It may be a long time until new G.I. Joe product is on store shelves but some fans will have a surprise waiting for them in their mailboxes very soon! The first shipment of the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Figure Subscription Service has shipped and a few lucky fans already have theirs in hand!
Caution: Spoilers ahead for those who want the shipment to be a surprise. However, for the remaining 95% of the fandom, the identities will be revealed below.
Master customizer and all-around great guy Alyosha of Broken Arrow Toys posted a few quick shots of his shipment on Facebook over the weekend to reveal that the first shipment is a box of Tiger Force goodness! That’s right Joe fans, Tiger Force Shipwreck and Airtight should be arriving on subscribers’ doors very very soon.
I have to admit– this shipment is a mixed bag for me. Let me start off by saying that I’ve NEVER been a big fan of the original Tiger Force color scheme. Sorry gang, but yellow and black striped shirts seem like they’d blend better at Mardi Gras than in any of the world’s jungles. As such, I’ve never owned much in the way of Tiger Force ANYTHING save for the Valor vs. Venom Tiger Force Alpine & Crosshairs two-pack and the Toys R Us Exclusive Tiger Force 6 pack. Not one vintage piece is found anywhere in my collection. HOWEVER, I have to say that these are growing on me. Airtight is probably the Joe whose original color scheme is closest to his original release and, well, Shipwreck is Shipwreck. Thanks to Sunbow I have a soft spot in my Joe fan heart for the character and cut him a lot of slack. (In some ways he’s Sunbow’s equivalent to Deadpool.)
Expect some reviews of the final product once they drop on my door step in the coming days. However, so far I don’t hate them like I thought I would. However, I’m going to go on record and say now that I’d still rather see some more 1:18 Adventure Team in the next FSS than I would more Tiger Force! (Or Sgt. Savage!!!)