Wow… there was quite the reaction to yesterday’s G.I. Joe FSS 5 reveal of Salvo!
The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club unveiled their take on the G.I. Joe anti-aircraft specialist on Thursday as part of the G.I. Joe FSS 5 reveals. Let’s just say that the response was “less than positive.”
From JBL’s own Facebook page, to GeneralsJoes.com, to the G.I. Joe Discussion Group, the fandom united in this displeasure with this particular figure build. Typically, criticism of the Club’s product is met with disdain by certain pockets in the community but even those factions seemed to agree: the Salvo build was not what it should have been.
However, as constructive as all of that discussion has been there’s only one place on the internet where the Club is guaranteed to pay attention to the reactions of its members and that is over at the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club forums. If you want the Club to see your comments regarding Salvo then head on over to this discussion thread and make your feelings known:
The best kind of feedback to leave is constructive criticism. Let the Club know what you do like about the build used for Salvo but also let them know what you would like to see improved. If you’d prefer to see Specialist Hasle build on a Retaliation Roadblock body (as the NJCC version was) then say so. Or, if you think a more likely build is the one used for the recent Joe Con 2015 Tiger Force Big Brawler, say so! The point is that if you want to see this figure changed, now is the time to speak up!
Be advised: the forum is only available to active members of the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club.
Who knows? Maybe the feedback of its membership can prompt the Club to course correct this time. After all, it worked once before when people complained about the colors used for FSS 4 Hit & Run and Spearhead. After all, isn’t the goal of the FSS to produce figures that the subscribers are going to be excited to purchase?
Hopefully, if enough positive criticism comes in, the Club will acknowledge the concerns of the fandom. He at least deserves as much care and attention as went into producing figures like Tiger Force Big Brawler and FSS 1 Surefire.
I have written this on the Club figure topic, following your advice about the tone and objective of the comments: You have promised us a PoC style figure and gave us this?!?! A PoC style figure is not a skinny guy with a “lollipop-launcher” (did not want to use a sexual reference). He should have elements that make the link between vintage and a modern and more realistic soldier. If you guys wanted a true vintage recreation, a more athletic build was required and definitely NO “lollipop-launcher”!!! Make a retooling of the M202 FLASH that the weapon is based on without the “lollipop” or a total new weapon for the quintuple-launcher that the vintage uses. Could use other anti-armor weapon already available for the figure. Could put that mines and the backpack associated with them (Firefly PoC, Elite Horsemen 50th or Firefly 50th). Do not put on the figure accessories that it cannot carry or attach on the figure, like a sidearm or knife without a holster or sheath. Give him a open vest or mole (like Gung Ho’s vest) to give him a more a soldier look without loosing his t-shirt mote, although Shipwreck 50th does have a nice withe shirt with the word NAVY on it under his vest. Did not like the helmet, but I can’t imagine any other existing one to use. The head sculpt is hidden in the helmet, so nothing to say about it for now.
It is very skinny!
At least should reuse the torso, arms and hands extra joint that used to Outback Tiger Force!
Oh, and the five missiles bazooka of the first Salvo!
The same thing with Raptor.
I hope you guys can fix this problem ‘coz every single figure ain’t cheap and you know that!