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And the next Sideshow Collectibles 12" figure is… FLINT!

The latest edition of the Sideshow Collectibles Newsletter has arrived in member’s mailboxes, and contained within is the news that Flint is next on the docket for Sideshow’s very capable sculpting and design department!  The small sneak preview makes it immediately obvious that this is a very faithful translation of everyone’s favorite Warrant Officer, and this will be one figure that will be VERY tough for me to hold off on.
Check out the sneak preview image below (or you can check out the preview itself here), and expect more images to come shortly… pre-order will launch January 28th!

Familiar clues emerge for upcoming G.I. Joe Convention Exclusives

How can it feel like an eternity when last year’s Convention was only a few months away?  Well, it has seemed that way, but the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club is finally tossing some bones our way with a couple of hints regarding the upcoming Convention Exclusive sets (both 12″ and 3 3/4″).  Interestingly, the clues for the 3 3/4″ set sound remarkably familiar.
The clues are as follows…
3 3/4″: This might be a history loop…but…something old, something new, something foreign and nothing blue.
12″: I keep returning to this vacation spot.
Well…no offense to the 12 inchers out there, but my attention is focused solely on the 3 3/4″ info…and it’s the same as last year?  Well, last year, everyone (myself included) was convinced that it would be the Red Shadows and Action Force… and this certainly seems like the time to do it.  So yeah…that’s my bet.  For the second year in a row.  :shifty:  Now, the first thing I immediately notice is shenanegans!  Last year, Lanny claimed there was “nothing blue” according to his clue…  Starduster and Manleh sure looked pretty blue…  hmmm.  🙂
Of course, the real question on many fans’ lips is…  what format?  Traditional or modern?  Well, we may have gotten a clue from Brian Savage himself on the GIJCC forums not too long ago…when responding to an inquiry about o-ring tooling being destroyed, this was his response:

“We don’t have an exact count but it is running thin. One of the con figures changed about 3-4 times due to tool issues.”

Hmmm…that certainly seems to point to the fact that they’re currently working with vintage era tooling on this convention set.  Of course, I may be reading way too much into it…and hoping a bit too much as well.  A Red Shadows/Action Force set using the vintage tooling with updated looks?  Yeah, that would be about tops on the list of things I’d like to see.  Crossing my fingers.

IDW's Cobra Commander revealed in G.I. Joe: COBRA II

Thanks to Phil Kost of for relaying the info, IDW has sent out a press release about G.I. Joe: Cobra II (which launches January 27th much to my own delight!).  I would imagine most of us have seen the art for the potential Cobra Commander reveal already, but this is the first time IDW has admitted that’s who it is.  Click the “Read the Rest of this Entry” link below to check out the full blown Press Release.