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Images added to Discount Store Duke and Cobra Trooper Reviews

A couple of folks had questions about certain elements of the two reviews I mentioned above, so I took a couple extra pictures to show case some things.  People were inquiring about the look of Breaker using Duke’s body, so I whipped something up really quickly.  I did the best I could without cutting off his belt.  I also did a comparison image with recent Cobra Troopers that folks had been asking for.

Check out the two reviews to see the images at the links below, or the images are also mirrored in this story:

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GeneralsJoes Reviews the Discount Store exclusive “Running Change” Cobra Trooper

Moving full steam ahead on the discount store exclusive reviews!  I’ve already covered Snake Eyes, Duke, and Shipwreck… today we tackle the Cobra Trooper!  Is this a comic deco?  Cartoon deco?  A little of both?  Read the review to find out!

Check out my 3oth Anniversary Review Page, or click the direct link below to take a look.

Discount store exclusive running change G.I. Joe figures appearing at Marshalls

You know things are picking up when I’m posting multiple “new sightings” posts in one evening!  Along with the Wave 2 3-Packs, the variant running change discount store exclusives are also starting to appear…but not at Dollar Generals.  At Marshalls!

Thanks to Rodimus88 of HissTank.com for reporting the first sighting, and more are incoming.

TO THE HAWKMOBILE.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation Wave 2 three packs hitting Target!

We are nearly a month into 2013, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation product has officially started hitting retail.  Word is Target stores have started stocking the second wave of G.I. Joe: Retaliation 3 packs including the Cobra Invasion set with Firefly, Cobra Trooper, and Storm Shadow and the Tactical Ninja Team with Snake Eyes, Sgt. Airborne, and Agent Mouse.

Big thanks to James Doble (Jack Sparrow) for passing the word along.  Images can be seen below.

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Discount store repaints hit eBay, and another hidden homage?

In a clear sign that these discount store G.I. Joe figure repaints are likely on the way to retail stores, eBay seller viperkingdom has posted them all up on eBay.  This second wave is full of some great homages to the classic Joes…some obvious, some not so much:

Now most folks have identified some of the clear inspiration for these figures.  Cobra Commander is based on his comic deco, while Storm Shadow uses T’Ginzu from Ninja Force as his base.  Duke’s interesting uniform color pulls inspiration from the animated Sunbow Breaker.

Shipwreck looks like a great OG13 base, and Snake Eyes looks to be based on the unheralded and extremely underrated Toys “R” Us Heavy Assault Set 6-Pack version from the new sculpt era.  But perhaps the most interesting here (and maybe the most overlooked) is the Cobra Trooper.

Many folks have identified the Cobra Trooper as having a comic inspiration, with the light blue and tan.  But it goes beyond that, at least from my view.  I’m sure folks remember those animated commercials way back in the day.  Well, the Cobra Troopers in those animated commercials look exactly like these figures, all the way to the blue mask.  It’s a very obscure and really neat homage for Joe fans who are interested in that type of thing.

I’ve mirrored the original gallery of images courtesy of Gyre-Viper from JoeDeClassified, and I’ve also included some low res images from those old school commercials.  I think the inspiration is clear.  Very cool stuff.

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And below some very low resolution screen shots of those animated Cobra Troopers…notice the blue masks, blue gloves, and yellow straps?  Pretty cool.

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