Friday, February 1, 2013

Action Figure Friday- G.I.Joe: Pursuit of Cobra: Alley Viper

When Hasbro started releasing new sculpt editions of the 80's G.I.Joe characters back in 2007, I was ecstatic! I have been a big fan of the original 3 3/4" line, and I knew that I would be a huge fan of this line. For the most part, the line delivered till it abruptly ended before putting out all of the characters from the 80's joe line-up and thus moving into the Rise of Cobra toy-line. Out of that original line-up, I really wanted an Alley Viper. He was one of my favorite action figures as a kid. Hasbro did release a version of him in the new sculpt in his original colors. Unfortunately, that version of Alley Viper came in a box set that I could never find. A few years later, I got another chance when Hasbro put out the Pursuit of Cobra line.  They dropped the bright orange and blue camo and gave a nice crimson and black paint job. For the most part, I really like the Pursuit of Cobra line. It was a nice move away from the weirdness of the Rise of Cobra Movie cutting the oversized spring loaded weapons out of the packaged action figure equation. Hasbro took many characters and gave them a bit of an updated futuristic look. My one complaint about this toy and many from this line is too much gear for each toy to carry. With this Alley Viper, the secondary helmet and gas mask are not needed and have no where to store on Alley Viper's gear.  Because I don't like having random parts, and weapons lying around, I have tried to attach all of his pieces to him while he is posed. It works ok, I guess. If you collected any figures from the modernized run of the  3 3/4" line, this is definitely one Cobra trooper you want in your ranks. He is a nice action figure with lots of articulation and detailing. Which brings me to my next question, "Hasbro, why are your G.I.Joe action figures for the Retaliation line so bad?"

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I do have a table for the Sci-Fi Expo on February 9-10th. I'll be there with some new work to sell,my pin-up girl posters, the newest issue of Xenex the Bug Man and custom toys. Jeff will be there with me selling some Marvindog media merchandise and taking toy memory recordings! Stop by, say,"hi", and show your support. I hope to see you there!

I have posted some new shirt designs in my Cafepress store. Head over to my Cafepress store and get a shirt or a couple! 

I have all Xenex the Bug Man comic books available for print on demand. You can see that listing here on my store's tab for comic books. 

Just to let you know all know, I am taking commissions. If you would like to commission me for original artwork, head over to the commissions tab in store to see how. 

If you have not heard about the Podcast called, "Talking Toys with Taylor and Jeff", then it's time I let you know! Jeff and I are on the show where we talk about toys! (Go figure, I mean Go action figure!) Seems simple enough. We pick out a toy line to discuss in each show. We share our childhood memories, our favorite five, and talk about the one toy in the line that got away. Jeff talks about how he cherished his toys and I talk about how they ended up in the garden! The other two shows are The pilot episode, where Jeff and Josh Taylor break down the Pilot Episode in TV series, and The Loosely Based Podcast where Brynna and Jeff compare the book to the movie adaptation! The shows are great! If you are interested in what we got, go to  and give us a listen. You can subscribe to the shows on itunes and get up to date info on upcoming shows on facebook:
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