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Charbroil’s head sculpt revealed on GIJoeCon Facebook page

Well, look at that!  You wouldn’t necessarily think so, but a slight change in hair color makes all the difference in the world.  It helps that this head has only been used with masked characters so far as well.

Yes, Charbroil uses the same head sculpt as the Rise of Cobra Aqua-Viper Officer and more recently as the Figure Subscription Service Dice, but with the red hair he looks like a totally different guy.  The G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club showed his unmasked head on their Facebook page.  It’s also mirrored below.

A full run down of Convention Exclusive images to date

As we prepare for registration today, I thought it would be helpful to capture all of the various images shown so far in one cohesive gallery.  I haven’t mirrored every single one of them, but considering we’re getting ready to plunk down some serious cash later on today, it might be beneficial to really see what we’re getting out there.

The G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club also posted some great group shots that I hadn’t talked about yet, which shows just how awesomely colorful this year’s set really is.  I’m loving it myself.  So here we have a break down, by set:

G.I. Joe: Nocturnal Fire (Night Force vs. Cobra Demolition Team)

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While I’m still not a fan of the decisions the Club made regarding Hit & Run, I think by and large this set is really nice.  I love that they went with a different Cobra Mortal, and even with the skin-tight outfits Frag-Viper and Letal are really awesome, especially considering we may get those figures before we even get the tooling they used in the main line.

The SAW-Vipers are really cool, too, and I’m certain the colors will be a bit more muted in person as they almost always are.  Being the late 80’s/90’s freak that I am, I really love seeing this rainbow of colors throughout the convention set, and the chosen characters were done very well.

Adventure Team: Secret Mission to Dragon Island

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This set is really growing on me as well.  As someone who collects 3 3/4″ almost exclusively, I’m really trying to hold myself back from jumping into this Adventure Team stuff, but the Collectors’ Club is making it very difficult.  From the awesome Henchman figure in 2010, right up through now, they’ve been really drawing from all mythologies and all pop culture and giving us some fantastic source material here.

The Adventure Team is slowly being drawn into the Real American Hero universe and I love it.  The secret spy/James Bond influences in this set are apparent, and the Club did a spectacular job with it.


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What’s that?  A glow in the dark t-shirt with HIT AND FREAKING RUN on it?  Yeah.  SOLD.  Seriously, that artwork is awesome, and I’m psyched the Club is using it on a t-shirt.  The glow in the dark aspect is a great touch as well, and since it’s black and white, I can just pretend he’s got the face camouflage and a more classic look.  🙂

The Adventure Team T-Shirt looks great, too, and I’m loving the hat.  All of this stuff will be available via online registration at some point (hopefully) today.  Be ready to make your choices!

Sculptor showcases unpainted head sculpts from 2013 JoeCon figures

Depending on your perspective, Facebook can be a source of frustration and potential information leaks, but for others it’s a great interface directly with designers and a look behind the scenes of the action figure production process.  The Facebook page of 2DToys currently shows off a trio of unpainted head sculpts for the upcoming 2013 G.I. Joe Convention figures.  Those three heads are Repeater, Psyche Out, and Crimson Asp.  It’s amazing to see the level of detail here in such a small scale, and it provides a nice close up look of these before we actually get them in hand.

Check out the 2DToys Facebook page, and I’ve also mirrored the images below.

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G.I. Joe Collectors Club unveils last three Night Force figures

We’ve been waiting all week and tonight the G.I. Joe Collectors Club finally revealed the final three members of the 2013 Nocturnal Fire “Night Force” team.  We knew Spearhead, Repeater, and Hit & Run were on the team, but much speculation has gone around over how they would look.  Now we know.

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Both Repeater and Spearhead pull significant influences from the old school Night Force, with some pretty neat parts choices.  Repeater is far away the star here with G.I. Joe: Retaliation Wave 2 Roadblock from the neck down and Resolute Roadblock vest…the new head with the sculpted “RANGER” hat only makes it perfect.

Spearhead seems like a mishmash of parts with the Shock-Viper body, Comic Pack Firefly vest and a removable helmet and goggles.

The last figure…  well… we all know I’ve been waiting for this one.  Hit & Run.  I’m not sure I’m equipped to judge this one fairly.  I kind of had myself convinced that we were going to see the concept case version translated piece for piece.  And we… didn’t get that.

Well, we sort of got that.  This figure has the new head, helmet, and goggles from the concept case, and uses the combination Lifeline/Agent Mouse arms, which is spectacular.  The torso and legs are from Lifeline, which is good, too, but the end result leaves me a bit mixed.  I’ve said a number of times that I don’t want faithful updates of originals.  Well, in this case, there was something very special about the camouflage paint scheme of that concept case Hit & Run.

This one looks quite different.  The plain black shirt, with some nice trim, along with the green pants are all a nice combination, but I’m not blown away like I was with the full blown camouflage Hit & Run.  This just seems like it could be more.

The foundation is there, though.  The head, helmet, and arms are all perfect.  I just think some different paint or deco would help.  I dig the accessories, I dig the foundation of the figure itself, but it hasn’t blown me away like I was hoping a Collectors’ Club version of my favorite character would do.  I’m giving it some time…  all told the set looks like it came together quite well and the colors all balance nicely off of each other.  It’s a very nice, cohesive set with some inspired vintage aesthetic, but also some very cool modern twists.  Check out the combined images below.

See you in Indy!

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Final members of Cobra Demolition team revealed for 2013 Nocturnal Fire Con set

I think many of us were expecting the SAW Viper to be the last reveal, but the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club surprised us,showcasing the last two members of the Cobra Demolition Team!  Not just the SAW Viper trooper that will come three deep, but also the new Crimson Asp character.

Interestingly enough, “Crimson” Asp isn’t all that Crimson, but she is clearly aligned with Letal and the Frag-Vipers based on the uniform color and the nice grenade launcher she sports.  With a mixture of 25th Anniversary Baroness, Scarlett, and Resolute Scarlett (not to mention a new head sculpt) the Crimson Asp looks like a very interesting addition to the South American Cobra hierarchy.

Meanwhile the SAW Vipers heavily borrow from City Strike Destro and Iron Grenadier, using what appears to be the upper body, the arms, and the body armor.  The awesome thing about the body armor is they fill in the holes with knives (and sheaths) and a radio instead of the shoulder armor and gun rig.  Very nice touch.  The DTC helmet is a bit of a surprise (and it’s likely the unreleased Law & Order balaclava head sculpt underneath) and the color scheme is just a touch monotone,  but still a very cool combination.

The Cobras are plenty colorful, which is awesome in my eyes, and this set is shaping up VERY nicely.  Bring on Repeater, Spearhead, and HIT & FREAKING RUN.  Check out or the mirrored images below.

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