Tuesday, December 12, 2017

1994 Metal Head - Around the Web

In general, Cobra figures were the first figures to sell out after Joe stopped shipping to retail.  For someone desperately trying to fill gaps in their collection in 1995 and 1996, it was incredibly frustrating to see these aweome Cobras on the cardbacks but not on the shelves.  In the instances when I did find a Cobra, though, I usually bought him without hesitation.  Among the few Cobras I found at the time was the 1994 Metal Head figure.

I was aware of the Metal Head character from the comic and a kid down the street had the 1990 figure that I had seen after I had quit buying Joes.  So, I jumped at a chance to get a new version of him: purple weapons and all.  Like most of the later run figures, there's not a ton of content out there in regards to the figure.  But, here's what I could come up with:

Metal Head Profile

Metal Head at JoeADay.com

Metal Head Dio 1

Metal Head Pre-Production at YoJoe.com

Metal Head Dio 2

Metal Head at 3DJoes.com

Metal Head Dio 3

Metal Head at Wikipedia

1994 Battle Corps Metal Head, Star Brigade Cobra Blackstar, Funskool Crimson Guard Immortal

1994 Battle Corps Metal Head, Mega Marines Cyber Viper, 1993, Action Soldier, Monster Blaster APC

1994 Battle Corps Metal Head, Star Brigade Cobra Blackstar, Funskool Crimson Guard Immortal

Thursday, December 7, 2017

1983 Grand Slam - Around the Web

Grand Slam may be the most obscure Joe of the original 13.  He didn't get a lot of play in the early comics and didn't get much characterization until he kicked Major Bludd through the windshield of a bus nearly a year and a half after Joe debuted on the newstand.  He's a figure, though, that collectors have warmed to over the years.  Much of this is due to the fact that his silver pads version is considered a relatively rare figure. 

I was able to find a decent amount of Grand Slam content out there.  It seems his obscurity in early Joe media has allowed to take on more life in the ensuing 35 years.  Here's the best of Grand Slam from around the web.

Silver Pads Grand Slam Profile

Red Pads Grand Slam Profile

Grand Slam Dio 1

Grand Slam Video Review

Grand Slam Dio 2

Grand Slam at JoeADay.com

Grand Slam Dio 3

Grand Slam at 3DJoes.com

Grand Slam Dio 4

Grand Slam Dio 5

Grand Slam at Comic Vine

Grand Slam Dio 6

1983 Grand Slam, JUMP, Jet Pack, Short Fuse, Steeler, 1985 Mauler, Flash, 2017 Sightline, Red Laser's Army, Bootleg

TNT, Grand Slam, Silver Pads, JUMP, HAL, Rock and Roll, 1983, 1982, Argentina, Plastirama, Blowtorch, Flint, Funskool, India

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

1994 Viper - Around the Web

In 1995 and 1996, Cobra army builders were especially hard to find at retail.  I only found four of them and they were the Crimson Guard Commander twice and this 1994 Viper twice.  But, I was able to army build them from the get go.  The 2005 Iron Anvil proved what a good mold this figure has.  This Halloween orange leaves something to be desired.  But it remains a sign of the times from the 1990's.  Here's the best content I could find on the web for him:

Viper Profile

Viper Pre Production at YoJoe.com

Viper at JoeADay.com

Viper at Nekoman's Viper Pit

94 Viper at Droppin

Viper at OreoBuilder's Blog

'94 Viper at JoeDios.com 1

1994 Viper, Cobra Viper, Funskool Blaster

1994 Viper, Battle Corps, 1987, Jinx, 2004, Scarlett, Comic Pack
1994 Viper, 1987 Jinx, 2004 Comic Pack Scarlett

Monday, December 4, 2017

Holiday Hiatus

2017 has been a crazy year.  And, the last three months or so have been ridiculously odd, tumultuous and great.  But, the series of events that occurred have completely limited my time.  I haven't taken any new Joe photos in months and all my figures got packed away for a few weeks.  So, I'm out of content. 

With that, I'm taking the month of December off.  I'll have two or three Around the Web features every week.  (I've got about 60 of those ready to go.)  So, there will be something to stop by and check out.  I'll be back in January with new profiles and photos.  I've got the 1988 Cobra Bugg, some factory customs and a couple of fun, obscure releases who will kick off 2018.

Until then, you can follow me on various platforms for any new content and previews:




Friday, December 1, 2017

1984 Roadblock - Around the Web

The 1984 Roadblock figure stands as one of the great links between the line's first two years and the leap in quality it took in the third year.  In many ways, Roadblock feels like a 1983 release.  But, his gear makes him stand out from the simpler equipment from that year.  He's not as complex as Blowtorch or Stormshadow.  But, he remains an iconic figure, nonetheless.  I first got him in early 1984 at a Value City store.  He's been a staple of my collection since, even if this mold has gotten a bit stale.  Here's the best of him from around the web.

Roadblock Profile

Roadblock Dio 1

1984 Roadblock at When It Was Cool

Roadblock at 3DJoes.com

Roadblock Dio 2

Roadblock Dio 3

1984 Roadblock, 2017 Sightline, Red Laser, Black Major, Factory Custom, Bootleg, Viper, Backstop, 1985 Mauler, Plastirama, Argentina