The Joe Con 2017 previews continue with a look at Battle Force 2000 Avalanche!
G.I. JOE BF 2000 TEAM:
Ian “Avalanche” Costello
– 25th Anniversary Style/Fully Poseable Action Figure.
– 1st Modern Era Release of Character based on 1987 design.
– NEW Head Sculpt and includes removable Bandolier, Knife,
Assault Rifle, Re-tool of iconic P-460 Sub-Zero Stun Gun,
with G.I. Joe Logo Stand.
(Note: Photo depicts action figure mock-up and final product may slightly differ.)
Holy Photoshop, Batman! The preview of Battle Force 2000’s Avalanche is more digital than real!
According to the description, we’re getting a new head for this figure, which is a good thing. However, given the fact that the helmet is non-removable and the design deviates somewhat from the original 1987 design, it’s a good bet that we’ll be seeing this head reused in the next FSS as we did with Airborne into Scoop. (I’m thinking maybe Windmill? That’s just some idle speculation on my part.) There’s also the fact that last year’s Static Line head bore more than a passing resemblance to Persuader driver Backstop. Hmm…
Additionally, we’re seeing another original Battle Force 2000 weapon retooled for this figure. This begs the question: are THAT many fans really enamored with BF2K’s vintage weapons?
As far as the rest, I think I’m seeing the Retaliation Firefly torso, and maybe Wraith’s lower legs? (I can’t be certain the last point– it’s been a long time since I looked at my Wraith figure.)
With four Joe Con 2017 figures previewed, we’re at the halfway point for the character designs in this year’s set. As such, that leaves just four more previews before the entire set is revealed.
Here’s the roster, just in case:
Battle Force 2000:
- Cobra BAT Squad Leader
- Cobra BATs v1.8 x 8
According to the convention brochure, this year’s Joe Con 2017 boxed set will retail for $410.00. Also, there’s no word on souvenir pricing at this time although it’s a safe bet that prices will remain at or around levels seen in both 2015 and 2016. Regardless, it will be interesting to see how the Club intends to replicate the signature vehicles of this DARPA-inspired team. Could another RHINO re-release be in the works?
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Here’s the parts breakdown:
-New head and retooled rifle
-Retaliation Firefly torso
-25th Iron Grenadier Destro arms
-Retaliation Ultimate Cobra Commander upper legs and knife
-POC Recondo knees
-Wraith lower legs
-25th Duke bandolier
-Retaliation GI Joe Trooper rifle
The new head sculpt is definitely going to be reused for Windmill since it looks a whole lot more like him than Avalanche’s bulbous, com-linked helmet. They’re practically identical, almost like Windmill’s nogging was designed first.
I would hazard a guess that the classic BF 2000 weapons are being retooled so that SOMETHING can justify the newest price increase. I see it going the route of the Eco Warriors/Zombies set from a few years back. That one took forever to sell out.
Yeah… so much for characters having unique looks. Even the new head sculpts are designed for automatic repaints.