It’s been a bit but the G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary reviews continue with the first two two-packs in the line– the Heated Battle and the Night Marksmen!
I’ve been sitting on these for a while now– digesting what may be some of the last new 1:18 Joes from Hasbro for a while. As with much of this 32nd Anniversary of A Real American Hero 50th Anniversary of G.I. Joe line, it’s a case of “what was old is new again.” These two packs feature three characters who have seen prior releases and one that makes his debut in the generation 3 style of construction.
So, were Blowtorch, Low-Light, HEAT Viper, and Night Viper worth picking up?
If the Cobra Night Viper is doing his job properly, he’s never seen. With that logic, these troopers must be some of the most effective Cobra Troopers in history as, up until recently, very few people have ever seen one at retail! Through some blind luck and the courtesy of another Joe fan, JBL is finally able to review the G.I. Joe Retaliation Wave 4 Cobra Night Viper!
Were these troops worth the wait? Do they hold up to months of searching?
There are myriad reasons to live in the Midwest: changing seasons, friendly people, good regional food, and more G.I. Joe gatherings than you can shake a stick at! Earlier this year, Midwestern fans were able to attend Coil Con IV in Kokomo, IN and this weekend they’ll be able to attend Code Name: Iowa’s annual Assembly Required gathering in Des Moines!
In it’s third year this event has grown to such an extent that it requires a brand new location! Join fans from around the nation in attending panels, checking out dealer tables, and mingling with some very special guests. It promises to be a fantastic free event that will be fun for collectors of all ages!
Special guests at this year’s event include:
Ron Wagner – comic artist from Marvel/IDW
Matt Brandenburg – former Hasbro prototype painter
Joe:Declassified exhibit – the premiere “behind the scenes” exhibit of rare prototypes, design sketches and more will be on hand featuring G.I. Joe archivists Gary “Goggles” Head and Chris “Topson” Murray
In addition, fantastic door prizes include a set of 20 G.I. Joe Retaliation Night Vipers and a MISB Killer W.H.A.L.E. hovercraft! That’s right Joe Fans– two lucky individuals are walking away with prizes that will make even the most hardened Cobra loyalist green with envy! However, as the game show hosts are fond of saying “But wait… there’s more!”
This year marks the debut of the next series of incredible minimalist art prints featuring the 1985 line-up! Plus, two special minimalist prints will be given away as prizes– Flint and Lady Jaye signed by Bill Ratner and Mary McDonald-Lewis herself! So, what are you waiting for– a signed invitation for Serpentor himself?!! Make plans to hit the road this Saturday and join in on the fun! The Code Name Iowa Assembly Required event is THE place to be!
The event is free to the public. For more information visit CodeNameIowa.com or follow them on Facebook at Code Name: Iowa! (Oh yeah, and tell ’em JBL sent you!)