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G.I. Joe: Classified latest reveals – Wave 2 and more!

G.I. Joe: Classified latest reveals – Wave 2 and more!

Well, today was the day! At 12:30pm Eastern Lenny and Roni from Hasbro hosted the first ever “Fan First Friday” event on Hasbro Pulse for the G.I. Joe brand!

I was fortunate enough to piggy back on The Full Force as we watched it all unfold, then posted a great Facebook Live video directly afterwards, running through the good, the bad and the ugly (spoilers — not much ugly, even with Destro’s leopard print cape.

Head on over to The Full Force Facebook Page for all the skinny.

Meanwhile, Hasbro representatives broke it down with a ton of details and images for Wave 2 of the G.I. Joe Classified line as well as the special collector exclusive “Regal” COBRA Commander (in light blue and gold), the exclusive Profit Director Destro, and the Amazon exclusive Arctic Storm Shadow (with a nice Ninja Force homage!)

Check out the full details and the images below!

For G.I. JOE fans new and old, the G.I. JOE Classified Series line of actions figures captures the pulse-pounding excitement of G.I. JOE in a 6-inch scale. Here is a list of G.I. JOE Classified Series actions figures that were featured today including pricing, timing and availability:

  • G.I. JOE Classified Series Cobra Commander Action Figure

(Ages 4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $19.99 / Available: November 1, 2020)

*Collectible package custom artwork from Dan Mumford

Pre-orders begin June 26, 2020 at 1PM EDT at Hasbro Pulse and participating retailers

  • G.I. Joe Classified Series Cobra Commander Regal Variant Light Blue Action Figure

(Ages 4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $19.99 / Available: December 15, 2020)

*Collectible package custom artwork from Dan Mumford

Pre-orders begin on June 26, 2020 at 1PM EDT at Hasbro Pulse 

  • G.I. JOE Classified Series Gung Ho Action Figure

(Ages 4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $19.99 / Available: November 1, 2020)

*Collectible package custom artwork from James Paick

Pre-orders begin June 26, 2020 at 1PM EDT at Hasbro Pulse and participating retailers

  • G.I. JOE Classified Series Red Ninja Action Figure

(Ages 4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $19.99 / Available: November 1, 2020)

*Collectible Package custom artwork from Furio Tedeschi

Pre-orders begin June 26, 2020 at 1PM EDT at Hasbro Pulse and participating retailers

  • G.I. JOE Classified Series Profit Director Destro Action Figure

(Ages 4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $24.99 / Available: October 1, 2020)

*Collectible package custom artwork from James White

Pre-orders begin June 26, 2020 at 1PM EDT at Hasbro Pulse and Big Bad Toy Store

  • G.I. JOE Classified Series Arctic Mission Storm Shadow Action Figure *AMAZON EXCLUSIVE*

(Ages 4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $19.99 / Available: October 1, 2020)

*Collectible package custom artwork from Melita Curphy

 Pre-orders begin June 26, 2020 at 1PM EDT exclusively at Amazon.com.

In addition to these newly revealed figures, fans can pre-order exclusive G.I. JOE products at Gamestop (Cobra Commander Helmet and Snake Eyes Helmet) and Symbiote Studios (Timber Silence Shirt).

Buckle up – Hasbro promises a busy week for G.I. Joe news!

Buckle up – Hasbro promises a busy week for G.I. Joe news!

While most of us stumbled upon it last week, Hasbro officially unveiled GIJoe.com yesterday along with Official G.I. Joe accounts across three social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Their Instagram account has already been busy, posting several awesome pieces of new artwork geared around their G.I. Joe: Classified line, and other accounts have emphasized a week full of reveals and news, culminating in a Fan Friday event at 12:30pm on Hasbro Pulse.

While my own schedule is unpredictable, I strongly suggest you closely follow both GeneralsJoes.com and The Full Force for the latest up-to-the-minute news and intel from Hasbro and G.I. Joe!

I think it’s going to be a fun week!

G.I. Joe: Classified COBRA Commander revealed – but what’s with the deco?

G.I. Joe: Classified COBRA Commander revealed – but what’s with the deco?

A normal Monday was interrupted today thanks to IGN revealing a first look at the next G.I. Joe: Classified figure, COBRA Commander himself!

IGN revealed an awesome looking rendition of the COBRA leader, complete with blue uniform and black trim. However, they also announced that sales app NTWRK would offer the figure up on June 18th.

What was interesting was that NTWRK showed a different version of COBRA Commander than was revealed on IGN.

What’s up with that?

Well, there are no answers yet, but it should be noted that last year, the San Diego ComicCon exclusive Ghostbusters Optimus Prime was offered in limited capacity through this same NTWRK app. So it seems possible (if not likely) that the brighter deco seen on NTWRK is in fact an SDCC Exclusive that may be available through their virtual convention as well as through NTWRK, or may just perhaps be offered through NTWRK and some other exclusive venue. It would be nice if Hasbro themselves would share some of that information rather than cause confusion about their products, but that seems to be their standard operating procedure for the Classified line thus far.

Meanwhile the darker blue is likely reserved for a standard retail release in September (according to the IGN article).

This is all hypothesis, but seems to make some sense. Big thanks to notpicard for the heads up about the Ghostbusters Prime figure last year.

GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: Classified Duke

GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: Classified Duke

And with this review, the first full wave of G.I. Joe: Classified reviews comes to a close. I know I haven’t posted reviews very often lately, mostly because there wasn’t really much to review from the G.I. Joe side, but also, to be honest, because I was getting a little burned out with the modern era format and the mindset behind most of the figures.

Here, for the first time in a long time, Hasbro seems to be trying something new, and anyone who’s been following me for any length of time knows that I LOVE new. Don’t get me wrong, I’m an old school G.I. Joe fan, too. A Real American Hero captured my heart nearly forty years ago and never really let go.

That being said, I’m all for new interpretations and in this case, Hasbro has really come out swinging. I truly hope this is a sign of great things to come, I’m excited to see what they have in store.

Oh, and Duke’s pretty neat, too. Check out his review right here and hit the link below to view all the other reviews as well.

G.I. Joe: Classified – Duke

Remember a few years ago, in the aftermath of G.I. Joe: Retaliation when the Joe fandom wondered if the time had really come for Hasbro to move away from Duke as a focal character of the G.I. Joe mythology?

Never really happened. One look at G.I. Joe: Classified certainly indicates that Duke is still the man in charge, and he’s also the cream of the crop for figures in the inaugural wave of this new scale.

I think it’s safe to say that Hasbro was trying to accomplish several different things with G.I. Joe: Classified.

  • They’re taking inspiration and influence from the Real American Hero mythology
  • They’re adding a few modern touches to try and bring G.I. Joe forward into the future
  • They’re steering clear from the hyper-real military weaponry in an attempt to appeal to mass retail

With each of the first few figures in this line, they’ve had mixed results combining all of these goals. With Duke they’ve managed them all to near perfection.

Duke really does encompass the best of what this line can be at a six inch scale, and manages to take a character that we’ve all gotten inundated with over the years and make him a very cool, highly desirable six inch figure that brings some great things to the table.

DESIGN

Design-wise, Duke is just about perfect. He clearly takes inspiration from his first appearance in 1983 with the tan button-up shirt and green pants, but this figure adds some great darker colors on the shirt in the way of stitched padding throughout the sleeves and shoulders as well as silver elbow pads.

The green is darker than the original inspiration and looks a bit richer in tone and I really love the “cloth” texture of his pants. His head sculpt is terrific, with a ton of character, and the scar above his right eye looks really great.

There’s a surprising amount of variation in the colors as well. His pants are a different color than his bandolier and his bandolier matches the pouches on his belt and holster, all of which ties several of these different hues together into one really nicely cohesive package.

Duke’s got kneepads and a holster for his pistol, with a hole on the rear of his belt to hold his binoculars. He is crammed full of character, is immediately recognizable, yet brings a lot of modernization to the design.

I know a lot of people have had issues with some of the brighter gold colors, not to mention the heavier armor sprinkled throughout these figures, especially in the case of Roadblock (and in some cases Scarlett). I think the armor is done really well for Duke, the gold on his lower legs toned down, while his elbow and kneepads are sculpted very close to the body and don’t detract from the overall design.

Personally, I’m fine with adding some of these pseudo-sci-fi elements, G.I. Joe has always had them, and Duke is as close to perfect as it gets with these combined aesthetics.

ARTICULATION

Like Snake Eyes, Duke is absolutely loaded with functional articulation which enables a plethora of great poses. The multi-jointed neck, the butterfly shoulders, ab crunch, ball joint waist, drop down hips, double joints at the knees and elbows, not to mention the rocker ankles– Duke can get in pretty much any pose you come up with and I couldn’t be happier.

Especially for G.I. Joe, articulation is key. It’s always been a hallmark of the Joes, ever since the 12″ figure’s debut in the 1960’s. With few exceptions, Hasbro has made sure to maintain state of the art articulation all the way through, and the G.I. Joe: Classified line has that in spades.

ACCESSORIES

A sore spot throughout many of the G.I. Joe: Classified figures, the accessory compliment is another thing that Duke does right. While it’s very clear that his weapons are not traditional military, they still have that sort of aesthetic, which is a big bonus over other figures in this first wave.

One look at the neon blue elements of the rifle tells you that it doesn’t fire bullets, but it’s still a very cool looking weapon, which should be all that matters.

He’s got his trusty backpack with embedded shovel, pistol with holster, and binoculars, a really awesome call back to the vintage figure, who came with all of these same accessories. He looks fntastic all geared up and has a place to store everything (as long as he holds his rifle in his hands), which is very cool indeed.

Great job covering all bases with this one.

PRESENTATION

More unique art that separates Duke from the rest, but looks really good on its own. You have to wonder if at some point they’ll shoot for more unification across the different figures, but for now, I’m really enjoying the more artistic look by leveraging different style artists for the different figures. Gives them a bit of a more “high end” collector feel.

CONCLUSION

It’s been a long time since I was really fired up about a Duke figure, but this version of the character is a highlight in the first wave of G.I. Joe: Classified figures. Just getting my hands on this guy has made me long to see some other stalwart characters like Major Bludd, Zartan, or Flint. After all, if this is even close to what Hasbro is capable of, we could be in for a lot of fun over the next couple of years (and hopefully longer!)

General Gallery

Group Shots

The Capture of Destro

G.I. Joe Classified Duke
  • Sculpting
  • Paint Applications
  • Articulation
  • Accessories
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Summary

Duke really hits this scale right out of the park. Hasbro manages to take a pretty dated look and crank it to modernization thanks to some added textures, pads, and yes shin armor (that looks much better than it does on Roadblock!) The end result is a Duke that looks like a modern day sci-fi soldier while still looking immediately familiar to us old school fans. He’s got all the right colors, fantastic articulation and his accessories are a nearly perfect bridge between fantasy and military realism.

Pros

  • – Nice modern update with some vintage flair
  • – Incredibly effective articulation
  • – Just the right modernization in all the right places
  • – Perfect way to do sci-fi oriented weapons without going overboard
  • Cons

  • – Would love this look in the 4″ scale
  • – Gold shin pads do impact ankle articulation just a little
  • GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: Classified Destro

    GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: Classified Destro

    While the reactions to most of the G.I. Joe: Classified reveals were positive, far and away Destro garnered the most enthusiasm. Whether that was because he was so close to his vintage roots or the figure just looked amazing, I’m not sure, but regardless, he was the highlight based on fan opinion.

    He comes close to the cream of the crop for me. Very close.

    If you want to see just how close, check out my G.I. Joe: Classified Destro review, then click on over to the G.I. Joe: Classified Review Page and compare all of the reviews I’ve done thus far!