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The top 10 G.I. Joe Events of the decade

In real life world, 10 years sometimes can go by in a flash…although a lot has changed for me personally since 2000, it still seems like it just flew by.  I’ve gained a wife, 2 children, moved back to my hometown, gone through two different jobs, lost 125 pounds, and completely changed my career path and overall life philosophy.  Yet, it still kinda feels like yesterday.

In G.I. Joe world, however, the past 10 years might as well have been 5 separate lifetimes.  It’s been a roller coaster ride for certain since the 2000’s began, and this decade has been absolutely loaded with G.I. Joe related events.  So what are the ten most important events of the past 10 years?  Here they are, in my opinion (below the jump):


Pursuit of Cobra Mech Suit images – Iron Hammer giddiness ensues!

When it rains, it pours, and today, it’s been pouring a bit…  hot on the heels of the revalation of potential card art for an upcoming G.I. Joe single pack line, The Terror Drome has uncovered some images of upcoming Mech Suits that seem to be slated to hit retail alongside this new line.  I hesitate to continue calling it “Pursuit of Cobra” based on the lack of that moniker on the packaging, but for simplicity sake, I will probably still refer to it by that name.

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Now, during JoeCon last year we already saw Hasbro show a slide of the Sigma 6 2.5″ Iron Hammer Mech Suit, so it’s already established that this was a plan for the Pursuit of Cobra line, but now apparently we can expect more than one of these bad boys!  That’s all great news to me…  I’m a totally unabashed and unashamed fan of Sigma 6 in both scales, but I’ve also admitted that the vehicle line would have been MUCH cooler had it been integrated with the more familiar 3 3/4″ scale.  Well, we’re at least kind of getting that wish now, in the form of these very cool looking Iron Hammer mechs.  While I’m not sure how they’ve been modified to fit the larger figures, from a pure size perspective, they fit seamlessly.  Excellent.

While on the topic of image weirdness, we also get to see some new Jurassic Park items (or what appear to be anyway).  I really like what I’m seeing, but at the same time, I feel a bit conflicted.

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Obviously Hasbro elected to use some G.I. Joe tooling for these JP items, which is great to see, and the AWE Strikers both look very neat!  But man…why does Jurassic Park get those bad ass Resolute Trooper figures as base troopers, and we all got stuck with the Rise of Cobra stuff for the regular Joe line?  Lord help me, those Jurassic Park figures look pretty sick in those camouflage schemes, and the TRU Firefly base figure is wonderful.  Awesome looking stuff, but I just can’t help but dream of a day where the dozens of Cobra Troopers we got stuck with were all based on the bad ass Resolute tooling rather than the clunky Rise of Cobra stuff.  Ah, well.

Pursuit of Cobra line, now just a “G.I. Joe” line? Package art revealed?

A small image has emerged from the dark corners of the internet that appears to be packaging art for a new line of G.I. Joe single-pack figures.  It appears to be the Pursuit of Cobra Firefly on the package, with some elements from the Rise of Cobra package design, so all signs point to “legit”.  The most curious thing, of course, is the fact that there is no mention of “The Pursuit of Cobra” on the package, and it almost looks like the single pack line may now be separated into a straight up “G.I. Joe” line once again.

Is this a result of lackluster response to the movie themed toys?   Tough to tell, but the new packaging is pretty exciting.  Love the blue coloring, love the chrome logo that retains many of the elements of the vintage one.

Big thanks to HissCommander from The Terror Drome for pointing this out!


Alexx Shorts update – Wal-Mart Exclusive LAW w/ General Hawk and Grand Slam

After taking a short holiday hiatus, Joe forum favorite Alexx is back at it again, this time covering the Wal-Mart Exclusive LAW (Laser Artillery Weapon).  I must admit, this is one that I have so far skipped, but as usual, he continues to change my mind.  Wonder if my Christmas-ransacked Wal-Mart still has it in stock?

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