1994 Night Creeper Leader Profile
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
1994 Night Creeper Leader Profile
Thursday, December 24, 2020
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Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Return of the Jedi gave us our first really good look at The Emperor (I’m talking about the time before the prequels). Sure, he was cool. But cooler still were his helmeted and cloaked personal bodyguards. The Emperor’s Royal Guard were badass yet stoic*.
Someone at Hasbro saw value in the concept and imported it to GI Joe.
Replace the Emperor with Cobra Commander, and replace the Royal Guards with Imperial Guards and you’re good to go. The Imperial Guards (four of them!) were included in 2005’s Cobra Imperial Procession set, which also included a Cobra Commander figure and a Baroness figure. Like the Royal Guards, the Imperial Guards are encased in their uniforms from head to toe, with no visible hints of humanity. The Royal Guards’ uniforms are crimson and burgundy, and the Imperial Guards’ are not too far off, featuring mostly dark metallic fuchsia with dark bronze elements.
The Imperial Guard is a far better concept than it is a figure.
The figure, in ARAH format, is made up of a Range-Viper head/waist/legs, and the chest/back/arms of Cobra Commander V3 (Battle Armor version). Dropping CC’s personal bodyguards in a recolored bastardized version of his own armor is somehow fitting, but the Range-Viper head is far too iconic to work as anything but a Range-Viper. A Cobra Officer head, with a retooled neck, might have been a more interesting choice.
As far as accessories, Hasbro disappoints. Each Imperial Guards got a flag. Yes, a flag. Because you can use a flag to defend your leader from assassination attempts. The flags feature nicely done flagpoles. So there’s that.
Although it would have been overpriced, I’m sure the GI Joe Collectors’ Club might have been able to do something interesting with this concept. Hasbro tried, but not enough.
*It’s important to point out the Royal Guard (or whatever the hell they were called) later shown defending Snoke in Star Wars The Last Jedi were horrible. Disney tried to hybridize the Royal Guard with Power Rangers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, creating some truly rancid designs.
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
As the Alley Viper is a newer mold, super cheap repaints in bizarre color schemes haven't really hit, yet. That may or may not happen in 2018. However, there are several variants of the Alley Viper out there. Not everyone finds this blue and black version to be the best, but I do. As it's an early release and includes lots of delicate new gear, it's tough to find these Alley Vipers for under $12 each. That may change in time. But, the $12 price seems to be the sweet spot for sellers. And, this configuration's popularity seems to have caused a relatively quick sell out. You can still find them easily. But, there aren't as many sellers or the large quantities publicly available like there were a few months ago. You never know the long term prognosis on these types of figures. But, a Cobra blue and black version of a hugely popular character whose only knock was the bad Hasbro colors will never be an unpopular figure. I know I'd like about a dozen more of these guys now. But, the sheer volume of new figures coming into the market has me more focused on diversifying, right now, rather than army building too much. Few other collectors are under such constraints, though. So, these figures will likely become harder to find as the supply goes into a personal army for the next 20 or 30 years.
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Tuesday, December 1, 2020