This last shipment ends strong for the Club. These last two Joe characters really turned out extremely well.
Big Ben is a fairly faithful reproduction of the original figure. The Club captured the essential elements of the character and makes everything work great together. Except that backpack. I'm not too thrilled with it. It doesn't close smoothly and doesn't fit too well on his back, especially when he's wearing the bullet bandoleers.
The head sculpt is great with just some minimal paint apps for the camo pattern.
Check it out! He's got a Bluetooth earpiece! Snazzy looking Union Jack there on his right sleeve.
SAF tag on the left shoulder.
Overall, Big Ben is well put together. The Club chose wisely when putting him together. Boss Fight's head sculpt adds immensely to the design.
I'm not too thrilled with the ammo belts, but they work and give the desired look to the figure. They're just a little too bulky to work with the backpack.The mysterious #13! Frostbite! The Club had a Tiger Force version of Frostbite for the most recent convention set. He looked like the same figure, just with the Tiger Force colors. Many people figured, correctly, that the Club would just go with the same figure, but with the more accurate original arctic uniform.
Last year's #13 figure was disappointing. This year, the Club kicked ass.
This head sculpt is amazing. I always liked Frostbite and the Snow Cat. Even with that silly grin on the original figure. This new scowl on his face just works so much better.
Boss Fight also created the new collar piece for Frostbite. Excellent detailing on this piece and there's also an attached working holster. Frostbite is rocking two pistols!
Not a huge issue, but the pistols are a bit loose in both holsters. Still pretty cool that he can have a pistol in each hand.
There always seems to be at least one issue with most figures, Club or Hasbro. Here's Frostbite's issue. This silly explosive pack. This is a recreation of the pack originally included with the very first Snake Eyes figure. It looked cool then, way back in 1982, but it just doesn't work here. It's too stiff and plain looking. A white version of the pack that came with Big Ben would have been better.
Frostbite's goggles are also removable. The easiest way to put them on or take them off seems to be popping his head off and sliding them up from underneath. No big deal.
I don't know that Frostbite appreciates me talking shit about his stuff. He looks a little pissed to me.
And that's it for FSS 3.0! Overall, I'm very pleased with the Club's efforts. There have been a few issues with the figures, but they've basically been some high quality stuff.
I'm looking forward to more reveals for FSS 4.0!