Forgotten Figures – 1995 Sea Wolf

The great folks over at Forgotten Figures have posted a nice article detailing one particularly forgotten vehicle from 1995.

The vehicle in question is the Sea Wolf, an arctic repaint of the original 1984 G.I. Joe Whale Hovercraft.

It’s always amazing to see these ideas from Hasbro that never came to fruition, but when it’s something like this, it’s also quite frustrating, considering the place the Whale has in the hearts of many collectors and fans.

You can check out the entire article by clicking here.

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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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Nekomans Viper Pit Presents Joecon in Retrospect

Nekoman, curator of Nekoman’s Viper Pit, sat down with various members of the G.I.Joe Community to put together a retrospective of JoeCon and what it means, or has meant to those whom were invited to sit in on the panel. From Nekoman – 

The GI Joe collecting community is approaching a special occasion with the upcoming Joecon. That is, this Joecon will be the last Joecon convention and mark the end of the GI Joe Collector’s Club, who’s been operating for over fifteen years now. It’s uncertain what we’ll be left with and what the future holds for GI Joe collectors, so I’ve decided to discuss the topic in the form of seven questions with five of the best GI Joe writers on the internet.

The Panel members included: 

  • RTG: A GI Joe photographer who specializes in 1982 through 1984 figures. He also has recently started his blog Attica Gazzette, which has snappy profiles and top-tier photographs. Also check him out on Instagram.
  • CIAD: Owner of Cobra Island, an all things GI Joe news site and message board. He was also the long-time administrator of HISS Tank, and covered news there for about a decade. He also posts to Instagram.
  • Mike T: GI Joe blogger who has run Forgotten Figures since 1999. His long time dedication to the brand is clear in his knowledge of some of the most obscure GI Joe facts from his time collecting. He’s also on Instagram.
  • Dragon Fortress: Another blogger who’s site is The Dragon Fortress, a blog dedicated to the often underrated toys from the 90‘s, with a frequent focus on GI Joe. Here he is on Instagram.
  • Justin Bell: Owner of Generals Joes, another prolific Joe Blog that’s run since 2002, featuring reviews of current figures, his diorama comic, and GI Joe news. Here is the Instagram for his site.

We here at Cobra Island were honored to be considered to share our thoughts alongside these fine gentlemen and cannot thank Nekoman enough for allowing us the opportunity to contribute. 

You can read the Retrospective in its entirety here – Joecon in Retrospect: A Discussion with the Best Joe Writers from Around the Web

Make sure to check out Nekoman’s Viper Pit for other fantastic articles just like this! What are your thoughts on JoeCon? Share your thoughts on this Retrospective and of JoeCon with us after the break on the Cobra Island Forums!

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