I can already sense the rage coming… What?!? Number six?! How dare you!
Many folks might wonder why this guy got pushed so far back in my list, even though cracking the Top Ten is a great thing in the first place…and honestly, I can’t really explain it, other than to say that a lot of this figure’s tooling is appearing elsewhere in the line already, and even though this is a very cool new concept, I have found other things in the case that I feel like I want (or need) to see more.
That’s not to say I don’t like this figure, and I’m dying to see this guy released. Of course I am. He’s obviously very high on my list. But there are other figures that are higher. Judging by the responses I’ve been getting in the Concept Case Survey, I would say many of you would disagree with me, however. As a list designed to spark discussion, though, that works for me.
6 – G.I. Joe: 30th Anniversary Data-Viper
Ahhh, yes, the Data-Viper. Anyone who says this new concept figure is amazing, I would not disagree. He has a very unique and captivating design with a perfectly sculpted uniform, a very interesting new concept, and some incredibly cool accessories. I love this head sculpt, I really like the helmet, and the Predator-launching backpack with control gauntlets are a work of brilliance.
So, why #6 and not cracking my top 3? Mostly because as we’ve seen with the Wave 2 3-Packs, much of the Data-Viper tooling is going to be used for the G.I. Joe: Retaliation Sgt. Airborne, and the Predator drone is coming with the Wave 3 Ultimate Duke. That still leaves a lot of cool elements to bring to the Data-Viper, like the helmet, backpack, and gauntlets, but I still can’t help but want to see a few other things more.
Don’t get me wrong, this is a hell of a figure, and I will rejoice with the rest of you when he is released, but if nothing else, the concept case convinced me there are even better things out there that I’m also eagerly awaiting. Check out the images from JoeCon below.
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For folks who are supporting the Kickstarter for the Hero Project, we just received an update from Dynamo Development Labs today about potential future characters they want to tackle should this Kickstarter campaign go through.
There are some awesome names and some incredible designs on this list! I cannot emphasize enough…if you are a Sigma 6 fan, or even if you are a general toy fan please consider supporting this project!
You don’t have to give a lot of money, every little bit helps, and you could have a part in building a very impressive and culturally significant brand. Just remember, if this initial release doesn’t happen, these future figures won’t either.
I know it’s tough to consider paying for or supporting something without a physical item in hand, but trust me…if these figures are anything like Sigma 6 (and they certainly appear to bear some resemblance to that) you will NOT be disappointed. Check out the potential future characters below and please consider supporting this project on Kickstarter.
“Here’s the first round of potential characters for the future! We’ll be following up with 4 more on Sunday and , coming soon, a sneak peek of a proposed female body. Don’t forget to cast your vote for your favorite character?
Quetzalcoatl– Air/sun god of the Aztec’s, possibly based on a real hero and ruler. Find out more at Wikipedia and Godchecker
Sinbad the sailor– Adventurer of Middle Eastern verbal tradition stories, first captured in The Book of One Thousand and One (Arabian) Nights. Find out more at Wikipedia
Maui– Polynesian hero, mythological ‘creator’ of the Hawaiian Islands. Find out more at Wikipedia
Shango– African Yoruba God of fire, lightning and thunder. Historical King of Oyo. Find out more at Wikipedia and GodChecker
Thanks again for your interest and support!
Wayne and Tuck”
Happy Friday morning, Joe fans!
Just a reminder that the Concept Case Survey is still accepting responses, so let your voice be heard! There has already been a fantastic turn out, and I’m very excited to be getting the response that we are getting in the survey.
For all of the survey details, including how long it’s going to run and the next steps, check out the Survey Page right here.
Thanks to everyone who has participated!