No, you’re not seeing things: JBL has finally posted the FSS 5 Scoop & Ambush reviews!
Chris and Fred have been whittling down the tremendous backlog of FSS reviews that has build up here at JBL over the past few months. Long since photographed and written, our two interpid reviews finally take a look at two DiC-era Joes: Scoop and Ambush. (Or, as Fred likes to refer to them: “Giraffe Boy & the Tangerine Dream“…)
They’re two Joes from the second-era of G.I. Joe animation that have been both been long overdue from an update. However, was it worth the wait? Do our intrepid reviews find this DiC duo to be worthwhile purchases? Does Deadpool rear his scarred head once more in another gratuitous cameo?
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 TUNDRA RANGER
Code Name: SGT. 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 →
The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club gives fans a Black Friday surprise in the form of FSS 7 Budo!
G.I. JOE SAMURAI WARRIOR
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 Samurai” Ken Watanabe and more of a melding of traditional samurai with the modern world. As such, that figure never worked for me. Continue reading →
With the forthcoming holiday, the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club dropped the latest FSS 7 preview early: Tiger Force Jinx!
G.I. JOE TIGER FORCE NINJA
Code Name: KIM “JINX” ARASHIKAGE
(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.
Maintaining their current Tuesday/Thursday schedule, the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club has unveiled the preview of FSS 7 Tomax!
EXTENSIVE ENTERPRISES CEO
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 →
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 →
The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club has dropped another FSS 7 preview: Dreadnok Kaos!
DREADNOK SALVAGE CREW
Code Name: DREADNOK KAOS
(Inspired by the unreleased “concept case” action figure.)
Includes: removable harness, pistol, bolo,
wrist crossbow, machete, and figure stand.
Ladies and Joe fans– feast your eyes on Jason Voorhies! Um…. I mean… Dreadnok Kaos!
All kidding aside, this figure has been on some fans’ “most wanted” radar ever since his first reveal as part of the Concept Case from Joe Con 2012. He’s got a very Dreadnok look with the rugby/web gear from the 2011 Thrasher (or “Thunder” as Hasbro dubbed it) and the Road Pig crossbow that was finally released as part of the Danger in the Docks set. The original Dreadnoks were inspired by the Marauders in the Road Warrior and this design is in keep with that aesthetic.
I do have to laugh at the fact that he was a machete and hockey mask. I know he’s supposed to be a troop builder but for the love of Colton’s Ghost please let his birthplace be listed at “Crystal Lake”. Continue reading →