There’s nothing quite like the arrival of new G.I. Joe figures to turn an ordinary Monday into something a bit more exciting! In this latest G.I. Joe FSS 3 shipment, subscribers were treated to new versions of the G.I. Joe Pointman and the newly minted Cobra Courier.
Always eager to examine new figures, Chris “Werecat” Chung of JoeSightings.com and I tossed the figures under the review lens. Were these two figures worth the wait? Did the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club hit another set of home runs or did these two fall somewhat short? Is Max really related to Chester Cheetah?
It’s that time again– when a new shipment from the G.I. Joe FSS is arriving on subscribers doors. Thanks to Alyosha of BrokenArrowToys.com, we’ve got images of this latest arrivals. This month it’s another Nocturnal Fire alumni and a repainted G.I. Joe Retaliation figure. If you haven’t already guessed, I’m talking about Spearhead & Max and Vypra!
According to the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club, the first installments of Figure Subscription Service 3.0 should be shipping in the very near future! Check out this email from the Club that dropped in member mailboxes yesterday:
Happy New Year!
Yesterday we unloaded the container for the FSS 3.0 figures. We are working on getting out the first wave to you this week. You should receive the first wave by Jan 23rd. The second wave will go out the last week of the month. This will get us caught up from all of the shipping and port delays.
For those of you on the subscription billing, we have set the two billing dates: February 2nd and March 16th. Please make sure your CC is good standing before those dates. You can change your information in thesystem so you don’t miss out! If you are planning on moving before the end of May, you can update your shipping information at the same link above.
Thanks for your support and we hope you enjoy your new figures!
Today is the day– the final day to sign-up for the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club FSS 3.0. In order to provide that final incentive, the Club released the following “group shot” yesterday.
Yes, it’s just a composite image of the previews shown thus far but it provides the only real “at a glance” look at what subscribers will receive over the forthcoming months.
It’s an interesting roster– with many Nocturnal Fire alumni, three Cobra-affiliated ninjas, a member of Action Force, and the final member of the Stall family whose saga played out in the file cards of the G.I. Joe vs. Cobra era.
It’s not a cheap subscription– with the subscription running $315.00 if paid in full with additional charges for both shipping and credit card processing. (Or paid in three installments of $105.00 each.) However, if you really want to obtain these figures and don’t want to have to deal with the hassle of tracking them down individually the subscription is the way to go– and the only way to guarantee receipt of the “mysterious 13th figure”.
I’ll just say it– Vypra is one of those characters that fall into the “take it or leave it” bucket for me. I own a Rattler 4WD which included the original 1998 Vypra but she really never made much of an impression upon me. Essentially I viewed her as a repaint of the 1987 Jinx and that was that. It wasn’t until year’s later when I read some of the dio-stories over at GeneralsJoes.com that I gave Vypra a second thought.
I’m not surprised that the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club opted to use the Retaliation Jinx figure to produce Vypra but the bland color scheme leaves me very underwhelmed. With just a charcoal gray and black color scheme, the overall look is incredibly bland. It lacks some visual element to give the design some much needed “POP!” and the result is a gray Jinx– the fourth reuse of this body in two years. The addition of the legs from the Renegades Scarlett help but visually it’s just not an interesting figure. Even the original Vypra had more of a textured look in her paint apps while this preview just shows a mostly solid color design.. After some other strong entries, this is the one that just leaves me cold.
It’s a shame that the visual aspect is so bland as I like the updated specialty as a courier, making her more than just a Stinger driver. I even like the reuse of the case with the SMG and computer screen that first debuted with the Resolute Destro. (Of course, we’re seeing an awful lot of that case too lately.)