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

A chilling preview of FSS 7 Arctic Cobra Commander

We have another FSS 7 preview today, thanks to the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club.  The subject: Arctic Cobra Commander!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS 7 Arctic Cobra Commander

COBRA SUPREME LEADER
Code Name: COBRA COMMANDER

(Inspired by the unreleased “arctic” action figure.)
Includes: removable helmet, holster with pistol,
advanced combat rifle, cobra staff, and figure stand.

 

So, the Arctic Cobra Commander is revealed at last– and he’s virtually identical to the cancelled figure from 2010.  (Check out this breakdown of the intended two-pack over at HISSTank.com.)  The color palate is a dead-ringer for that particular release.  Only the accessories are different– with the longer staff replacing the smaller scepter and the “advanced combat rifle” added to the gear.  (I have my doubts on how well old Snake Head will be able to hold that piece of firepower.)

Parts of the coat should look familiar as the Club used them previous in the 2012 Elite Guards from that year’s Joe Con set.

Overall it’s a nice compliment to the Arctic Mindbender released by the Club as a renewal figure a few years ago.

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.

Feast your eyes on FSS 7 Dusty & Sandstorm

The first FSS 7 preview has dropped and it’s Dusty & Sandstorm!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS 7 Dusty & Sandstorm

G.I. JOE DESERT TROOPER & COYOTE
Code Name: DUSTY & SANDSTORM

(Inspired by the 1991 action figure.)
Includes: removable beret, harness with large knife,
assault rifle, sub machine gun, coyote, knife,
pistol with suppressor, and figure stand.

Hmm… so this is the FSS 7 homage to the 1991 Dusty v3 action figure.

This build, like the original design, is pretty simple.  Pursuit of Cobra Snake Eyes legs and what might be the Retaliation Cobra Trooper torso.  The head appears to be from the Slaughter’s Marauders version of Falcon. It’s simple but then again so was the original. However, I do wonder what happened to the camouflage pattern on his pants? It would help him stand out a bit from some previous figures like FSS 1 Desert Grunt.

Ole Sandstorm has been given a bit of an upgrade– morphing from a coyote to a re-release of Timber from the Paris Pursuit Snake Eyes.  You know… because wolves and coyotes all look the same.  (That’s species discrimination!)

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!  Head on over to place your order and keep your eyes peeled to GIJoeClub.com for more previews.

 

G.I. Joe FSS 7 roster announced!

It’s time– the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club has announced the roster for FSS 7!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS 7Here it is kids– the moment we’ve been waiting for.  The roster for G.I. Joe FSS 7– a virtual love letter to the 1990’s with multiple figures from the DiC era of the brand.  In addition, we’ve got another International figure as well as another member of the stripey-est sub-team ever: Tiger Force!  (My Just Another G.I. Joe Show co-host is loving life right now.)

Here’s the announcement from the Club:

The cost of the twelve-figure subscription service is $375.00 (+ shipping for 6 shipments). You can pay all at once or in three installments of $125.00 (billed to your credit card). When you subscribe and choose to pay by Installment, you will be billed for the first two month’s shipments. Then sometime during the second month of shipping (estimated to be June, 2018), you will be billed for the 3rd and 4th months’ shipments and sometime during the 4th month of shipping (estimated to be August 2018) you will be billed for the final two months’ shipments. Upon subscription completion, you will receive a bonus carded 13th mystery figure with the last shipment.

Please note that for the installment payment option, there is a $6 service charge per billing while the pay in full option has one $6 service charge. Please also note that for installment buyers, there is an additional charge each time a billing is attempted if your card is not approved. If your card has been declined and we have to re-bill, we will only be able to retry your billing three (3) times before your subscription is cancelled. Each retry has an additional fee added to your total charge (please see the Terms and Conditions.)

This Figure Subscription Service is a “build to order process” so you can order as many as you like, until the order period closes. At that time, we will not process any more subscriptions and we may/may not have additional figures in the club store at a higher per figure price.

Please note that the figure previews are Photoshop mock-ups and the final product may vary. Also, the colors are approximate as some may look more glossy or metallic on your monitor screen and everyone’s computer has a different color calibration.

Final figures colors/names/accessories will vary from the descriptions and preview pictures.

We are very excited to offer the seventh limited edition GIJCC Figure Subscription Service. This assortment contains a variety of fan requested characters from all eras of the 3 3/4-inch G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero series. It includes classic 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s, international, and many never previously released characters to add to your modern era action figure collection. Upon successful completion, you will also receive a BONUS mystery 13th carded action figure with the last shipment.

Each single carded action figure features the highly articulated modern era sculpts with weapons and accessories for them to accomplish any mission!

Previews and subscription period will start October 31st, 2017.
G.I. JOE DESERT TROOPER & COYOTE
Code Name: DUSTY & SANDSTORM
(Inspired by the 1991 action figure.)
Includes: removable beret, harness with large knife,
assault rifle, sub machine gun, coyote, knife,
pistol with suppressor, and figure stand.

 

COBRA SUPREME LEADER
Code Name: COBRA COMMANDER
(Inspired by the unreleased “arctic” action figure.)
Includes: removable helmet, holster with pistol,
advanced combat rifle, cobra staff, and figure stand.

 

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.

 

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.

 

G.I. JOE ASSAULT VEHICLE DRIVER
Code Name: TREADMARK (aka “SKIDMARK”)
(Inspired by the 1988 action figure.)
Includes: removable vest, assault rifle, pistol,
combat knife, and figure stand.
 
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.

 

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.

 

COBRA ARCTIC TRANSPORT OFFICER
Code Name: ICE VIPER OFFICER
(Inspired by the 2007 action figure.)
Includes: removable helmet, goggles, harness,
radio, rifle, sais x 2, boot cleats, and figure stand.

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

COBRA HYPNOTIST
Code Name: CRYSTAL BALL
(Inspired by the 1987 action figure.)
Features NEW head sculpt!
Includes: removable vest, pistol, knife,
shield, and figure stand.

 

NOTE: These modern era club exclusive action figures will not be exact replicas of their vintage counterparts. All images are Photoshop mock-up representations, final product, accessories and/or colors will vary!

The previews start some time today so we’ll have more news as it is available!

FSS 6 and FSS 7 News from the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS 6 roster

The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club released an update regarding G.I. Joe FSS 6 and FSS 7 yesterday afternoon:

Hello Members,

Here are our latest updates:

FSS 6.0 has landed on the west coast but is not here yet. We expect it in the next 10 days or so.

In the meantime, if you have moved since this summer, please update your shipping address here.

In addition, you can use the same link to confirm that your correct credit card (installment only customers) is on file. We won’t set the billing date until they are here but it is still anticipated to be the beginning of December.

FSS 7.0 figure previews and order period will start next week and end December 4. You will all be very excited about the coming figures. These should ship starting in the Spring, just after FSS 6.0 concludes.

Convention information will be released in early January with registration starting in mid-January.

Thanks for your support!

Brian

Well, well, well… it seems that we could see FSS 6 hitting subscriber mailboxes before Thanksgiving!  Now that’s a great way to start off the 2017 Holiday Season for Joe fans!

Even more compelling, we’ll start to see FSS 7 previews next week.  At Joe Con 2017, we found out the identities of only two members of the roster: Shattered Glass Tomax and Crystal Ball.  This means we’re going to have the reveal of a whopping TEN MORE FIGURES!  As for the rest of the FSS 7 roster– it’s anyone’s guess.  Will there be more Ninja Force?  Action Force?  Could Night Force Sneak Peek actually happen?  What about Hardball whose weapon was reissued as part of the Force of Battle convention souvenirs?

(It also means that JBL staff have to get off their collective keester and POST the rest of the FSS 5 reviews!  SLACKERS!!!)

For those of you wanting a refresher, here’s the full roster for FSS 6:

Designer Bobby Vala interviewed at Hasbro Pulse

Hasbro Pulse has a brand new article posted – an interview with designer Bobby Vala.  The subject?  The Cobra Missile Command Headquarters!

Cobra Missile Command Headquarters mockupI’m not going to lie– I LOVE the Cobra Missile Command Headquarters.  First, I ranted about it here on JBL. In addition, I raved about it over on Just Another G.I. Joe Show.  It’s been a “Holy Grail” item for me for years and this year’s convention exclusive release was essentially a dream come true.  (Save for its limited availability- but that’s a story for another time.) Yet, I found myself wondering “Why this playset?  Why now?”

In a rare opportunity, this admin was able to sit down and discuss this iconic playset and the process of its reconstruction with Hasbro designer Bobby Vala.  He discusses the process of recreating this iconic piece of A Real American Hero history as well as the process of updating the included figures to modern specs.  Bobby’s passion for this project shines through in every answer. As a result, it’s obvious that this was truly a labor of love!

Check it out over on Hasbro Pulse!  Plus, if you’d like to see more features like this, let us know in the comments below!

Cobra Missile Command Headquarters box front

Reminder: SDCC 2017 exclusive items to hit HasbroToyShop.com Monday

On Monday, August 14, 2017 MOST of the Hasbro SDCC exclusive items will hit HasbroToyShop.com!

broken f5 button

“And there came a day unlike any other…”

No, we’re not talking about the first ever team-up of Marvel’s Avengers! Monday is going to be Summer Exclusives Day at HasbroToyShop.com.  That’s right– it’s that “magical time” (Read: FRUSTRATING) day in which fans from across the world will all be hitting HasbroToyShop.com and using their F5 keys to refresh their browsers in order to get the items they want.

Have no fear, Joe fans!  While we don’t know WHEN everything is going to drop– we do now WHAT the URL’s of the exclusive items will be.  To save yourself some time and some hasty item searches, here are all of the items and the pricepoints on each that will be dropping on Monday:

You can also see the FULL ITEM LIST if you’re looking for more than one item.

NOTE: Each item appears to be limited to 2 per household. (Save for the Magic set and Optimus Prime which is 1 per household.)

Good luck to everyone who is hitting the site tomorrow.  May you all get everything that you’re after!

SDCC G.I. Joe exclusives available 8/14 at HasbroToyShop

Cobra Missile Command Headquarters box front

SDCC 2017 is in full swing and G.Hasbro’s annual G.I. Joe exclusives are very much on everyone’s mind!  However, it would seem that those of us who are stuck at home know just when the sought-after comic con items will be dropping on HasbroToyShop.com.

Yesterday, two product listings were quietly added to the website.

Included in each product description was the note “available 8/14”.  Apparently that day, the second Monday in August, will be when fans from around the globe will be hitting the site, frantically hitting F5 to refresh their screens in the hopes of completing their transactions before the items sell out. While the exclusives of the past few years have been pretty easy to obtain, there’s something about this year’s two G.I. Joe-related SDCC items that feels very different.

Hasbro IDW Revolution Comic Crossover Mega-Set

I’m not going to lie– I’m giddy over the prospect of BOTH of these sets, for very different reasons.  Nostalgia plays a heavy hand in my love for both sets but I’d be hard-pressed right now to choose one over the other if I had to prioritize dropping one in my cart first.  One one had there’s the AMAZING recreation/update to the Cobra Missile Command Headquarters but on the other hand there’s the IDW Hasbro Comic Crossover Mega-Set that includes Renegades Roadblock, ROM the Space Knight, and the Micronauts.  Decisions, decisions.

Regardless, August 14th is the day to put on your calendars kids!

And now you know…

Hasbro’s IDW Revolution Comic Crossover Mega-Set:

Cobra Missile Command Headquarters:

 

Joe Con 2017: Is a Hardball release in the near future?

Could a Collector’s Club release of fan favorite 1988 Joe Hardball be coming in the near future?

Joe Con 2017 is in full swing now and last night’s souvenir pickup for attendees provided a slew of images of this year’s exclusive figures.  Among those items is Corrosao, inspired by the Brazilian repaint of Battle Force 2000 team member Dee-Jay, from the Ultimate Enemies 2-pack.  Normally, in cases like this, all eyes are focused on the figure but in this case, it’s the accessory that caught my eye.

G.I. Joe Con 2017 Ultimate Enemies Corrosao

Ultimate Enemies Corrosao
Photo by “The Legendary” Tom Brooks of Reasonably Intelligent Rambling

Does that large blue grenade launcher look familiar?  Take a good look– it should:

G.I. Joe Repeater and Hardball

That’s right, Joe fans!  Corrosao is packing a freshly-tooled blue version of Hardball’s signature grenade launcher!  Given the Collector’s Club’s penchant for never using a newly-tooled part just once, this is a pretty strong indicator that Hardball could FINALLY be seeing a return to action figure format!  This could mean that our 1988 roster is getting that much closer to completion in the generation 3 construction.

Now, this begs the question: where would he fall into the Club’s release schedule?  FSS 7.0?  Annual membership renewal figure?  Joe Con 2018 convention set?  Hopefully we’ll find out the answer to this at tomorrow’s Collector’s Club Round Table panel.

Regardless, this is one of the most exciting bits of potential news to come out of Joe Con 2017 thus far, at least to this Joe fan!

Joe Con 2017 coverage

Joe Con 2017: Day 2 Souvenir items and recap

Joe Con 2017 coverage

Joe Con 2017 Day 2 is now one for the history books!  However, we’ve got a bit to talk about in today’s Armchair Coverage recap.

To start– let’s talk souvenir items!  Thanks to Mike Tinnel of Just Another G.I. Joe Show we received an update to last night’s story about the souvenir item list.  This included confirmation and pricing for all of the items.

  • BF 2000 Vector Jet (repainted Conquest) – $132.00
  • Cobra Sky Serpent w/Pilot (rumored to be a Black Dragon VTOL) – $95.00
  • BF 2000 Marauder Snowmobile 2 Pack (repainted Polar Battle Bears) – $64.00
  • Cobra Laser Vipers 3 Pack (concept case version from a few years ago) – $80.00
  • Ultimate Enemies 2 Pack (two pack of DeeJay and his Brazilian repaint Corasao, an Eco-Warriors foe) – $58.00
  • Cobra B.A.T. Rocket Glider 2 Pack (rumored to be the Cobra Jet Pack) – $58.00
  • Battle Force 2000 weapons pack – $13.00

However, Mike has also posted a quick video look at the souvenir figures including Dee-Jay, Corrosao, and the Cobra Laser Viper:

Has anyone noticed that Corrosao seems to be carrying HARDBALL’S launcher!!!  Could this be a hint at FSS 7?!!! Continue reading