The G.I. Joe FSS 5 General Flagg & Sneak Peek reviews are LIVE!
The best laid plans of mice and men…
After FAR too long of a delay, Chris and I take a look at the fourth shipment of the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Figure Subscription service 5.0. This set of figures was sent to subscribers back in March and contained General Flagg and the classic 1987 deco of Sneak Peek. Unfortunately, that pesky “real life” got in the way for both of the reviewers and so these reviews were delayed until now. (I’ll be adding additional photos to Flagg over the weekend. Pesky day jobs really sucked away some quality “hobby time” during the past month.)
General Flagg (the younger one) is rocking his 1994 deco while Sneak Peek is back for his second GIJCC release in his classic original colors. This marks one more addition to the update rosters for both 1994 and 1987. Now only Fast Draw is missing from the original ’87 single carded G.I. Joe team members.
Were these two figures worth the wait? Are they a bargain at the FSS price? Do either of the reviewers acknowledge Deadpool’s conspicuous absence this month?
It’s that time again– when subscribers to the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Figure Subscription Service eagerly start checking their mailboxes and front porches on a daily basis. That’s right Joe fans, G.I. Joe FSS 5 shipment 1 is on its way and, thanks to Alyosha of both Broken Arrow Toys and the newly-formed Chicken Fried Toys, we’ve got images of this first shipment!
For those of you who wish to remain “unspoiled” in this age of information overload, turn back now. We’re going to highlight just exactly who is in this first shipment.
NOTE: All images are Photoshop representations, final product, accessories and/or colors may vary!
I’m not going to lie — I’m not really a fan of the 1994 Cobra Viper design. Yes, Hasbro tried something new in that final year and I’ll applaud them for taking some design risks but it just wasn’t my cup of Joe. (Pun so obviously intended.) I’m not saying that I don’t like the design aesthetics as I think they were so elegantly repurposed years later as the 2005 Iron Anvil paratroopers. Instead it’s just that this design doesn’t scream “Cobra Viper!” to me.
Now that my own preferences are safely out of the way, I have to say that this isn’t a bad update at all. I had expected the 2015 “Peril in Paradise” Iron Anvil trooper in a 1994 color scheme. Instead, this appears to be a Pursuit of Cobra Jungle Viper with what appear to be Retalition Cobra Trooper arms. This works “well enough” for G.I. Joe FSS 5 because it keeps tooling dollars down and still makes what is essentially an end-of-the-line design available for those who want it. Fans of the later-era figures are going to be pleased, even if troop-building this figure is going to prove to be a financially challenging scenario.
Five days, five figure previews. We’ve pretty much knocked off the first five figures revealed at Joe Con 2016. Does this mean that Salvo is up for Monday? Continue reading →