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Want a Sideshow Exclusive 12″ Duke? You’re going to have to wait just a bit longer

I’m sure there are many folks who jumped on the pre-order bandwagon for the 12″ Duke today…well, Sideshow has announced that for the exclusive version of Duke (which comes with a pair of binoculars that the regular version does not) Priority Pre-Orders will begin July 31st.

Click here for the nitty gritty (as well as a very nice gallery of the upcoming figure), or you can also read the specifics after the “jump”.


G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA Mission Dossier gets a BIG thumbs up!

I reported yesterday about the recently released Rise of COBRA Mission Dossier and mentioned that I was going to try and get myself a copy at the local Borders.  Well, I was successful, and I’ve already almost read the entire thing.  140 something pages of Rise of COBRA greatness!  Tons of character pictures, lots of behind the scenes stuff and weapon specifications.  There are a ton of weapons and gear that the figures come with that don’t seem to have a real identification…  well, they do now.

There’s concept art (the original Reactive Armor suit looked a lot like Snake’s “sneaking suit” from Metal Gear Solid 4), and a wealth of really awesome intel packed in there.  Of course there are spoilers littered throughout, but it is absolutely worth the fifteen bucks!  I’ll be ripping into this thing for the next 2 weeks while eagerly awaiting Rise of COBRA at the theaters.

More cool concept art is the evolution of the Viper helmets.  Some of them had some pretty nasty fangs built into the faceplate, further enforcing the fact that they were going for a “snake” look.  Trust me on this…if you’re even slightly a Rise of COBRA fan, PICK THIS BOOK UP.  It’s really awesome.

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Resolute Stalker in the SDCC display? – NO!

Alas, should have known it was too good to be true.  😉

Earlier images taken a day or two ago showed a mysterious Stalker in the Pit control room on the SDCC display, and the casting of the shadow really made it look like he had some extra sculpting at the back of his head…but HissTank member evopete got some nice close ups, and unfortunately this is not the case.  Check out the image below for the sad realization.


Thanks to evopete for the pic…  I think…  :shifty:

Just another G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA SDCC Round Up

You can tell the pace is slowing down just a bit coming out of San Diego, because more folks seem to be taking the time to get some real quality pictures instead of the “dash and crash” click and shoot mentality of the first few days.  As a result, we’ve got some very nice images starting to come out.

First and foremost, JoeBattleLines got their gallery posted, and by and large, it’s excellent.  Check it out here.

Secondly, The Terror Drome also has another run of great images, too.  You can check out their SDCC Galleries here, and see some of the images mirrored below.

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Lastly, HissTank has also posted some updated images, which have taken a huge leap in quality.  Some very clear, very nice looking pictures here.  Also some below.

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Man, that is some serious mileage out of reused tooling.  Kamakura, Red Fang Ninja, Nano-Viper, and Night Adder are all made from existing tooling (if you can call Resolute Roadblock “existing”).  Sure, some parts are mixed up and there’s new webgear scattered about, but wow.  I hope this isn’t a trend.  We’ve gotten some surprisingly unique figures in the first 3 waves of Rise of COBRA figures, I’m really hoping things don’t end up as creative repaints in the single packs for the rest of the year…considering what we’ve seen for the other parts of Wave 4 I’m starting to wonder.  Every fourth wave has been notoriously repaint-heavy, though, that might just be it.  If that is the case, I applaud them for at least giving us some new blood.

JoeCon is coming up quicker than folks realize…I think we’ll see some really exciting stuff then.

Clearer images of upcoming G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA action figures

SNAKE EYES from HissTank reports that he has found some clearer and somewhat larger pictures of four upcoming Rise of COBRA figures.  The figures are as follows, with images below:

  • Desert-Viper
  • Storm Shadow (Arctic Threat)
  • Duke (City Assault)
  • Ripcord (Jungle Assault)

Still not crazy about Storm Shadow…the larger pictures make me feel a lot better about Duke and Ripcord, though.  I really like the camo pattern on Duke’s legs and Ripcord just looks awesome all around.  Check ’em out for yourself:

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