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More Toy Fair intel – Storm Shadow, Stalker, and Sci Fi play covert ops

Ummm… wow?
I just spent several hours at the fan presentation, and then a few more hours taking pictures during the showroom tour, and I never saw any figures for Stalker, Sci-Fi, or Storm Shadow.  So I finally get to a landline here and “surprise!”
Judging by appearance, I’d estimate these guys are falling within the “30 for 30” lineup later on in the year.  They weren’t in the online pre-orders, and weren’t in the slideshow presentation, so that’s what I’m thinking.
For anyone who missed them, here are the official Hasbro press pics:

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Stalker looks to be a great update to our favorite Army Ranger, using Snake Eyes parts with the Resolute head sculpt!  Bad ass.  Sci-Fi looks pretty incredible as well, and fills another important hole in the 1986 lineup.  Lastly, Storm Shadow is obviously a Renegades inspiration, but he looks even cooler here than he does in the cartoon.  Love it.

GeneralsJoes Toy Fair 2011 Coverage


Okay! It’s photo dump time! I’m sitting in Grand Central Station right now with my camera card chock full and ready to upload. I apologize for the lack of organization right off the bat, but I’m trying to get this done nice and quick-like so I can make a train back home. This is how things are laid out.

General Display

Here are some general images of the display, and specifically the Renegades artwork

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Spring, 2011 Assortments

As I create the SuperPage, I’ll break up the assortments into their waves, but for now, here’s what I’ve got for the spring assortments, including

– Cobra Commander

– Cobra Trooper

– Iron Grenadier

– Rock Viper

– Techno Viper

– General Hawk

– Steel Brigade

– Crazylegs

– Croc Master

These look to be a very nice mix of existing tooling with some nice new paint applications really bringing these figures to life. Some awesome use of some Pursuit of Cobra molds, the Jungle Assault Cobra Commander looks to be the base for Cobra Commander, and some terrific other paint jobs. Iron Grenadier is even sporting the unused Stedi-Cam from Destro. The Cobra Viper (using the Shock Trooper tooling) is pretty impressive as well. Images below.

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Fall, 2011 Assortment “30 for 30”

A very interesting way to put it, Derryl DePriest referred to the Joe line starting in 2011 as a “30 for 30” line, meaning a plethora of figures from different eras and concepts in one single “rebranded” line. From the images, there is an obvious Pursuit of Cobra theme, which suits me perfectly fine.

He mentioned a smaller volume, but a much tighter “concentration” of fan favorites and well conceived figures, very similar to what we’ve seen this year. From my first hand perspective, these figures look fantastic. They have really merged the Renegades look with the realistic tooling to near perfection, especially with Firefly and Cobra Commander. Note the full mask!

This just comprises the first wave, hitting in August of 2011, so expect more reveals at JoeCon and SDCC.

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Bravo Vehicles

We got no real details on waves for these, so I assume they might be hitting all at once. We’ve got a great crimson HISS with a re-conceived Elite-Viper driver. The VAMP Mark II has an absolutely fantastic looking “Steel Brigade Delta” figure. Didn’t get to see the pilot of the Black Dragon.

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SDCC Zarana

Derryl admitted this was an “oopsie”. Zarana probably shouldn’t have been showcased, because she is NOT A DEFINITE FOR SDCC. They are still weighing their options to see if they can get both Zarana and the Starscream Skystriker. If not, the Skystriker will win out. If they can’t get Zarana for SDCC, she will ABSOLUTELY hit in the main line somewhere.

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Skystriker

It looks gorgeous. Feels like it was pulled right from 1983. Awesome colors, black tail fins and some great detail. Not much else to say.

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I get a really good feeling, looking at these toys. It’s quite clear that the G.I. Joe line is not their central priority this year (which makes sense, given Transformers 3, Captain America, Thor, and Clone Wars) but they are taking the resources they have and doing some amazing things with it. The Cobra Trooper, while a simple repaint, looks INSANE. Same with General Hawk and the Iron Grenadier. Holy crap they look cool up close and personal.

And the Renegades figures? I wasn’t sold at first with seeing them in a realistic style, but it really works. Firefly especially looks astoundingly cool.

So, in short, don’t expect huge volumes of product, but it sure looks like the Pursuit of Cobra mantra is alive and well, and the long time vintage fans are getting some serious bones thrown their way, too. Very, very good stuff.

GeneralsJoes Toy Fair Coverage 2011

Okay! It’s photo dump time! I’m sitting in Grand Central Station right now with my camera card chock full and ready to upload. I apologize for the lack of organization right off the bat, but I’m trying to get this done nice and quick-like so I can make a train back home. This is how things are laid out.

General Display

Here are some general images of the display, and specifically the Renegades artwork

INSERT GALLERY

Spring, 2011 Assortments

As I create the SuperPage, I’ll break up the assortments into their waves, but for now, here’s what I’ve got for the spring assortments, including:

– Cobra Commander

– Cobra Trooper

– Iron Grenadier

– Rock Viper

– Techno Viper

– General Hawk

– Steel Brigade

– Crazylegs

– Croc Master

These look to be a very nice mix of existing tooling with some nice new paint applications really bringing these figures to life. Some awesome use of some Pursuit of Cobra molds, the Jungle Assault Cobra Commander looks to be the base for Cobra Commander, and some terrific other paint jobs. Iron Grenadier is even sporting the unused Stedi-Cam from Destro. Images below.

INSERT GALLERY

Fall, 2011 Assortment “30 for 30”

A very interesting way to put it, Derryl DePriest referred to the Joe line starting in 2011 as a “30 for 30” line, meaning a plethora of figures from different eras and concepts in one single “rebranded” line. From the images, there is an obvious Pursuit of Cobra theme, which suits me perfectly fine.

He mentioned a smaller volume, but a much tighter “concentration” of fan favorites and well conceived figures, very similar to what we’ve seen this year. From my first hand perspective, these figures look fantastic. They have really merged the Renegades look with the realistic tooling to near perfection, especially with Firefly and Cobra Commander. Note the full mask!

This just comprises the first wave, hitting in August of 2011, so expect more reveals at JoeCon and SDCC.

INSERT GALLERY

Bravo Vehicles

We got no real details on waves for these, so I assume they might be hitting all at once. We’ve got a great crimson HISS with a re-conceived Elite-Viper driver. The VAMP Mark II has an absolutely fantastic looking “Steel Brigade Delta” figure. Didn’t get to see the pilot of the Black Dragon.

INSERT GALLERY

SDCC Zarana

Derryl admitted this was an “oopsie”. Zarana probably shouldn’t have been showcased, because she is NOT A DEFINITE FOR SDCC. They are still weighing their options to see if they can get both Zarana and the Starscream Skystriker. If not, the Skystriker will win out. If they can’t get Zarana for SDCC, she will ABSOLUTELY hit in the main line somewhere.

INSERT GALLERY

Skystriker

It looks gorgeous. Feels like it was pulled right from 1983. Awesome colors, black tail fins and some great detail. Not much else to say.

INSERT GALLERY

12 Inch

Just because they were there. Geared for the younger crowd.

INSERT GALLERY

I get a really good feeling, looking at these toys. It’s quite clear that the G.I. Joe line is not their central priority this year (which makes sense, given Transformers 3, Captain America, Thor, and Clone Wars) but the

GeneralsJoes Toy Fair Coverage 2011
Okay!  It’s photo dump time!  I’m sitting in Grand Central Station right now with my camera card chock full and ready to upload.  I apologize for the lack of organization right off the bat, but I’m trying to get this done nice and quick-like so I can make a train back home.  This is how things are laid out.
General Display
Here are some general images of the display, and specifically the Renegades artwork
INSERT GALLERY
Spring, 2011 Assortments
As I create the SuperPage, I’ll break up the assortments into their waves, but for now, here’s what I’ve got for the spring assortments, including:
– Cobra Commander
– Cobra Trooper
– Iron Grenadier
– Rock Viper
– Techno Viper
– General Hawk
– Steel Brigade
– Crazylegs
– Croc Master
These look to be a very nice mix of existing tooling with some nice new paint applications really bringing these figures to life.  Some awesome use of some Pursuit of Cobra molds, the Jungle Assault Cobra Commander looks to be the base for Cobra Commander, and some terrific other paint jobs.  Iron Grenadier is even sporting the unused Stedi-Cam from Destro.  Images below.
INSERT GALLERY
Fall, 2011 Assortment “30 for 30”
A very interesting way to put it, Derryl DePriest referred to the Joe line starting in 2011 as a “30 for 30” line, meaning a plethora of figures from different eras and concepts in one single “rebranded” line.  From the images, there is an obvious Pursuit of Cobra theme, which suits me perfectly fine.
He mentioned a smaller volume, but a much tighter “concentration” of fan favorites and well conceived figures, very similar to what we’ve seen this year.  From my first hand perspective, these figures look fantastic.  They have really merged the Renegades look with the realistic tooling to near perfection, especially with Firefly and Cobra Commander.  Note the full mask!
This just comprises the first wave, hitting in August of 2011, so expect more reveals at JoeCon and SDCC.
INSERT GALLERY
Bravo Vehicles
We got no real details on waves for these, so I assume they might be hitting all at once.  We’ve got a great crimson HISS with a re-conceived Elite-Viper driver.  The VAMP Mark II has an absolutely fantastic looking “Steel Brigade Delta” figure.  Didn’t get to see the pilot of the Black Dragon.
INSERT GALLERY
SDCC Zarana
Derryl admitted this was an “oopsie”.  Zarana probably shouldn’t have been showcased, because she is NOT A DEFINITE FOR SDCC.  They are still weighing their options to see if they can get both Zarana and the Starscream Skystriker.  If not, the Skystriker will win out.  If they can’t get Zarana for SDCC, she will ABSOLUTELY hit in the main line somewhere.
INSERT GALLERY
Skystriker
It looks gorgeous.  Feels like it was pulled right from 1983.  Awesome colors, black tail fins and some great detail.  Not much else to say.
INSERT GALLERY
12 Inch
Just because they were there.  Geared for the younger crowd.
INSERT GALLERY
I get a really good feeling, looking at these toys.  It’s quite clear that the G.I. Joe line is not their central priority this year (which makes sense, given Transformers 3, Captain America, Thor, and Clone Wars) but they are taking the resources they have and doing some amazing things with it.  The Cobra Trooper, while a simple repaint, looks INSANE.  Same with General Hawk and the Iron Grenadier.  Holy crap they look cool up close and personal.
And the Renegades figures?  I wasn’t sold at first with seeing them in a realistic style, but it really works.  Firefly especially looks astoundingly cool.
So, in short, don’t expect huge volumes of product, but it sure looks like the Pursuit of Cobra mantra is alive and well, and the long time vintage fans are getting some serious bones thrown their way, too.  Very, very good stuff.

y are taking the resources they have and doing some amazing things with it. The Cobra Trooper, while a simple repaint, looks INSANE. Same with General Hawk and the Iron Grenadier. Holy crap they look cool up close and personal.

And the Renegades figures? I wasn’t sold at first with seeing them in a realistic style, but it really works. Firefly especially looks astoundingly cool.

So, in short, don’t expect huge volumes of product, but it sure looks like the Pursuit of Cobra mantra is alive and well, and the long time vintage fans are getting some serious bones thrown their way, too. Very, very good stuff.

Last call reminder – Toy Fair 2011 coverage!

Tomorrow is the big day, and while G.I. Joe’s mention was noticeably absent from the official Hasbro Press Release today, I know there will still be some cool new stuff to look at in New York City tomorrow.
I’ll be there with camera in hand, and as next week goes along, the latest SuperPage will get made up, and as you’ve come to expect, GeneralsJoes will be right there with the information and the insight.  The Fan event starts at 1:00pm Eastern, and generally takes a few hours.  I can usually get myself to Grand Central by 4:30 – 5:00pm to take advantage of their free wireless and start getting stuff uploaded.
Also as a reminder, I will be Tweeting my ass off tomorrow (or trying to, at least, as I did today), so if you want to be first in line with the intel, follow me on Twitter.
I may even (though I’m not sure yet) set the site here to archive the Tweets as they go through, just to keep updates in both places.  We’ll see.
Yo Joe!  Next stop..  well, next stop is G.I. Joe: Renegades Episode 10 tonight.  Then on to New York City.

G.I. Joe stop motion video adventure continues on YouTube

This series has been a whole hell of a lot of fun.
While I will admit the stop motion was a bit rough at some earlier parts of VisorHUNgary’s work, he has absolutely hit his stride, and this latest stuff is really great.  He has posted the latest installment of his Rise of Cobra era stop motion animation on YouTube.  I am amazed at how well he does this.  Some great special effects, seamless animation.  Pure excellence.
His latest installment in “G.I. Joe: Cobra 3” is Chapter 3, but I’m embedding parts 1 – 3 just so you don’t miss anything.  Impressive.  Keep in mind, this is the third part of his Cobra adventure, so you should check out his channel to watch everything you might have missed.



Please check out his full YouTube Channel as well, he’s got a bunch more great stuff there.

G.I. Joe Collectors Club officially announces Sea Adventurer

Although we discovered the entry on their store site a day or two early, the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club has now officially announced the pre-order for their Adventure Team Sea Adventurer w/ Mini-Sub!  The bonus?  New pictures!
Check out the press release and images below.
The Adventure Team 3 3/4-inch Sea Adventurer Figure available for Pre-order!
Fort Worth, TX – February 8, 2010 – Fun Publications, Inc., licensee for Hasbro’s official G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club, has started taking Pre-orders for the all-new Club Exclusive 3 3/4-inch Adventure Team Sea Adventurer figure set, utilizing 25th Anniversary sculpts! The Sea Adventurer comes packaged with the Sea Wolf II mini-sub inside an “AT Mission Crate” package. Once you open the “AT Mission Crate” you’ll find the Sea Adventurer on an individual blister card!
The pre-order for the Sea Adventurer can be found at www.GIJoeClub.com/shop.   For those attending G.I.JoeCon in Orlando, Florida, any remaining stock will be available for purchase at the show through the G.I.Joe Club Store. Visit www.GIJoeCon.com for more show details.
To order this Adventure Team set at the special price, you will need to be a member of the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club. As a member you will receive a FREE Membership figure, 12 issues of the Official G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club Magazine, discounts on your Convention package and more! For more information please visit www.GIJoeClub.com.
About HASBRO
Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS) is a worldwide leader in children’s and family leisure time products and services with a rich portfolio of brands and entertainment properties that provides some of the highest quality and most recognizable play and recreational experiences in the world. As a brand-driven, consumer-focused global company, Hasbro brings to market a range of toys, games and licensed products, from traditional to high-tech and digital, under such powerful brand names as TRANSFORMERS, PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, G.I. JOE and WIZARDS OF THE COAST. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com. (C) 2011 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
About FUN PUBLICATIONS, INC.
For over 15 years, Fun Publications, Inc. has been a Hasbro licensee offering fans and collectors of pop culture memorabilia news, exclusive product and family events through different print offerings, websites, collector clubs and brand specific conventions such as GIJoeCon and BotCon.  Located in Fort Worth Texas, Fun Publications reaches a large audience, serving the United States and many other countries such as Japan, Great Britain, Brazil, Australia and Canada. For more information visit www.TransformersClub.com, www.GIJoeClub.com, www.GIJoeCon.com, and www.BotCon.com.

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Sideshow Collectibles Reveals Recovery at Serpent Temple Environment

The promised Sideshow Collectibles Production Blog came yesterday as planned and we got a full look at the Recovery at Serpent Temple Environment!  The environment will retail for $199.99 and will be available for pre-order with the Sideshow Collectibles newsletter hitting February 10th.
You can see a mirrored image below, and click this link to see a bunch of other images as well.

Recovery at Serpent Temple 12-inch Figure Environment