When I walked into Five Below the other day, on a tip from John over at the Clawful , I didn’t expect there to be many Joes. Maybe a couple Retaliation peg warmers, like the green suited Duke or the Roadblock with the unsightly deformity. I certainly did not expect the Ultimate line of Joes to be freshly stocked the way they were, and for the low price of 5 dollars to boot! These guys were going for big bucks on the bay and that’s not even factoring in the shipping costs. O.K. so they had Roadblock, Budo, Flint and most of the others from the line, big I knew for sure Storm Shadow wouldn’t be there. Stormie was going for bucu dollars online and I had already come to terms with the fact that I would probably never own one. If I could pretend that I was O.K. with not owning a Renegades Storm Shadow then I could do the same for the Ultimate version. BOP! Why did I walk into Five Below and find two Ultimate Storm Shadows hanging stealthily behind a Roadblock and Joe Colton figure! After the initial shock finally wore off, I chest bumped an old lady standing next to me.I finally had an Ultimate Storm Shadow figure in my hands, and he was coming home with me.
Category Archives: G.I. Joe
G.I. Joe Retaliation – Ultimate Snake Eyes
There really are too many Snake Eyes figures, and this one would have remained on the pegs had I owned the 25th Ann. version, which manages to capture the look of Snake Eyes V.2 very nicely. I don’t have the 25th Ann. version so this one was a must-add, considering the price and availability. It pisses me off, though, that Hasbro wasn’t able to add a more accurate head sculpt instead of just opting for the repainted Ninja Duel head. Every time I look at this figure I think about what could have been. A proper head sculpt and this figure would have gotten an easy 10.I could try to switch this head out for another one but I’m not one to mess with the integrity of a figure. If It came with the head sculpt,It stays with the head sculpt.Enjoy the pics!
Sorry about some of the pics being so dark. Snake Eyes is one of the hardest figures to photograph because of the all black uniform.Any suggestions on how to better photograph dark figures are welcome.
Five Below Badness!
Not “bad” meaning “bad” but “bad” meaning “good”!I shat myself when I saw Ultimate Stormy behind a couple of other Ultimate Joe figures at our local Five Below! Wow! Still can’t believe I was lucky enough to find this one. Although I think these are popping up in a lot of other places including Marshalls and a store I’ve never heard of called Tuesday Morning?A big shout out to John over at the Clawful Punch for giving me the heads up about these showing up at FB’s ;)tLoose pics coming soon!
The other day my better half brought me some Styrofoam. She said that I might be able to use it to sound proof some of the walls in my soon-to -be music studio. They had given it to her at her job and she really didn’t get a good look at it until we got it home and out of the boxes they came in. Unfortunately they were too odd shaped to use as soundproof paneling,but just right to build a kick ass fort for some action figures! I was pretty excited about the various shapes and sizes they came in, seemingly made specifically for building playsets. This is not your average Styrofoam. It’s a lot more sturdy and less messy than the ordinary, more common white Styrofoam. The pieces come apart easily and can be mixed and matched to make some pretty cool designs.The fort looks like something out of Minecraft ,lol.
Here are some pics w/ action figures.
I added a couple of guns to the sides and top of the fort.
Here are some inside shots.
Jboypacman Trade Acquisition
I got this little fellow from jboypacman in a trade we completed a little while back. love the color scheme on Med-Alert but most of all,I love the fact that he’s packing heat! Most Joes in the medical field are pacifists but such is not the case with Med-Alert.My man is ready to let off at the drop of a dime,but don’t worry.Med-Alert’ll put one in you,and then patch it up afterwards.No hard feelings.
Love the boot detail!
G.I. Joe Retaliation- Ninja Duel Snake Eyes (Revisited)
This was the version of Snake Eyes I had waited for since the first mentioning and trailers of the Retaliation film. I loved the look they chose to go with here and the figure is pretty much spot on. I will say ,however, that this figure was a bit overrated. Even I made more of it than I probably should have when I first posted about it a while back. Alot of people who’ve reviewed this Ninja Duel Snake Eyes fail to point out the odd looking long hands and under detailed leg sculpts. I like a booted Snake Eyes and this version seems to be sporting some low top cross trainers. Overall a great figure and fresh take on such an iconic character, but far from a perfect rendition.
G.I. Joe POC – Low-Light (Revisited)
I’m not sure if this qualifies as a “Revisited” post ,because I don’t think I’ve ever spotlighted this figure before. Low-Light has appeared in various collection pics here on AF&T ,but never got his own post with corresponding pics. That is until last night, when I was bored out of my mind and decided to spend some QT with this awesome Pursuit of Cobra G.I. Joe action figure.I guess I never got around to Low-Light because of the over exposure this figure received over the net and in toy blogs everywhere, so me doing a post on him back then would have felt a little redundant. This will subsequently be a pic heavy post so I can finally “high-light” … Low-Light?
Storm Shadow Waist-Piece Switchout!
A while back , good buddy Buzz over at Action Figure Adventures sent me a replacement waist for my vintage Storm Shadow figure. I was going to replace it back then but the screw head in his back stripped and I felt like I wasn’t going to be able to switch out the parts without being able to remove that screw and separate the torso. The other day my cojones grew and I decided to take a different approach. I took the legs apart, and by doing so I was able to remove the older waist piece and put the better looking one on! While both show signs of wear, you can clearly see the older one was more yellowed. Another huge thank you goes out to Kevin(Buzz) for the Stormy waist piece 🙂