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A quick note…

Yeesh, life is crazy sometimes!
Work has been hammering me at the same time as school as been hammering me, so site updates are coming a bit slow (or maybe a little non-existent)…
Trust me, I know all about the fact that Pursuit of Cobra stuff already seems to be trickling into Toys “R” Us.  I am all hot and bothered…
I’m hoping things cool off by the weekend.  I’m waist deep in a run of reviews as well, so here’s hoping this weekend and next week, the content starts flowing again.
Yo Joe!

New images reveal the awesomeness of Night Fox

Since JoeCon 2009 I’ve been looking at that AWE Striker w/ Night Fox and have been filled with an overwhelming sense of “meh”… nothing about it really resonated.  We’ve gotten a Night Ops AWE Striker, we’ve gotten a desert AWE Striker, so why do we need this bizarre amalgamation of the two of them?  I couldn’t really find a reason to be excited about it.  Even Night Fox, a new character (which I normally love) seemed like a strange mish mash of parts and pieces that didn’t necessarily flow.
But then both Gyre-Viper and GeneralsJoes contributor cmderinchief dug up some new images from overseas specialist toyssir898.  And these new images really struck a nerve with me.  In these images, Night Fox is wearing a helmet, not his ill-fitting cap, and for whatever reason, it makes a world of difference.  For the first time I noticed the great webgear…I love the fact that he uses Jungle Assault Ripcord’s  baggy-sleeved arms.  The whole figure looks very, very cool.  I’m not sure why the helmet and close up picture suddenly made all of this difference, but it did.  I find myself really looking forward to this now, even though I’ll likely discard the AWE Striker and just use Night Fox as a night ops specialist.
Also in the series of images was the Ice Cutter with the original version of the Snow Serpent slated to come with the vehicle originally (before it appeared to be changed to a paint scheme resembling the Toys “R” Us version from last year).  I find myself liking that red, especially when looking at the cancelled Elite Ice-Viper and Arctic Destro figures.  The red and white paint apps would have all blended very nicely together…
Check out the images mirrored below and let me know what you think.

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Just to make me squirm… PoC Alley-Viper images galore

So last week I got a little bent out of shape because the mind-blowingly awesome Pursuit of Cobra Alley-Viper has come and gone through pre-order formats in numerous different e-tailer locations, and I never got a chance to get an order in.
Well…now Gyre-Viper rubs some salt in those wounds by posting another one of his infamous monster galleries over at  I’ve mirrored a bunch of the images below… most striking to me is that I absolutely LOVE the Resolute Alley-Viper head sculpt.  I’m psyched they used it, along with the helmet and goggles.  This is the Cobra Alley-Viper we’ve really been waiting for, in my mind.
Now excuse me while I go cry in the corner.

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JoeCon 2009 Convention Set Guest Review!

Now that the 2010 JoeCon is over, lots of folks have been emailing and asking me what’s up with the 2009 Convention Set review…and honestly, I don’t own it.  It’s not over some protest to the 25th Anniversary tooling or anything, it’s just the fact that I missed the Convention last year due to the birth of my child, and I just haven’t been able to scare up the funds to buy these items all at one whack yet.  Normally, I make a concerted effort to save money aside for the Convention as it approaches, but this time around, I knew I wasn’t going, so stupidly I didn’t stick to my regiment of cash savings in preparation.
Eventually I’m certain I’ll get my hands on these, especially the International Team 3-Pack and the SAS Copter with Blades, as those two items in particular are impressive, to say the least.
Until I get my hands on them, though, regular GeneralsJoes contributor Mysterious Stranger has stepped up to the plate and delivered a great guest review of this set!  I love having guest reviewers send their stuff in, but tackling a review of a massive convention set goes way above and beyond the call of duty.  Thanks a lot, Chris!
You can find the review linked in the GI Joe Collectors’ Club Reviews section, or you can also find it right here.

Five page preview of IDW G.I. Joe: Operation HISS #5

Operation: HISS has been a pretty enjoyable read thus far, even being somewhat predictable along the way.  The art is a bit hit or miss, and the characterization of Duke as a traitor has been a stretch.  It was obvious he was going to get back on the good guys’ side again, it was just a matter of how long it took.  However, I do enjoy the series as a whole, and find it pretty neat to get a continued look at the Rise of Cobra universe.  Honestly, unlike a lot of fans, I think there is a place for the Rise of Cobra universe in the myriad of G.I. Joe continuities, and it’s cool to see this world continue along in the comic page.  The latest issue is released this Wednesday.
Looking at the 5-page preview below, my only thought would be…  I thought Neo-Vipers were nanomite enhanced super soldiers… how is Scarlett is whupping their asses?
G.I. Joe: Operation Hiss #5
Brian Reed (w) • Gianluca Gugliotta (a) • Joe Corroney, Augustin Padilla (c)
Major Bludd has convinced the United States government that G.I. Joe has gone rogue. One wrong move could spell disaster not just for the Joes, but for the whole world!
*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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