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Press images from new 2013 product revealed at G.I. Joe Convention 2012

Along with the slideshow and display cases, our old friends at Hunter PR have also provided the official press images for new items revealed at GIJoeCon 2012 including:

  • Ultimate Duke
  • Ultimate Snake Eyes with Timber
  • Ultimate Firefly
  • Cobra Combat Ninja
  • Cobra Night Landing Mission with Cobra Eel
  • Crimson Guard
  • Ninja Showdown Assortment Wave 2
  • Micro Force

Check out the images below and a big thanks to Justin at Hunter PR for being a great liaison to Hasbro and getting this stuff accessible.

Some points of confusion I’ve seen… yes the “Cobra Combat Ninja” was meant to be a movie accurate Cobra Trooper.  They only called him that because there is already a “Cobra Trooper” in the line.  I can’t think of a single reason to complain.  He’ll still be a Retaliation Cobra Trooper in my eyes.  Also, yes, there was apparently a Roadblock and Flint put out on display that were not supposed to be there.  They were quickly removed, but images have cropped up already.  I am looking into seeing if it’s okay if I post those.  If so, they will go up as well.

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G.I. Joe Convention 2012 Day 3 – 2013 Product in the display case

Good afternoon!

Just wanted to post a  quick burst of images of these new 2013 offerings in the display case and also correct myself.  The 2013 Night Landing does NOT come with the Sigma Suit canceled figure.  🙁

It uses some recycled parts from the Sunbow Snake Eyes, but the slideshow played tricks on me.  The set does come with the accessories from that figure, however, which is almost as cool.


Also, the Red Ninja you see pictured below was not in the Slideshow, but somehow ended up in the case.  I asked John Warden about it, and he thinks release should be around the same time as Firefly in Wave 3.  Enjoy the images, more comprehensive coverage still to come.

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G.I. Joe Convention Day 3 – the 2013 Product Slideshow!

I’m between seminars at the moment, but wanted to at least get the slideshow images posted from the 2013 Product demonstration.  Many of these items will be in the display and I will get those images posted throughout the day as well, but wanted to get this AWESOME stuff up first.  Highlights:

  • Micro Force Quarter-Sized collectible figures in blind bags.  Over 80 figures to collect and trade.  Foot holes are compatible with normal vehicle foot pegs for display!
  • Alpha sized Night Landing vehicle with Cobra Eel.  Cobra Eel figure is the canceled Rise of Cobra Ripcord which is extremely detailed, highly accessorized and uses the figure design that was sculpted to resemble the Sigma 6 Sigma Suits
  • Night Viper is moved up to Wave 3
  • Very movie accurate “Ultimate Firefly” with mini-HISS in Wave 3
  • Very movie accurate “Cobra Trooper” (Cobra Combat Ninja) in Wave 3
  • Movie accurate “Ultimate Duke” (with Data-Viper Predator Drone) in Wave 3
  • Comic accurate/toy accurate Snake Eyes ’85 w/ Timber totally newly tooled in Wave 4
  • Crimson Guard in Wave 5 with customizable label sheet

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More details as they emerge!  Follow me on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Tweets and posts from the SyFy panel and the GIJCC panel later today.

G.I. Joe Convention Coverage Day 2 – “The Concept Shelf”

I think most fans seem to be having the same sentiment in regards to the concept shelf, and the same feeling of mixed emotions.  While I personally love to see pre-production items, unproduced items, and things in various stages of design and production, having a full blown glass case of figures that are currently not due for release is a real blow to the gut.

That’s not to say I don’t want to see them and I want Hasbro to not show this stuff…I absolutely love it and eat this up, but it does fill me with some serious mixed emotions.  Obviously the G.I. Joe: Renegades shelf hit me hard with very nice, crisp pre-production Coyote and Flint’s Jeep concepts.  Scrap Iron was a beauty as well.  But for many folks, it was likely the 30th Anniversary shelf that was particularly devastating.

An awesome Flint update with his classic look, accompanied by Lady Jaye.  Beachhead, HEAT-Viper, Snow Serpent, Laser-Viper, Tele-Viper…and Hit & Run.  Oh good God that  Hit & Run.  This figure is something I’ve been dreaming about with the character for years.  It reeked of Hit & Run perfection…but apparently it is not to be.  Twist that knife a little deeper, Hasbro.

In all seriousness, I cannot stop commending the Hasbro designers for what they’re able to do.  This case was loaded with a ton of great looking figures that were by and large cobbled together from existing parts, and the fact that they could get updated designs to come out as strong and flawless as they did without doing too much new tooling is quite simply astounding.  Applause, Hasbro designers…  now, how do we convince the bean counters to let this stuff get to retail?

Check out some images below, as organized as I can make them.  I will refine this all into a SuperPage at some point very soon, but for now, let’s just get the images up there.

G.I. Joe: Renegades

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G.I. Joe: 30th Anniversary and the Pursuit of Cobra

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G.I. Joe: Legend of the Arashikage Ninja

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G.I. Joe: Zombie Attack

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G.I. Joe Vehicle Concepts

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Items of note… the guy with the hockey mask is a “Dreadnok Trooper”.  The Howler and the Diver were both shown in Providence.  The diver figure has the familiar “Sigma 6” ports on his uniform, so that wounds me like a gunshot.  The bearded guy behind the Dreadnok Trooper is an unreleased PoC Clutch.

In talking with John Warden and Derryl, they were certain to point out that these are all definitely concepts and not to expect release on anything shown here, however, they were very interested to hear in our favorites.  They strongly encouraged communication with Hasbro to express our interest in some of these offerings.

I plan on rolling out some polls and top ten lists perhaps next week once Con hysteria slows down to try and form up some sort of consistent message that can hopefully be relayed about how much we want to see some of these items released.  I would imagine stuff like the G.I. Joe: Renegades items are pretty much off the table, just because of the nature of the brand at this point, but I would imagine there might be other possibilities if we can express our opinions intelligently and constructively.

As I said, I will get this better organized in a SuperPage format going forward, but I wanted to at least get the images out there, I know they are spreading like wildfire already as it is.  Interesting note in my opinion was that all of the G.I. Joe: Retaliation product shown had shelf tags leading up to 4/12/2013, but nothing beyond.  That shows to me there is still a lot planned for next year, so it will be interesting to see what ends up being revealed tomorrow at the Hasbro seminar.

Fingers crossed!

More coverage to come, I promise.  Sorry for the delay on this stuff.  Crazy day as you can imagine.

G.I. Joe Convention 2012 Para Drop Cobra Stealth Paratrooper

I know my updates have been a bit sparse over the past 24 hours, but there hasn’t been a whole lot to discuss beyond the sales floor crush last night.  I did get a chance to participate in the 2012 Convention Para Drop this morning, and received my complete Cobra Stealth ParaTrooper.  Check out the images below.  This figure is a G.I. Joe: Retaliation Cobra Trooper in black with gold goggles and Cobra emblem.

The folks who grabbed these parachute figures on the ground didn’t get all of the accessories, but I believe the Club will supply you with the accessories if you approach them.

Check out the pictures below.

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