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Zandar – Jungle Assault Squad

Here we’re continuing the Jungle Assault Squad, but it’s sort of cheating as it’s also a repaint. This is jungle gear Zandar alongside the original.

 

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Python Patrol Zarana

Another action figure repaint that never was, Python Patrol Zarana, alongside her original 1986 figure design.

 

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Jinx Character Design Timeline

The Oktober Guard will return later, but now it’s another character design timeline, this time Jinx. The choice of Jinx was made sort of randomly, after just looking for a character with some interesting design differences and that didn’t have TOO many versions. There are more versions of Jinx than you may realize. (There may be a Snake-Eyes timeline in the future, but that would be a LOT of variations to tackle.)

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Oktober Guard, Pt 4

Continuing with the updated Oktober Guard, we have Dragonsky the flamethrower/mechanic who first showed up in the Guard’s second comic appearances. Then it’s Sgt. Misha, who was one of the new replacements years later. Both are Russians.

 

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Dial-Tone – Urban Assault Team

The final member of the six-Joe Urban Assault Team is the team’s communication expert, Dial-Tone. This also happens to be the 100th post on this blog! Thanks for following along, and there will be more to come!

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Soldier Serpentor

Now for a sort of random concept. What if Serpentor spent more time on the battlefield and dressed in something more appropriate than his snake “costume”? Here, Serpentor is dressed more like a modern soldier but adds some ancient Roman-style armor and weapons, so he can fight alongside his troops.

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New Beach Head

An updated version of Beach Head, this time ditching the balaclava and giving him a Ranger beret. no special theme here, just “new Beach Head.”

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New Zandar

For the first design in a long while, here’s Zandar. It has some elements of the original, with a little Devil’s Due mixed in, with some toned down colors. I hope no one misses the pink…

Zandar-NEW

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Raven (G.I. Joe)

Several times here I’ve gone back to the old Sunbow cartoon for inspiration. This time we go back to the second season episode “In the Presence of Mine Enemies”, in which Slip-Stream is stranded on a dangerous island with a female Strato-Viper, code named Raven. The two join forces to survive and in the end Raven rips the Cobra insignia off her uniform. Slip-Stream even suggests she may be a recruit. So here she is, Raven as a G.I. Joe in a more vintage-style uniform.

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Unproduced Zarana

OK, here’s one more of those unused concepts from the G.I. Joe vs Cobra era, this time Zarana with a design very different than her classic look.

Zarana-concept

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Unproduced Lifeline and Serpentor

We continue (and maybe complete) the recently revealed unproduced concepts. For now I think I’ve exhausted the designs that interested me, or ones that I thought I could recreate reasonably well here. Lifeline in an outfit that seems to flip the colors of his original, and a simpler, Caesar-like version of Serpentor.

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Unproduced Low-Light and Outback

Two more of the recently revealed G.I. Joe vs Cobra figure concepts: Low Light and Outback. I must admit these two aren’t my favorite designs, but I tried capturing them accurately:

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1995 Dr. Mindbender

Another unproduced figure from 1995 was a new Dr. Mindbender. This one was a strange design that included a claw-hand and a more sci-fi look. I added some color highlights but mostly stuck to the color of the figure seen here at YoJoe.com. Click the image to expand it.

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Mega Marines Barbecue and Iceberg

This update includes a design based on the unproduced concept for a Mega Marines Barbecue, seen here (obviously a lot had to be guessed at since the image isn’t great), and an original Iceberg in warm weather gear. (Click images to enlarge.)

BBQ-MegaMarines  Iceberg-infantry

 

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