Tag Archive: Convention Exclusive

Jan 02

Zombie Initiative Repulsor

Repulsor (2014)

by KansasBrawler Going into Joe Con this year, Repulsor was a pretty big surprise to some (like me) and a disappointment to others. I was extremely intrigued by the concept of a new named Cobra (and one that had an animal to boot) and though I was at first a little let down by the …

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Dec 26

Zombie Initiative Clean Sweep

Zombie Initiative Clean Sweep

by KansasBrawler Growing up, I only had one Eco-Warriors Joe and that was Clean Sweep. Because of my long ties to the figure, I was really excited that he was tapped for an update in the Zombie Initiative con set. However, this also meant that the modern version of the figure had a lot to …

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Dec 19

Zombie Initiative Ozone

Zombie Initiative Ozone

by KansasBrawler I realize the original Eco-Warriors subteam gets a lot of well-deserved criticism for both its inception (trying to jump on the popularity of environmentalism in the 90s) and its gimmick (water-triggered color-change plastic). However, the one thing I loved about the original subset was that it was mostly new characters. By 1991, we …

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Dec 12

Zombie Initiative Flint

by KansasBrawler I’m KansasBrawler and I’ve professed my love for Flint a few times already on this blog, however, I have a different confession to make this time. I never owned (and honestly hated) the 1991 Eco-Warriors Flint. I don’t know why, but it was the one Flint figure I could never get behind. I …

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Dec 05

Zombie Initiative Toxo-Zombie

Zombie Intiaitive Toxo-Zombie

by KansasBrawler In my opinion, if you’re going to revisit the Eco-Warriors concept, you have to go all in and bring the Toxo-Zombie back as well. Thankfully, the GIJCC shared my opinion on that one. While I never had the original Toxo-Zombie, I thought the idea was pretty cool but felt the color scheme was …

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Nov 28

Zombie Initiative T’jbang

Zombie Initiative T'jbang

by KansasBrawler Every now and then in large figure sets, there’s one figure that gets included that just doesn’t make any sense. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad figure, but it’s still a bit of a head scratcher when you think about it in the grand scheme of things. As much as I love …

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Nov 21

Zombie Initiative Toxo-Viper

Zombie Initiative Toxo-Viper

by KansasBrawler In my opinion, the one glaring hole in the 25th Anniversary line was how many late 80s army builders got missed in favor of additional version of named Cobras that we’d already seen somewhere in the line. While the Hazard-Viper from the 30th Anniversary line was a spiritual update of the Toxo-Viper in …

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Nov 14

Zombie Initiative Outback

Zombie Initiative OUtback

by KansasBrawler Every good zombie story needs that one character who is prepared for the zombie outbreak. For the Zombie Initiative, the GIJCC decided to make it be Outback—and I love that choice. As the Joe’s resident survival expert, Outback has the requisite skills to survive a full-on zombie apocalypse and while that’s not quite …

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Nov 07

Zombie Initiative Lab-Rats

Lab-Rats

by KansasBrawler Part of what I find myself enjoying about the GIJCC’s con sets is that they are able to include great concepts into sets that might not necessarily be successful at retail by virtue of orienting their product towards older collectors like me. A prime example of this is the Cobra Lab-Rat from the …

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Nov 01

Zombie Initiative Steel Brigade Commander

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by KansasBrawler The way figure sets of any size work, there’s always one weak figure. It doesn’t matter if it’s a figure three pack at retail or a fifteen figure set like the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club does every year for Joe Con, there’s always one figure that, for whatever reason, manages to get the …

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