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The Bullpen / Marvel Universe
« on: December 22, 2009, 06:14 PM »
Got a quick question for those of you who have ordered and received your Nick Fury Marvel universe Mailaway.  Taking a look at the head sculpt, does yours have the left cheek bone sunken in?  Kind of like someone bashed him in the face with a ball bat, and he had a subsequent stroke? 

It's glaringly apparent on mine when you look straight on at it, but even more so when you are looking from any lower angle upwards at the face.  I wrote into the fulfillment company today to see if I might be able to return it and have another sent out, but if not I may need to borrow someone elses to make a mold so I'll have a correct on for my collection. 

Any help would be appreciated.

Joe Defender / G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: September 30, 2009, 01:57 AM »
Got in wv5 figures yesterday from the club (who had a steal of a deal on them) and was pleasantly suprised by one thing...the Desert Viper does not suck and even comes with a brand new set of goggles. 

Ripcord is actually a nice figure, and SS is so-so....Res SE is great, and the added gear is very nice.  Duke is pretty boring, but the DV was a nice suprise.  While I will be putting away the firemans halberd, SE sword and other frivolous bits of gear he comes with, the new colors and combo of parts works just fine.  All I think he needs is the visor painted and he'll be welcome on the display shelf. 

Hall of Justice / DC Universe Classics
« on: September 9, 2009, 11:27 AM »
I grabbed the Green Lantern First Flight BluRay pack with bonus figure last week (before my printer took a poop, or else I would've saved that cash) and noticed that the figure has the new articulation that Mattel had reported they were intending to do.  Ball jointed knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows, and swivel wrists.  A pretty big improvement even if they still do seem a little on the smallish 3 3/4 side. 

Joe Defender / G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: September 9, 2009, 11:25 AM »
I'm casting the movie stands for just that reason.  I like that they are solid and heavier than the older ones, and the peg spacing is also a lot better.

Joe Defender / G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: August 21, 2009, 03:30 PM »
With the exception of a little paint being differently colored, yes, they are identical. 

Also, finally got done resizing and hosting all my Joe Con pics.  Cruise on over and take a look:

Joe Defender / G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: August 2, 2009, 02:02 AM »
Sorry I hadn't checked in a while, but yes the modern version of that helmet is done and was up in the store.  I sold 18 copies of it right away, but there will be more restocked shortly.  Been really busy getting things ready for Con, so the painted samples that Paul promised to a few guys are still WIP.

On the plus side, I did finish my first two ROC customs for the contest at Con.  You guys will be the first to see it:

Just got to add a waterslide movie Joe logo to his chest and he's done.

Joe Defender / G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: July 18, 2009, 08:22 PM »
Thanks!  Question #1 and #3 were mine, and I think Paul came up with #2.  My number two was a bit too aggressive, and Paul wisely chose to withhold it for the moment.  I just wanted to ask some questions that had been framed in such a way that you wouldn't get the usual "spin-speak" out of them.  I mean, I know that's what they are paid to do, but sometimes it's very frustrating. 

Joe Defender / G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: July 7, 2009, 10:09 PM »
I've had these three carded ROC guys for about 10 days or so, and just now gotten the time to do a quick photo reviewfor you guys who are anxious to get a better look at them.  As with the last batch, special thanks to for picking up the tab on these.

Up first is a figure that almost everyone is anxious for:  PIT Commando.  This guy comes with more gear than any other figure I've ever seen, and what's more it's all new tooling.  There's a SOCOM, MP7, H7K G-36, an auto-shotgun, FLAK vest, Heavy Armor, huge backpack, Steel Brigade helmet, SWAT style helmet & shield, gasmask (from Shockblast) and a boonie hat with NOD gear (whew, that's a lot!).  Add that to the excellent Dusty figure mold, and this guy is pure win.

Next is the EELS.  The base figure is a complete bash, using the head from the upcoming Viper Commando, airtank from Croc Master, Torpedo body, along with a new webgear and beefy harpoon rifle.  His giant acc is actually even alright, in that it's an underwater sled.  IMHO, only the color palette needs to be tweaked and this figure would be 100% awesome-sauce.  As it is, it's pretty cool though.

Last for the ROC figures, but most certainly not least is the mystery video game character:  Agent Helix.  She is mostly new tooling, but uses the legs of the Resolute Scarlett that has yet to show up at retail.  She is very posable, and come with a bevy of great weapons:  G-11 prototype rifle (the actual rifle fired caseless ammo so fast, that the first three rounds would strike a moderately ranged target before the muzzle could even rise), blunt tip combat blade, and two assault pistols with counter-weights and sights. 

The spring loaded weapon is full of radar screen ridiculousness, but you can easily set that aside.  Altogether a very welcome addition to the Joe mythos.

As you are aware (if you've been following my Resolute figure reviews), then you know I've been trying to get my hands on a copy of all the ones that were available where possible.  This Wild Bill is clearly based on the Resolute designs, but it appears he'll be pulling double duty piloting a new helicopter for the ROC movie line.  Cool by me, and the new parts are a welcome visual change from the previous figures (new baggy lower legs, new hat).  I'm pretty pleased with it, and am looking forward to putting together another group pic when Destro arrives.

That's all for the moment, look for more reviews from yours truly soon.

Joe Defender / G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: July 5, 2009, 06:47 PM »
A quick note.  Be sure to check your Armored Panthers well before buying.  The new tooling for the Armadillo mold has lights added to the front in clear plastic, and my vehicle does not have them, though they are pictured in the artwork and box photo.  They are two small rectangular lights that goe right in the front.

Joe Defender / G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: July 5, 2009, 03:35 PM »
Ran to four different places this morning, and only one had any Joe movie stuff out. The TRU on Pipeline in Hurst has a very small section.

No joy at TRU Cherry Lane (big suprise there), and nothing at Walmart on 183/Alta Mere, Target on same, and Target on Precint in Hurst is still in a very slow setup. The lady there said they MAY have the 3 3/4 stuff done today, but it could be tomorrow because it wasn't her section, blah-blah, blah.

Anyway, if you run across anything in West Fort Worth, please post here as I still need to grab a couple more things to add to the short list I got today:

Armored Panther
Steel Crusher (worst name ever)
Deep Six
Cover Girl (yes, monkey faced)
Firefly X2

I saw SS v1, HD v1 & v2, Scarlett v1, Neo Viper, Destro, Stone, Desert Duke, Zartan, Breaker, Snow Job & his vehicle, both version of the Gunship and the PIT along with some roleplay, and the playskool style stuff.

Joe Defender / G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: July 2, 2009, 11:36 AM »
A little something I just finished yesterday:

Joe Defender / G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: June 26, 2009, 04:34 PM »
Couple of things about the glasses.  Yes, I will do a group thing for you, but it will be about two weeks before I have them ready.  I am making a second set of molds that'll spit out two additional copies at a time since I forsee a demand for them upcoming shortly.  Let me get that out of the way, and get some copies stockpiled.

Also, I am making a copy of the MW head, which I will be adding the glasses to permanently and filling the sculpt in to make them look manufactured.  Same story as the glasses if you prefer that route.  I intend to offer the glasses in silver or black, and the head will be a shade of fleshtone, although it will most likely not be an exact match for the factory color.  I try, but it's a diffcult match at best.  

On a side note, I know that Paul is going to be hooking some of you guys up with Wet Suit helmets and heads so I thought I'd mention this.  I just got the actual color samples for this in hand a couple days ago, and am also finishing up another mold for it (this will make 4 copies at a time).  The helmet does not fit the head he comes with, so for those few copies that Paul is helping out with, I'll be painting the head and helmet from my store to go with your figures.  Just an update.

Joe Defender / G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: June 24, 2009, 07:19 PM »
Dey's all boxxed jus' gotta' come and gettem', kemo-slobby.

Joe Defender / G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: June 24, 2009, 07:09 PM »
Finally managed to grab one of the Resolute Roadblocks that has been available from China for a while now.  You may ask yourself, "why pay $15 or $20 per figure when these may show up at retail later?" and the answer is that these may show up at retail later.  As with Snake Eyes, I do think that Hasbro will use this tooling at some point (although possibly in different configurations) but at this time they are focused completely on the movie line, and that leaves little time to cross sell an adult style animated version of the property (see Transformers Animated for example).  Rather than gamble on later, I've been grabbing these Resolute versions when I can at a reasonable price as a hedge for prosperity, and really I couldn't be happier.

As good a quality figure as Snake Eyes was (and is) I suspect that Roadblock would be an even bigger hit with the general fandom if this release sees the light of day.  He towers over the other figures and is beefy to boot.  The designs (while maintaining a uniform astethic) are individualized enough that the character shows through nicely for each guy.  

The headsculpt looks like the American made animation, without looking too 'toon for my tastes, and the gear is spot on with a removable vest, pickaxe (why?) and (not pictutred) some rifle-propelled grenades.  The new SAW is gigantic, but looks great, and uses the ammo belt that most of the larger weapons have come with lately.  Overall, this figure is a fantastic updated version of everyones favority rhymin' chef, with a good deal of artistic flair in the design.  Kudos!

Joe Defender / G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: June 24, 2009, 05:19 PM »
I got these from Paul the other day (after he had them for a couple of weeks) and finally got the chance today to take some pics of them to review.  What your looking at are product samples of each of the ROC WalMart 2 packs (cut these off the cards myself).  Comments on each following listed individually:

First up is Copperhead.  This is the same mold as the Python Patrol version with the knife scabbard and a very nice color palette different from any we've seen thus far.  He comes with a Gen. Hawk backpack, Roadblock v2's M-249SAW, and a black Viper rifle.  This is a good looking figure and a nice complement to GH in the 2 pack.

Next up is Gung Ho.  Obviously, this factory bashed design was put together to emulate the recent Resolute cartoon character, and it's a great figure.  It uses the greenshirt torso, original GH head, TF Flint arms, and legs from DVD Pack Dusty with the backpack and vest from Res COBRA Trooper.  The gear is a JvC H&K rifle, and a RAH Range Viper rotary grenade launcher (that he can't hold).  Still, this version of GH is good stuff.

This is an updated version of the TRU exclusive Night Force Tunnel Rat.  The color palette is overall a touch brighter, but it works nicely.  He comes with all the standard modern TRat gear, and a black Airborne backpack.  The slightly racially insensitive headsculpt is still present, as is the persistent lack of a flashlight, however that does not detract from the figure as a whole.

Included with TRat, is Dreadnok Monkeywrench.  While this figure is entirely a factory kitbash, it's not bad.  It uses the current Outback head, orignal GH body and vest, VvV Dusty grenade band, standard 25th backpack, Snake Eyes C-4 satchel, Crimson Twins arms, and legs & feet from Airborne along with an EELS speargun.  With the exception of the speargun, it all works nicely.  I added a pair of cast black Oakleys from my store to the head which does a nice job of making it look different enough for even the most critical of fans. 

Next is an updated version of the Night Creeper.  When I first saw pics of the paint scheme/body combo, I wasn't a big fan, but the differences in color on the production figure won me over.  The camo is well detailed, and the new gear and parts really set this one off nicely.  The new crossbow is a work of art, but the headgear takes a touch of work to get it to "sit" properly on his noggin. 

Last, but no least is Shockblast (Wave) in a slightly modded TRU Night Force color palette.  Again, it is brighter overall, with added camo, but works well.  The figure is exactly the same as the comic pack offering, with an added Falcon knife and Spytroops auto-shotgun.  He includes the hard helmet and gas mask although they are not shown.  I did have to mod the head to allow him to look down from his permanently stargazing pose, and I also took some material out of the inside of the hat sides to allow for a more astethically pleasing fit and profile.  Still, a winner.

Overall, I'm looking forward to these off screen figures more than the regular movie stuff.  Still, for a bunch of store exclusive kitbashes, these are really great offerings.

Stay tunder later today for final sample pics of Agent Helix, movie EELS, and Pit Commando with all that beautiful gear.  Also, I will have some in hand pics of Reso Roadblock and his buddies this evening as well.  Thanks for checking in!

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