a review of: RAHC Guide by noted Author James Kavanaugh Jr.

The RAHC Guide is written by noted Author James Kavanaugh Jr. which you may know from the excellent What’s On Joe Mind podcast.

It’s obvious this work is a labor of love. it covers an era of  figures often looked down upon in a thorough manner. This is a guide for every figure and vehicle released from 1997 to 2007 and details their parts, what the came with, variants, and some trivia information. It isn’t a price guide, but it doesn’t need to be. Despite books like this including price guides, toy prices fluctuate enough that they can only be close to accurate briefly, and with this particular set of toys, sadly most of them are not as desired as the classic 12″ or ARAH figures, or even the more recent 25th to current style figures.


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Expolsion of News about Jurassic Park Joes

08_CobraCommanderwhile I’ve been “slacking” (Trust me i’d rather be updating the website, than having to deal with a sick 3-month old.) The Joe Blog the Leaky Suit Brigade, has been reporting about the discovery of confirmed for release Jurassic Park G.I.Joes, them being found at retail, and even new ones revealed.  I encourage you to check out what’s released already, and what’s upcoming.

You may recall i have been posting a lot about them, their potential hope for release, their closing prices on ebay, and pics. It’s a good time to point that I while I don’t have a category on the menu at the left for JP, you can always track or read all articles on the site by the tags as well. For example the Jurassic Park tag has all the articles in an easy to read set.

Beyond the Leaky Suit Brigade, JP Toys has also posted several images one i’ve which i’ve mirrored below.

Look at that helmet! it really reminds me of Sigma Six Firefly, that's a new head too (Crimson Chin/Jay Leno is that you?)

Look at that helmet! it really reminds me of Sigma Six Firefly, that’s a new head too (Crimson Chin/Jay Leno is that you?)

Check out both sites, although I have to warn you I saw the above picture via twitter,  and not JP Toys itself, it appears this particular image is in the message board and you have to sign up to see it, but other images are on the front page.

It appears the Joes are coming in  the $30.00 battle packs with one good sized dinosaur. 2 are coming out now with some folks already finding them, and 2 are upcoming.  One of the current ones is named Ash Skullstriker, I’d love to know the name of the other if anyone finds one and wants to let us know.  These are TRU exclusives, so happy hunting!

UPDATE:  The Leaky Suit Brigade let me know that Ash Skullstriker is packed with the Allosauras and Pachyrhynocaus  comes with Gunner Gordorn.  For further clarity Ash Skullstriker uses the Red Dog head, and Gunner Gordon uses the burnout head.

CLICK HERE to join the discussion in progress on our forums.



Good news everyone!   The G.I.Joe Contest I originally told you about here, is still on and the deadline has not only been extended, but the prize package has been sweetened ! I’ll be adding one Con exclusive Saw Viper to the list of prizes.  To get your interested, here are pics of the prizes, for details about the contest, keep reading after the pictures.


This bad boy could be yours, for free! Just enter the contest as this is now one of the prize options!

The other prizes are:

The Hard to find Ashiko with Armor Cycle

Hard to find, and often sought after.

Hard to find, and often sought after. I was lucky to get it at that price, but you can get it for a picture of a custom !

And the entire wave of Discount Store figures (First paint schemes)

The 2012 surprise and Hot Joe Item

The 2012 surprise and Hot Joe Item

This black trooper is the hardest to find in the set. this is the only one i have ever seen in the wild.

This black trooper is the hardest to find in the set. this is the only one i have ever seen in the wild.

The New Deadline: April 15th. Yes that’s after Joecon, and possibly more importantly, that’s after the custom class you can find out about here.  This way if your going to con you have an extra chance to work on your custom, possibly with the help form experts. Yes someone going to Con would already have the chance to own a couple of Saw-vipers, but it’s an army builder right! and it will be worth $, not to mention it’s not the only prize that can be chosen from.  Being after con also allows me to get the saw-viper to the winner quickly, and if you hurry, will also allow a customizer more inspiration from seeing the Retaliation movie!

1st place will choose his prize, then 2nd place, and the third man will get the left overs.

The original post (with the rules) follows:

The Theme is Movie Verse 1.5. The idea is simple, with the upcoming retaliation movie there is a lot of hope it will do well, and reflection on what went wrong with Rise of Cobra. To enter the contest you have several options, 1. 1.5 can refer to an improvement on the designs of the original movie or the upcoming retaliation, such as repainting the Joes or Cobras to look more classic but using movie parts, 2. You can make a custom of a character appeared in the original movie but did not get a figure,( like Paris pursuit scarlet) or a character we have seen an image of in the Retaliation trailer or press releases but do not have a figure for (like spec ops or White uniform CC) 3. Finally you can make a figure of a movie character from the first movie, as they might appear in between the movies (Like using a Tatum head, but giving us an urban style Duke, or giving us a movie scarlet head, but in desert fatigues)

The rules:
1. You must be registered here on Toy Nation and have a post count minimum of 25 (which should be easy to do) to win.
2. You may enter as many customs as you like, but each person can only win one prize.(so if you place 1st and 2nd, i’d skip to number 3)
3. All customs will be shown on the forums, and will be open to vote by all members of the forums (invite your friends)
4. The point is to update or be in the movie universe, no 100 % arah updates please.
5. You may post work in progress threads, but if you do elsewhere, please also post them here!


as always you can join the discussion on the forums.

My thoughts on Joe Club’s Iceberg exclusive membership figure.

08_CobraCommanderThe G.I.Joe club has revealed their exclusive Iceberg figure. This is the club incentive figure for next year, and all you have to do is sign up before March 15th and you will get this figure in the mail. You can visit their site here.

I was really looking forward to Iceberg, and i thought he would make a great addition to my G.I.Joe arctic troops.

iceberg-25th-anniversary-gijoe_1361218983It’s been said that the head is not final, and we can only hope.  The lack of detail would instantly stand out when placed with other figures, although the white stand will do that anyways.

The gear looks nice, it comes from the canceled ROC arctic Duke. The torso is from the 25th Snow serpent, arms from 30th airtight the legs came from the 25th spirit. The legs are where these figure becomes a catastrophic failure. He is far too top heavy The tight to the skin pants are clearly not think enough to keep him warm, or to balance off the upper half.  The right upper leg remains warped looking which only adds to my disappointment.

I don’t want it said i’m always down on the club. last year’s footloose and con set looked phenomenal ! I loved the FSS Jinx (as a said in my review here)  but something is off this year, and they are swinging mostly misses.

Jump to the forums  for discussion. -Revsears

G.I.Joe club exclusive 12″ figures are up.

gi-joe-the-rise-of-cobra-logoG.I.Joe 12″ exclusives for the upcoming G.I.Joe convention are up, head to their site to check it out!  I may not be a 12″ collector, but you have to respect your roots.  The set this year features a James Bond style mission into an island and both Joe himself and a villain.  To chat about the con or 12″ joes hit up our G.I.Joe Forum.


FSS Jinx review

There is a ton of Joe News out there right now, and a lot to be excited about. Even though I didn’t get the club’s FSS, i did have the chance to get the JINX figure that put as a single on their website. I’ve been slow to get the review up, but finally i’m able to present her. Similar to her VVV figure, this Jinx isn’t just a red ninja in pajamas, she is a battle ready Arashakage Ninja Assassin.

In package

In package

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Last of the Cobra’s revealed for Joe Con 2013

gi-joe-the-rise-of-cobra-logoCrimson Asp and Saw viper are up. Saw viper is very purple, and the only thing Crimson about the Crimson Asp is that she has red hair.


pics and some info below.

crimson-asp-joecon-2013_1359076769It’s a new head on a very Coil Friendly looking repaint of the Resolute Baroness

saw-vipers-joecon-2013_1359076792Arctic POC and moneybag Destro parts, upcoming Retaliation Airborne/canceled 30th Law head with DTC SAW viper helm.

I have mixed feelings on ASP, the paint scheme looks stunning, but why so coil friendly?

Join our discussion on the forums here.


More G.I.Joe Collector’s club reveals!

gi-joe-the-rise-of-cobra-logoTwo new figures are up, Psych-out and Muskrat, both looking very much like the original figures from Rah. That was somewhat disappointing for me as I was hoping for more the modern 2004 look. Pysch-out’s gear especially suffers from lack of modernization, as well as with the way his paint apps appear to make his armor two pieces.

images are mirrored below or you can check them out at G.I.Joecon.com

for continued discussion hit the forums.

a lot of folks are excited for this guy, look at that backpack!

a lot of folks are excited for this guy, look at that backpack!

that head looks a lot like POC jungle duke IMO.

that head looks a lot like POC jungle duke IMO.