The Club revealed the Tiger Force Dial Tone today to what seems like almost unanimous hate from the community. I have to admit, I am disappointed with the execution on this figure. The use of old 25th era parts, and the choice to use brown instead of blue really hurts the overall look of the figure. But with that said, it has grown on me in the hours since the initial reveal – though I imagine it will remain one of my least favorite offerings from the Club this year.
The Leaky Suit Brigade is very happy to report that the convention set for JoeCon 2015 is Tiger Force! I have been anticipating a Tiger Force related announcement from the Club for some time now. The Club revealed the set theme in their first preview of one of the convention exclusive figures – Wreckage.
Wreckage is based off of a prototype from the 1980s that used a repainted Firefly figure code named “Sabretooth.” Unfortunately this figure never made it to retail – though I would LOVE to find the prototypes from this catalog…. Hasbro did eventually release Wreckage in 2003 in their Toys “R” Us Tiger Force five pack, which also included Dial Tone, Stalker, Jinx and Big Brawler. In addition, the pre-production samples of the TF five pack included Outback – not Big Brawler. This updated modern figure uses the Ultimate Firefly tooling from Retaliation.
This reveal may indicate that we will be seeing more updated figures from that Toys “R” Us Tiger Force five pack.
The Club has released a ton of information and pictures about the convention set. Overall, the figures are hit and miss, but it is still worth it to buy it. I wish the Cobra Mortal had a metal vac head. Hit & Run is terrible. But Repeater, Muskrat, Charbroil and Psyche-Out are all home runs for me. I also like the Cobra Frag Vipers and Saw Vipers. Letal is a decent choice as well. But it is strange to me that they are mixing Rubiplas and Estrela Cobra figures with the Mortal and Letal.
Here are the pics:
I just joined the GI Joe Club for the first time! I also plan on attending the 2013 JoeCon as well. It will be my first Con. I had made plans to attend 2012, but wasn’t able to attend. Now I’m deciding on which things to pick up during the Club’s fall sale.