A few things that I forgot to mention, and I figured rather than edit an existing post and risk people not seeing it, I would put those items up here so folks could check them out. I’ve been getting some questions about the 3 Packs, so here is what we know for the packs so far:
- The Rock
- Snake Eyes
- Red Ninja
- Storm Shadow
- Snake Eyes
- Sgt. Airborne
- Firefly (gray 80’s homage)
- Storm Shadow (movie accurate)
- Cobra Invasion Trooper (red Shock Trooper)
We saw very blurry press pictures for the second 2 3-Packs during the presentation, but no up close images at all, so details are still fuzzy.
Now, another thing that may have somewhat flown under the radar… Roadblock’s whole “Battle Kata” concept, according to Derryl DePriest, is the idea that he has these modular handles that can be used as knives, or handles for various weapons. He wears a very cool vest to accommodate his various weapons in the Wave 2 version.
But one thing that I’m not sure people have noticed…the Wave 1 Roadblock actually has something attached to his hand. Like permanently attached. I suspected that was the case when initial press images were shown, but other press images seemed to negate that thought. There’s no negating this, though:
That image is extremely clear. No denying it there. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t mean a whole lot to me, because I much prefer the second version of Roadblock, anyway. But it is certainly an interesting development.
Also, questions have come up about Firefly’s “sled”. He can apparently lay down in it, and grasp the handles, which activates some lights on it. Pretty neat, I guess, but nothing Earth shattering.
Well, I tossed up a massive clump of images a little over an hour ago on the train ride, and I’m here now to refine things a little bit and make a little more sense of what we saw today. This information is all cobbled together from various notes and speaking with some Hasbro folks at the show itself.
While G.I. Joe seemed a bit out of place among the Transformers, Marvel, and Star Wars brands, the Joe team folks were quick to give reasons for that. While those three brands are enjoying consistent years of build up, G.I. Joe is sort of “resetting” with the G.I. Joe: Retaliation film. While those other brands are building upon already strong foundations, the Joe brand is trying to create that foundation this year, so they have things to build on going forward.
G.I. Joe is scaling back, but there is still a healthy presence this year with over 50 figures and 9 vehicles, which is pretty impressive, all told. 30th Anniversary probably only gave us around half of that, or perhaps a little more.
Figures will start hitting beginning of June. Official “Street date” is May 29th, but as retailers catch up, some might fall behind that just a bit.
Because the movie was moved up, Hasbro didn’t have a lot of time to get movie accurate figures in stores, so the actual movie accurate product will hit retail around July with Wave 2.
Now for pictures! Click the read the rest of the entry link below for all of the image goodness.
Quite a whirlwind day today at the Hasbro Toy Fair event as usual, but with a bunch of very cool G.I. Joe: Retaliation stuff revealed! Here is a quick image dump of various items that were on display today at Toy Fair. I will be working throughout the night tonight to refine and get a much more organized, cohesive look at the upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation toys.
Enjoy this quick slam of images, and keep your eyes peeled to GeneralsJoes as I rotate images, organize them, and plan on getting the Retaliation toy SuperPage completely updated for Toy Fair!
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