Joelanta 2018 Exclusive Data Jumpers File Card Art Revealed

Last week, we brought you a sneak peek at the upcoming Joelanta 2018 Exclusive Data Jumpers. That preview included an early look at the File Card Art being created by none other than Kraken Kards.

In a surprise treat, the Kraken Koalition Facebook Page has shared a full color render of the Data Jumper File Card Art and needless to say, it’s fantastic! These figures will be available at the show being held at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center, March 10th & 11th 2018.

There will be 2 figures available through our good friend Mr. Brian Kossin, representing both G.I.Joe and Cobra factions. Both figures are paratroopers, hence their “Data Jumper” designation. Based on the Black Major Steel Brigade figure mold, each Data Jumper includes –

  • Machine Gun
  • Back Pack
  • Figure Stand
  • Parachute
  • Harness
  • File Card

Don’t forget to head over to the Toylanta 2018 Facebook Page for more updates on the show, then join us on the Cobra Island Forums to discuss these awesome exclusives! 

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Michael Mercy Presents Toys Gone Wild – G.I. Joe Tundra Ranger Stalker

With the update coming soon from the G.I. Joe Collector’s club, let’s take a look at the classic Tundra Ranger Stalker in his natural environment with the Master of YouTube Reviews, Michael Mercy! In Toys Gone Wild: G.I.Joe Tundra Ranger Stalker, Michael gives us an in-depth look at Stalker in all his Arctic Glory! Check it out – 

Since we know you love Michael’s reviews just us much as we do, you should consider heading over to Michael Mercy’s Patreon page! This is the go-to location if you want to support the channel, as well as receive rewards like:

  • early viewings of videos
  • choosing subjects for future reviews
  • sitting in on Cartoon Commentaries
  • or being interviewed by none other than Michael Mercy for the channel! 

We’re talking about this review on the boards, so join us after the break for discussion already in progress on the Cobra Island Forums

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Joelanta 2018 Exclusive Data Jumper Sneak Peek

Our good friend Mr. Brian Kossin has given us a sneak peek of Joelanta 2018 convention exclusives to share with you all! CobraIsland.com is proud to present a look at the Exclusive Joelanta Data Jumpers! These figures will be available at the show being held at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center, March 10th & 11th 2018. 

There will be 2 figures available, representing both G.I.Joe and Cobra factions. Both figures are paratroopers, hence their “Data Jumper” designation. Based on the Black Major Steel Brigade figure mold, each Data Jumper includes – 

  • Machine Gun
  • Back Pack
  • Figure Stand
  • Parachute
  • Harness
  • File Card

The File cards for the Data Jumpers are being worked on by none other than Kraken Kards, so you know they’re going to be awesome! We’ve included a sneak peek of the artwork for the card here as well, but won’t spoil the backstory for you. All we will say is that it’s a story based out of Atlanta. We have a gallery of 10 images to share with you, so make sure to read on below to check them out. Don’t forget to head over to the Toylanta 2018 Facebook Page for more updates on the show, then join us on the Cobra Island Forums to discuss these awesome exclusives! 

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Black Major Steel Brigade Review Gallery Roundup

Last week, we continued our coverage of the elusive Black Major and his latest release to the public. In the absence of 3 3/4 Joe product, some would even say that his line of unique custom reproduction figures are keeping excitement alive and it’s base enthused. 

The Steel Brigade trooper has always been one of the most sought after figures in the classic ARAH line. While some versions of the elusive mail away figure are easier to come by than others, they are all wonderful additions to a collection for those who were lucky enough to submit the mail away in their youth, or be fortunate to have that type of change in their toy budget. For the rest of us who love the character, that want to fill that gap in their collection or who just want to army build, we can call on the Major!

Some easily noticeable changes have been made to assist collectors from telling the difference with just a little bit of research and investigation. Among those are slightly different color pallets, minor changes in paint applications on torso, waist, and head, reversed arm rivets and of course the Black Major stamp. We’ve included a gallery of over 20 images of each of the latest Steel Brigade themed offerings below, but make sure to check out our individual reviews of – 

All figures showcased last week are currently available to the public via our good friend Kevin Melton, so if you’d like to add this figure to your collection, contact him on FaceBook, reach out to him on Instagram or just do some old fashioned shopping through his Ebay Store.

Thank you also to Joe Bailitz for an assist with some images of Vintage Steel Brigade for comparison! When you are done browsing the Gallery and Sending Kevin your requests hop on to the CobraIsland Forums and Sound Off! As always make sure to Follow Black Major on Instagram to keep tabs on all your Oring Troop Builder needs! Check out more Photos from this Review by reading more below and in our Google+ Gallery!

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Steel City Publishing Teases Potential 3 3/4 Inch Joe Volume 5 Breakdown

Mr. Dan Klingensmith Jr. has shared a potential breakdown of volume 5 in his series of books via the 3 3/4 Inch Joe Facebook Page and the list is quite impressive! For those unfamiliar with Dan’s books (highly unlikely, but just in case), here’s a brief synopsis: 

 The “3.75 Inch Joe: The Special Forces Team that forged an American Hero” series is a library of designs and stories ranging from 1982-1994, including some unproduced concepts! Volume 1 – 4 are fully colored books, printed on 100# paper in a Soft Perfect Bind format with a visible spine like a graphic novel, so there’s no reason to believe that volume 5 will be any different.

Although there have been many books written about G.I. Joe®, what makes “3.75 Inch Joe: The Special Forces Team that forged an American Hero” series unique is the fact that the information shared within the book comes from exclusive interviews with former employees who worked on the G.I. Joe® brand. Some of the things to expect include: • The inspiration and influences behind the different figures and vehicles straight from the designers’ point of view… • Alternate names for figures and vehicles pulled from Larry Hama’s dossiers or from the original concepts themselves… • Insider stories from former employees ranging from Marketing to Engineering regarding the changes that occurred during the design process… • Conceptual designs and photographs that will show the progression and different stages of creating a figure or vehicle. This includes concept pencils and inks, sculpture sheets, color studies, color presentation art, models, and much much more!

The list of characters and vehicles that we could potentially see in volume 5 is as follows:

1982 Stalker * 1982 F.L.A.K. * 1982 Stalker * 1982 F.L.A.K. * 1983 Airborne * 1983 Pac Rat Missile Launcher * 1983 Pac Rat Machine Gun
1983 Pac Rat Flamethrower * 1985 Barbecue * 1985 Quick Kick * 1986 Monkey Wrench * 1986 Low-Light * 1987 Techno-Viper * 1987 Fast Draw
1987 Persuader  * 1987 Back Stop * 1988 Toxo-Viper * 1988 Charbroil  * 1989 Scoop * 1989 H.E.A.T.-Viper * 1989 Aero Viper * 1989 Condor Z-25 
1990 Laser Viper * 1990 Decimator * 1990 Hammerhead  * 1990 Ambush * 1991 Heavy-Duty * 1991 Desert Scorpion * 1992 Eel * 1992 Earthquake
 * 1992 Wetsuit * More!

Make sure to grab volume 1 – 4 at 334inchjoe.com if you haven’t already! What are your thoughts on the potential line up for 3.75 Inch Joe: The Special Forces Team that forged an American Hero volume 5? Let us know after the break on the Cobra Island Forums!

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Black Major Midnight Brigade & Cobra Steel Shadows Review Gallery

We are continuing our coverage of the elusive Black Major and his latest release to the public. In the absence of 3 3/4 Joe product some would even say that his line of unique custom reproduction figures are keeping excitement alive and it’s base enthused. The Island salutes the Black Major and offers this gallery of one of his latest creations for your Enjoyment!

Steel Brigade: Midnight Brigade & Cobra Steel Shadows!

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Black Major Sandstorm Brigade & Cobra Steel Scorpions Gallery

We are continuing our coverage of the elusive Black Major and his latest release to the public. In the absence of 3 3/4 Joe product some would even say that his line of unique custom reproduction figures are keeping excitement alive and it’s base enthused. The Island salutes the Black Major and offers this gallery of one of his latest creations for your Enjoyment!

Steel Brigade: Sandstorm Brigade & Cobra Steel Scorpions!

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Black Major Trooper Review Gallery – Recap

Over the course of the last week,  we took a look at the current Black Major Trooper offerings currently on the market. This fan favorite troop builder has found a new life, reproduced in vibrant new color schemes and team affiliations. We’ve put together a gallery of all of the Troopers that we examined this week, so that you can get you fill on a whole bunch of awesome in one place! Make sure to read more below to check it out. 

Each Trooper includes 1 – 2 Weapons, a Back Pack and a Figure Stand. Some figures include an exclusive full color File Card with Character Art on one side. In the absence of 3 3/4 Joe product on the shelf, the Major continues to keep keeping excitement alive and the fan base enthused with his 3 3/4 o-ring ARAH Style offerings! Read more below to check out our full gallery of these amazing figures, but don’t forget you can see individual galleries for – 

We’ve had an absolute blast covering these latest offerings and are looking forward to bringing you our gallery reviews of Black Major’s Steel Brigade assortment over the coming days! We’d like to give a special shout out to those who helped us get these in hand –

  • If you’d like to add any of the Troopers in our galleries, make sure to reach out to Mr. Brian Kossin on Facebook
  • Interested in the back drop and barricade that we used in some sets? Reach out to Dreadnokdread on Instagram.
  • If you’d like to learn more about the custom file cards included with some of the troopers, make sure to follow Kraken Koalition on Instagram
  • Last but not least, a big shout out to Black Major for making it all happen. Make sure to give him a follow on Instagram for a wide assortment of awesome troop builders. 

Read on for the gallery, then join us on us after the break to discuss the Black Major Trooper on the Cobra Island Forums

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Black Major Hercules and Hunters SAS Troopers Review Gallery

Our week long celebration of the Trooper mold from Black Major is sadly nearing and end. Before we wrap things up tomorrow, we take a trip across the pond for our next review gallery, focused on the Hercules and Hunters Black Major SAS Troopers! We’ve assembled a gallery of nearly 70 images to feast your eyes on, so make sure to read more below! 

The SAS (Special Air Service) is a Clandestine Covert Unit operational under the United Kingdom Special Forces. This Secret Unit was Assembled in conjunction with G.I.Joe, using the best of the best with the sole purpose of eliminating Cobra operations in European Countries; Especially the United Kingdom. 

SAS Hercules are human drones sent on search and destroy missions to eliminate enemy strongholds.

Their motto: They can run but can’t hide. 

SAS Troopers have saved the World from Cobra on numerous occasions. 

Both Troopers come with a Rifle, Back Pack and Figure Stand, along with a fantastic full-color card featuring art on one side, filecard on the back from Kraken Kards! All figures showcased this week are currently available to the public via our good friend Brian Kossin, so if you’d like to add these figures to your collection, make sure to hit him up!

In the absence of 3 3/4 Joe product on the shelf, The Major continues to keep excitement alive and the fan base enthused with his 3 3/4 o-ring ARAH Style offerings! Read more below to check out our full gallery of this awesome Cobra troop builder, then join us on the Cobra Island Forums and share your thoughts with us! 

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Black Major Classic and Mouse Trooper Review Gallery

We continue our Black Major review galleries this week with a look at another set of recent releases, this time focused on the Trooper mold. Our next in the series brings us not one, but two classic “Cobra Blue” offerings, the Classic Trooper and Special Edition Mouse Trooper! 

The Classic Blue Trooper is one of the nameless faces that pledge allegiance to the Cobra Organization. They come from all different walks of life, with one unified goal – Total Global Domination.

The warriors known simply as “Mouse Troopers” are no where as tame as their name suggests. For over 40 years their Commander has been the stuff of legend; Very few have heard of him and even fewer have seen him. Recently, he allowed his troopers to reveal their presence to the World. The devastation left in their wake led one foolish report to say “These guys don’t Mickey Mouse around.” Truly and understatement. No one knows what the symbol across their chests truly means, but the name stuck and strikes fear in to anyone that knows what a “Mouse Trooper” is capable of. 

Both Troopers come with a Rifle, Back Pack and Figure Stand. The Mouse Trooper also comes with a fantastic full-color card featuring art on one side, filecard on the back from Kraken Kards! All this week we’ll be focusing on the re-imagined incarnations of the much loved trooper. All figures showcased this week are currently available to the public via our good friend Brian Kossin, so if you’d like to add these figures to your collection, make sure to hit him up!

In the absence of 3 3/4 Joe product on the shelf, The Major continues to keep excitement alive and the fan base enthused with his 3 3/4 0-ring ARAH Style offerings! Read more below to check out our full gallery of this awesome Cobra troop builder, then join us on the Cobra Island Forums and share your thoughts with us! 

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