The 2013 G.I. Joe Collector’s Convention is happening in just over two months in Indianapolis! So far, all that had been revealed about the 1:18 offerings for the con was some Night Force themed artwork hinting that “G.I. Joe was giving Cobra a reason to be afraid of the dark.
All of that changed this weekend (technically Friday afternoon) when the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club unveiled the 2013 convention brochure! Along the requisite price increase (now $360.00 for this year’s set), some interesting details were revealed in this paragraph:
G.I. JOE: Night Force is a covert unit specializing in nighttime surveillance and defensive operations. Each team member has been selected for their enhanced skills, sophisticated hardware and advanced technology to surprise and vanquish any enemy!
This fan favorite and highly requested team contains several of the classic Night Force members and some new additions
available for the first time in the modern era 25A style. Our special edition Nocturnal Fire squad includes: Charbroil, Hit & Run, Muskrat, Psyche-Out, Repeater and Spearhead with Max (NEW Bobcat).
The Cobra Demolitions Team is ready to take on any obstacle that gets in their path of destruction. Led by the mysterious Cobra Mortal, he employs Cobra Letal and the deadly saboteur Crimson Asp (NEW female character). Their specialized troopers include: Cobra Frag-Vipers x 3, Cobra S.A.W.-Vipers x 3.
Each of these great teams comes with their classic weapons, accessories, figure stands and file cards in this exciting fifteen figure boxed set.
So, classic Night Force members Charbroil, Muskrat, Psyche-Out, Repeater, and Spearhead & Max are seeing release in the 25A construction with Hit & Run joining the team. That leaves Lightfoot, Crazylegs, and Sneak Peek as the only classic members to not have an update. Could there be an attendee 3 pack in the works?
Plus, on the Cobra side, Cobra Mortal sees his second release from the Club and his first new construction figure, the Frag-Vipers receive a new paint scheme both as troopers and as Letal, and a new female figure is introduced into the mix. Plus, the first Generation 3 release of a SAW-Viper! Could a Night Boomer from the new mold Skystriker be far behind?
I have to admit that I’m LOVING this set concept. First off, I NEVER thought that Psyche-Out would ever see a Generation 3 update! Plus, Muskrat has long been one of those characters that I’ve wanted to see more of. For Charbroil, we have only to look at the Toys R Us exclusive Rise of Cobra version for inspiration but a brand-new Repeater in his Night Force colors is pure AWESOME! Seriously, the heavy gunner’s design has always appealed to me and I found the TRU exclusive version from a few years ago to be lacking. Plus, a NEW Cobra female! Seriously– that is what I love to see in the line– NEW CHARACTERS! Yeah, this is one of those sets that I’ll have to pony up the cash for– even if it is more than my monthly car payments.
For more information, check out GIJoecon.com!