GIjOE Collector’s Club Reveals New Pics of “Last Man Standing” JoeCon Exclusive Set for 2012

The 2012 convention exclusive set dubbed “The Last Man Standing” pits a desert Adventurer against a MARS henchman. (Photo: GIjOE Collector’s Club)

The “Trooper” head features oddly bright green eyes. Almost “glowing.” Maybe he’s been standing too close to their “Atomic Pile” reactor. HA (Photo: GIjOE Collector’s Club)

It’s been quite a long time coming, but the national GIjOE Collector’s Club has finally released enough photos to reveal its 12″ exclusive 2-figure set for the upcoming 2012 convention. As we already knew, the set features an SA-bodied fuzzhead Adventurer figure dressed in a sharp-looking desert tan uniform, tan cap and tall brown boots. It comes with a variety of weapons, one of which appears to be a machine gun set on a rack which is likely intended to fit onto last year’s convention vehicle. I really LOVE this figure. He looks tough and quite able to take care of himself. I’d buy this figure in a “New York minute.” He’s one tough-looking hombre! (See photo above, left)

Now, as to the”bad guy” figure…It’s a vintage-bodied fuzzhead figure with the greenest eyes you’ve ever seen, Kung-Fu grip hands, jumpsuit, helmet, belt, sidearm, backpack and tommy gun. Apparently, he’s supposed to belong to some evil organization they’re calling “MARS.” Uh…okay.

Now, there are undoubtedly quite a few collectors out there who will have no clue what MARS is supposed to be (myself included). We’ll assume it’s supposed to be a terrorist group like 007’s SPECTRE. I don’t know, and it really doesn’t matter. When someone else tries to pre-determine “back stories” for new GIjOEs, I quickly lose interest.

Now THIS is intriguing. It’s a “Mummy Suit” for your henchman figure. How does it stay on? Velcro? Snaps? (Photo: GijOE Collector’s Club)

The set also comes with a very interesting mummy costume, an AT weapons crate and various small items. What are they all for? I’m sure somebody at the club wrote a story explaining it all. But I’ll never read it. What? Am I supposed to memorize all that? HA (Stepping off soapbox now).

Mr. MARS reminds me of the mindless henchman in the those old Bond movies, running around in their jumpsuits while their volcano headquarters collapses around them. He also looks like he could be in COBRA. Just swap the logos and you’re good to go. We’ll let you decide what to do (as it should be). Price tag for this terrific-twosome? $315 per set. Ouch! This is clearly another high-ticket item for the lucky few among us with DEEP pockets. Personally, I hope the club sells just the desert Adventurer someday. As I said, I’d snatch him up FAST! (hint-hint) Jump over to the club’s website to see all their closeup photos HERE.

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3 thoughts on “GIjOE Collector’s Club Reveals New Pics of “Last Man Standing” JoeCon Exclusive Set for 2012

  1. kneonknight says:

    Undoubtedly a cool set, but like you, Mark, the price makes me wince. I may just have to “suck it up” on this one, however, as there appears to be a lot of cool ger that can be re-purposed. And the tan BDUs are a simple muct-have, in spite of my earlier comments.

    From what I’ve been able to gather, MARS is the “forerunner” of COBRA, but I really don’t know any more about it than that little tidbit. I wouldn’t think it would be too hard to swap out the logos on the MARS trooopers uniform-and I think I know of just the place to get replacement patches and decals. (Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.)

    In any event, I need to start scrounging through the couch and llint trp for loose change. This is going to put a serious dent in my collecting budget.

  2. Mars is the Military Armaments Research Syndicate, the group ran by Destro. It’s supposedly been around for about 20 generations of McCullen (Destro’s family name) so it makes sense that the AT Joe would have encountered these guys. MARS is sort of a neat “evil” organization, in that, they have a lot of on the up and up civillian fronts, which means they’re hard to track down and pin trouble on.

    It seems the AT version seems to be making them a little more obviously badguys, whereas in the RAH timeline, MARS supplies weapons and such to Cobra, but also has worked with the UN and other places.

    It’s a pretty neat idea, though, IMO.

  3. kneonknight says:

    Thank you, newtongimmick. Now we know.

    And knowing is half the battle!

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