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!
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!
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!
UPDATE: Boss Fight Studio provided more info and photos!
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!
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
COBRA NATION CONTINUES!
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
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
The road to hell is paved with good intentions… and DINOBOTS!
The end is nigh, and the action has never been bigger!
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!
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.
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!