Look at how many years they've been trying to reinvent the ARAH version of G.I.JOE and all it's characters? Style change after style change, new characters, old characters in different uniforms, theme after theme, Sigma Six and so on....
but what did it take to re-ignite and BLOW UP the popularity and sales of G.I.Joe the RAH line?
The 25th anniversary line, and the Joes & Cobra characters as we've always know, recognized and LOVED them!
Seems a movie version could LEARN a little something about this, and stick to the source.
Destro in a business suit and without his MASK????
In otherwords, to give the actor playing him FACE time, we'll see Destro like this for the majority of the film, only to see him as we KNOW him, for maybe 10 mins of it.
dude, how can you with a straight face attempt to create a correlation between the adult toy collector which is driving the success of the 25th line, with his stunted mental growth that is stuck at age 10 which has created an absolute refusal to be able to accept anything that does not replicate a property exactly how it was in his childhood, with the worlddwide box office audience that will determine this movies success?
there just is no correlation between the relative success of the 25th Anniversary line, which was so huge that Hasbro didn't even find it necessary to address it in its annual report, and what will be necessary to make a $170 million dollar movie a success to an audience far more varied and open minded than 30 year old men stuck in their adolescence.
Just a theory..."dude"! That's about all it is.
Not everybody is into cartoons and action figures, and you're right that the LARGER audience out there, (the MOVIE going population) is what Hasbro hopes to attract with this endeavor, but that doesn't mean that changing the property, as it was first orginated, is an automatic or NECESSARY evil, in order to make it interesting for them....is it?
I would be willing to bet, that a far LARGER number of kids from the 80's, who watched all those ARAH cartoons or read all the comic books, or quite possibly PLAYED with the toys, did not grow up to collect the old toys like all of us HERE have done all these years, but yet, I'd be willing to bet also, that if they catch wind of a MOVIE version (of all this ARAH STUFF they remember from their childhood) is coming out, that they'll have specific expectations for it, and expect to see the glory of it all, as it was originated and not so much with all this Hollywood typical BULLSH@# of tampering with the property, under the excuse that the orignal property is outdated and dull and needs some sprucing up.
Does Indiana Jones have to suddenly take place in the NOW to appeal to the "worldwide audience, who might find to era boring and outdated, and prefer a more futuristic archaeologist TOMB RAIDER in tight Black spandex fighting modern terrorists or space aliens in his pursuit to find ancient artifacts?
G.I.Joe ARAH has gained a lot of attention, since Hasbro went back to it's roots. I only SPECULATED (straight face and all) that they could learn a little something by this, by sticking to the roots of the original property that made G.I.Joe (in all it's ARAH theme and glory years) so popular to begin with.
Hardly the big deal is it? Hardly worth the tirade against us old collectors and fans?