Gyre-Viper is at it again…or more appropriately, has been at it again, since he posted these images a few days ago. I hadn’t jumped on the bandwagon yet because, well…. honestly? I’m not all that wild about the Jungle B.A.T. I think it looks kind of silly, actually. Some cool attachments could save it, but if it comes with the same three attachments we’ve all seen ad infinitum, I will be severely disappointed, especially considering the Pursuit of Cobra greatness we’re currently surrounded by.
Granted, it’s part of an assortment that wasn’t supposed to exist 6 months ago, so the fact that Hasbro whipped up some repaints and filler figures to keep Joe fans interested until the real stuff hits in August is something we all have to consider. If the Jungle B.A.T. (and other figures alongside it in the early part of the year) is a bit lackluster, I wouldn’t expect that to indicate some sort of downward spiral. I think we’ll see some awesome stuff at Toy Fair, Joe Con, and SDCC.
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Over the past week we’ve received some conflicting information about upcoming releases from G.I. Joe: The Pursuit of Cobra, but it would appear that things have somewhat ironed out. Several online retailers including Big Bad Toy Store, Entertainment Earth, and Small Joes have received information from Hasbro that seems to finally confirm what waves 3 and 4 for 2011 will consist of. This is how it shakes out:
2011 Wave 3 (AKA “Wave 5”)
- Cobra – The Enemy
- Cobra Commander
- General Hawk
- Jungle B.A.T.
- Steel Brigade
2011 Wave 4 (AKA “Wave 6”)
- Snake Eyes Temple Guardian
- Crazy Legs
- Croc Master
- Rock Viper
- Iron Grenadier
To pre-order, make sure to visit Small Joes, Big Bad Toy Store (wave 3 and wave 4), or Entertainment Earth (wave “5” and wave “6”). Now, just to get some pictures! Keep your eyes peeled to GeneralsJoes.com next weekend as I visit New York City and attend the 2011 Toy Fair!
Well, Toy Fair is less than a month away, and suddenly a new test shot has emerged, courtesy of ACToys.net.
Now, when I saw the listing for Previews last night, I was scratching my head a bit over the whole “Jungle B.A.T.” idea. Part of me hoped maybe there was some cool new hyper-detailed PoC themed android sculpting involved, but it certainly doesn’t look that way. Just looks like a B.A.T. in a camouflaged uniform. Is that good or bad? Enh, I dunno.
Personally, my G.I. Joe universe is much more about Cobra’s human operatives than their mechanical ones, so this holds little significance for me, but I suppose there are folks out there who will be digging it. We’ll see. I do like the paint scheme of the jungle camouflage, I think it looks really cool, and would look great on a more standard military figure, I’m just not sure it fits on Cobra’s robotic soldiers.
Thanks to The Terror Drome for the heads up.
Well, it would certainly appear so, according to Ragi Foesmasher of HissTank.com.
Previews typically lists figures set for release a little ways in advance, and they report the following:
“For over twenty-five years, the G.I. Joe has been defending America and the cause of freedom from the evils of Cobra! Characters like Blowtorch, General Hawk, Steel Brigade Trooper, Cobra Trooper, Cobra Commander and the Jungle B.A.T. enter the fight for the fate of the world as these collectible 3.75″ figures! Blister card packaging.”
It’s pretty unusual for Hasbro to be able to keep assortments like this under wraps right up until release, but kudos to them for doing it, if that’s what this is. What sort of format these figures will come in raises some questions as well…obviously they’ve all been released as Anniversary figures already (except for the Steel Brigade Trooper), so are these some sort of Pursuit of Cobra upgrade figures? Curious…
According to the poster, this edition of Previews will hit comic shops in two weeks. It appears “on Page 360 will be a listing for item code FEB111522. With a title of GI JOE AF ASST 201103. The picture is of Wave 4 and the shipping date is 4/27/2011.”
Guess we know what to look for at Toy Fair!