Tuesday, May 23, 2017

FSS 6.0 Reveals

As June 2nd draws closer, the Club is steadily, but slowly, cranking out the reveals for FSS 6.0. I'll keep updating this post until all of the reveals have been made. Plus my award winning commentary! (yeah, right...)
  1. Ghostrider - When the X-19 Phantom stealth fighter came out back in 1988, I was hooked!. Loved the design of the jet and the pilot. I think that the Club has done an excellent update to XXXXXXXXXX. Clever... sort of... to go with a secret code name instead of the potential copyright violation of Marvel's idiotic character. For me, he's Ghostrider. Flaming Skull can suck it.
  2. Windmill - based on Funskool/India? Okay, give him the helicopter pack, but those colors... Please, no...
  3. Rampart - personal favorite, looking forward to the reveal!
  4. W.O.R.M.S. Officer
  5. Vorona
  6. Guillotine
  7. Sub-Zero - Not too sure about this build. I was never really impressed with the original figure.

  8. Night Stalker Officer - Fire torpedoes! New color for the Club's female officer set? Looks cool! Keeper!

  9. Hardtop - He looks great! As suspected, Tollbooth's head gets a reuse. The overall build looks great. Where's Payload? Doubt he'll ever happen, not much stock to draw from that would make a convincing astronaut.

  10. Cross-Hair - Decent base construction, but that web gear is just too bulky for modern figures and the belt is too loose. I think quite a few collectors have tried using the original gear with the same results.

  11. Captain Skip - I don't know who he is, but he's a decent build. I like him!

  12. Dojo - People complain about a crazy looking update to a crazy looking original. Not a bad build, looks pretty good. Much speculation that the head sculpt is ripe for a Headman reuse. Go for it!

  13. ??????

Friday, May 19, 2017

FSS 5.0 Gaucho & Xamot

Time for another FSS 5.0 review! This one will be quick, primarily because of the weakness of the two figures from this shipment.
The characters for this shipment are fairly interesting but a little bit lacking in my opinion. Gaucho and Xamot are the two figures for this round.
 Gaucho is the Action Force mechanic that is just a straight repaint of the exceptional Gung Ho figure. Automatically, this makes this figure quite awesome, but I really don't have a use for a Gung Ho clone.
 It's true that the original figure of Gaucho was just a simple repaint of the original Gung Ho, but I'm just not very interested in keeping him. I'm thinking that I've already found a new home for him. Not a bad deal for FSS 5.0 in terms of figures kept vs figures sold. Gaucho will be the only one from FSS 5.0 that doesn't stay in my collection.
 Xamot is from the brief Shattered Universe story line from the Club's original comic in which members of the Adventure Team get trapped in a universe where Cobra are the good guys and GI Joe are the bad guys. I don't recall the details; I'll have to go back and check out the stories again.
 Interesting concept and the figure execution actually turned out pretty well. The idea of the twins in suits is one that quite a few fans have been interested in. As the money men behind Cobra, I prefer them in suits.
 
 The biggest issue with the Xamot figure is the size of his head. It's huge! Much like several of the recent new head sculpts from the Club, it is very over sized. I'm not sure where the body comes from. I think it's the same one used by the Club for the Joe Colton Convention exclusive from a few years ago.

Not a bad figure, but not one of the best. One more shipment to go! Raptor, Steel Raven, and the "mystery" 13th figure (GI Jane?).

FSS 6.0 recently came up for subscription. Price increase and a due date just a couple weeks ahead of the Convention. I wonder if folks will choose the FSS over Club exclusives at the Convention?

 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Pokemon Go

Yeah, I'm a Pokemon Go fan/addict. I'll freely admit it. Well maybe not as bad as some folks, but I've got to hit at least one Poke stop a day and catch at least one a day to get those streak bonuses!

If you're a somewhat regular reader of this silly ass blog, you obviously know that I like taking pictures of my action figures. Hmmm.... Pokemon... realistic pictures... Time to dig out the tub of my daughter's Pokemon toys from when she was younger!

So here's a photo dump of a bunch of pictures that I've taken over the past several days! Have fun!