It’s that time of year again– when the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club reveals the membership renewal figures for the forthcoming year in an attempt to encourage fans to sign-up/renew their membership. After a string of successful endeavors over the past few years including Dial-Tone, Footloose, and Iceberg the club pulls out all of the stops with this year’s reveal of HAVOC driver Cross Country!
Based on the debut 1986 version of Cross Country the figure looks pretty darned solid in this fan’s eyes and I’d be remiss if I didn’t sense the involvement of Boss Fight Studios in this design somewhere. According to the Club:
2014 CROSS-COUNTRY (3 3/4-Inch Modern Era Action Figure)
CROSS-COUNTRY is the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club FREE Membership Incentive Figure for 2014! This FREE figure will be sent to any G.I. Joe Club member that chooses the 3 3/4-inch figure option and whose membership is active by March 16th, 2014.
This club exclusive CROSS-COUNTRY action figure features a NEW head sculpt, NEW vest with holster, figure stand, classic file card and accessories, including: assault rifle, pistol, and NEW vehicle wrench. Members can expect to receive this bagged figure with all his accessories in late spring/early summer of 2014!
It’s a nice recreation/update of the original figure that brings Cross Country firmly into the Generation 3 era of 1:18 construction. I do miss the character’s goofy grin that was so prevalent on the original 1986 design but I can live without also seeing his “chipmunk cheeks” recreated as well. (Seriously, it looked he either had the mumps or was storing nuts for the winter in there!) What is more surprising is that the GIJCC revealed the release of the “HAVOC Mk II” as an optional accessory for purchase later. Essentially just a repainted Snowcat I’m not certain how it will go over with a membership that has already purchased two Figure Subscription Service waves in the past year. Consider me definitely down for Cross Country and a probable “pass” on the HAVOC Mk II.
All of the renewal information for both 1:18 and 1:6 can be found at the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club links below.