SDCC: G.I. Joe exclusive Kim Arashikage (standard version) reviewed!

2012 SDCC Jinx

As the theme song from the dreadful series “Enterprise” starts out: “It’s been a long time…”  (Nearly four years since I’ve penned a figure review to be exact.)

This year’s San Diego Comic Con exclusive has landed– on her feet as a ninja should!  Lucky attendees of the SDCC were able to snag an updated version of Kim Arashikage (aka “Jinx” to her friends and teammates) at the booth.  Released in two different versions, Jinx features Generation 3 tooling and articulation– and even a movie-accurate head sculpt on her variant version.  However, she’s also proven to be a true ninja– elusive to acquire on! 

So, is this figure worthwhile?  Check out the 2012 SDCC Kim Arashikage review and see what this Joe fan thinks!

Also– note that Jinx isn’t linked anywhere but on the main page of JBL currently.  As part of a return to the review-writing world I’ve got a few maintenance issues to take care of in terms of the site organization.  Look for a new “exclusives” index to be launched soon as well as a section dedicated to the G.I. Joe Retaliation line!

SDCC: Items up at HTS now! (Joe already out of stock.)

In what is becoming a bit of a tradition, Joe fans have been hitting since the SDCC ended on Sunday, eagerly hitting F5 to refresh their screens in the hope of getting a chance to snag the sought-after exclusives.

It would seem that the inventory is now showing up online– however, the Joe items are already “sold out” for now.

Here are a few direct links for those who are going to brave server crashes and other techno-gremlins:

Crimson HISS & 20% off + free shipping code for

Tis the season to buy presents… fa-lalala… is seeking your holiday dollars and they’ve got a new product and an offer to tempt many a Joe fan!

Just added to their “New To HasbroToyShop” section is the Crimson HISS w/Crimson Horsemen.  Retailing at $19.99 it’s a slick new update on the Pursuit of Cobra HISS from last year.  Plus, it’s piloted by the first-ever Crimson Guard pilot specialist!   However, use the discount code “FNF20FS” and receive 20% off your order with FREE shipping!  Even better– there’s no minimum order so army builders can purchase tanks like the plastic candy they are!

Here’s the official announcement: Friends & Family Offer
There’s still time to finish your holiday shopping! Shop now and save 20% OFF plus FREE SHIPPING on your next purchase at Simply enter promo code FNF20FS during checkout to enjoy the savings. You’ll find the season’s hottest brands like, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP, TRANSFORMERS, SESAME STREET, BEYBLADE and more! Feel free to share this special event with friends and family! Offer ends December 18, 2011. 20 % off and FREE STANDARD SHIPPING on most orders at Not valid on previous orders. Offer excludes purchases of exclusives, Hasbro’s Ultimate Gifts category, and PLAYATHON Fundraising Kits. This offer cannot be combined with any other coupon or offer. Subject to terms and conditions of use and policies. Void where prohibited. Offer expires December 18, 2011 11:59 pm (ET).

So, go get ’em gang!

Rise of Cobra MARS Troopers — now $1 at!

Looking for a Joe-based Cyber-Monday deal?  How about a Thanksgiving weekend deal on some troop builders?

Look no further than!

Launched as the “preview figures” for the film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, this MARS trooper three pack has been lingering at e-tailers and retail shelves ever since.  The set includes two troopers and one officer as well as some RoC-themed weaponry.  It’s not the most dynamic set in the history of Joe but it has one thing going for it right now– this set is only $1.00!  That’s right– for $1.00 you’ll get three figures to use for generic troops or custom fodder!  Heck, you can even purchase multiples and toss a few in a local Toys For Tots donation box!

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra MARS trooper 3-pack

So, what are you waiting for?  These figures aren’t going to get any cheaper!!


Pursuit of Cobra wave 3 in stock at!

Just a quick post– the Pursuit of Cobra wave 3 figures are now “in stock” at!

Included in this wave are:

  • Conrad “Duke” Hauser Team Commander
  • Cobra Shock Trooper
  • Snake Eyes Ninja Commando
  • Storm Shadow – Cobra Ninja

Check ’em all out on this page!  HTS is also offering Free Shipping on orders over $50.00!

Hasbro Press Release- SDCC Sgt. Slaughter Figure & Hasbro Toy Shop

Hot off the email, Hasbro has issued a press release regarding our favorite drill Sgt.

To the G.I. JOE fan community,

The passion displayed since Comic-Con on fan-forums regarding the special edition Sgt. Slaughter figures has been truly remarkable. It proves that there is a huge appetite to see this character in action figure form and we’re thrilled that the designs were so well received. We know the Sarge himself, who you may have had the chance to meet in the Hasbro booth at Comic-Con, would be honored to see such an outpouring of support and desire for this special edition figure in his likeness.

We understand there has been a misperception that Hasbro Toy Shop did not offer the primary or variant versions of the figure on the website after Comic-Con as has recently been tradition. This is not true. As publicized prior to the convention, there were indeed a limited number of Sgt. Slaughter figures (both variant and primary) available after the show; a reserve set aside specifically for as there is with all of our special edition figures.

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SDCC Sgt. Slaughter- gone from!

Sometime before 10:30am CST today, the San Diego Comic Con exclusive figures began to trickle onto  However, in RECORD TIME, Sgt. Slaughter was listed as “sold out”, leading many to question whether he was truly available or not. 

Regardless, as of right now, any attempt to buy the Sarge in either version will result in the following screen:

Sgt. Slaughter's status at HTS

It’s also been reported that the GIJoe Collector’s Club is also sold out on sets of this exclusive.

“Rise of Cobra” Wave 4 now available for pre-order at!

Rise of Cobra Wave 4 Kamakura

Rise of Cobra Wave 4 Kamakura

I’ll admit it — I’m an unabashed Kamakura fan.  I like the concept, I loved Brandon Jerwa’s FANTASTIC “Master & Apprentice” mini-series, and I’ve liked every 3.75″ figure of the character made to date.   So, imagine my giddiness (yes, I just said that) when I checked this morning and saw that the Wave 4 figures are now available for pre-order!

No idea on when they’ll be arriving but Kamakura cannot get here soon enough!!  (Just when I was starting to shoot review pics again too… )

Remember, the discount code “GIJoe10” is still good for 10% off!

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