We’re back with another great G.I. Joe related product! I’ve been searching the web for all things Joe and sometimes I come across something truly special, something rare or something genuinely weird.
In the 80’s everybody tried getting in on the G.I. Joe hype train. This puzzle was released by a Spanish company called Dalmau Charles PLA. The company was founded in 1904 and was mainly specialized in the publication of school books, biographies, encyclopedias. They were also a pioneer in Spain for board games and role playing games. In the 80’s, they also released G.I. Joe products, mainly several of these puzzles in plastic cubes.
This version has 6 different puzzles (each side of a cube shows a different part of the image). We’ve got: – Bazooka – Flint – The Crimson Twins (Tomax & Xamot) – The A.W.E. Striker – The H.I.S.S. – Shipwreck (and Polly)
I’ve been looking online for other examples and found one in a completely closed box… Hasbro just started this with their figures, so they weren’t the first to do this. This one has the SkyStriker, Snowcat, Moray Hydrofoil, the Silver Mirage and 2 battle scenes (one displaying the Motorized Action Packs, the other one showing a battle on land and air).
I haven’t bought this one, it’s a bit overpriced if you ask me (currently at €50). But I’ll be looking further online to find other ones and more G.I. Joe themed stuff. See you around!
It seems like I’m getting a nice stream of new figures every week now, you’d almost think that their is a lot of stock everywhere. The sad reality is though, these are all figures that have been on pre-order for quite some time. Whatever the case may be, I’m happy to say that some new figures have arrived again.
First up is another Crimson Guard, the Classified version this time around (remember, last time we had the Retro Carded version). The figure itself looks pretty much the same, although this version has a black helmet and holster on his left leg, where the Retro Carded one has a silver helmet and red holster.
We’ve had the officer, next up is the woman. And what a woman it is. Let’s take a closer look at Zarana.
She is fierce looking. Definitely not someone to mess around with. She also comes with quite a set of weapons in the form of a dagger, a (bloody?) red bladed knife and a rifle with what looks like a small circular saw underneath. If that doesn’t scream, Stay out of my way, I don’t know what will.
I’m not the biggest fan of the headsculpt. It’s nice that you can change her hairstyle, but the face/expression is a bit to hard for my taste. The details on the jacket are really beautiful by the way. The zipper, the silver shoulderpiece and the strap on her left shoulder truly make the figure stand out. That and the bright pink.
She looks so much better in the artwork. Kind of reminds me of Harley Quinn or maybe Danger Girl from J. Scott Campbell. In any case, Marcus Williams really did an awesome job on this. I’m not saying that the artworks are the best thing about these series of figures, but I’m not denying it too. The style reminds me of the 90’s-00’s comics we got from DDP, somewhat cartoony maybe, but I really like it.
I want to end this post with a shout-out to TBHstore.nl. I bought these 2 figures from them (and have a lot more in pre-order). They always package the figures with the greatest of care. They can keep some things in storage, so you can group pre-orders and save on shipping costs. They are truly passionate about action figures and that shows in their service and dedication to their customers to deliver the best possible shopping experience. If you haven’t checked them out, do so now and I promise you, you won’t regret it.
That’s all for now. More is on the way, but you’ll have to check in later to find out about that. For now, as always…
As a visitor of this blog, I’m pretty sure that you have heard of The MacGuffin Device. And I truly hope you’re familiar with the rapplicable skills of The Wordburglar. This post is all about his new vinyl record, aptly called The MacGuffin Device. Stay tuned, because there is a Joe connection.
Both sides of the vinyl are packed with excellent beats and lyrics, check out the tracks below. And yes, kids, we had to turn over the LP when we wanted to listen to the full album.
Have you found the Joe link yet? (Spoiler at the bottom of this post). In any case, head over to bandcamp and check out Wordburglar’s full discography. Tell them I sent you and support him by getting some gear and sweet tracks.
Along with the full album vinyl record, as a backer from the get-go, I also received an exclusive mix-cd (yes, a genuinely hand-burned compact disc from the Wordburglair), with even more smooth beats, mixes and lyrilogical and rapplicable greatness.
That’s it for now. Go check out bandcamp for Wordburglar’s music if you haven’t already and see you back soon!
Several years ago, I was looking to buy a Nest mini for my home, but they weren’t available in our country (where have we heard that before?). I browsed the internet and was able to find them with a big German website. Unfortunately, they didn’t ship to Belgium. After some research, I found a site where you could get a German address to ship your parcel too, they then stored it if needed for up to a month and then ship it to Belgium. The fees were reasonable and so I bought 2 Nest speakers and had them shipped over to me. The whole process went very smooth and I honestly kinda forgot all about it. It never occurred to me to shop in Germany before that, and frankly, I never shopped there again. That is, until very recently.
You see, Hasbro has made Pulse available in some parts of Europe (UK, France, Italy, Spain & Germany). However, they only ship within their own country. I was looking around the site at the pre-orders for the Classified Dr. Mindbender and Serpentor. I was actually able to put them both in my basket and move to the checkout. Then it became clear that I would need an address in Germany because I couldn’t enter my own address. And then I remembered that I used this mailing service years ago. I looked it up and sure enough, the service is still up and running and my account was still functional (I’ll look over the GDPR issues for this once).
I placed my order and now the waiting game was started yet again… And the waiting will be even longer since today I received an email from Pulse that the delivery of Mindy & Serpy will be delayed to April-May 🙁
On a positive note, I also ordered a Classified Retro Crimson Guard figure from Hasbro Pulse Germany and they shipped that one out to the German address. I promptly received an email from the storage/shipping company and I just had to pay for the shipping. The same day, the package was prepared for shipment to Belgium and 2 days later, it arrived on my doorstep.
Well, you’ve made it this far into my story. I guess it’s only fair that we start looking at the figure. Here we go.
The figure itself is really nice. It looks exactly like the Crimson Guard figure we know and love from the 3.75” line. It comes complete with a rifle (with bayonet), pistol, backpack, dagger and sword. All in all, a very complete and nice looking figure.
The helmet is fixed, so no way of knowing if it really is a Fred Series Siggie underneath there. Still the silver look is more suitable for the figure than the black mask on the Classified boxed figure in my opinion.
The back of the card does resemble the old school cards, but the description is now in 5 languages and only 3 other figures are shown. Retro? Yes. Interesting? Somewhat underwhelming.
As I mentioned before on the review of the other Retro Carded figures, the cardboard of the card is very flimsy. It’s truly a miracle that the card arrived here after being processed twice by shipping companies, in a very good state. It’s still straight and no bends or tears. Still, I would really appreciate it if would be thicker (that’s what she said!).
That’s all for now. Keep coming back to read more about Joe and see me getting Dr. Mindbender and Serpentor from Pulse, hopefully somewhere in the near future. More Classified figures are on their way, keeping track of these pre-orders is nearly a fulltime job. See you next time.
Just a quick note today to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.
Also, today marks the 10th anniversary of the blog. Ten years ago I started this blog to talk about my collection and the struggles to find ‘new’ toys to add to the collection. In those 10 years, we got 2 movies, Haslab products, the Retro line, the Classified Series, Jada toys miniatures, Super 7 figures and many more. It really is a good time to be a collector. Don’t get me wrong, there are still struggles (Why doesn’t Hasbro ship to Belgium for one?), but at least we’re getting new stuff!
Happy Collecting and YoJoe! See you soon.