Swindle Wants to Know . . .

“Bro, do you even lift?”

I picked up Combiner Wars Swindle last night, and I took a few pictures.

When I first saw Swindle on the shelf I had a mixed opinion of the figure.  The one I really wanted was Brawl, to tell you the truth, but this was the only one they had on shelves.  I wasn’t a fan of the Rook mold to be honest, but G1 Swindle is one of the figures I had as a kid.  Also the figure was a lot bulkier than I thought Swindle should be.  The original figure had scrawny arms.

This guy’s been clearly hitting the gym lately.  He’s a regular beefcake!

All in all I’m glad I picked up the figure.  The proper hands are a VAST improvement over Rook!  The hole in front of the fist was . . . interesting, but I prefer my figures to be able to hold their weapons the right way.

Speaking of weapons, Swindle comes with the same hand/foot/gun that rook came with. There’s a hole in the palm section that allows you to mount it on top of his vehicle mode, but it also allows you to combine it with his main gun!

All in all Swindle is a pretty awesome figure.  Maybe a little beefier than I expected, but a great addition to my Decepticon ranks!

I’d recommend him, even if you’re not planning on picking up the rest of the Combaticons.  Hell, I’m not.  Well probably Brawl, but not the other three.

You can check out larger images in the Swindle gallery on Cobra Island’s Google+ page!

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MTF Valkyries Spec-Ops

MTF Valkyries Spec-Ops

The Marauder “Gun-Runners” released images of the painted MTF Valkyries Spec-Ops figure!

Hey 814 Valtaskers!

The Marauder Task Force Valkyries project is proceeding smoothly and all is still on schedule. Here are images of the MTF Valkyries Spec-Ops paint master prototype. The design and colors are in-line with the Spec-Ops male MTF version. Once again, Kevin Watts did an OUTSTANDING job on the figure!

We will post several MORE images (more paint masters, tooling prototypes and pre-production samples) of the Valkyries and new Male figures over the next few weeks. Thanks again for your support and just wait until you see what is in store!

Mj & Team

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Vitruvian HACKS

Vitruvian HACKS Shipping

Boss Fight Studio announced this morning that they shipped the first batch of Vitruvian HACKS!

“The first transport is away!”

This first shipment is for the folks who backed the Vitruvian HACKS Kickstarter campaign.  The figures for those who missed the campaign will ship at a later date.  So be sure to check your emails for notifications because TONIGHT WE DINE IN HELL!

I know you want in on this!  If you haven’t done so already you should pre-order your Vitruvian HACKS from Boss Fight Studio‘s web store!

Vitruvian HACKS discussion!

UPDATE: Boss Fight Studio provided more info and photos!

Hi Boss-Fighters!
The first shipment is on its way from Shenzhen, China to BFS HQ in Massachusetts! This shipment contains Spartan, Stone Spartan, Medusa, Coral Gorgon, Black Racer, Talos, Gray Male Blank, and Fire Orange Male Blank. Production will finish on the remaining items after Chinese New Year and we’ll keep you updated on the progress. In the meantime, please enjoy these photos of V-HACKS getting packed and shipped!


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IDW Publishing

IDW G.I. Joe Solicits April 2016

IDW Publishing posted solicits for their upcoming G.I. Joe comics!

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #227: Cobra Nation, Part 2
Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)
Cobra Commander’s plan would be going perfectly—If he hadn’t messed with the wrong people: his own members of Cobra! Now Destro, Zartan, The Baroness, Tomax and Xamot want something from Cobra Commander… and if he wants his COBRA NATION to succeed, he’ll have to do just as they say!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Part of IDW’s Art Appreciation Month!


Street Fighter X G.I. JOE #3 (of 6)
Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Emilio Laiso (a) • Zach Howard (c)
With the first round of duels settled, the World Warrior Tournament enters the quarterfinals! But can the forces of G.I. Joe and their Street Fighter allies remain in the fight long enough to take down M. Bison himself? The time for titanic tussles has arrived!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Your favorite Street Fighter characters face off against G.I. JOE for the first time ever!
  • 8-bit Variant Cover by Matthew Waite!

Transformers vs G.I. JOE #12
Tom Scioli, John Barber (w) • Scioli (a & c)
WELCOME TO THE TERROR DROME! As the forces of COBRA plot a treacherous move, OPTIMUS PRIME descends in to CYBERTRONIAN hell in search of the MATRIX. They say the sun also rises… but will it be friend or foe?!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • The road to hell is paved with good intentions… and DINOBOTS!
  • The end is nigh, and the action has never been bigger!

IDW April 2016 G.I. Joe solicits discussion!

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Today we celebrate the birth of a great American! The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, but his birthday is celebrated on the third Monday of the month!

The Reverend Dr. King was a Baptist minister, and a key leader in the Civil Rights Movement! He was jailed 29 times for his advocacy of non-violent, civil disobedience, as a tool to fight for the rights of black Americans! On April 4, 1968, he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee! He was 39 years old!

Today we honor his legacy, and recognize his sacrifice to make his country a better place! Happy birthday Dr. King!

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Allspark Pictures

Allspark Pictures Takes Creative Lead

Thanks to Silver Optimus of HISS Tank we’ve learned that Hasbro will retain more creative control of their movies, through their brand new Allspark Pictures division!

Speaking to Toy World Magazine (January 2016 Issue) Hasbro stated that G. I. Joe 3 is in production. Though, Micronauts were previously announced as attached to G. I. Joe, a separate movie seems to be in work and may connect later in a Marvel Cinematic Universe fashion.

Happily, Hasbro seems to be enthusiastic about the new projects which may result in a new revival for the Joe brand (hopefully).

Stephen Davis, executive VP and Chief Content Officer of Hasbro stated that their newly established Allspark Pictures will have more control over the content of the movies.

Please find scans of the magazine courtesy of our sister site, after the jump. And please join with the TFW Network as we bring you the best Toy Fair coverage around.

You can check out the scans of the article about Hasbro and Allspark Pictures at HISS Tank!

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Sgt Brown

Sgt Brown Eagle Force Returns

Bill Murphy of Fresh Monkey Fiction posted images of the 3D model of the head sculpt for Eagle Force Returns‘ Sgt Brown on the Fresh Monkey Fiction Fans Facebook page!

Hey Eagle Force Returns fans!!! Here is our head sculpt for Sgt Brown. Thought we’d share.

The Eagle Force Returns Kickstarter is gearing up to start soon so make sure to join the Fresh Monkey Fiction Fans Facebook group for all the latest news and updates!

Eagle Force Returns discussion!

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Marauder Task Force

Marauder Repaints On Sale

We received word from the Marauder “Gun-Runners” that the repainted Marauder Task Force figures are available on the Marauder, Inc. storefront!

Hey 814 Valtaskers!

The remaining Orange Hazard Ops, Brown Terra Ops, Yellow Shock Ops, Gray Tech Ops and Yellow/Green Strike Ops figures and accessories are NOW live on www.marauderinc.com We received several questions about when the new deco figures and new colored gear would be available…so wanted to let you all know!

Thanks again for your support!

MJ & Team


The new Marauder Task Force figures are incredible, so if you missed out on the Kickstarter, now’s your chance to get these awesome figures!

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Articulated Icons

Articulated Icons Update and Preorders

The folks at The Fwoosh sent an update for their Articulated Icons Kickstarter campaign!

Happy New Year, New Pictures and Pre-Orders Are Now Open!

Posted by Fwoosh LLC

Happy New Year, Devotees!

As promised in our last communication, we are back after the turn to 2016 with a brief update on production and an exciting announcement!

First and foremost, everything is now in China. What we mean is, the prototypes that were not completed prior to the launch of the Kickstarter campaign were finished early last month, and are now in the Far East with their Iconic brethren. The factory is doing their thing, and the technical side of production has commenced — that is good news! However, there is not really much to speak of past that at the moment. We do not have anything new to show in terms of production status as we are not that far along yet.
We DID take pictures of these new prototype prior to sending them off to the factory, so here is a look at the final paint masters for the Smokey Ninja, Solitaire, and the Temple Guardian:

Please sit tight and be patient with us, we PROMISE we will start showing things as soon as there is something to show, but for now, this will be it for awhile. This is what can be called, in very non-eloquent terms, “pre-pre-production.” Essentially, a lot of careful planning is taking place, but nothing in the order of production samples is being produced yet. The factory is making important preparations, but it might still be a while until we have something physically new to show you.

However, we will keep you up to date on our production cycle and timing as soon as we have a better estimate. Please remember the that Lunar New Year holidays will be beginning soon, so most production movement will stop for a few weeks.

For now, we DO have some good news, though! Are you ready?
Articulated Icons: The Feudal Series is now available for PRE-ORDER! What that means is if you missed out on our Kickstarter campaign, or if you have decided you want to bolster your ranks even more, now you can!

All of our figures (save for the KS-exclusive Smokey Grey Ninja), can now be ordered through our store page, located HERE.

If you are a backer or have been monitoring the Kickstarter campaign, you will notice that while this pre-order will be a part of our FIRST production run, these will be shipping AFTER all Kickstarter orders are fulfilled and shipped. Please note that this is NOT subject to change, so there will likely be a difference of a few of weeks between the end of the KS shipping and the start of the pre-order shipping. We will, of course, have better information about that as we get closer to fulfillment.

So, if you missed out on the Kickstarter, now is the time to order the Feudal Series! We will keep pre-orders open for as long as we can into the production cycle, but we advise that you do not delay in placing an order — we will not have a lot of lead time to announce when pre-orders will end, so it might be abrupt to stay with the production timeline. Don’t miss out again!

Here are a few specific details about the pre-order structure and process:

  • All pre-orders will be charged within 24 hours of the order being placed 
  • The base shipping fee for US is $10, everywhere else is $30. Individual figures shipping prices are listed with the figure and are added to the base shipping fee
  • Pre-orders will be closed for each figure as they are sold out for our initial run (we will be holding some stock for conventions, etc.)
  • If you are an existing Kickstarter backer and want to buy more, you can do so but it will be at the new pricing structure

So, we hope you had great holidays and are ready to build up your armies! We will be back with more regular updates now that we are in the new year, so look for more soon! Thanks for your continued support!

Team AI

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Snow Job

Snow Job Trading Card Comic Cover

Blindbox Comics offered a special exclusive Trading Card variant of G.I. Joe 221 featuring Snow Job!

A Blindbox exclusive – the first of our GI Joe Trading Card covers is now available for Pre-Order!

In coming months, we will be releasing a series of trading card covers that pay homage to the iconic toy packaging art of the 1980’s!  Each cover in series one will feature a different GI Joe character from the class of 1983, with art by fan-favorite GI Joe artist Zach Howard!  The back cover of each book will also feature a dossier for that month’s featured character.  First up is SNOW JOB!

There are three different covers for GI Joe 221:

Color – edition of 1000
B/W – edition of 500
Gold Logo – edition of 100

**This is a pre-order for the COLOR version of GI Joe 221.  All books will ship by January 10th!**

Also keep an eye out for future covers from the GI Joe trading card series!

G.I. Joe 221 Snow Job Trading Card variant discussion!

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