FSS 7 General Hawk soars into view!

The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club reveals another preview from FSS 7.  Look up– it’s General Hawk!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS 7 General Hawk

G.I. JOE COMMANDER
Code Name: GENERAL HAWK

(Inspired by the 1991 action figure.)
Includes: removable helmet, harness with holster,
pistol, rifle, glider backpack with pop-out wings,
detachable rockets x 2, and figure stand.

Holy cow – it’s the DiC era 1991 General Hawk and he’s looking pretty good!

I like the reuse of the helmet and the backpack from the 2011 Pursuit of Cobra Skydive.  Aside from the 2016 Sky Patrol convention set, these parts haven’t seen an excessive number of reuses.  The Retaliation Cobra Trooper web gear is a pretty decent match for the original 1991 tooling and the colors look pretty spot-on.  During last week’s Just Another G.I. Joe Show, I had pegged this figure as a “maybe”, depending on how the preview turned out.  As of now, he’s just shot up to a “Yes, please!”

Now, the real question is: whose head is underneath that helmet?  Hopefully the Club will use the 25th General Hawk noggin to keep the character’s appearance consistent. Otherwise, I could see the Resolute boxed set Duke head as a viable alternative.

Either way– I’m digging this build!

For those who are keeping score, here’s the roster of FSS 7:

  • Arctic Cobra Commander – based on the cancelled two-pack version
  • Budo – G.I. Joe Samurai
  • Crystal Ball – Cobra Hypnotist
  • Dreadnok Salvage Crew – Code name: Dreadnok Kaos
  • Dusty & Sandstorm (v3) – DiC era Desert Trooper and coyote
  • General Hawk (1991) – DiC era jet pack version
  • Ice Viper Officer – based on the Club’s Flaming Moth version
  • Kangor – International repaint of Big Boa
  • Stalker (Tundra Ranger) – DiC era cold weather version with kayak
  • Treadmark (aka Skidmark) – the Desert Fox driver returns
  • Tiger Force Kim “Jinx” Arashikage – based on the 2003 six-pack version
  • Tomax – inspired by the Shattered Glass/Sunbow look

The FSS 7 page is LIVE now!  The cost of the thirteen figure set (including the bonus piece) is $375.00 plus shipping. Place your order prior to December 4, 2017  and keep your eyes peeled to GIJoeClub.com for more previews.

G.I. Joe FSS 5 drops the scoop on Scoop!

The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club drops another G.I. Joe FSS 5 preview today and it’s Scoop!

G.I. Joe FSS 5 Scoop

G.I. JOE COMBAT JOURNALIST: SCOOP
(Based on the classic 1989 action figure!)

Includes: removable vest, radio, broadcast camera, microphone, assault rifle, knife, pistol, and figure stand.

NOTE: All images are Photoshop representations, final product, accessories and/or colors may vary!

Back in 1989, the minds behind G.I. Joe introduced the concept of an embedded reporter to America’s daring highly-trained special mission force.  Based on NBC reporter Mike Leonard, the 1989 release of Scoop was distinctive for both his bright yellow jumpsuit (a fashion trend later co-opted by April O’Neil?) and his giant TV camera.

For the G.I. Joe FSS 5 version, we’re seeing the familiar Resolute Duke web gear placed over the top of what appears to be the Retaliation Firefly torso with PoC Lifeline body parts combination and topped off with the 2016 Joe Con Sky Patrol Airborne head.  Toss in the 25th DVD pack #5 TV camera and you’ve got the makings for good ole Scoop!

I’m hoping that the colors are just off on this preview as Scoop’s jumpsuit looks WAY more orange than yellow.  As these are just photoshop mock-ups that is likely to be the case.  Otherwise, this would appear to be an attempt at a Tiger Force take on the team’s reporter.  While I miss the removable helmet of the original figure, this one is pretty decent.

It’s still a better looking build than yesterday’s Salvo reveal!

To subscribe to the FSS, head on over to GIJoeClub.com and JBL for more G.I. Joe FSS 5 reveals and news! Continue reading

G.I. Joe FSS 4 shipment 4 is inbound!

G.I. Joe FSS 4 Shipment 4 has shipped!

G.I. Joe FSS 4 shipment

In the words of Pavel Chekhov from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country:

“Guess who’s coming to dinner!”

It’s been three weeks since the last shipment from G.I. Joe FSS 4 and the Collector’s Club is staying pretty true to their word about the frequency of shipping.  A few subscribers have already started to receive the latest shipment and, thanks to the ever-generous Alyosha of BrokenArrowToys.com, we’ve got images of the latest arrivals.

For those of you who prefer to be surprised, turn away now as were going to reveal who’s in the G.I. Joe FSS 4 box after the jump! Continue reading

G.I Joe FSS 4 Review: Jammer & Pathfinder

G.I. Joe FSS 4 Review Jammer & Pathfinder

It’s time for another G.I. Joe FSS 4 Review!

One’s a DiC era Jungle Warfare specialist with a penchant for heavy machine guns and landscaping equipment!  The other’s UK Z-Force communication specialist that bears a striking resemblance to the G.I. Joe team‘s original Ranger from Detroit.  Together, they keep the world safe for freedom!  That’s right Joe fans– this month’s G.I. Joe FSS 4 Review odd couple is none other than Pathfinder and Jammer!

It’s been nearly two weeks since the last G.I. Joe Collector’s Club FSS 4 boxes arrived in the mailboxes of subscribers.  Chris and Fred took these figures and once again put them under the G.I. Joe FSS 4 review lens– and this time they even brought along a special consultant on one of the figures!

Are these two worth picking up? Do Chris and Fred find anything to agree on?  Does Deadpool continue his string of gratuitous cameo appearances?  These questions will indeed be answered in the latest G.I. Joe FSS 4 Review installments.  Check out both Jammer & Pathfinder over on the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Review Index!

 

DiC G.i. Joe Series on Clearance

G.I. Joe: Series 2, Vol 2

The DiC G.I. Joe animated series is now 70% off!

In my haste this morning to post the links to the complete Sunbow series sale I missed another bit of G.I. Joe animation that is on an ever deeper clearance– the DiC G.I. Joe series is also getting the close-out treatment.  With low stock remaining, the two volumes of the second G.I. Joe animated series are 70% off. Continue reading

G.I. Joe Retaliation meets DiC in this video mash-up!

g.i. joe retaliation flag

I make no bones about the fact that I loved G.I. Joe Retaliation.  The film dropped in theatres a few days before my “milestone” birthday and complete washed away the bad taste that was left by G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.  This was how a G.I. Joe SHOULD have been done and it succeeded in spite of the fact that it had to acknowledge the missteps of its predecessor.  Months later, my review of Retaliation still stands and I cannot wait to  snag the film when it hits Blu-Ray and DVD later this month.

I’ve also made it known that when it comes to G.I. Joe animation I’m a fan of Sunbow over DiC.  (As is MOST of the fandom.)  However, sometimes in life you stumble across a combination that is so different that it just works.  Much like the whole “you got your peanut butter on my chocolate…” ads from years ago, I saw this on Facebook earlier today and thought “Hey, you got your DiC on my Retaliation!”  Yet, the combination really really works.   So, while you’re waiting for Retaliation end up legally in your video collection in just 18 days, check out this awesome video mash-up!

G.I. Joe Retaliation hits stores on July 30, 2013!

DVD: G.I. Joe Series 2 season 2 hits shelves TOMORROW!

Just a reminder in the midst of all of the pre-SDCC hype that G.I. Joe has a new DVD dropping tomorrow!  Fans of the DiC animated series will soon be able to complete their collection as Shout Factory releases G.I. Joe Series 2, season 2 on July 10, 2012!

G.I. Joe: Series 2, Vol 2

Let’s be honest– when compared to the Sunbow series, the DiC episodes of the 90’s left a lot to be desired.  The plots in season 2 of the second series were– well, let’s just say that “Kindergarten Commandos” sums it all up.  However, this series is also the only time that certain characters and character designs were ever featured in animation.  Characters like Pathfinder, Metalhead, Salvo, Bullhorn, Iron Grenadier Destro, and even the Ninja Force all made their first and only appearances during DiC’s tenure.  Plus, this volume has a short special feature with members of the Hasbro design team discussing their recollections of the series as well as the origin of the Python Patrol!

Check out this promo video for volume 1 and snag your copy at a local retailer tomorrow!  (Just don’t walk around chanting “Brainy Bradley!”  Seriously– not cool.)

Check out these recent reviews of the Season 2 release:

So, what do YOU think of Series 2?  Has it aged well?  Is it good cheesy fun or the abomination some fans claim?  Sound off!

 

 

DiC: G.I. Joe Series 2 Vol 2 coming in July on DVD

From the good folks at Shout! Factory comes the news that the final volume of the DiC animated series will be available in July!  That’s right– everyone can now own a legal copy of “Kindergarten Commandoes”… Brainy Bradley!  Brainy Bradley!

Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro, will release the G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero Series 2, Season 2 on DVD. This highly collectible 3-DVD set contains all 20 episodes from the complete second season and insightful bonus content. A must have for fans, collectors and animation enthusiasts to complete their home entertainment collection of this animated series, G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero Series 2, Season 2 DVD set arrives in stores everywhere and is priced to own at $ 29.93 SRP.

The battle rolls on in the final season of G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero Series 2! GENERAL HAWK returns with his new team of G.I. JOE heroes, ready to take on any challenge by COBRA, a ruthless criminal organization out for world domination. And COBRA COMMANDER’s clearly left the toughest challenges for last! Does G.I. JOE have what it takes to stop them? The popular second season of this series from 1991 sees the return of fan favorite characters including Duke, Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow in adventures more exciting than ever!

Bonus Feature:
Retrospective Featurette With The Hasbro Toy Team

Technical Information:
G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero Series 2, Season 2
Street Date: July 10, 2012
Discs: 3
General Audiences
Running Time: approx. +/- 7 hours
Video: Fullframe 1.33:1 – Preserving the aspect ration of its original broadcast
Audio: Original Mono

G.I. Joe: Series 2, Vol 2

Shout Factory issues DiC Season 1 press release

It seems we have some clarification about Shout Factory’s forthcoming release of the DiC G.I. Joe animated series.  According to a press release posted on TVShowsOnDVD.com, the January release will include only the first season of the second ARAH animated adventures.

I’ve owned a bootleg of this series for several years now and while it may not be on par with the Sunbow series in terms of both nostalgia and writing, the first season did have some fun episodes.    In fact, one of my favorites “I Found You… Evy” really cemented my interest in the character of Ambush– and made me wish that Master Collector had continued to included animated series characters in convention sets.  Who doesn’t want a female Range Viper, after all?

Regardless, check out the official press release below!

DiC Season 1

G.I. JOE FANS!

THE LONG-AWAITED COMPLETE FIRST SEASON
FROM THE 1990 G.I. JOE ANIMATED SERIES
WILL FINALLY HIT DVD SHELVES FOR THE FIRST TIME

G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO
SERIES 2, SEASON 1

Featuring All 24 Action-Packed Episodes and
Fan Favorite 5-Part Miniseries OPERATION DRAGONFIRE
in a Collectible 4-DVD Set

OWN IT ON DVD JANUARY 10, 2012
FROM SHOUT! FACTORY

October 31, 2011 – The incredible adventures of GENERAL HAWK, SGT. SLAUGHTER and their international team of heroes – known as G.I. JOE – continue! Together they defend the globe against COBRA, a ruthless organization led by COBRA COMMANDER, who is determined to conquer the world by any means necessary.

On January 10, 2012, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro, will unleash the G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero Series 2, Season 1 on DVD. This collectible 4-DVD set contains the entire 24 episodes from the complete first season, including the 5-part miniseries Operation Dragonfire. A must-have for heroes of all ages, G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero Series 2, Season 1 DVD set arrives in stores everywhere and is priced to own at $29.93 SRP.

In 1989, SGT. SLAUGHTER once again returned to battle against COBRA and DESTRO in the 5-part miniseries Operation Dragonfire; and the popular second series began airing thereafter. Loyal G.I. JOE fans and kids were also introduced to a group of new G.I. JOE heroes – CAPTAIN GRID-IRON, AMBUSH, PATHFINDER and villains – SERPENTOR, CESSPOOL, METAL-HEAD, GNAWGAHYDE, as well as new VIPER troops.

Now you can relive the adventures of second series of G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero from the beginning, including the miniseries that started it all – Operation Dragonfire!

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