Red Shadows Secret Base (2010)
While many Joe fans are no doubt standing in a line tonight waiting to partake of the club’s final offerings, I’m set up in the relative comfort of JAD HQ by my lonesome with a glass of wine, old club exclusives, and a camera. To be honest, I’d rather be anywhere than standing in a line, even one that leads to cool toys. It’s just in my DNA.
The Red Shadows Secret Base is the one and only playset released in the history of club exclusives. The term playset may be a bit loosely defined here, as the set is closer in scale and function to the old battlefield accessory toys of the 80s. Despite this, the base is a functional bit of space, at least from the front. The back side doesn’t provide much opportunity for play or display, and the dual blast doors are frustratingly fiddly. It’s like I’ve seen this all before…
Pay no attention to the Red Shadows Base’s resemblance to a certain Imperial bunker on the forest moon of Endor. Though the club gave it a missile launcher, a nice paint job and more painted details than its galaxy far away cousin, one can’t escape the iconic design. However, it is nice to be able to pose your Red Shadows con set around it, and you know, actually play with the thing. Imagine that! Speaking of which, it seems my Ewoks have escaped their own universe and crossed over into the Joeverse. Guess they caught the series finale of Rebels.