And I can't remember exactly where my Rolling Thunder ended up going, here it is in late 2004 but I think it might have been gone in a trade as early as late 2005!
Today I had to pass on the Rolling Thunder. As cool as it was to see one in person in this rural area, I just don't think it would do more than sit on a shelf like the one I had did. Missing the recon car, one side yellow missile, bent antenna and missing chin gun..., at $165 it was way too much for me. I didn't closely inspect it any further but suspected it matched the play wear on the various figures that surrounded it on the table.
Yes, I overpaid on these. (I have a thing for small shops and hoped it helped some.) These are all C65 with various spots of worn paint and loose joints. But I was there and maybe some future customs or parts upgrade or something. Still, G.I.Joes out in the wild here, something different.
I picked Gyro Viper since I could definitely use this Cobra pilot, the arms could use replacement but not a bad figure and at $7, it should work.
I have my original Night Creeper Leader that I opened myself but I thought getting this Night Creeper Leader would give me some potential painting opportunities that I would never have attempted on my original figure. Night Creeper Leader also came with Zartan's (I believe) battle stand.
I chose the 2008 Collectors Club Gristle to keep as my Gristle over the original one I had. This is an example of two figures that both had strong qualities I liked when I chose to keep only one. I still like the 1993 Gristle head more than the 2008 Convention figures head. I was thinking a head swap, but some hair was worn off the back of the head that I didn't see. This soft jointed figure was still high-priced at $10.
Dr. Mindbender is a one of those characters I couldn't see my Cobra Commander being able to trust or keep around. That's why I didn't keep Dr. Mindbender in figure form. I really like the design on this figure,though, and at $5 this one might be painted (I wouldn't have done this on the C85 one I had before).
Interesting to me is that the seller who brought these into the shop to be sold had the figures (like Gristle below) holding their spring-firing launchers. These are things I usually put into a spot together rarely to be even look at.
Nothing on the accessory side that was a big score. This is my first "Gristle" style launcher, however. My first Gristle (1993) did not have any accessories.