranks of Cobra.
Okay, the details on the female Cobra Troopers:
Preorder is “coming soon”
Figures will be polybagged
each figure includes a rifle, pistol, knife, stand, and removable helmet
Three different hair colors will be included
At first glance, these look pretty good. The helmet seems to be a straight re-release of the 2007 Night Stalker from the Tanks for the Memories set. The upper torso seems to be another reuse from the 2016 Pythona figure. For the arms, lower torso and legs the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club opted to use parts from the Rise of Cobra Agent Helix figure. I do miss the painted knee-pads of the classic Cobra Trooper design and I’m not certain why the sleeves are sculpted rolled up but that’s more of a design aesthetic preference. I do wonder why the face masks are red instead of “Sunbow black.” Continue reading →
It’s that time of year again– when the folks at the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club take a look at their warehouse and decide that it’s time to lighten the inventory. Old items need to go to make way for future product and so the sales begin!
This year there are a few items of note on the sale list including Joe Con exclusives and some of the G.I. Joe vs. Transformers items. A few highlights include:
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!
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.”
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!
With only one more reveal to go, the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club unveils the G.I. Joe FSS 5 Steel Raven!
S.K.A.R. INFANTRY OFFICER: STEEL RAVEN
(Based on the G.I. Joe: Extreme animated series character and GIJCC comic stories!)
Includes: removable hat & jacket, sub machine gun, auto pistols x 2, computer pad, and figure stand.
NOTE: All images are Photoshop representations, final product, accessories and/or colors may vary!
Interesting… very interesting.
I’m going to admit it now– I don’t know much about the character of Steel Raven. I know that she had 2 – 3 appearances in Season 1 of G.I. Joe Extreme before becoming a more prominent character in Season 2. (Despite the fact that I own a fan-produced copy of the series on DVD I’ve only ever watched a few episodes of the series.) I also know that she’s been featured more recently in the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club magazine comics as part of the “runaway Mindbender” story. Aside from this, she’s a bit of a blank slate for me– and that’s just fine. After all, wasn’t part of the original mandate of the FSS to produce figures that fans may have never seen before?
The parts combination seems pretty solid. I’m not quite feeling the disparity in the placement of the brown for her overcoat between the upper and lower torso but that could just be a result of the Photoshop mockup. It’s hard to tell if that’s the same head that was used for Crimson Asp from the 2013 Nocturnal Fire set or not. (My gut instinct says that the Club would have called out any newly tooled parts had they been used.) Still, overall I’m digging it.