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!
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:
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:
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!
This is your last warning…
If you’re still here, then you want to know. (It is half the battle, after all.)
Carla “Doc” Greer:
Okay, I’ll admit it– I totally didn’t see this one coming. At all. In a million years. (I was one of those firmly in the “Tiger Force Jinx” camp.) However, the 2007 “Tanks for the Memories” boxed set is my all-time favorite Joe Con set. That year the con featured updates of many of the original 13 Joes and introduced the niece of the original G.I. Joe Medic, Carla “Doc” Greer. You know what– I love it! Love it! Love it! Love it! We get an updated version of a brand new character and a brand new head sculpt to boot! Seriously– I thought that Billy would be my favorite figure in G.I. Joe FSS 4 but Carla Greer just might give him a run for his money.
So there you have it– the final shipment of G.I. Joe FSS 4 revealed! I’ve got more pictured mirrored from Alyosha below. However, what do YOU think? Feel free to drop your thoughts in the comments below!