The final shipment of G.I. Joe FSS 4 is inbound! That’s right Joe fans, Tiger Force Outback and Sneak Peek are on their way to subscribers as I type this. However, this shipment is also noteworthy for containing the “Mysterious 13th Figure” whose identity remained cloaked under a veil of G.I. Joe Collector’s Club secrecy– until now. Thanks to Alyosha of BrokenArrowToys.com, we have images of this final shipment!
First, let’s take a look at the two figures we knew were coming– Tiger Force Outback and Tiger Force Sneak Peek.
Tiger Force Outback:
I look at Tiger Force Outback and I hear the immortal words of Winston Zedmore from the original Ghostbusters film:
“Man, I have seen $#!% that will turn you WHITE!”
If you’ve been reading the comics in the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club monthly magazines then you’ve likely read the Club’s rationale for why Outback is suddenly a candidate for the position of Grecian Formula spokesman. According to those comics, after the events of the Compound Z incident, Stuart Selkirk found his hair irrevocably changed due to the exposure to the Z+ formula. As cheesy as that might sound, it’s honestly the best explanation for why he went from being a ginger in 1987 to a Santa Claus stand-in in 1990. In addition, he’s sporting a styling new head which looks a bit less like Chuck Norris than the 2009 25th Anniversary version did. Plus he now has hinged wrists!
Tiger Force Sneak Peek:
I feel like I start off every single Tiger Force review or article with the phrase “I’m not a big fan of Tiger Force.” However, I have to say that it’s good to see both Sneak Peek FINALLY see representation in the generation 3 construction style and the color orange being used for Tiger Force. (Chris and I discuss this in the “Peril in Paradise” reviews that I’ve yet to post. I know… the admin sucks…) Much like Outback, Sneak Peek underwent a bit of a color change from his debut in 1987 to his 1991 European Tiger Force release. The Club version is pretty faithful to the European color scheme– and it’s surprisingly solid. (Did I just start to warm up to Tiger Force? Say it ain’t so!) I do like the fact that we got a newly tooled periscope and can only hope that we also see both a standard and a Night Force version of Sneak Peek in the near future! After all, my Joe Con 2013 Nocturnal Fire set isn’t going to complete itself!
And now, the moment that folks have been waiting for– the reveal of the 13th figure. If you don’t want to know… turn back now!
This silver-hued beauty arrived late last week and to celebrate the Breaux Show put together a short assembly video of this Joe Con 2016 exclusive item. While the general construction of the jet is familiar to most Joe fans through its multiple releases over the past few years, the time-lapse video really shows off the color scheme and deco of the Sky Patrol Skystriker!
The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club really hit one out of the park this year with the Pythona membership renewal figure and attendees of Joe Con 2016 were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to by special carded versions while at the event in Loveland, CO a few weeks ago. Now, members who weren’t able to make the trek to Colorado also have the opportunity to snag a carded Pythona of their very own!
I won’t sugar coat it– I love this figure. (As you can tell from the review we posted about three weeks ago.) She’s absolutely worth owning – both as a modern construction figure and as piece of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero history. Considering that this is the first-ever figure of the Cobra-La Emissary/Assassin, this figure probably won’t stick around forever.
However, the Club isn’t just catering to the 1:18 crowd. The latest additions to the Club store also include two options for acquiring the KILLER 1:6 updated Mike Power action figure! The Atomic Man and his accessory set can be purchased individually or bundled together at a moderate savings.
If you’re going shopping, here are some handy direct links. (Good for you, bad for your wallet.) Each item is limited to one per membership.
That’s right Joe fans– the remaining inventory of the silver finish Joe Con 2016 Sky Patrol Skystrikers are now up for sale to anyone with a Club membership. They’re limited to two per member and each jet will set you back a cool $160.00 but for fans who were debating purchasing one on Ebay this is your chance to get one for retail!
Here’s the official verbiage describing this latest reissue of the G.I. Joe F-14 Tomcat:
LIMITED TO 2 PER MEMBERSHIP.
The Cobra Air Force won’t know what hit them with the Sky Patrol Sky Striker (XP-26) Combat Jet! This fantastic 3 3/4-inch scale aircraft has tons of moving parts and amazing detail. The Limited Edition convention exclusive Sky Patrol Sky Striker features a unique silver color scheme and has wings that sweep in and out, working landing gear and removable missile accessories.
Vehicle and accessories are packed in a silver metallic display box (Figure Not Included)
The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club has completed the Joe Con 2016 Roundtable panel and it was a doozy!
Perhaps the biggest news of Joe Con 2016 concerning the Club came from the Hasbro panel held earlier in the day where it was revealed that Hasbro has decided to continue its relationship with Fun Publications through 2018. Despite rumors and all evidence to the contrary earlier this year, the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club has a two-year lease on life! Whatever transpired in the months since the Club announced that all memberships would end on December 31, 2016 it certainly seemed to be beneficial for the folks at Fun Publications. (Did the Save G.I. Joe petition have any impact?)
Next year’s convention will be June 15 – 18, 2017 at Walt Disney World!
However, the most pressing question on the minds of most G.I. Joe fans out there was “What is the line-up for FSS 5?”
Here are the “Quick Notes” from today’s panel…. including this year’s FSS announcement!
Brian Savage, David Lane, Lanny Lathem, and Pete Sinclair take the stage.
Contract for the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club has been extended for two more years. The Club, FSS, and convention will continue through 2018.
Membership renewals will turn back on later this week.
If your membership ran out in May & June, go to the store, login, and add it to your cart. It should reapply to your account.
Contract was initially NOT renewed. However, this was changed and Brian thanked the fandom for their support, including the petition from Joe Colton. Derryl DePriest is acknowledged as the person who turned things around for the Club.
The renewal only took place in the last two weeks.
Joe Con 2016 registration night has begun and the Golden Ticket holders are picking up their sets. That means the line for the souvenirs at the Club Store is queuing up and we now have our first images of this year’s souvenirs! Thanks to Mike Tinnel of the G.I. Joe Discussion Facebook Group, I’ve mirrored some images below.
I have to say– ANOTHER Skystriker?!!! Plus a repaint of the RoC Skysweeper jet (which itself is a repurposed Firebat), a pair of Air Assault gliders, and faction-changed 2003 Skysweeper jet? Fans of the late 1990’s era are going to LOVE this set but the more military-minded folks might just consider saving their pennies.
We’ll have more images from Joe Con 2016 as they become available! Stay tuned for more Joe Con 2016 Armchair Coverage from JBL!
So, how’s Scarlett looking? To the eyes of this Joe fan, pretty good! I see the Renegades Scarlett head and what appears to be the upper torso of the Retaliation Jinx combined with the arms of the SDCC Zarana figure. The upper legs might be from the 25th Anniversary Scarlett and the boots, well, those are a mystery right now. It looks to be a solid parts combination that does a pretty decent job of recreating the original 1993 Ninja Force Scarlett figure while still following the Club’s pattern of primarily reusing existing parts.
Sadly, this year it wasn’t in the cards for the JBL admin to attend what is Fun Publications final year as administrator of the annual G.I. Joe Collector’s Convention. While I’ll miss not being able to catch up with some old friends and getting to see the new product reveals at Saturday’s Hasbro panel, it doesn’t mean that JBL will be going dark throughout the weekend.
Instead, we’ll be doing our best to provide comprehensive coverage of the event, thanks to the efforts of all of the other individuals attending. We’ll provide links to coverage as it goes up on sites from HISSTank.com, to ToyNewsI.com, and even our fellow “at home” correspondants over at GeneralsJoes.com.
Sure, you’ll get some commentary along the way but that’s just part of the experience. Coverage of this year’s event will be archived on the 2016 G.I. Joe Collector’s Convention page.
Now, on to the news!
Wednesday Golden Ticket Package Pickup:
Tonight was intended to be the Golden Ticket package pickup in which those individuals who spent the extra $300 to purchase the “Joe Con Speed Pass” get a first crack at their sets and at the bonus attendee exclusive item. However, it was announced by the folks from Fun Publications that their “shipment was delayed at customs and then held up due to a sick driver” and that, hopefully, items will arrive by tomorrow and the Golden Ticket pickup will be at 3pm, with the rest attendee registration beginning at 6pm MST.
The t-shirts and the comics were on hand but were not permitted to be released until the sets arrive.
That’s all we know for now… so stay tuned to JBL for more Joe Con 2016 coverage!
The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Pythona review is live!
Seriously, I can scarely believe that I’m typing the words “Pythona review.” Since her debut in G.I. Joe: The Movie nearly 30 years ago, this deadly emissary/assassin from the mysterious kindgom of Cobra-La has been on the top of G.I. Joe fans’ wishlists. Thanks to the folks at the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club, this long sought-after femme fatale is finally making her way into the displays of Joe fans everywhere as the 2016 membership renewal figure.
Was she worth the wait? Did the Club deliver the good this time around? Does Deadpool make yet another gratuitous cameo? Do Fred and Chris finally completely agree on a figure? Will I ever stop asking questions and get to the Pythona review?
Okay, yes, these have been arriving for a few days now. The JBL admin was hoping that his Pythona would have arrived by now so that I could shoot some actual in-hand photos. Sadly, the US Postal Service seems to have other plans. Thankfully, my writing partner-in-crime Chris Chung came through with a couple of photos last night. Plus, the “Legendary” Tom Brooks snapped a few killer photos that he posted on Facebook last night.