It would certainly seem as if 2015 kind of got away from me when it comes to my G.I. Joe reviews… I managed to stay on top of the 50th Anniversary releases fairly well, but several of the G.I. Joe Collectors Club releases lagged a bit behind.
Interesting that now that I’m tackling them, we’re dealing with the distinct possibility that the G.I. Joe Collectors Club as we know it (as well as the G.I. Joe Convention) may be coming to an end after 2016. A real shame to be losing them as a resource as I dive into several of their really fun exclusives from 2015. I truly hope Hasbro has some kind of plans post GIJCC to bring the G.I. Joe brand to collectors, as I believe we’ve been the driving force in keeping the brand alive over the past several years. That will be considerably more difficult with an annual convention gathering or a Collectors Club offering exclusive toys geared towards us.
I will be cautiously optimistic that Hasbro recognizes our value and isn’t going to just leave the collectors who have been supporting the brand for over 50 years high and dry, but I suppose time will tell.
On that note, you can check out my review of the Arctic Dr. Mindbender at the link below, or on the G.I. Joe Collectors Club Review Page. Hopefully we still have many years of exclusives like this to look forward to.
Continuing on my week long review project, I have added two more COBRA Island 7-pack reviews, and updated the 25th Anniversary Review page.
It’s becoming almost a daily occurrence, and ACToys.com comes through again. This time around, we’ve got some very cool pictures of the upcoming Dr. Mindbender and Strato-Viper, errr… “Air-Viper”, both from the Defense of COBRA Island 7-Pack. The more pictures I see of these items, the more fired up I get…these are some damn cool looking figures. Considering there is a lot of existing tooling being used, I can’t help but really smile at the mileage Hasbro’s getting out of it, and at the same time, be a bit melancholy that we’re not still going full steam ahead with non-movie product.
Don’t get me wrong, though, the movie stuff is looking pretty freaking sweet as well, but there’s something to be said for a bare-chested ex-dentist who now specializes in mind control. And fans are bitching about the MOVIE’S wayout concepts? Yeeeeeah…. anyway, images are mirrored below.
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Some folks are starting to receive their latest Collectors’ Club newsletters for the month of April…but unfortunately there is no additional information on the 2009 Convention Exclusive figures within. 🙁
However, not all news is bad news. According to GGPIKE of the Coil Club, the newsletter does have a very nice (though apparently somewhat small) picture spread of the upcoming Attack on COBRA Island 7-Packs with pictures of the figures and all of the gear they will be coming with! Unfortunately, no pictures are available, but with help from George, I can describe what each figure looks to come equipped with: