I thought i had gotten over collecting anything Marvel related and then Iron Man 3 comes out,and with it a restock of the 3 3/4 Avengers movie figures!I broke down and picked up Nick Fury and will probably try for the rest of the team since i passed them up the last time around.
This is the figure that started it all for me.Prior to acquiring Desert Battle Snake Eyes,i had only collected vintage joes.I must say that when this baby arrived i was hooked.Vintage Joes took a back seat to the articulation/accessory laden POC figures.While i liked the action feature on Timber,i really didn’t dig his overall appearance.I still preferred the vintage Timber over this newer version,even with it’s lack of paint apps and simple sculpt.
Kamakura is a character that has been gradually growing on me.I didn’t read any of the comics he was in and most of what i know about him is from Wiki and the animated series Valor Vs. Venom.I do however like the idea of Snake Eyes having an apprentice because let’s face it-who’s gonna take over the position of G.I. Joe Ninja/Commando if Snake Eyes ever gets captured or even worse,killed in battle?Kamakura is that’s who……take that…….so there…Cobra baddies!Sorry,got a little carried away.Anyways so yeah i really like Kamakura and hope to read up on his character a little more.I already own the more comic accurate Spy Troops version of him and while i love the ROC version,chances are i’ll probably never own one.So i snagged this one up loose and i’m really, really diggin’ it. Believe it or not,i still haven’t seen Retaliation and was wondering if Kamakura makes an appearance at anytime during the movie.If not,he should definitely make an appearance in the next series of Joe films!
According to YoeJoe.com there are 48 versions of G.I.Joe’s 1rst Seargeant Duke.This is v.43.This one had the disadvantage of being released in a line of superbly sculpted and designed POC figures,and because of that was shrugged off by many a collector.After all,you weren’t going to pass up a Ninja Commando Snake Eyes or Shock Trooper to pick up this less than stellar version of Duke.But now that all the pretty girls have left the party so-to-speak,this one doesn’t look so bad ;)I found this straggler a while back in the clearance bin and paid about 3 bucks for it.I really like the stearn look on the head sculpt and while the overall look of the figure is a bit plain,militarily it works. This Duke figure has the look of a “Team Commander” and really looks nice when placed in front of a group of other Joe’s.Needless to say,the accessories are abundant with this one and really pack a punch.Ya gotta wonder if Tony Stark had anything to do with those shoulder mounted cannons this version of Duke sports.
This figure came to me loose with the Snake Eyes of the same “Rescue Mission” set.Not much to say about this one.Just your average Channing Tatum AKA Duke figure. At first i thought this was movie accurate but it seems like the colors of his uniform are a bit off.Inverted i think.Not much of a biggie since this will not be my go-to Duke figure.He will however look great next to other ROC Joes dressed in the light gray camouflage.And since i don’t own many of the light gray camouflaged ROC Joes there will be no group shots at this time.Hopefully soon though.
If you totally disregarded Hasbro’s G.I. Joe ROC line of figures in 2009(like i did),then chances are that you also overlooked the Rescue Mission set exclusive to Target stores and famous for the Snake Eyes figure that came with it. The set came with two Vipers,Duke and a stealthy Snake Eyes figure deceptively stashed inside the package,hidden behind the Duke figure.I didn’t pick up the complete set,but managed to find the Snake Eyes and Duke figure loose.It’s rare to find any of these figures loose because merchants are making a killing selling the complete sets.I didn’t even know this Snake Eyes existed until a few months ago when i saw this Youtube review http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-Al6O7JpKs on him.Which by the way is a pretty cool channel for action figure reviews.The Rescue Mission Snake Eyes i picked up is semi-complete but the more important accessories,like his sword,sheath and backpack were included.I really don’t have anything bad to say about this figure.Everything about it is Snake Eyes.The figure is completely black.Some flat,some glossy and the sculpt is perfect.Essentially a repaint of the Resolute Snake Eyes.The web gear’s on point and the all black visor on the head sculpt works perfectly.To me every Snake Eyes figure should have at least one Arashikage symbol and this one has it on the right shoulder.All in all an amazing figure and while not better than the POC Ninja Commando version,Rescue Mission Snake Eyes is a close 2nd IMO.
I’ll be deleting a couple of links from my blogroll in the next couple of days only because i don’t find myself frequenting them too often.Nothing against them or their blogs,so i hope no one gets offended if they notice their link has been removed from the list.Also,i have a couple of new Joes to blog about and one of them could quite possibly be the 2nd best 3 3/4 Snake Eyes action figure ever produced that nobody’s ever heard of.Then again,maybe you have.I recently discovered it a couple of months back and it’s taken me this long to finally add it to the collection.Post your guesses if you have an idea of which S.E. it might be ;)Again,no hard feelings if you see that your blog has been removed from my blogroll as i am just trying to simplify things a bit.Thanks again to everybody who takes the time to stop by and comment on AF&T!
There were a couple other smaller items that i will go over in the near future,but for now this will be the final “Recent Acquisition” post……sheesh!I know… the acquisitions aren’t even recent any more….but moving forward.This figure was the focal point of the trade Jason and i pulled off a while back and is a welcomed addition to my small collection of Rambo figures.It came loose without any accessories but I was lucky enough to hunt some of them down online and make this a semi-complete Rambo figure.One of the straps is missing from the motorized backpack along with a rifle,some grenades and the original knife.I do have some extra weapons laying around for this line of figures just in case i pick up any incomplete, loose figures.Enjoy the pics!
This was one of the centerpieces included in the trade i recently made with Jason Vorhees.Combat Heroes.I told myself a long time ago that i would never collect any of these cool little figures because of the overall collectability of them.There were just so many of these on store pegs everywhere,i was afraid they would take my focus off of more important pieces needed to fill out my collection. If that makes any sense.Long story short…being the Snake Eyes collector that i am,naturally i was going to ask Jason if he had anything Snake Eyes related to add to the mix, and he quickly sent me a picture of these little guys!Now normally i wouldn’t have gone for these Combat Heroes figures but this was Snake Eyes…and Timber…and Zartan we were talking about here!Needless to say i accepted the offer and now i own 3 Combat Heroes 🙂 I wanted this set mainly because of Snake Eyes and Timber and thought they would be a unique pair to add to my small yet growing collection of Snake Eyes figures.It turns out that the Zartan figure is just as cool!His vest is made of a translucent blue plastic that looks great when light shines through it.The pics i took demonstarting that are a little blurry because i took them without the flash.