Paul Ernst from Fighting-118th.com has found the Toys “R” Us Exclusive Senior Ranking Officer figures at a local Toys “R” Us, and reports about it on his site here. They retail for $14.99, and look to have some pretty nice repaints in the packs.
With thanks to Carlos, two more reviews have been posted on the Rise of COBRA Review Page:
Check them out, and as always, let me know your thoughts. Thanks!
HissTank.com acts pretty fast…news just barely broke this morning of an apparent second wave of Target Exclusive vehicle/figure packs, and they’ve already got some high res images posted on their forums. I’ve also mirrored the images below. The sets consist of:
- Air-Viper with Rocket Pack
I’m loving this one…the “Air-Viper” is painted up kind of like a Bronze Bomber, and it matches a somewhat updated paint scheme on the COBRA jetpack to boot. Not wild about that COBRA pack, but I’m happy to see more vintage stuff being moved over to the movie line.
- Storm Shadow with Arashikage Cycle
Ehhh…it’s all right, I suppose. Wave 1 brought us a pretty crappy Snake Eyes with his Arashikage Cycle, and this one isn’t a whole lot better. For some reason I do kind of like the looks of that Stormy, but not enough to pick this one up.
- COBRA Viper Commando with Serpent Armor
HELL. YES. I still find it funny that all the folks complaining about Accelerator Suits are getting fired up about the SNAKE Armor, which is a suit of armor that enhances the user’s abilities, remarkably like the Accelerator Suit that everyone has been decrying. Regardless, the suit looks BAD ASS in black and red, and every time I see a new picture of the Neo-Viper, I start wanting to buy the dang thing. I don’t own a single one yet, but I think they’ll pull me in, kicking and screaming. The red goggles and dark colors of this one are gorgeous.
- Wet-Suit with the Dragonfish
Well, the Eel came with one in Wave 1, so I suppose the Joes need to combat it, eh? I do like this paint scheme for Wet-Suit, and I’m kind of getting into the idea of working these lower level Joes into the movie universe…but…I kind of liked the figure even better as Wetdown with the Flash mask. Sadly, apparently that’s not to be. Heh…kinda wonder why they didn’t get Wet-Suit done up in some Mission: Brazil colors, I think he still could have worked in the movie line that way.
Pretty interesting assortment. Target is really ramping up the Joe product this year, good for them! Love all the vintage homages and the obscureness.
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Shin Densetsu over on HissTank.com breaks the news that there are some apparently new Target Exclusives on the horizon featuring some great vintage vehicles making their first re-appearence in a long while! These exclusives are:
- COBRA Viper Commando w/ Serpent Armor
- Wet Suit w/ Dragonfish
- Storm Shadow w/ Arashikage Cycle
- Air-Viper w/ Rocket Pack
The Serpent Armor appears to be a black repaint of the SNAKE Armor from the 80’s, and done up in a paint scheme similar to how they make their appearences in the upcoming video game. It’s tough to tell how the Viper Commando is changed, but he must be painted a bit differently. Wet Suit is in an apparent gray and black uniform, that almost looks like it might be the rumored “Wet Down” that was seen on eBay a little while ago. Storm Shadow in the red trim is the repaint we’ve seen here and there, and we’re getting yet another Air-Viper/Strato-Viper repaint, but with a very odd choice. The COBRA Jet Pack that hasn’t made an appearence since 1987. This seems like a bit of an odd choice, it’s never been a fan favorite, but it’s still cool to see. Just goes to show that nothing is off the table.
I’m astounding by the sheer volume of product that appears to be coming out this year…and we are just barely approaching ComicCon. I only hope that if there’s not much new revealed in San Diego that the fandom doesn’t get in an uproar with Hasbro…after all, there’s a TON of stuff they would have debuted there had images not leaked before hand. Let’s all keep things in perspective. 😉
Alexx, one of my favorite picture takers from JoeBattleLines has snapped some images of the two initial COBRA Troopers from the G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA line, who are the Viper Commando and the Neo-Viper. He seems to have a fairly positive opinion of the Neo-Viper especially, which I must admit I don’t really share.
Honestly I’ve been absolutely nutty about every figure I’ve checked out so far, but I haven’t even been able to spend the money on one of the Vipers yet…perhaps when I get one in hand I’ll change my mind, but for now I’ll let Alexx tell their story for me. 😉 Check out the links back to the posts and the mirrored images below.
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