G.I. Joe Convention Exclusive Reviews Coming Soon!

G.I. Joe convention exclusive reviews are coming!

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You’d never know it by looking at the front page but it’s actually been a busy few weeks here at JBL.  There’s been a lot of behind-the-scenes work as JBL migrated from our existing (and failing) server to a brand new virtual location.  Now it’s time to get back to work and that means add more new reviews to the site!

Chris and I’ve been frantically writing away these past few weeks and we’ve got a slew of new reviews coming.  We’ll be looking at both the G.I. Joe Convention 2015 “Peril in Paradise” (Tiger Force vs. Iron Grenadiers) and the 2016 “Operation Downfall” (Sky Patrol) sets.  In addition, thanks to a hassle-free sale at HasbroToyShop.com there’s also this year’s G.I. Joe vs. Transformers set to cover! (Hello new Scarlett figure that’s still available!)

The order of publication is still up in the air but it’s about time that we got back on track here at JBL.  No excuses… while this is a hobby site and not a full-time job, it’s about time that the admin got off his butt and got back to work.

Do you have a preference on the order?  Are you more excited about Powerglide than Tiger Force Big Brawler?  Does Flying Scorpion rate higher on your priority list than another Zartan release? Let JBL know in the comments below or over on the JBL Facebook page.

 

G.I. Joe FSS 4 Tiger Force Outback, Sneak Peek and Doc

JBL reviews the G.I. Joe FSS 4 Tiger Force Outback, Tiger Force Sneak Peek, and bonus Carla “Doc” Greer!

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Just last week subscribers in this wave of the  G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Figure Subscription Service received the final figures in the series.  Tiger Force Outback and Tiger Force Sneak Peek, based on the 1990 European exclusive figures, arrived along with the mysterious “13th bonus figure.”  Initially, fans speculated that this figure was going to be Tiger Force Jinx.

The internet speculation was wrong!  Instead, fans were treated to an ARAH generation 3 update to Carla “Doc” Greer!

Fred and Chris take on the task of reviewing Tiger Force Outback, Tiger Force Sneak Peek, and Carla “Doc” Greer.  As always, our two intrepid reviewer take a look what’s good and would could be improved with these latest Club releases. Were these figures worth the wait?  Does Fred finally agree that Tiger Force isn’t so bad? Will Chris like any of these G.I. Joe Collector’s Club figures? Does Deadpool make another cameo?

The answers to these questions can be found over at the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Review Index!  Afterwards, feel free to leave your own thoughts on these new figure in the comments below!

G.I. Joe FSS 4 final shipment is incoming!

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!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club Figure Subscription Service logo

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:

G.I. Joe FSS 4 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:

G.I. Joe FSS 4 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!

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Toys R Us SDCC G.I. Joe exclusives from the Loyal Subjects

Toys R Us has revealed their SDCC exclusives including two new G.I. Joe Loyal Subjects vinyl figures!

Yesterday, ToyNewsI.com broke the news of the highly-anticipated Toys R Us SDCC exclusive list.  Many of the usual suspects were represented– Transformers, My Little Pony, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, etc.  However, in spite of the fact that this is a “quiet year” for G.I. Joe, one item on the list caught my attention:

G.I. JOE TIGER FORCE WRECKAGE AND BEACH HEAD 2-Pack from The Loyal Subjects

That’s right– Toys R Us will be offering a SDCC exclusive G.I. Joe Loyal Subjects vinyl two-pack featuring Tiger Force Wreckage and Beach Head.

SDCC Toys R Us Loyal Subjects G.I. Joe exclusives

Featuring the likeness of WRECKAGE and BEACH HEAD from G.I. JOE’S TIGER FORCE™ unit, these 3.2-inch tall vinyl figures feature 14 points of articulation, several accessories to help bring the action of this special subteam to life and come complete in a window box for display. Available only at the Comic Convention and online at Toysrus.com/ComicConvention.

Interesting… I’ll give props to both Toys R Us and the Loyal Subjects for their selection of some out-of-the-normal decos for these characters.  I’m especially excited to see a new spin on the Joe Con 2004 Tiger Force Beach Head who, in spite of his garish color scheme, manages to look AWESOME!  This figures will be available online at ToysRUs.com from July 21 – July 24 in limited quantities.

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G.I. Joe vs Transformers and more on sale at GIJoeClub.com

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The G.I. Joe vs Transformers exclusive sets are now on sale at GIJoeClub.com!

I might have missed an email about this but a quick review of GIJoeClub.com’s store revealed some sale prices on a few recent G.I. Joe exclusives:

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G.I. Joe FSS 4 Sign-Up Ends Today

G.I. Joe FSS 4 sign-up ends today at Midnight CST!

G.I. Joe FSS 4 roster

This is it– the last day to sign-up for the entire series of G.I. Joe FSS 4.  This year’s figure subscription service is mix of DiC era characters and international repaints with a long-requested figure of Cobra Commander’s son thrown in for flavor.  It’s the usual mix of repurposed parts with a few new accessories and two new heads from Boss Fight Studio

The Club already released two sets of new teaser images to help drive up enthusiasm for G.I. Joe FSS 4 sign-ups.  The first is a look at the prototype sculpts for Billy, Outback, and Sneak Peek’s periscope.  (This is being sculpted in lieu of a third new head.)

The second set of images has been added to main gallery below.  It’s a series of mock-ups of the backside of each character in the roster.  (There’s a pun in there somewhere.)

Also, for the first time the Club has offered a “hint” of the “13th Mystery Figure” included in this year’s set.  I say “hint” in quotes because the clue presents very little opportunity to discern the character’s identity.

– It will be a Female Figure!
– Features a NEW head sculpt!

Yep– that’s the ENTIRE hint.  Well, that narrows it down to the Baroness, Lady Jaye, Cover Girl, Scarlett, Jinx, Zarana, Pythona, G.I. Jane, Dr. Knox, Munitia, Mistress Armada, Candy Appel, Pale Peony, Shooter, and pretty much every non-male character to ever appear in G.I. Joe.  Let the speculation begin…

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FSS 4 Tiger Force Sneak Peek Revealed!

Dare I say it!  Check out this “sneak peek” of FSS 4 Tiger Force Sneak Peek!

FSS 4 Sneak Peek

TIGER FORCE ADVANCED RECON: SNEAK PEEK

(Based on the European exclusive Tiger Force action figure!)

Includes: removable helmet & vest, assault rifle, binoculars, field radio, NEW periscope, and figure stand.

The reveals from FSS 4 are coming fast and furious these days!  With the July 15th signup deadline fast approaching the Club seems driven to finish all of the previews this week!  After Tiger Force Sneak Peek, only two more reveals remain!

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FSS 4 Tiger Force Outback Unveiled!

Tiger Force Outback steps out of the shadows in today’s FSS 4 reveal!

FSS 4 Tiger Force Outback

TIGER FORCE SURVIVALIST: STUART “OUTBACK” SELKIRK

(Based on the European exclusive Tiger Force action figure!)

Includes: NEW head sculpt, removable harness & flashlight, assault rifle, survival knife, backpack and figure stand.

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Update on G.I. Joe FSS & Joe Con 2015 Reviews

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Sigh… I hate this kind of post.  I really do.

Joe Con 2015 and G.I. Joe FSS reviews are coming.  Really.  I had photos shot for these reviews for weeks now and even have the web page built.  Joe Con 2015, Joe Con 2013, and the FSS reviews for Hit & Run, Alpine, Crimson Guard Immortal, Big Ben, and Frostbite are about 85% ready to go!

So, you might find yourself asking, what’s the holdup?

Between my current real-life job and some family obligations, I’ve just not had the time to sit down and really finish the writing.  Knock on wood I can sequester myself away this weekend for a bit and finalize my portion of the text.

However, I don’t want to leave folks hanging.  Below is a preview gallery of images from many of the G.I. Joe FSS and Joe Con 2015 reviews that will be hitting here soon.  Consider it a bit of a “mea culpa” for being so tardy.

 

GI Joe FSS 4 sign-up and reveals begin next week!

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GI Joe FSS 4 sign-up begins next week!

Color me surprised!  In a completely out-of-the-blue moment, the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club sent the following email message to its members regarding GI Joe FSS 4:

Hello all!

Just a heads up that FSS 4.0 order period and reveals will start next week.

Watch your mailbox and GIJoeClub.com for more details!

These are great figures!

Brian

Wow… talk about striking while the iron is hot!  Fans have just had just a scant month and a half to digest the Joe Con 2015 FSS reveals and now it’s time to sign-up for the next round.

In case you’ve fuzzy, here’s the cast of characters:

Also, here’s a great roster image courtesy of ItsAllTrue.net:

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So, that’s the news concerning GI Joe FSS 4.  Stay tuned to JBL next week as we’ll posted each reveal as it’s revealed.  Hang on to your seats– it’s going to be a fun week!