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  1. I'm in the midst of creating a Fumbles of my very own!
  2. I always used them as different forces. The troopers were baseline pawns. Recruit them off the streets, give them some blue pajamas and cheap gear, give them minimal training, and set them loose on the world. Where as Vipers would be composed mainly of mercenaries, disgruntled soldiers from all over the world, and troopers who had proven themselves on the battlefield.
  3. I use a customized convention Pimp Daddy Destro. Yeah... I used a PDD for a custom, now THAT is pimpin'.
  4. I realize I'm bordering on blasphemy here, but from a costume design standpoint, I prefer the VVV wave 7 Viper. I have 50 of these figures and was worried I'd have to replace them when the inevitable better version of them would come out from the 25th line. Viewing this new 25th version, that worry has subsided.
  5. Hey folks, Anybody heard of this toy line? They were a Walgreens exclusive in late 2006 and went for something ridiculous, like a buck a piece. They stood about 4" tall and had interchangeable parts, I'm hoping to get some more to bulk up my army of BAATs. If anyone has any for sale or can tell me of a place that has them for sale I'd be most appreciative.
  6. What are these and how are they useful?
  7. my top ten Cobras Blackout CLAWS VVV wave 7 Vipers Bat v. 3.2 Neo Viper Neo Viper Commander Scalpel Iron Grenadiers VVV Single pack Night Creepers Torch Top Ten Joes Barell Roll v.1 Major Barrage Sgt. Mutt Sgt. Stalker (JVC) Bombstrike Snake Eyes (JvC Wave 4) (Another Snake Eyes, heresy I know, but this is my definitive Snake Eyes) Cross Hairs Hi Tech (Sigma Six) Long Range (Sigma Six) Faces
  8. Legs: The legs are replaced in the same manor as always, just don't lose the little rubber piece on that makes contact with the ball on the t-hook. The Balls on the T-hooks are a little larger than a normal t-hook, so there me be a little sanding involved to get old legs to fit on there. I've also gotten around the much maligned design flaw of "diaper crotches" by dremeling the groins to look like our much beloved classic crotches. It's really overwhelmingly simple to do, I don't understand why so many people are crying about it. That's why I started customizing, if you don't like it, fix it. Chest: As far as the chest yeah, best solution so far is to crack them open with pliers, or perhaps drill a minute hole at the seam and crack it with a nail. Arms: As far as lower arms go, I had to take a page out of my Marvel Legends customizing book and use my hair dryer to soften the plastic of the upper arm and pop out the lower arm and then pop in a lower arm of my choosing. This works best, obviously between 25th anniversary figs, but I find VVV wave 7 and some DTC figures, as well as Star Wars Figures lower arms work well. If the peg is too big for the arm, all you have to do is sand it down. I'm making a Sigma Six style duke out of a Snake Eyes, and I swapped the lower arms of a VVV 7 Gung Ho, looks great. Head: The heads all swap easy between the 25th anniversary figures, however the heads from other neck ball based figure designs (Barrage, Mutt, Venomous Maximus, Star Wars, select heads from Alyosha and Good to Go Customs) will work as well, with a little help. Basically you need green stuff (epoxy putty). You put a small amount of the putty in the head. Push the head down on the neck peg until it is in a nice centralized location. There should be some putty coming out at the bottom of the head. Let the putty set until dry. Once dry, gently wiggle the head back and forth, until the head is turning on this newly formed neck ball. After that, just pull the head head off the neck ball and cut the putty that is hanging off of the neck ball. That'll leave a nicely fitted neck and head. Are customizing these Joes going to be as easy as customizing Joes of yesteryear? No, but I think it'll force us as customizers to become more creative and hopefully come up with new techniques. Keep in mind the old methods of customizing Joes was cultivated of 25 years of the hobby. The race is on ladies and gentlemen, let's see some great customs!
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    GI Joe RPG

    I've been toying around with the idea for some time now. Right now I've only got the setting nailed down. Mine's a little bit different than an actual GI Joe RPG would be. First off, the events of Joe history happened in real time, therefore all of our favorite Joes and many of the Cobras we know are Old/dead, I feel this allows the players to be the star... and not constantly be overshadowed by the big guns of the Joeverse. When game mastering I delight in throwing little twists at the player. The catch here, none of my players know they're playing a GI Joe rpg. When describing this to them I describe it like: "It's a covert black ops rpg... think splinter cell with some sci fi elements." Then I throw in clues about what they're playing throughout the game. This is just kinda fun for me, I like seeing how many clues I can pepper in before the players catch on. I'm a sadistic GM. Anyhoo here's the setting. The government shut down the GI Joe team in 1994. The vast majority of the public has no clue that a shadow war was waged throughout the 80's and most of the nineties with a terrorist organization named Cobra. But recently things have been changing. Intelligence communities are abuzz about a new shady threat. The players know about this looming threat, but know nothing about cobra, Joe, or any of the events of their conflict. The US government in a desperate attempt to stop this threat before it happens has dashed together a team of military specialists, in several cells. Each of these cells is unwittingly part of a larger reinstated GI Joe team. I divided the team into cells because the Joe team eventually became too large for my liking, and it goes well with a small gaming group. The players' characters are rising stars in the military, but due to their strong personalities, or strange character quirks (Wild Bill anyone?) they've been held back in their careers. That's when they get a visit from Agent Conrad Hauser offering them an invitation into one of these new cells, called "Steel Brigade". Once again, it was important to me make the players the stars... They're the next generation of GI Joe. I had planned to work my favorite Joes into the new team as instructors and trainers to the new team. For instance if a player wanted their character to train in more non-conventional military techniques, This new team has the last 4 masters of Arashikage-do Ninjitsu on the payroll as instructors. "The silent master", an eerie figure clad entirely in black, could teach the player about stealth and use of edged weapons to get the silent drop on your opponent. "The Blind Master" a woman in a red blindfold, could teach the players techniques that would allow them to fight without the use of their eyes. "The Crimson Master", an apprentice of the Silent Master, would teach the players how modern warfare and ninjitsu can work hand in hand, he also has an intimate knowledge of a mysterious network of corrupt politicians and lawyers that are controlled by this new terrorist threat. Finally, if the characters want the truest experience of Arashikage-do, they would train with "The Young Master", called that because he was the youngest man ever to reach mastery of the esoteric principals of his art. Not so young anymore, The Young Master would teach any character interested in becoming an Arashikage ninja. I'd more than likely use D20 modern with some elements of D20 future as the base system for the game. There are some great books on weapons and gear out there, more to keep any joe fan happy.
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    OUCH!

    I'm the guy who actually paid 72 plus shipping for Bazooka and Torch. But I'm a huge dreadnok fan and when my area got no wave 6, I was disappointed to say the least. Then came this auction, and I had some money to blow, so I said what the heck...
  11. DTC: $302 Small Joes: $35 None of this includes shipping... Some of those orders I had to pay for shipping on, some I didn't, And I honestly can't recall what I paid on those.
  12. Though it wasn't for Christmas (My family is still a little weirded out that their 26 year old son still collects action figures), The December DTC sale was very good to me. 1 Rhino 4 BAT Attack packs 2 Hiss Tanks 1 ROCC 1 Range Viper (I've got a weird idea for a CC custom) any hoo, HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!
  13. I like to keep my troop builders in proportion to how I feel their numbers are in the cobra organization. I generally army build in multiples of 5, but I've been thinking of upping that that number to 7 since that's how many the new Hiss holds, and I've been customizing those in ridiculously interesting ways, as the troop type requires (Crimson Hiss', Urban camo Hiss' with ablative armor for the Alley Vipers, hey, maybe if the mood strikes me I might even make a Hiss that makes sense for a Night Creeper to be driving it). Any ways, this is how I see the troop numbers in order from most to least numerous. Cobra Troopers - Bar none the most numerous rank and file trooper Cobra has. Find some thugs on the streets, give 'em a gun, a blue outfit, and some basic military training. BATs - Now, at this point in the Joe time line I'd place these guys as being as numerous or maybe more numerous than the Troopers. That all depends on how much credence you lend to the Robot Rebellion theme, or whether or not you believe Sigma Six is where 3 3/4" continuity was headed. Vipers - Cobra's true military might, these are the troops that actually pose a threat on the battle field. Plentiful, but due to their better equipment and military expertise, smaller in number than the troopers. Crimson Guards - This is where we see a sharp drop off in numbers. Siegies shouldn't be a huge army... more a security force. These guys are supposed to be special, and all too often we forget that. Like if your troopers and vipers number 24 each, and your specialty vipers number 4 or 5 each, then you should have about 8 - 12. I couldn't resist getting a few too many Siegies, 12 to be exact... so I customized 4 into officers so that I can break them into four security teams of 3. Specialty Vipers - This is a hard one, because, certain specialties are going to allow for more troops than others... Some like the Alley Viper, Range Viper, and SAW Viper just require some specialized training and some gear that doesn't go too far outside the scope of what the modern military uses... so those would more than likely see larger troop numbers. While others would be OUTRAGEOUSLY expensive to outfit like the CLAWS, Neo-Vipers, and Sand Vipers... so they would probably be relatively small in number. And still others would be limited in number due to bizarre or esoteric training... who in their right mind would go from the viper corps into Ninja Viper training, and how many who started that training would see it to completion? The rule of thumb on specialty vipers? Anything goes. Iron Grenadiers - I see these guys as being the absolute best soldiers that money can buy, Destro has spared no expense, but he is funding them out of his own pocket and as such they are much fewer in number than any one of Cobra's forces. Besides if these guys were more numerous, Destro might have fared a little bit better in the Cobra Civil War. However, I bend the proportion rules a little in my collection (I have a lot of IG's) by reasoning that Destro doesn't trust Cobra in the least and has a heavy security contingent with him (so the number of IG's in my collection does not reflect porportions troops) Crimson Shadow Guard - I like to think of these guys as a rumor siegies use to scare each other loyal. In my joeverse, they're a covert siegie division, but also serve as a sort of internal affairs division, wiping out threats within Cobra. I may put one or two of these guys hiding somewhere in a diorama. Like I said, these guys are supposed to be covert.
  14. yeah, I ordered 2 Hiss', A RHINO, 2 BAT packs, and a range viper and saved more than thirty bucks, and whatever shipping would have been, which on that order, I'm sure couldn't have been cheap.
  15. Don't know if this is old news or not, but I figured out what that GI-MONGOUS hole on Overkill's back is for... it's one of those weapon hard points like on the RHINO or the ROCC... you can put any of the weapons from those vehicles in that hole, or the arms of the defense mech as well... some of the weapons are big and ridiculous... but hey, he's a robot...
  16. That leads me to an interesting question... what's everybody's biggest single division of troops. Mine's the VVV viper at 15, 10 blue 5 red.
  17. Yeah, this was a great show, a little 12" heavy and even less love was shown to new sculpt 3 3/4", but over all fantastic... the customs were amazing, just some fantastic work, especially the 12" scale tank. I also found some fantastic deals, is this show done on a semi regular basis?
  18. Ok, I know some of you are married out there, but here's what I'm wondering... how do those of you with kids differentiate between dad's toy's and your kids toys. I was thinking about this today while dining at Friendly's and watching a child throw a tantrum and turn the three feet around his table into a disaster area of sugar packets and childrens menus. The first thought that popped into my head was, "I'm glad he didn't get into my toy collection." I've got a lot of rare toys, and a lot of customs that probably couldn't stand up to torture from a real child... So my question is, do your children listen to you and stay away from your toys, do you have to give up collecting altogether? eh, just random stuff that pops into yer head while you're scarfing down an ultimate bacon cheeseburger....
  19. Okay, here's another long winded cast list, This time for Cobra. Cobra Commander- Sean Penn, This guy could really do a great job of playing a common every man (Think Mystic River), who just had enough of what the US government was doing to the little guy. Little by little over the years, gaining funds through financial manipulation (Cameo by the Twins in this film, save them for the sequel), making deals and connections with small time revolutionary groups and militias, until this point in time when he chooses to strike out at the government in a surprise move, he's built an army of the disenfranchised, right under the Government's noses. I think that could be a semi realistic portrayal of the sometimes cartoonishly portrayed supervillian. Destro- Jude Law, He's a little younger than I picture Destro, but he's got something. Destro has to be regal, you have to believe that he was raised in old money, he's gotta have that sort of debonair quality. The way I see this young Destro is that he's Euro Trash in the extreme, but I see him as like a young jet setting billionaire, An eccentric darling of the british tabloids ("Masked Socialite Crashes Charity Ball"). Of course the public has no idea of the secret division of MARS inc. that sells advanced arms to the same forces their legitimate customers oppose. Jude Law would do an excellent job of pulling off the balance between spoiled brat/regal nobility that a young Destro would require. Firefly- Chow Yun Fat, I liked the take on the character as a Vietnamese explosives expert that can hold his own in a fight (A martial artist not a ninja). I think Chow Yun Fat would be great as a man who developed a bizarre fascination with fire and explosives when watching the devastation in his homeland as a child. I think that would make a terrifying villian. Zartan- I like Jason Statham in this role. He's got the brawling style as shown in the transporter, and the accent could definately work for Zartan. I see Zartan as Cobra Commander's link to a vast underground criminal network along with control over one of the most powerful (and best armed thanks to MARS) biker gangs in the world. Storm Shadow- Jet Li, I'm honestly surprised no one picked this one yet. Li's acting is a little wooden, but I could totally see him masquerading amongst the Cobras as a body guard for CC, all the while keeping his mind on the single goal of avenging the Hard Master. Plus, How dope would a Jet Li/Ray Park fight be (Li Ala Hero, Park Ala Phantom Menace)? Baroness- Helena Bonham Carter all the way. She could play the dark and creepy euro trash thing all the way, and would be the perfect foil for Law's Destro. Major Blood- Liam Neeson, An old soldier that has fought on every continent, in every major war in the past 25 years. He would be fantastic as a world class merc who helped organize the cobra legions. He will do the dirtiest of dirtiest deeds for the right price. His recent turn as Ra's al Ghul proves he can do villian just as well he can do hero. He'd a prove a nice counter for Tony Todd's Stalker, maybe have them bump into eachother in a past encounter. Villians are always so much more fun to cast.
  20. I think a lot of those ideas for Joe casts are pretty solid. Here's mine (COMPLETLY ignoring the budget that it would take to hire a cast like this.) Duke- Brad Pitt, He can pull off the all american blonde haired, blue eyed all american pretty boy fairly well. However as Fight Club and certain parts of Legends of the Fall proved he can be a pretty convincing tough guy. Flint- Clive Owen, I got this idea reading America's Elite where Flint's looking pretty grungy, I kinda like that take on Flint. Seeing Clive Owen in Sin City he had sort of that hard edge square jaw quality Flint needs. Snake Eyes- Ray Park, I gotta go with the majority on this one. I don't necessarily dig his acting that I've seen, but all of the acting with Snake Eyes will be in his fighting, and the way he moves... a certain body language I think Park could pull off well. Stalker- Tony Todd, a little known character actor, that's a bit older than Stalker is generally portrayed as, but Stalker has a lot of back story, he's done a lot of living which I think could only be done right by an actor that's a little older than the rest. Plus it might be an interesting take to show his relationship with Snake Eyes as a friendship that developed from a superior officer and one of his lower ranking troops. Plus it fills that quotient for that whole "old soldier who's seen it all" Hawk- George Clooney, I had a bit of trouble with this one. First I wanted to go with portrayal of Hawk as one of the youngest 3 star Generals in history, but I couldn't think of any young guys that could command the Joes like that. Then I was thinking of the cartoon and the DDP comic portrayal of Hawk as one of the oldest of the Joes... that didn't seem right either. I picked George Clooney because he's not so young you can't believe he made General, but not so old that there's no way he could ever be involved in the field. He's done tough guys before(Dusk till Dawn), and he's charismatic enough that he could make a reasonable leader. Scarlett- I'm not even going to bother with this one, because even in my dream cast, the hollywood bigwigs would cast some lame flavor of the month maxim covergirl. But she's in the movie too. Torpedo- Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Now Torpedo is an unusual choice, but I feel that a Joe team should have some kind of diver/representitive of the Navy. Not only does Johnson have the action movie chops, and would make a believable Navy Seal, His pacific islander heritage would fall nicely in line with Torpedo's back story. Now an arguement could be made that with so many alpha personality actors, that story could definately suffer... but that could also work in favor of the film, I mean these people are all the best at what they do in their respective fields. There's a reason why none of these people wear a conventional US Military out fit. They are all free thinkers... they work outside the box... and it might be interesting to see a bunch of people who aren't team players, forced into a team to face the threat of Cobra. This post ran a little longer than I expected it to. I'll post my Cobra list next.
  21. Interesting question as tonight I was just modifying my JVC Grunt into a Guile figure. This is how I see the factions breaking down. Joes: Guile: Duh! I'm surprised Hasbro didn't sue Capcom. Jax: Not sure they made a figure of him, but he should be a joe Sonya: She and Jax are both US Special Forces. Chun Li: As a member of Interpol, she could be on loan to Joe. Joe Allies: These guys have no REAL place being in the Joeverse, but if we are acknowledging the existence of the others, they too must exist. Here are a few reasons why they might be interested in the Joe/Cobra conflict. Ryu: A loner at heart, he'd have no interest in a team setting, but might be persuaded to stick around to learn some of the more esoteric Arashikage ninja school techniques. Ken: Where ever Ryu goes this guy follows like a lost puppy. Blanka: Once again not a team player... but maybe he's out to kick some Cobra tail after some Cobra Eco-Warriors busted up his rainforest crib in the early nineties. Or even tying his mysterious origins to Mindbender is a possibility. Zangief: A Russian patriot, he could be out to topple Cobra to keep them from entering his beloved homeland. Maybe he was recruited by the Oktober Guard. If Joe can recruit Sgt. Slaughter, why can't they recruit their own pro wrestler. Dhalsim: His main concern is ending suffering and bringing compassion to the world. What could stop more potential suffering than bringing down global terrorism network like Cobra? Scorpion: He would ally himself with the Joes if it would gain him the ability to face down Sub Zero in a fight. The Cobras: M.Bison: I see Shadowlaw not so much as a rival organization, just as a terrorist faction that would function as a subsidiary of Cobra. I see Bison running Shadowlaw much in the way Destro runs the IG's... it's his own private army. Vega: On loan from Shadowlaw Sagat: " " Balrog: " " Sub Zero: He belongs to the clan of ninja assassins known as the Lin Kuei. They could be in the employ of Cobra much like the Night Creepers. Think about it... they'd be like Night Crepers with supernatural powers. Smoke: Also a member of Lin Kuei. Kano: He is the leader of the Black Dragon crime tong. I picture him in a roll similar to Zartan and his Dreadnoks, but only his territory would be parts of Asia and the pacific islands. The folks that just plumb don't fit: Liu Kang: The man spends his days in quiet contemplation and living a monk's life... affairs of terrorism and military factions are beneath him. Johnny Cage: He's too self absorbed to care about a Joe/Cobra conflict. E. Honda: I can honestly see no reason why he'd be interested. He's a glory hound, and that's the only reason he was in the World Warrior tournament... I picture him sitting on Cobra Island during the final battle on a hammock sippin' pina colada. Shang Tsung: See Liu Kang Goro: He represents a supernatural threat to the earth, once again, he wouldn't care. Reptile: See Goro. Raiden: What does he care about Cobra... he's a freakin' thunder god, and a braggart of one at that. So, that's how the fighters fit in in my Joeverse. The Joe Allies are sort of advisors on how to deal with the new threats from Shadowlaw/Outworld. At least that's how I always saw things...
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    Alternators

    Well, no... Volkswagon did not start two world wars. But there is one little snippit of history that makes Volkswagon's anti-war, anti-violence stance downright laughable. Who was the man that requested that the first volkswagons (beetles if I'm not mistaken) be made? Adolf FREEKIN' Hitler. Quite frankly it makes me violently ill that a company founded by Nazis is all of the sudden too good to lend their liscense to a toyline just because it has *gasp* guns in the toyline. This stance is not out of some altruistic need for the betterment of man. It's a marketing ploy so that they won't lose business to aging hippies, and hippy wannabes, who are hoping to buy back a piece of their youth.
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