No, you’re not seeing things. A new review HAS been posted at JBL. Really. This is not an illusion, hoax, or #fakenews. It’s the first of many to come as the admin works to update and reorganize the existing review indexes on the site!
In 2017, the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club released a three pack of figure that many fans feel is LONG overdue: the female Cobra Troopers! There’s been a precedent for female troopers set in both cartoon and comic format and yet for years the ranks of the Cobra blue shirts were dominated by men. However, in an age where the role of women in combat has evolved it seemed only natural that Cobra would keep pace.
While you’re at it– be sure to check out the updated G.I. Joe Collector’s Club FSS Review Index. With the volume of figures released by the Club in the FSS it only seemed proper to split that series off into its own page. We’ll have updated reviews there soon including: Ambush, Scoop, Raptor, Gaucho, Shattered Glass Tomax, Steel Raven, G.I. Jane, Captain Skip, Dojo, Crosshair, Payload, Night Stalker Commander, and Rampart!
Late last night, Mike broke open his convention set and posted a series of videos showcasing the figures that comprise the Force of Battle 2017! He even brought along vintage counterparts of the figures for comparison purposes. (I wonder what the TSA made of Avalanche, Blaster, Blocker, Dodger, Knockdown and Maverick.) Joe Con 2017 probably raises a few eyebrows at security checkpoints.
I’ll be embedding all the parts of his review below for your viewing pleasure as they go live this morning!
The G.I. Joe FSS 5 General Flagg & Sneak Peek reviews are LIVE!
The best laid plans of mice and men…
After FAR too long of a delay, Chris and I take a look at the fourth shipment of the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Figure Subscription service 5.0. This set of figures was sent to subscribers back in March and contained General Flagg and the classic 1987 deco of Sneak Peek. Unfortunately, that pesky “real life” got in the way for both of the reviewers and so these reviews were delayed until now. (I’ll be adding additional photos to Flagg over the weekend. Pesky day jobs really sucked away some quality “hobby time” during the past month.)
General Flagg (the younger one) is rocking his 1994 deco while Sneak Peek is back for his second GIJCC release in his classic original colors. This marks one more addition to the update rosters for both 1994 and 1987. Now only Fast Draw is missing from the original ’87 single carded G.I. Joe team members.
Were these two figures worth the wait? Are they a bargain at the FSS price? Do either of the reviewers acknowledge Deadpool’s conspicuous absence this month?
Two more G.I. Joe FSS 5 figures get the review treatment this week: Darklon & Salvo!
What is this? Could it be? Have the admins publisihed two MORE G.I. Joe FSS 5 reviews this week? You bet your sweet Evader it’s true!!! Fred and Chris are back with a look at the two latest figures to arrive from the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Figure Subscription Service: Darklon & Salvo!
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more mis-matched parir of characters from the latter half of the A Real American Hero run than these two. One is a distant cousin of Destro whose fashion sense could best be described as “thrift store chic as assembled in a darkened room.” The other is a towering anti-armor trooper whose basic philosophy on firepower is emblazoned on his hand-lettered t-shirt.
So what do our intrepid reviewers think of the G.I. Joe FSS 5 dynamic duo of Darklon and Salvo? Does Darklon improve upon the original 1989 design or is it another faithful club recreation? Does this second build of Salvo better satisfy the expectations of fans? (After all, the first Salvo build went over like 2016 Joe Con JUMP pack souvenir sets.) Heck, does Deadpool return after his glaring omission in the last two reviews?
Head on over to the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Review Index and check out what two long-time Joe fans think of both Darklon and Salvo!
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?
You’d never know it by looking at the front page but it’s actually been a busy few weeks here at JBL. There’s been a lot of behind-the-scenes work as JBL migrated from our existing (and failing) server to a brand new virtual location. Now it’s time to get back to work and that means add more new reviews to the site!
The order of publication is still up in the air but it’s about time that we got back on track here at JBL. No excuses… while this is a hobby site and not a full-time job, it’s about time that the admin got off his butt and got back to work.
Do you have a preference on the order? Are you more excited about Powerglide than Tiger Force Big Brawler? Does Flying Scorpion rate higher on your priority list than another Zartan release? Let JBL know in the comments below or over on the JBL Facebook page.
JBL reviews the G.I. Joe FSS 4 Tiger Force Outback, Tiger Force Sneak Peek, and bonus Carla “Doc” Greer!
Just last week subscribers in this wave of the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Figure Subscription Service received the final figures in the series. Tiger Force Outback and Tiger Force Sneak Peek, based on the 1990 European exclusive figures, arrived along with the mysterious “13th bonus figure.” Initially, fans speculated that this figure was going to be Tiger Force Jinx.
The internet speculation was wrong! Instead, fans were treated to an ARAH generation 3 update to Carla “Doc” Greer!
Fred and Chris take on the task of reviewing Tiger Force Outback, Tiger Force Sneak Peek, and Carla “Doc” Greer. As always, our two intrepid reviewer take a look what’s good and would could be improved with these latest Club releases. Were these figures worth the wait? Does Fred finally agree that Tiger Force isn’t so bad? Will Chris like any of these G.I. Joe Collector’s Club figures? Does Deadpool make another cameo?
The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Pythona review is live!
Seriously, I can scarely believe that I’m typing the words “Pythona review.” Since her debut in G.I. Joe: The Movie nearly 30 years ago, this deadly emissary/assassin from the mysterious kindgom of Cobra-La has been on the top of G.I. Joe fans’ wishlists. Thanks to the folks at the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club, this long sought-after femme fatale is finally making her way into the displays of Joe fans everywhere as the 2016 membership renewal figure.
Was she worth the wait? Did the Club deliver the good this time around? Does Deadpool make yet another gratuitous cameo? Do Fred and Chris finally completely agree on a figure? Will I ever stop asking questions and get to the Pythona review?
The G.I. Joe FSS 4 Billy Arboc & Cobra Interrogator figures have been reviewed!
Of all of the shipments in G.I. Joe FSS 4, this one was the most anticipated for many subscribers. With the first ever figure of Cobra Commander’s son Billy and the long-awaited debut of the Cobra Interrogator in generation 3 form, there was little in the roster that could top it. Finally, after weeks of waiting, the figures have dropped!
Did they live up to decades of anticipation? Was Billy Arboc worth the wait? Did the Cobra Interrogator live up to the hype. Do Chris and Fred agree on anything in these reviews? More importantly, does Deadpool make yet another in a series of gratuitous cameo appearances?
It’s an odd pairing– a negotiator and an incendiary automaton designed for mass destruction but that’s par for the course when it comes to G.I. Joe FSS 4 shipments. Can this hot-headed android and this cool intervention specialist get along? Bullhorn and the Inferno BAT might not make for an ideal showdown but this marks the first time that either of them has been updated to generation 3 construction.
The big question is: are these figures worthy additions to any G.I. Joe Collection?