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More Pursuit of Cobra Images – Alley Viper, Spirit, Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow

So a short while ago, GeneralsJoes contributor Hawkwinter sent me an assortment of awesome pictures of the upcoming Pursuit of Cobra figures…specifically Spirit and Alley-Viper.  Included in these images are carded pics, file card, accessories, and the insert that comes in the package.  Very cool stuff.
Of course it was in the middle of my busy stretch, so I didn’t get it posted until…well… right about now:

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But while on the topic of the Alley-Viper, and new Pursuit of Cobra figures in general, I gotta give some serious props to The Terror Drome, who continues to update “Scoop’s Dark Room” with some awesome images of upcoming figures.  This time they gave us Alley-Viper, Snake Eyes (Desert Battle), and Storm Shadow (Desert Battle).  Great images and some very revealing details that have not yet been seen.  Really cool stuff.
Some images are mirrored below, but you should absolutely check the source as well.

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The day is coming…  hope everyone’s ready!  Once August hits we get inundated with Pursuit of Cobra, and the PoC joy should carry us right into the fall and hopefully Renegades appearing on The Hub.  After a quiet first half of 2010, things are looking up.  I’m psyched!
Huge thanks to the Terror Drome, and of course Hawkwinter as well for sharing my unhealthy obsession with the Pursuit of Cobra and sharing those images as well.

It's official – Pursuit of Cobra is the 8th Wonder of the World

Well, official in my mind, anyway…  I mean, come on.  Sure the Great Wall of China is cool and all, but can it wear a gas mask while scuba diving?  Hell no.
As anyone who reads this page was already painfully aware, I am totally infatuated with the upcoming Pursuit of Cobra line.  So infatuated that I’m religiously following reports of store sightings of Bravo Vehicles at Toys “R” Us and Amazon/ToyWiz, as well as closely watching the reported August 1st “Street Date” at Target stores nationwide.  Of course, even as the toys hit in other places, it generally takes awhile to trickle up here…  delivering shipments by horseback and all that.
But as if I wasn’t loving Pursuit of Cobra enough, the mailman dropped off a “City Strike” Beachhead last week.  Good Lord.  GeneralsJoes contributor Hawkwinter already did a great review, and I really can’t add a whole lot to it, so I’ll just link it instead.  The twisted anal-retentive Joefan in me, though, couldn’t help but take a couple dozen pictures, which I’ll just link in a gallery below.
This figure is insane.  However, I do think he suffers just a bit from this new Pursuit of Cobra “over-detail” aesthetic.  His flak vest is awesome, don’t get me wrong, but it’s pretty huge, pretty over-burdened with detail, and the figure ends up being a total mish-mash of sculpt and functionality.  He’s got jungle deco with an urban name, a gas mask, a wealth of re-used weaponry (including a pulse rifle!) that doesn’t really blend with the character or the specialty.  His dive flippers are tacked onto the back of his vest, except he’s supposed to be an urban trooper.
I can certainly appreciate what Hasbro is doing, and in execution, this is one hell of an amazing looking figure.  But it seemed like Hasbro just had a bunch of stuff left over and slapped it on Beachhead just for the heck of it.  The result is an awesome figure that has so much random stuff it’s tough to iron out exactly what they were going for.  Of course, this is a pre-production version, but even production-level images have shown similar gear load outs.
Check out the pics and judge for yourself.

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Please welcome JoeArmory as a GeneralsJoes sponsor – 30% Off SALE!

You can’t throw an online rock these days without hitting a retailer that sells current G.I. Joe product…but beyond eBay, finding sellers out there for vintage or out of print items is considerably more difficult.
Well, I’m happy to report one of the nets largest vintage e-tailers is now onboard at GeneralsJoes as a sponsor, and not only do I consider JoeArmory a great resource for Joe items, but he’s also a good friend.  He’s been around the community for a while, so I whole-heartedly endorse his business, and I think folks will find a lot to love there.  Even though he does specialize in the vintage arena, he still has plenty of Anniversary and other modern release figures as well.
Not only that, but he’s currently having a 30% off sale, offering some great items at equally great prices, including later release Anniversary items.
If you’re looking for vintage or current Joe items, hit up the JoeArmory, I think you’ll like what you find.  Check out some of the direct links below, as well.

IDW G.I. Joe: Hearts and Minds #2 Reviewed

I figured a good return to the update pool would be a review of a very understated, yet fantastic read, G.I. Joe: Hearts & Minds #2.  As with issue #1, written by Max Brooks with art chores shared by Howard Chaykin (Firefly half) and Antonio Fuso (Tripwire half), the lack of action and “snazz” is almost palpable.  You can tell this was meant to be written from a strictly “prose” perspective, and it dives deeply into the characters that make up the G.I. Joe mythology.
Of course, it’s a bit of a double edged sword, because we’re focusing on these characters from the IDW universe, which doesn’t really tie in to the existing Real American Hero mythology, but it still provides some very cool insight “behind the mask” so to speak.  To avoid spoilers, I’ve placed the actual review after the jump.

Bike riding for a good cause

Yeah, yeah…you don’t want to hear about how I’m too busy to update the site…but I did want to take a minute out to let everyone know of another really good cause that’s been keeping me occupied over the past few weeks.
On Saturday, July 10th, I will be riding a bike 35 miles in a local event to support Cancer research.  So over the past few weeks amongst work and school, I’ve also been training a bit for that, and dusting off the ole “biking skills”.
But of course, as is always the case with these things, events like this are useless without some financial support.  I’m not gonna bug anyone about it, and this is the one and only time you’ll see a post here for it, I promise.
Do not feel obligated by any means, but since I’ve been encouraged to do whatever I can to spread the word, I figured I would do just that.  If you’re feeling generous, great, if not, that’s perfectly cool, and the G.I. Joe news portion of the site will be right around the corner.
For those interested, you can hit up my donation page by clicking here.