The GI Joe Collector’s Club have revealed the final details for the 12 inch GI Joe Con Adventure Team set. I know a lot of folks could care less, but I like the Adventure Team and these sets are always pretty neat. This year the Club has put together a pretty fun offering, with a “Desert” Adventurer facing off with a member of M.A.R.S.
Yes the same, Military Armaments Research Syndicate, founded by Destro’s family in the Real American Hero timeline. This goes back to a convention set from 2010, when the Con exclusive was “Escape From Spy Island” and the bonus convention only figure was an evil MARS Henchman. That figure sold like hotcakes and prompted the eventual, Man of Evil.
One of the neatest aspects of this set is the “mummy” costume. The Adventure Team has been tracking down mummies for years and it’s really neat to finally get a full size mummy… Unfortunately this is just a costume for the MARS Trooper and is being listed as a “bio-wrap suit” which seems to indicate that maybe this MARS Trooper is a clone or some sort of genetic creation.
It’s also interesting to note that the brown and yellow MARS Henchman outfit, has now been replaced by an outfit that looks more or less exactly like a Cobra Trooper outfit. It still has the MARS logos, but it looks more like the old comic book Cobra uniforms. I’m a bit indifferent to all that, but I do think the set is cool.
All in all, it’s a cool concept and it’s nice that the story ties into both the 2010 and 2011 convention set. Making this sort of a three part adventure. However, the $315 price tag will likely keep me from ever owning it. The high prices are because of the limited nature of these sets. Only a few hundred were produced, but it’s a pretty tough pill to swallow even if it is cool.
It seems to me that at that price, the GIJCC could have easily included a third figure to wear the mummy costume. Then you could have focused the story around the Adventure Team tracking down a mummy and encountering MARS at the same time. But maybe that’s just how I would play with this set. I am glad to see the Club doing more with villains, though.
Part of the reason the Henchman was such a success, is that the fully dressed figure only cost $50! I suspect if the Club was smart, they’d offer MARS Troopers and the mummy costume (or a complete mummy figure) for a similar price at the GI Joe Collector’s Club store. Of course, that likely won’t happen. Heck, as of this writing the Club’s store is STILL down.