The Heavy Conflict and Mission Accepted G.I. Joe two-pack reviews are LIVE!
It’s been a while since we’ve had any new reviews here at JBL. The holidays, a lost family pet, and some crazy workloads led to a crazy few weeks here at JBL HQ. However, we’re getting back on track and that means not one but TWO brand-new reviews from the G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary Collection, year 3!
Check out what Fred and Chris have to say about the four figures from the Heavy Conflict and the Mission Accepted two-packs! It’s a brand new take on Heavy Duty and Duke and the debut of Fan’s Choice figure Stiletto and Tombstone!
There’s some good. There’s some bad. There’s a few rants by Chris and some snark from Fred. There may even be a Deadpool cameo or three. However, there’s something that almost everyone can find to love in both the Heavy Conflict and the Mission Accepted two-packs. After all, what’s not to love about the return of two familiar faces as well as the debut of two brand-new characters? Well… if I told you then you wouldn’t have to read the reviews! (Unless you just want to look at the pretty pictures. That’s okay too. Really. This way you don’t have to deal with another “Chris rant.”)
JBL reviews the new G.I. Joe Zombie Patrol two-pack– featuring the reissue of the highly sought-after Zombie Viper!
Our server migration is finally complete and almost everything seems to be working on the back end. (FINALLY!) As such, it’s time to get back to business around here when it comes to reviews! For the new crop of 50th Anniversary product I’ll be tackling some of the reissue sets solo. Chris and I will team up for the new release figure sets.
Case-in-point: the Zombie Patrol two-pack!
This set was initially released during my self-imposed hiatus from the online community. (I pretty much took off the time arom Rise of Cobra through Retaliation.) The Zombie Viper was part of the 30th Anniversary line which weaved the notion of the mysterious Compound Z throughout several waves. The figures proved to be a hit with fans but were challenging to find at retail and now command some solid prices on the secondary market. Thankfully, Hasbro listened to the fans and the Zombie Patrol two-pack was released in November at Toys R Us and BigBadToyStore.com.
Is this set worth all of the hype? Are the Zombie Vipers all that they’re cracked up to be? Didn’t people get enough of them the first time around?
Looking for the new 2016 G.I. Joe figures and don’t have ready access to a Toys R Us? Look no further!
When Hasbro first announced the 2016 G.I. Joe line-up it was stated that these figures would hit retail “November 2016.” In spite of this fact, pre-orders for that line have been virtually non-existent. However, over the past few days sightings have started pouring in from various Toys R Us locations ranging from Louisiana to Texas to Illinois where the release date seems to have been broken.
The FULL inventory is available here. However here are two quick links that will get you “one of each” of each set available. (Note, these aren’t affiliate links. JBL makes NOTHING from any orders placed by clicking on these. We’re just trying to help out the community any way we can.)
Toy Fair 2016 is now a distant memory. The displays have been removed from the Javits Center, the vendors have gone home, and the internet press has left the Big Apple. It was an exciting weekend filled with reveals, licensing announcements and more product debuts than a toy collector can shake an Episode 1 Jar-Jar Binks action figure at. Yet the more time passes since the event has concluded, the more it would seem that people are debating a single topic:
What did we learn about G.I. Joe at Toy Fair 2016?
Normally this is a pretty straight forward question– one that is answered by Hasbro at their annual media blitz presentation. However, this year, G.I. Joe wasn’t mentioned during any of the official announcements. (Neither was the new semi-hyped “Hasbro Cinematic Universe” but more on that in a moment.) In fact, if it weren’t for two individuals who were covering the event for entertainment sites that focus on a variety of toy lines, there might have been nary a peep mentioned about Joe anywhere. However, thanks to JayC of ToyNewsI.com and Fran from ToyArk.com (aka Destro of HISSTank.com), we have two seemingly conflicting reports. Or do we? Fans have embraced one and questioned the other but do these two reports really conflict at all? Pull up a chair and a frosty Yo Joe Cola and let’s take a look!
I’ll admit it– I’ve fallen a bit behind on getting these posted. Too many trips on the road for work and some pesky house issues around the JBL photo setup have pushed reviews back a bit further than I would have liked. Thankfully, after this week, much of the obstacles to publication will have been removed and we can get the review train rolling again! After all, there are a few three packs and the Silent Strike set yet to cover! (The Rock Rampage 3-pack continues to prove decidedly elusive.)
The Swamp Steam pack has the distinction of being the set that few people saw coming during the Hasbro reveals at Joe Con 2015. Based on two cancelled Pursuit of Cobra figures, this set finally puts the more tactically-colored Blowtorch and the Python Patrol Croc Master in the hands of fans after a four year delay.
Was it worth the wait? Are these figures worth adding to your collection? Will the name “Swamp Steam” ever make sense?
The G.I. Joe Classic Clash two-pack review has been posted!
He’s a native American tracker with a degree in psychology who can find anyone anywhere. He’s a former assasin who comes from an ancient and mysterious ninja clan who once served as the bodyguard for the “most dangerous man alive.” Together– they comprise the G.I. Joe Classic Clash two-pack!
Who’s the better figure – Spirit or Storm Shadow? Does either one of them know where Freedom is? Will Deadpool make a cameo? Does any of these even matter?
The G.I. Joe Hunt for Cobra Commander two-pack review is now posted!
It’s been a bit of a busy week here at JBL HQ but that’s not stopping us from whittling our way through the new G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary two-packs! This time, Fred takes a look at the Hunt for Cobra Commander set which pits the 2012 concept case Shipwreck up against a darker more sinister Cobra Commander. These sets are just now hitting Toys R Us stores across the nation and full cases are STILL available at EntertainmentEarth.com for just $119.99.
Who will emerge victorious? Do the red shoes help? Should Deadpool make more cameos in reviews? Does it even matter?
The G.I. Joe Marine Devastation two-pack reviews have been posted!
It feels like I’ve been waiting to pen this review for two years now— ever since this new Gung-Ho figure was unveiled at the end of Saturday’s events during the 2013 G.I. Joe Collector’s Convention in Indianapolis. Two long years of waiting for a truly breath-taking update of my favorite Joe. It wasn’t until this year’s Joe Con that the G.I. Joe Marine Devastation set was announced and Gung-Ho was finally slated for release. Even better– he was being packaged with a sinister-looking Cobra Shadow Guard!
The SDCC 2015 Desert Duel exclusive set review has been posted!
This year was a pretty good year for SDCC exclusives. The Crimson Strike set featured two new vehicle deco’s and four exclusive figures. Yet, it only told half the story– which was completed in the Toys R Us exclusive SDCC 2015 Desert Duel set. This set featured only two exclusive characters over the standard retail version that’s starting to hit stores now but it also introduced the Joe fandom to the upgraded FOE Striker and Cobra Basilisk!
Want to know what two long-time Joe fans thought of the SDCC 2015 Desert Duel set? Did the FOE Striker live up to the hype? Is the Cobra Basilisk going to replace the familiar HISS Tank any time soon? Can Fred and Chris agree on anything this time around?
With the pre-orders selling out at ToysRUs.com in just a few hours this is a great way to get at least one of everything by ordering a case, with FREE SHIPPING, for $119.99.
This G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary Action Figures 2-Packs Wave 3 Case contains 8 individually packaged 2-packs:
2x Classic Clash – Spirit vs. Storm Shadow
1x Marine Devastation – Gung Ho vs. Cobra Shadow Guard
2x Hunt for Cobra Commander – Shipwreck vs. Cobra Commander
1x Swamp Steam – Blowtorch vs. Python Patrol Croc Master
2x Troop Build Up – Steel Brigade vs. Iron Grenadier
Seriously– unless you’re someone who loves the retail hunt, here’s a great way to snag the G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary 2-packs from wave 3 and get a few extra troops to boot! Just click on the link below and you’re all set. (Plus, your purchase helps JBL in the process.)