G.I. Joe FSS 3 Shipment 2 is Inbound!

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G.I. Joe FSS 3.0 Shipment 2 had deployed just under the wire to make the January deadline!

Yesterday on Facebook, Alyosha of BrokenArrowToys.com shared images of his new arrived FSS 3.0 shipment!  Yes, we’re going to discuss the figures so if you’re one of the few folks out there that want to be surprised, look away.  (Seriously– we’re not going to play games.  Figures will be named.)

Okay, still here?

It’s Slice and Muskrat!

FSS 3 shipment 2

I’ve mirrored some of Alyosha’s images of G.I. Joe FSS 3.0 shipment 2 below.  Note: his Slice figure arrived with two right arms including one arms that was altered seemingly at the factory level to appear to be normal.  (The thumb on the left arm was sliced off.  Ironic, eh?  “Sliced”?  Get it?  Never mind…)

Muskrat is a repaint of the 2013 Nocturnal Fire version and Slice seems to be primarily built on the Renegades Storm Shadow/ Retaliation Red Ninja body so, aside from the color scheme and the new head, there’s not a lot that fans already haven’t seen here.   Still, these two guys are inbound so subscribers should keep their eyes peeled toward their mailbox this week for the new arrivals from the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club.

As always, stay tuned to JBL for a new review of these figures once they arrive at JBL HQ!

G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Teases FSS Cobra Slice

With Botcon’s opening imminent, the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club previews of Figure Subscription Service 3.0 are happening later and later in the day.  Check out the Cobra ninja henchman – Slice!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS Cobra Slice

 

Slice & Dice go together like peanut butter and chocolate.  With the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club having already released Dice as part of the first FSS, it was only a matter of time until his partner showed up!

This one is pretty much a no-brainer, being based on the Renegades Storm Shadow / Red Ninja body that has been released many times in the past few years.  I’ll admit– the color scheme is pretty much spot on to the 1992 original version although I’m hoping that the black crosses on the torso aren’t quite so pronounced on the final version.

If you’ve not already subscribed to the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club FSS 3.0, you’ll want to do so before June 30, 2014!

21 days until G.I. Joe Retaliation – mountain battle

Twitziller continues the countdown as we are officially less than three weeks away from the debut of G.I. Joe Retaliation.  Today’s reason to be excited: the moutain battle!

day-21-mountain-battle

I have to admit– when I first saw a snippet of this I was a bit floored.  After all, how feasible is it to have ninjas fighting ninjas suspended by ropes on the side of a mountain? So I watched the first trailer again, and again, and then I watched subsequent trailers of the mountain top sequence and I saw it for what it was– an insane ballet of blades and bodies that could only be accomplished by the ninjas in the film.  This is one of those sequences that will play out like an insanely well-choreographed ballet routine and the end result could be closer to art than “just another action piece.”  Given director Jon M. Chu’s insane work in LXD we know that he’s got the chops to pull this off in a spectacular fashion.

Three weeks from now I’ll be basking in the fanboy glow of having already seen the film.  The passage of time, however, is a cruel mistress…

Check out the rest of the reasons to look forward to G.I. Joe Retaliation below and check back tomorrow as the countdown continues!

JBL Review: G.I. Joe Retaliation wave 1 Red Ninja

G.I. Joe Retaliation Red Ninja figure review

The G.I. Joe Retaliation reviews continue here at JBL with a figure that has had a long history in G.I. Joe comics.  Making their debut in the celebrated G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero vol 1 #21 by Marvel Comics, the red ninjas were originally believed to be a trio of apprentices to the Cobra ninja Storm Shadow.  However, after their quick and violent defeat at the hands of Snake Eyes, the Red Ninjas returned time and time again in an ever-expanding role in the comics.  At one point they were even in the service of the Cobra Saboteur Firefly!

For G.I. Joe Retaliation, the Red Ninjas appear to have gone back to their roots as warriors hidden away in a remote mountain castle.  Recent trailers have shown them accompanying Cobra Commander through ranks of Cobra Special Forces soldiers as part of an entourage.  Regardless of how they’re used, these familiar warriors will be hitting the big screen on March 28, 2013.  However, the real question to be asked is: “are these figures worth adding to my G.I. Joe collection?” After all, there was a release of the Red Ninjas back in the 25th anniversary collection, right?  Well, check out the review to find out this Joe fan’s opinion!

The Red Ninja review and many others can be found in the G.I. Joe Retaliation Review Index!

Amazon.com Renegades & Retaliation 4-packs are “in stock”

UPDATE: The Renegades pack is once again BACK in STOCK but this seems to change daily.   (5/11/2012)

Mondays… the nemesis of most individuals seldom brings good news.  However, this Monday might be a bit different for Joe fans.

Amazon.com has listed BOTH of their exclusive 4 packs as “in stock” as of this morning with a list price of $39.99.  Sadly, that’s essentially high retail price for each of the figures but there are some advantages.  In the case of Retaliation the pack provides a means for Joe fans to get their hands on the figures well before the official end-of-May release day.   For Retaliation fans, it’s a chance to get different deco’s of 3 primary characters and an all new 4th character in the form of the Red Ninja!

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G.I. Joe Retaliation Sneak Peek 4-pack

  • Duke
  • Roadblock
  • Snake Eyes
  • Cobra Commander (black deco)

G.I. Joe Renegades 4-pack

  • Duke
  • Snake Eyes (with trench coat)
  • Storm Shadow
  • Red Ninja