G.I. Joe Club Female Cobra Troopers 3-pack review

G.I. Joe Collector's Club Female Cobra TroopersNo, you’re not seeing things.  A new review HAS been posted at JBL.  Really.  This is not an illusion, hoax, or #fakenews.  It’s the first of many to come as the admin works to update and reorganize the existing review indexes on the site!

In 2017, the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club released a three pack of figure that many fans feel is LONG overdue: the female Cobra Troopers!  There’s been a precedent for female troopers set in both cartoon and comic format and yet for years the ranks of the Cobra blue shirts were dominated by men.  However, in an age where the role of women in combat has evolved it seemed only natural that Cobra would keep pace.

Is this three pack worth getting?  Do these troops hold up to previous releases?  Does Deadpool make any sort of a cameo?  Find out in the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Female Cobra Trooper 3-pack review over at the revised G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Review Index!

While you’re at it– be sure to check out the updated G.I. Joe Collector’s Club FSS Review Index.  With the volume of figures released by the Club in the FSS it only seemed proper to split that series off into its own page.  We’ll have updated reviews there soon including: Ambush, Scoop, Raptor, Gaucho, Shattered Glass Tomax, Steel Raven, G.I. Jane, Captain Skip, Dojo, Crosshair, Payload, Night Stalker Commander, and Rampart!

Dreadnok Ground Assault 4WD and Heartwrencher revealed!

Christmas may have come and gone but the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club has one more present for members: the reveal of the Dreadnok Ground Assault 4WD and Heartwrencher!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club Heartwrencher Dreadnok Ground Assault

Wow… just wow… this one came out of nowhere!  Ever since it was announced at the Collector’s Club roundtable back in 2015, fans have speculated about the fate of the club exclusive Dreadnok Ground Assault 4WD with Heartwrencher figure.  Now, thanks to the our friend “Shattered Glass Jazz” we have a look at the preview of this upcoming set.  (Rick always gets his newsletters before anyone else.  I’m thinking he has “mob ties.”)

Let’s start with the driver Heartwrencher…   Continue reading

G.I. Joe FSS 7 Tundra Ranger Stalker preview is awesome!

The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club FSS 7 previews continue with a look at the mock-up for Tundra Ranger Stalker!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS 7 Tundra Ranger Stalker


(Inspired by the 1989 action figure.)
Includes: removable tactical vest, NEW hat, rifle,
knife, kayak with stabilizer, machine gun mount,
double-ended paddle, and figure stand.

“That guy’s AWESOME!”

That was the reaction by Scoop in the DiC mini-series Operation: Dragonfire the very first time Stalker deployed his Tundra Ranger kayak.

That statement might just hold true today with the reveal of the FSS 7 update to this classic 1989 Stalker design.  Sure, the Club is reusing some existing parts but that’s to be expected.  The Retaliation G.I. Joe Trooper legs are back– as is the head that was most recently used for the Tiger Force Stalker and the FSS Jammer figures.  However, the accessories are clearly the focus here– including a reproduction of the original cold weather outrigger kayak!  Continue reading

Is G.I. Joe FSS 7 Kangor a knockout?

The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club has a Cyber-Monday surprise in the form of FSS 7 Kangor!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS 7 Kangor

Code Name: KANGOR

(Inspired by the Brazilian exclusive action figure.)
Includes: removable harness, boxing gloves/hands,
dumbbell weights x 2, kangaroo, and figure stand.

Well, this preview of Kangor shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone!

Let’s be honest– the 2013 FSS 1 Big Boa was pretty much the best figure of that initial wave of Club offerings.  He was a perfect update of the original 1987 vintage Cobra Trainer— right down to the boxing gloves.  Since his release, he’s become one of the most sought-after FSS figures and commands big bucks on the secondary market.  Therefore, the Club made him available again but with a twist. Continue reading

G.I. Joe FSS 7 Budo stands with honor!

The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club gives fans a Black Friday surprise in the form of FSS 7 Budo!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS 7 Budo

Code Name: BUDO

(Inspired by the 1988 action figure.)
Features NEW head sculpt!
Includes: Samurai helmet, removable chest armor,
belt, sais x 2, swords x 2, and figure stand.

YES!!!!  FSS 7 Budo has finally been revealed!

Okay, it’s time for an unpopular opinion: I’m not a fan of the 2013 Retaliation Budo figure. It’s not a bad figure by any stretch of the imagination but it’s design is that of a historically accurate samurai– which isn’t what 1988’s Budo was all about. The original figure was less “The Last SamuraiKen Watanabe and more of a melding of traditional samurai with the modern world.  As such, that figure never worked for me.  Continue reading

G.I. Joe FSS 7 Tiger Force Jinx shows her stripes!

With the forthcoming holiday, the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club dropped the latest FSS 7 preview early: Tiger Force Jinx!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS 7 Tiger Force Jinx


(Inspired by the 2003 action figure.)
Features NEW head sculpt.
Includes: masked/unmasked heads, swords x 2,
dual sword sheath backpack, Naginata, and figure stand.

At long last– it’s Tiger Force Jinx!

This figure has been a bit of a no-brainer for some time now.  She’s been teased in the Club comics and she’s an easy build to boot.  Essentially, this is the SDCC exclusive Jinx with the deco of the 2003 Tiger Force six-pack version. It’s a simple build and yet amazingly effective– even if it does make her look like Cringer/Battle Cat from Masters of the Universe! Continue reading

Reflections on the G.I. Joe FSS 7 Tomax preview

Maintaining their current Tuesday/Thursday schedule, the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club has unveiled the preview of FSS 7 Tomax!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS 7 Tomax

Code Name: TOMAX

(Inspired by the Sunbow cartoon design.)
Features NEW head sculpt.
Includes: aerial platform with sky hook, auto pistol,
briefcase with warheads x 4, and figure stand.

This is the preview that shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone!

In FSS 6, fans were treated to the release of Shattered Glass Xamot.  While he was inspired by the character’s appearance in the club magazine comic, the design influence was clearly taken from the Sunbow cartoon series.  In those animated episodes, the “Crimson Twins” Tomax and Xamot wore business suits as often as they did their Crimson Guard uniforms.   Continue reading

G.I. Joe FSS 7 Skidmark stops you in your tracks!

The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club continues the FSS 7 previews with a look at Treadmark… uh… SKIDMARK!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS 7 Treadmark Skidmark


(Inspired by the 1988 action figure.)
Includes: removable vest, assault rifle, pistol,
combat knife, and figure stand.

Holy orange hunting vests, Batman!  Skidmark looks pretty good!

Okay, I’m just going to clarify this here and now.  While the stand says “Treadmark” we all know who this is.  It’s Skidmark; in fact, it’s a direct homage to the one and only 1988 Skidmark release. His code name was changed– maybe for legal reasons or maybe because his original name makes Joe fans giggle like a bunch of second graders.  Regardless, I’m just going to call him Skidmark from this point on. Continue reading

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


(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 Collector’s Club 2017 Membership Rock n Roll Revealed

The 2017 G.I. Joe Collector’s Club membership incentive Rock n Roll figure has been revealed!

2017 G.I. Joe Collector's Club Membership Incentive Rock & Roll figure

So, there is it is… our first look at the long await Rock n Roll membership incentive figure that was accounted at Joe Con 2017’s Club Roundtable.  In some ways he almost exactly what this Joe fan expected.

Let’s flash back to Joe Con 2013 and the unexpected unveiling of “Concept Case v2” – a small group of figures that was shown by onsite Hasbro personnel in the final hour of Saturday’s dealer’s room.  The reveals were impressive– new updates on classic versions of Destro, Flint, Storm Shadow v2, Leatherneck, and the greatest Marine of the Joe team: Gung-Ho.  (No bias here.) All of these have seen release through the now-defunct 50th Anniversary Line but one figure from those reveals never made it out– the update to the 1989 Rock n Roll v2. Continue reading