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  1. So how much was the total price for the wave 1 subscription?

     

    At around $25 a figure, it cost about $400 after shipping fees are included. Maybe a little more, but my wife got me the first run as a Christmas gift and she paid it in one shot instead of installments, and it was around 415 or so.

     

    Also if I wanted to join now to get in on this second sub....which figure do I get? Cause its too late for Iceberg right?

     

    Yep. Anyone who joined after March 16th of this year is automatically set to receive next year's Membership figure, whatever it turns out to be.

  2. The club is still open to the possibility of doing vintage/O-ring repaints in the future, but admitted to having a very limited amount of tooling to do so with.

     

    The subscription will feature modern tooling only - no O-rings in the set of 13. It was stated explicitly. Also, while the Club has *lots* of ideas, they all need to be submitted to Hasbro for approval.

     

    My choices (not limited to 10 - just ideas of characters that are currently possible with existing tooling):

     

    Euro Mutt - http://www.yojoe.com/action/int/euromutt.shtml

    Euro Spirit - http://www.yojoe.com/action/int/eurospirit.shtml

     

    Cobra Mortal - http://www.yojoe.com/action/int/arg-cobramortal.shtml

    TNT - http://www.yojoe.com/action/int/argtnt.shtml

     

    Forca Tigre Marujo - http://www.yojoe.com/action/int/br-marujo.shtml

    Force Tigre Ar Puro - http://www.yojoe.com/action/int/br-arpuro.shtml

     

    Gaucho - http://www.yojoe.com/action/int/gaucho.shtml

    Hunter - http://www.yojoe.com/action/int/hunter.shtml

     

    Night Force Falcon - Unproduced Wave 13, hopefully with fixed wrists

    Tiger Force Roadblock - Unproduced Wave 13, hopefully with Python Copperhead hands

     

    Iron Klaw - Cancelled Comic Pack

    Arctic Cobra Commander - Cancelled Comic Pack

     

    POC Alpine - Cancelled Mech Wave

    POC Desert Scorpion - Cancelled Mech Wave

  3. I was kinda hoping they'd do a 1-per year thing, so that's how I'm doing it:

     

    1982 - Marvel design Cobra Commander (Double Breasted Admiral-style jacket, big-aft Cap America boots and Awesome hood sculpt... no windsweeping)

    1983 - Wolverine with Cover Girl

    1984 - Storm Shadow - that figure's straight out my dreams

    1985 - Airtight - only cuz there's nothing else from this year Hasbro hasn't already knocked out of the park

    1986 - Thunder Machine w/Thrasher

    1987 - BF2000 Dodger

    1988 - Muskrat vs Voltar "Ultimate Enemies 2-pack"

    1989 - HISS II - black repaint/retool

    1990 - Metalhead

    1991 - Heavy Duty

    1992 - Slice and Dice 2-pack

    1993 - Cobra Reborn 7-pack - Bio-Armor Cobra Commander, Ninja Force Storm Shadow (unmasked!), Battle Corps Dr. Mindbender, Baroness (2009 5-pack with red detailing), Destro (25th IG with silver mask and details), Ninja Force Zartan, and Cobra uniform Billy.

    1994 - Original Action Team 7- pack - GIJoe Colton, Action Soldier, Action Sailor, Action Marine, Action Pilot, Bulletman and Mike "Atomic Man" Power

    1995 - Sgt Savage and General Blitz 2-pack

    1996 - Iron Klaw

    1997 - Iceberg (Arctic 3-pack version)

    1998 - Vypra

    1999 - Wild Card Spot - 1983 desert Clutch, 1989 Rock'n Roll and ... Wild Card!

    2000 - Law and Order

    2001 - Fast Blast Viper - original colors, plus bonus HEAT Viper helmet.

    2002 - Devil's Due 7-pack - Black Ops Duke (green collared shirt and tie), Night Watch Shipwreck, May Day, Kamakura, Zanya, Alex UnDestro, and Mistress Armada.

    2003 - Spy Troops Barrel Roll vs Blackout

    2004 - VvV Overkill (animated model)

    2005 - DTC Medi-Viper

    2006 - Sigma 6 Lt Stone

    2007 - Sigma 6 Hi-Tech

    2008 - Convention Hotwire

    2009 - Wild Card #2 - Early Marvel 3-pack - Dr. Venom, Kwinn (tracker shorts) and Billy (Cobra Scouts uniform)

    2010 - Wild Card #3 - Sunbow Originals 3-pack - Cadet Demming, Raven, and Sparks

    2011 - 30th Anniversary Duke

  4. Lotsa cranky fans on this board... really makes it hard to post.

     

    I'm as big a Joe fan as you can find. The show is awesome, and I'm loving how they're reintroducing everyone. Reboots are the nature of corporate Franchises. You simply have to accept that (or ignore everything that isn't 25 years old).

     

    And for this incarnation of GIJoe, yes a lot of inspiration comes from the A-Team concept... but it's done thru a decidedly Joe themed filter.

     

    I am digging all the cameos, I'm enjoying seeing this new universe unfold from the beginning. Far too many continuities have begun in media res and it's nice to get some origins for the bad guys. Major Bludd's eyepatch, Scrap-Iron's scars... I just hope Destro's mask isn't a movie-inspired thing. Lots of the Snakes-Eyes/Storm Shadow origin was straight from the comics, with a little more logic and the inclusion of Jinx... all of which work for me.

     

    Curmudgeonly nostalgic fans may not dig it, but I sure do!

  5. I'm already bending over for the Scalpers, cuz I want 6 of the Twin Gun repaints and they represent the last of the "army building" Ill do with vehicles for the forseeable future. I admit I'm getting suckered, and if I were closer to the community I'd be all about the hook-up. But considering I've had half a dozen Stinger jeeps and 12 Stinger drivers (plus the 6 "Commanders" that came with the Stingers), and I've been dreaming of this set-up since the MMS repaint was released last year, I'm willing to get hosed just this once.

     

    Once!

  6. I will probably skip it again this year because of the price... but I am interested in seeing them...

     

    Man, all this talk about price. The nature of the hobby is to overpay for meaningless plastic figures that remind us of our childhood.

     

    This is just a little more extreme, but the same principle. So for me, it's all good. Python Patrol holds a special place in my heart. Back in 1991, when I rediscovered my love for GIJoe, I found the full set at a discount store 3 miles from my house. At 12 years old, I put them on layaway and every week I walked those three miles and paid for another figure.

     

    Special Mission Brazil represents the road not traveled. In 1986, I remember going to Toys R Us with my parents and seeing whole end cap of those boxed sets. I wanted the set, I wondered endlessly about the cassette tape and the story of those characters... but I was there for a Birthday gift, and I chose something else... probably a Transformer at that point. All these years later, I can see them clearly on that endcap. Now, they will be mine.

     

    The International figures are just icing. I first learned about them in 1994, during the 30th Anniversary Convention on the Intrepid, and later through Lee's Action Figure News & Toy Review Convention special... I've been obsessed ever since.

     

    Having Cover Girl (through a sneaky backdoor Sparta "repaint"), De Aco, Claymore and possibly Relampago and Gatilho (Argentinian Python Patrol repaints of Airborne and Ripcord... seems like a no brainer)... just warms the cockles and loosens the pursestrings with ease.

     

    Now I just have the decide if I'm going to this thing, or getting the Hometown Heroes package, and hitting up "the boys" to do some on-site acquisition for me!

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  7. Yeah, I don't really understand what it is that they're previewing here. It says "diorama" but it's hard to make out what's what. The throne thing has already been released. So has Cobra Commander. Call me 'tarded but I don't get it.

     

    It's a statue "diorama", like Snake-Eyes vs Red Ninjas and the Flint vs Zartan swamp scene. The Cobra Commander is Marvel-accurate, not based on the Reloaded universe like the 12" figure.

  8. Seriously though, it was an awesome issue, I love how the SAW-Viper doesn't hear the orders correctly and than CC is all upset, acting like he's not ever suppose to kill a Joe or they will all come after him. That blew my mind that they made fun of the fact that everyone is always in combat but no one really ever dies.

     

    It wasn't so much a jab at the convention the way you put it. The previous issue featured Snake-Eyes, already pissed from Scarlett being in a coma and his almost brother-in-law killed, passed the Consulate building in NY in an ambulance (carrying a badly stabbed Storm Shadow to the hospital). Snake-Eyes just snapped, busted into the Consulate, laid waste to the Commander's guards and a bunch of Night Creepers and put a knife to the Commander's throat. Stalker followed and related a message from Snake-Eyes... get out of town - NOW!

     

    The Commander's orders to "get rid of them" was meant to be confusing. He meant "let them go, I dont want the Joes gunning for me in a vendetta before I can get out of town." But the Twins heard it as "kill them", and left the SAW-Viper to do just that.

     

    He killed 7-11 Joes that day, or was it he killed 7 of 11, I don't remember, I'll have to look it up. They were the only Joes to die other than BF2000. I see SAW-Viper as a stand alone specialist.

     

    He killed 4 Joes outright - Doc, Crank Case, Heavy Metal, and Thunder. Later, his squad blew up the Rage tank the Joes were on, killing Breaker, Quick Kick and Crazy Legs. Personally, I never felt the SAW-Viper was responsible for those 3...

     

    For me SAW Viper is the one and only SAW Viper there is. This basically stems from the Marvel GI Joe comic where a SAW Viper mows down a half dozen Joes. He was written as an a-moral bad @$$ and I believe he was the only SAW Viper they ever used in the series.

     

    There were more SAW Vipers in later issues, notably in Issue #121 where 6 various Viper-types arrive in Trans-Carpathia to hold down the Castle while the Commander and his troops flew in by chopper. I also believe a SAW Viper was involved in the last assault on PIT 3 around #130.

  9. I managed to snag a seat a this table for the Awards Dinner. Tom, Corey, and Rod (plus Jim Betel from HissTank) Scott and Craig... plus an older gentleman and a Green Beret, Willy I think. I didn't mingle much at the Con, but I was glad to end it in the company of awesome Joefans like these guys!

     

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    I also bumped into this guy a lot:

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    It's only been ten years, but time has certainly taken it's toll... on me!

     

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    And this shot is from the last time I attended a Con... in Chicago, 1995, where I met Don Levine, the man who created G.I.Joe.

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  10. So according to some folks at the con, Hasbro showed a canceled 25th Zarana proto during their "no-pics-allowed" segment. Their usual comment of course was she didn't make it b/c she's a girl.

     

    There were 20 different groups that went through the Hasbro tour. My group didn't get a reason why, but they did say a lot of the protos we were shown never evolved past the design/concept phase.

     

    My favorites were the new, Armored HISS Driver, which looked so damn cool. Lots of armor panels on his red bodysuit, and he was still recognizable as a HISS Driver.

    The new diver was amazing, too. Apparently there was a concentrated effort to make a real-world modern diver... the kind of true-to-life details that we haven't seen since the Classic Collection.

    Iron Klaw was another doozey. All the new bits for this guy have been tooled, there were a number of prototypes around the Modeling studio. I'm betting he'll be a Collector's Club figure if nothing else.

    The DTC Hard Master was very cool, but ultimately a non-essential, just like the 25th version. He had a much better head sculpt tho.

     

    Anyone else that went on the tour remember any other characters? It went so damn quick!

  11. The 2-pack with A-Team Commander and Dr. Venom is $45 for Officer-level members. The other two are $35.00 a piece. Considering I got my membership when I signed up for the Con, will get the convention set, me and my fiance will be taking the Hasbro Tour (according to a Club employee, anyway), I've gotten a price break on these packs and will have a good shot at the Convention exclusive extras (assuming any of them are 25th related), I think it was money well spent.

     

    Granted, I'm hoping to unload Big Lob and the Con Boxed set (I'm done with vintage figures), but the fact is, I'm getting the promised bonuses for signing up.

  12. The hood is the version I think of when I think of the Commander. It's his "face" as it were... as he's only really "human" when you can see his eyes. The helmet is one of his weapons, like the blow-dry pistol and (lately) his big snake staffs.

     

    So I like them both, but the hood is the default.

  13. There's nothing in this pack that makes me want, need, or like it. The Vehicle looks weird in the snow... downright ridiculous for desert conveyance, and the Dusty figure doesn't offer much of anything if you have the DVD set version.

     

    They *look* good, no doubt there. But there's no reason for me to own it.

     

    Great review, tho. That backpack stowage is pretty cool!

  14. Loeb's writing has definitely gone down a notch since his son's death, and that's probably to be expected. His son. Died! It's going to impact every part of every day of the rest of his life.

     

    The Internet thing is, I feel, backlash to some misconception that The Long Halloween, Hulk Gray, Spiderman Blue, and Hush were some Living Bible of how comics should be. They were miniseries, beginning/middle/end stories that were well done, but ultimately read nothing like monthly comics and are as critically panned (TLH and Hush, anyways) as they are lauded. Because at their core, they are just fun and wacky tales written by a man who knows how to hit fanboy buttons. So when this same revered writer finds the lighter side of comics, and writes ongoing fiction with a bent toward rock'em sock'em (like his later run on Superman/Batman and his foray into the Ultimate Universe), the fans seem to go berzonkers.

     

    But its the same stuff he's been writing all these years... just not as dark.

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  15. so, weve all seen what DC's doing with the lanterns in the books, and we see what mattel's doing figure wise, but what's next? the "color of fear" pack insures the release of Tomar re, but how far is mattel willing to go with this? another question is, will mattel flood the upcoming waves with GL related characters? how much is too much?

     

    Considering we're not getting any GL characters in Waves 12 or 13, it doesn't seem like Mattel is doing anything with Green Lantern as an ongoing thing. When Wave 11 was announced, everyone assumed GL was going to replace the 4th World as DCUC's new running subset. But now it seems, starting with Wave 10, that Mattel will be alternating Metal Men and Doom Patrol, while not completely giving up on the 4th World.

  16. I think we can also Toss out any of the copycat characters. Lifeline II, doubleblast, and I'm sure there are more that are escaping me at the moment.

     

    Especially ones who were obviously meant to be the originals, but had different file names because someone at Hasbro wanted to get laid (or honor a friend/fallen soldier. But really someone had to do it to get laid, at least once!). Surefire and Big Brawler should top any and all lists, really, because aside from honoring the pond-scum runners of the Tin Platoon 'fan'club, they were no better than Double Blast and Chameleon in that they were redundant to Shockwave and Outback.

     

    And lastly, Red Spot. Because the code-name itself is just awful.

  17. He's totally Stalker, right down to his close friendship with the guy who got blamed when the Baroness' brother was killed.

    In the comics, it was Snake-Eyes. In the movie it was Duke.

    Stalker also has a friendship with Scarlett and Snake-Eyes in the comics, and Ripcord spends most of the movie "stalking" Scarlett, and while they kiss at the end of the film, there's much more of a trio at work there than a couple.

     

    The only connection Ripcord has to Alpine is his friendship with a complete re-re. And by that, I mean Chaning Tatum, not Duke.

  18. Hasbro also mentioned plans for exclusives of Dial Tone and Lowlight, but no word on them at Joecon either.

     

    Hasbro's exact statement was that Dial-Tone was coming, but not in a way we'd expect.

     

    Dial-Tone is, in fact, now a female character seen in IDW's comics, the Resolute cartoon, and finally as a toy in the upcoming Desert 5-pack with Law & Order (not Lowlight), Zartan, and Grunt. It's not classic Dial-Tone, it's not the one we were expecting, but Hasbro absolutely kept their word and is releasing *a* Dial-Tone this year.

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