Is the Marissa Fairborn & Afterbreaker two-pack worth your hard-earned cash? Did Otto finally convert over to being a full-time Transformers fan? The answers to these questions and more can be found over at the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Review Index!
Today’s reviews focus on that group of brave scientists and soldiers tasked with finding a way to cure the infected of the Zombie Initiative! That’s right– I’m talking about the E.C.O.- Force! Check out the reviews of Clean-Sweep, Flint, and Ozone in their generation 3 builds over in the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Review Index!
Check back tomorrow as JBL unveils the next installment of the Zombie Initiative in our Halloween Countdown!
Last week the SDCC 50th Anniversary Danger at the Docks sets went up on ToysRUs.com and this site admin was lucky enough to snag one! It finally arrived last week and that means it’s time for a brand new review here at JBL! Was this set, which features the VAMP Mk 2 and Flint in their original color schemes worth it? Or, was it another case of “wash, rinse, repaint?”
Head on over to the brand new 50th Anniversary Review Index and check it out the review of the SDCC 50th Anniversary Danger at the Docks to find out one Joe fan’s opinion!
I have to say that I hate him for it! Oh jealousy, you are truly a green-eyed monster.
After a quick phone conversation, I was able to get a few thoughts on the set:
Flint is built using the Resolute head and the Retaliation 3-pack torso.
The plastic on the vehicles, like much of the 50th product, is softer. Apparently he’s had some issues with the rear axle.
The Night Landing weapons crate appears to contain an updated version of Road Pig’s wrist crossbow.
Overall, he’s pretty happy with the set and would like to see a Cobra Stinger re-release soon!
Check out the images of the SDCC Danger at the Docks set below. These were posted to the JBL Facebook page earlier this afternoon. My set is scheduled to arrive tomorrow so I have the feeling tomorrow night will be spent putting together a review as fast as my greedy little fingers can type!
Next week is the 2014 San Diego Comic Con! It’s a celebration of genre-related goodness with everything from panels featuring the latest movies to forthcoming toy lines on display. It’s also a time when exclusive products are made available through manufacturers and retailers. The G.I. Joe brand is no stranger to this concept– with a history of SDCC exclusive items sold through HasbroToyShop.com including the “Pimp Daddy” Destro, Sgt. Slaughter, and Jinxfigures and even some G.I. Joe/Transformers cross-over items. This year, however, the place to check out at the con is the Toys R Us booth!
So get ready to hit those F5 keys and set your browser bookmarks! July 24th is going to be an interesting day to shop online!
Please note: there is also a standard “urban” version of this set available as part of the 50th Anniversary line which will be available at brick & mortar Toys R Us stores later this Summer/early Fall.
Well, no one can say that the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club isn’t trying to stay true to the original Eco-Warriors Flint from 1991! With this bright green and yellow color palate, it’s pretty clear that nostalgia fever will be running high at the con this year. While I see the giant cannon that was originally released with the wave 1 Retaliation Duke, I also see what appears to be some Resolute accessories (on the left arm) and a brand new helmet! Plus, that’s a brand new head sculpt! It is interesting that the figure’s web gear is molded in black– almost in an attempt to add a bit more realism to the character design.
This is one of those times when the GIJCC has to walk a fine line between faithfulness to the original design and keeping the figure marketable. The 90’s were a neon age that was heavily influenced by toy lines like the TMNT. The original Eco-Warriors Flint was so bright that he required Joe fans to wear shades just to look at him. With this update, the original color scheme has been preserved but it’s also been muted some– a change that works very much in this figure’s favor!
The Eco-Force Flint Commander comes complete with everything shown.
That leaves the following as the next preview options:
The backlog of G.I. Joe Retaliation figures gets a bit smaller with the Ultimate Flint review!
In the film, Flint was portrayed as a brash, cocky, and headstrong member of the team who found himself tested when Cobra Commander’s brutal plan was put into action. Some fans felt this didn’t jive with his portrayals in various media over the past 30 years while others found it to be spot-on with his early appearances in Larry Hama’s Marvel Comics run. Regardless, wave 3.5 of the Retaliation line brought fans “Ultimate Flint”– a figure sporting a more movie-accurate deco and enough accessories to outfit a platoon. Is this figure worth a purchase considering there was a Flint figure released just one wave earlier?