The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club unveiled two more mock-ups of figures that will be included in Figure Subscription Service 2.0 late last week! (However, the admin of JBL had that day off and was away from the internet for most of the day. Something about “wanting a three day weekend” or some such nonsense.)
As was posted previously, sign-up for FSS Round 2 is in full swing so the reveals are trickling out. For the latest two mock-up unveilings, the GIJCC pulled out a classic repaint and a new-to-Generation-3 update of an ARAH vehicle driver.
I’ve always had a soft spot for the driver of the Bridge Layer. Maybe it was because I received the original vehicle back in the 80’s as completely unexpected Christmas present or maybe it’s the fact that the driver carried a sledgehammer but something about the character made a strong impression upon this Joe fan. The GIJCC chose well both in terms of parts and accessories– two of the construction cones that previously came with the 30th Techno-Viper are a perfect inclusion! Plus, this is the first LOGICAL use of the mattock that was included with the Resolute Roadblock! As Thomas O’ Mahoney suggested on JBL’s Facebook page, toss in a shovel from the G.I. Joe Retaliation Trooper and he’s ready to get to work on some battlefield fortifications!
Tiger Force Shipwreck:
When it comes to sub-teams, I prefer Night Force over Tiger Force. (I’m still impatiently waiting for my 2013 Homefront Heroes Joe Con set to arrive!!!) So, this figure isn’t exactly one that is high up on my personal Want List. In fact, it’s pretty low on that totem pole. It’s not that this is a bad figure design– the Club has done a really decent job of replicating the color scheme of the ARAH original. It’s just that most of the Tiger Force color schemes were goofy in the 80’s and they’ve not aged particularly well. Plus, this figure uses the 25th Anniversary 5 pack Shipwreck head which has never looked like Hector X. Delgado to me. He’ll most likely end up on shelf behind my Tiger Force Flint and Tiger Force Duke figures.
Sign-up for FSS 2.0 runs through May 22, 2013! After that, it’s secondary market prices which tend to skew higher.