Sunday, April 29, 2012

Assorted Cobra Troopers

There are techno-vipers, tele-vipers, neo-vipers, para-vipers, secto-vipers, ninja-vipers, toxo-vipers, mega-vipers, alley-vipers, kitchen-vipers, medi-vipers, air-vipers, volcano-vipers, heat-vipers, ice-vipers... on and on it goes.

And then of course, there are just the vipers.

With all of the different types of troops that Cobra Commander employees, what are their actual roles? I intend to examine this situation a little more closely in an upcoming post. 

Well, of course, it will all be based on my thoughts on the different types of troops with influences from various assorted... influences. Yeah, that..

"Stop whining, your gear looks better on us."

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

LBC's - The Customizer's Friend

LBC means Lazy Boy Customs, right? No, I know that it really means Lazy Bastard Customs and that's just fine with me. I have seen so many awesome customs throughout the GI Joe community, most notably in my browsing at and While many customs are created by some seriously skilled individuals, I prefer the simple part swaps - so I like the Lazy part of LBC.

I probably started customizing back in the early days of the vintage line. I remember wanting a swivel armed Clutch, but didn't want to buy another VAMP. So I bought a swivel arm Breaker and switched out the arms. Easy enough!

Moving on to this new era, the 25th anniversary and beyond figures are so easy to customize. There are those who know how to crack open the torsos for arm swaps, but not me. I like the easy swaps - primarily heads and web gear.

This guy has turned into my default Duke figure. An easy recipe - Resolute Duke's body, Renegade Duke's head, and Kickstart's vest. The vest really fits nicely around the molded collar.

Click here to see more of my LBC's!

Joelanta 2012 - My Stuff

My last post for Joelanta 2012.

So what did I get from Joelanta 2012?
Three carded Zombie Vipers. These creeps are cool, but I really can't get too crazy about troop building with the Z's. Just hard to integrate them into my twisted Joe-world. 
Two Pursuit of Cobra Vipers. I never saw these particular figures at retail. I got them at a decent price, around the typical drug store price - so not too bad.
 Two each loose Vipers and Zombies. Not complete, but who cares?
 12" FBI Rescue Team. $10.00! Awesome figure, equipped with the Hasbro super-articulated body. Thanks, Martin!
12" Force Recon Marine. $10.00! Thanks again, Martin! Equipped with the Hasbro super-articulated body and the spring loaded grip! Nice!

That's it for Joelanta. I'm already looking forward to Joelanta 2013!

Joelanta 2012 - Amazing Customs!

So here's the rest of the pictures from Joelanta 2012. These shots are primarily pictures of customs. It is always impressive to see the work of the customizer crowd. I get inspired to do something, anything.
Maybe next year.

Joelanta 2012 - Larry Hama

Larry Hama was a guest at Joelanta this year.  He was here last year as well. It's always cool to see the "godfather" of the Real American Hero" line at Joelanta. I feel like such a kid standing there, asking for an autograph. I listen to other guys talk about how much an impact that Larry has had on their lives through his work on GI Joe or what ever else Larry has done.

Yeah, I get that, but I just can't be the gushing fan boy type. But I do appreciate all of his work on GI Joe and the impact that his work has had on my hobby. 

I was able to get Larry to autograph my copies of GI Joe Declassified from Devil's Due. Cool! 

Monday, April 2, 2012

Joelanta 2012 - The Ungrateful Dead

Just another amazing custom display by local talent. Cool stuff!

I think that the pictures speak for themselves. I can't add much - except - AWESOME!

Joelanta 2012 - Part 4

The Locomotive!
Every year, the Joelanta crew puts together a massive 1/6th scale display . This year, there were two displays, with one central display - the locomotive!

This was just an amazing display for 2012. Every year, the Joelanta team moves in a totally different direction and the display is always impressive. Well done, Joelanta, well done!