IDW Publishing G.I.Joe A Real American Hero 252 Special Missions 5 Page Preview

G.I.Joe A Real American Hero #252 – Special Missions part 2 from IDW Publishing drops tomorrow!  CobraIsland.com is pleased to bring you a 5 page preview of this awesome new book featuring the Cobra Intelligence Officer, the Baroness! Check it out – 

“Special Missions,” Part 2 (of 5). G.I. Joe. Cobra. Two opposing forces. Two powerful war machines, each made more lethal by the undeniable strength of their individual parts. But who and what are those parts? This issue, artist David Messina (ROM, Star Trek) joins forces with Larry to present Cobra’s ruthless and deadly femme fatale: BARONESS!

Larry Hama (Author) • David Messina (Artist, Cover Artist) • John Royle (Cover Artist) • Jagdish Kumar (Cover Artist) • Elisabetta D’Amico (Inker) • Alessandra Alexakis (Colorist)

Judging from this preview, this issue is going to be awesome! Will you be adding it to your collection? Sound off after the break, right here on the Cobra Island Forums

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3DJoes.com Presents Vintage 1988 Hasbro Toy Fair Catalog Images

Our good friend Carson from 3DJoes.com has shared another album containing image scans of Hasbro Toy Fair Catalogs! This week, we get to feast our eyes on the 1988 Hasbro Toy Fair Catalog!

Every year toy companies come together to show off their upcoming toys to toy retailers. They create catalogs for these retailers and oftentimes the toys shown in these catalogs are pre-production models. Collected for your viewing pleasure so far:

We’ve only shared a few images here to whet your appetite, so make sure to have a look at each Hasbro’s Toy Fair catalog (linked above) and leave your insights in the comments. These catalog images and your commentary will be added to 3DJoes.com! Carson will be rolling out a new catalog every Friday, showcasing a different year all the way through 1994, so make sure to keep it locked to the 3DJoes.com Facebook Page

What differences did you notice? What were some of your favorite images collected so far? Share your thoughts with us on the Cobra Island Forums!

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Black Major Customs Reveals Serpents – Coming September 2018

There’s more great news to share with you on the “Boutique Offering” Front – Black Major has announced that a new series of Serpents will be released this coming Fall! The only place to find this assortment will be through the Black Major’s Hand, so make sure to keep it locked on that Insta account! 

Noted with a release date of September 2018, t he teaser images shared included: 

  • Oktober Serpent – Brown
  • Oktober Serpent – Gray
  • Canadian Serpent
  • Urban Camo Serpent

We’ll bring you more images as they become available. Will you be adding any or all of these new Serpents to your collection? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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Eagle Force Returns Paint Master Images Revealed

Heads up, Eagle Force Fans! New Paint Master images have been shared via the Eagle Force Returns Facebook Page and needless to say, they look amazing! Teased so far are: 

  • Ultima Thule
  • Fireball
  • The Cat (in Classic/Vintage/Gold Uniform – Although he’s sporting his best Johann Kraus cosplay in this image)

If you think these Paint Masters look phenomenal so far, then you’re not the only one! Mr. Jason Bienvenu of Animal Warriors of the Kingdom fame is the man behind the brush, so you know these are going to look amazing! 

We’ll bring you more details as they’re shared. Get in on the discussion on these Paint Master reveals after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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Cobra Island Memorial Day Observance 2018

On behalf of all the members and staff of CobraIsland.com, we salute and remember all of the brave men and women that gave their lives while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. To those that still serve today, we know that we can never repay the sacrifices you have made to protect us, and for that we are eternally thankful.

Here are a few excerpts from a speech by former President Ronald Reagan (may he rest in peace) that show respect for this date better than I could.

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Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It’s a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others. It’s a day to be with the family and remember.

All of these men were different, but they shared this in common: They loved America very much. There was nothing they wouldn’t do for her. And they loved with the sureness of the young. It’s hard not to think of the young in a place like this, for it’s the young who do the fighting and dying when a peace fails and a war begins. Not far from here is the statue of the three servicemen—the three fighting boys of Vietnam. It, too, has majesty and more. Perhaps you’ve seen it—three rough boys walking together, looking ahead with a steady gaze. There’s something wounded about them, a kind of resigned toughness. But there’s an unexpected tenderness, too. At first you don’t really notice, but then you see it. The three are touching each other, as if they’re supporting each other, helping each other on.

And we owe them something, those boys. We owe them first a promise: That just as they did not forget their missing comrades, neither, ever, will we. And there are other promises. We must always remember that peace is a fragile thing that needs constant vigilance. We owe them a promise to look at the world with a steady gaze and, perhaps, a resigned toughness, knowing that we have adversaries in the world and challenges and the only way to meet them and maintain the peace is by staying strong.

Thank all of you, and God bless you, and have a day full of memories.

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We salute those that have made the ultimate sacrifice. We will never forget. You can sound off and share your respect and memories after the break.

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Eagle Force – The Cat in Search and Destroy – Toy Soldier Hard Cover Collection Kickstarter Stretch Goals

Thanks to amazing people like you, Eagle Force Pulp: The Cat in Search & Destroy funded in less than a day and blew right through THREE stretch goals –

  • A Savitar trading card
  • The Cover Reveal for Search and Destroy
  • A copy of a letter written by Lee Fine to another character after the events of Search and Destroy. This will be folded and placed with the book and not be printed within the book itself

So, what’s next? 

  • $1,800 gets us an Eagle Force MEGA character design trading card (sophisticated Eagle Force fans vote for GORE GILLS)
  • More to come! 

If you haven’t pledged as of yet, there’s no better time than the present, as we’re only $37 away from the next goal! So head over to the Eagle Force Pulp: The Cat in Search & Destroy campaign, throw some money down, then join us after the break on the Cobra Island Forums for discussion in progress!

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Letal Customs Grenadiers Wave 2 Pre Order Announced

If you dig boutique style offerings, then you’ll love the following intel from the Letal Customs Camp – Voting has come to a close and the next 4 Letal Grenadiers selected to be released have been chosen! These figures are now available for Pre-Order. If you’d like to do so, please reach out to @stephen_celentano on Instagram to get your order in. Here’s the scoop: 

  • Set of 4: 1 of each color, $42.00 plus $4 shipping
  • Set of 5 of a single color (Non Python P): $50.00 plus $4 shipping
  • Set of 5 Python P Grenadiers : $60.00 plus $4 shipping

Shipping will be combined for multiple sets. These prices reflect Pre-Order Pricing. Once these are in hand, pricing will be $12.00 (basic colors) and $15.00 (Python P) plus shipping.

Single color sets of 5 are LIMITED to 50 sets PER COLOR for the pre-order. Multi color sets of 4 (1 of each color) are LIMITED to 150 sets for the pre-order. Pre-orders will run through June 30th. If pre-orders go well, they may end it early, so don’t wait! 

Read on for more details including payment information and shipping schedule, then join us on the Cobra Island Forums to let us know what figures you’ll be adding to your collection! 

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ReadySetz Space Playset Kickstarter Campaign Coming July 10th

We’re excited to share word that the ReadySetz Facebook Page has been updated with not only a teaser image for the upcoming ReadySetz Space Playset, but a launch date for the Kickstarter campaign as well! You’ll want to mark July 10th on those calendars, Ladies & Gents, as that’s when this highly anticipated campaign will be going LIVE!

In case you aren’t familiar with ReadySetz, their playset is quite the feat of creative engineering. We first brought  you word on the ReadySetz Urban Playset, a large, fold-out diorama style playset with a ton of playability late last year. This past April, the ReadySetz team was in attendance at the Vegas ToyCon, with an Exclusive Las Vegas ToyCon Themed Urban Playset that was a home run with attendees. 

If the upcoming Space Playset is anything like their Urban offering, then it’s sure to be a hit! From looking at the teaser image, we can only imagine how cool this playset is going to be. We’ll of course bring you the latest scoop as it becomes available. Will you be getting in on the ReadySetz Space Playset Campaign when it launches? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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Tom Waltz shares more Amazing Art from G.I.Joe A Real American Hero Special Missions

Tom Waltz has lit Twitter ablaze this afternoon, sharing more amazing artwork from IDW Publishing‘s G.I.Joe A Real American Hero #254 and #255!

The images shared pair Destro from Special Missions part 4 alongside Scarlett from Special Missions part 5. Tom called the pairing “The storm vs. the calm before the storm.” If you couldn’t tell from this pair of images, Netho diaz, J Brown, Harvey Tolibao and Luis Delgado are KILLING IT! From Tom on Twitter: 

A Real American Hero #254 Part 4 ( ) side by side with #255 Part 5 ( ). The storm vs. the calm before the storm. JOIN THE G.I. JOE ARMY!

Are you as excited as we are to add these two issues to your collection? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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Cobra Island Flashback Friday – 1998 G.I.Joe The Real American Hero Collection Torpedo

For this edition of #FlashbackFriday, we’re taking a look back at Torpedo, courtesy of Forgotten Figures

In 1998, the G.I.Joe Navy Assault Unit 3 pack was released as part of “The Real American Hero Collection” and included Torpedo, Wet-Suit and Shipwreck. The oddity here is that Torpedo is Wet-Suit..but Wet-Suit is Wet-Suit? Let’s defer to the expert on this: 

To this point, though, this profile is about Wet Suit. But, the character profile is Torpedo. The reason for that is one of the great introductions of the 1998 line was molds being renamed. Thunderwing is the most obvious example. But, this figure mold originally used for Wet Suit became Torpedo. In 1997, the original Torpedo was released with a repainted Cobra Night Landing. For the 1998 Navy Seal set, Hasbro wanted the big three divers in the vintage line. Shipwreck was released as a repaint of his under-rated 1994 mold. Wet Suit, deservedly, was released with his original mold. This left Torpedo. As 1997’s were still on the shelf when this wave was rolling out, using the same mold as the prior year made little sense. So, Hasbro commandeered the 1992 Wet Suit and renamed him Torpedo for this set.

Make sure to check out Forgotten Figures for even more great G.I.Joe reviews! Do you have a 1998 Wet..er…Torpedo in your vintage collection? Join in on the conversation after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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