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G.I. Joe Classified 6" Cobra Viper In-Hand Images - New Target Exclusives Officially Go On Sale This Friday


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We are just a few days away from the official release of Hasbro's next round of Target exclusive G.I. Joe Classified 6" Cobra Island figures which includes the Cobra Viper and Firefly.

This is a time of excitement and dread for Joe collectors as both figures are expected to be quit difficult to find on shelves come January 1, which the official on-sale date for the figures. The pre-orders for both of them sold out in seconds back when they were originally listed on the Target website. The figures first started showing up at physical Target stores in CA last week but are technically embargoed from being sold until New Years day.
 
 
The exact number of figures stores are getting in stock initially is not entirely clear, but from what I can tell it is looking like one case for each figure which comes out to 6 figures for each. Similar to what we saw with the first wave of these Cobra Island exclusives. The Viper being an army builder will likely be the tougher of the two figures to find.

I do expect more figure to also be made available online at some point, possibly on the first. Even if they are made available again online on the first, the exact time of day when they would be made available is completely unknown, and once they go up they likely will only last minutes before selling out again.

The Target exclusive figures have been a point of high contention which their difficulty in obtaining for many collectors, causing some to just simply wash their hands of the line. Hasbro has promised to try and make these figures more readily available, but at this point I don't think many have much faith in that happening. The Viper figures are already going for over $100 on eBay. I suspect if these two figures continue to be hard to get like the first wave of exclusive were, even more collectors will simply walk away from the line and look to collect something a little more easier to obtain.
 
All I will say is DON"T FEED THE SCALPERS.

Anyway while the official sale date isn't until this Friday, a few lucky collectors have managed to snag the figures early. One such collector is Monkey-Paw-Pics who has posted some of the first in-hand images of the Cobra Viper which you can check out below.

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3 hours ago, Belmont13 said:

Why do they reds parts on the thighs don't match up? Aren't they supposed to align?

You would think so. The uniform design would make more sense. But the thigh pieces definitely seem to be on the correct sides. Seems likely something got messed up between design and prototype.

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34 minutes ago, Satam said:

You would think so. The uniform design would make more sense. But the thigh pieces definitely seem to be on the correct sides. Seems likely something got messed up between design and prototype.

Yeah I was gonna say maybe the legs were assembled on the wrong side but, that would mean the pants pockets are on the inseam, which wouldnt make sense.

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5 hours ago, Mr_Scary92 said:

Heck, It would seem that the whole line will be solely and exclusively on Target soon, a pity Hasbro brought it back just to handle it this way.

Only 6 figures out of 17+ are Target exclusives, so no this isn't even remotely true.

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What no one seems to be talking about is how damn difficult it is to find this line outside of the US. Hasbro really need to sort out the way they distribute their wares. Surely it can’t be that difficult to allow other territories to use the Hasbro Pulse website?

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35 minutes ago, Psyjeff said:

What no one seems to be talking about is how damn difficult it is to find this line outside of the US. Hasbro really need to sort out the way they distribute their wares.

Well, not to rain on your parade, but there's a very sound, logical reason we don't dwell on how difficult it is finding this line outside the US.

Because we can barely find the bloody things IN the US! Seriously, we're supposedly three waves in, but I've only been able to find series one in stores in the last few weeks . . . and never in great number.

I got so sick of looking I gave up and sold off the ones I DID find.

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I never found Cobra Trooper in stores.  I only got mine through the kindness of others picking it up for me.  I found Beachhead and Baroness through a lot of staking out popfinder and calling stores at opening (anything later, and you're way too late).

 

That said, I have hope that Viper and Firefly will be easier to obtain.  Hopefully they will last online and in the stores the way Target exclusive Rogue and Gambit did.  Who do you blame for lack of Joe figures on the shelves?  We know they sell, we know people want them.  Is Hasbro not distributing or is Target not ordering?  In any case, let's hope Target understands that people want these figures and order accordingly.

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8 hours ago, hainrs said:

Only 6 figures out of 17+ are Target exclusives, so no this isn't even remotely true.

In fact there are 23 figures counting the color variants of Commander Cobra, Scarlett and Roadblock (plus 2 figures that were only teased but of which we don't know the details of their release), and yes, there are 6 Target exclusives (so far), but remember that there are three Pulse exclusives, one Amazon exclusive and one fan channel exclusive, a total of 11 but ok, let's just focus on the target ones.

If you agree with the current situation of the line for me that's great, I don't care, however I reiterate what I PERSONALLY said before: a pity they brought the line back just to handle it this way and I'm certainly not the only one who share that opinion.

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7 hours ago, Psyjeff said:

What no one seems to be talking about is how damn difficult it is to find this line outside of the US. Hasbro really need to sort out the way they distribute their wares. Surely it can’t be that difficult to allow other territories to use the Hasbro Pulse website?

As someone who lives outside the USA, I understand your feeling, I have not seen more than a few figures from the vintage line in stores of my city and nobody seems to want them, the online availability sucks too, it's just not worth talking about it, the recurring comment seems to be always "I can't find them" and yes I also think that Pulse would be a good distribution tool, but hasbro does not seem to think the same.

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15 hours ago, ToyGodOriginal said:

Why won't you be able to get the figure?

because these figures have almost no presence on any shelves or online here in Canada at all, and all Target Exclusives are Toys R Us Exclusives here and they are even more scarce then at Target, and not a single pre-order made available or a figure being sold online at TRU.

not even talking about the exclusives here, the regular line I've never seen one figure on a peg or shelf here in Canada since they got released, and that is why

 

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43 minutes ago, Lord_Scareglow said:

because these figures have almost no presence on any shelves or online here in Canada at all, and all Target Exclusives are Toys R Us Exclusives here and they are even more scarce then at Target, and not a single pre-order made available or a figure being sold online at TRU.

not even talking about the exclusives here, the regular line I've never seen one figure on a peg or shelf here in Canada since they got released, and that is why

 

Oh ok. You're right though. I can't find any GI Joe's anywhere and these guys will be impossible here in Vegas won't be til later that my local independent toy store that I go to will have it. So I feel what exactly what you're saying. But I do hope you can get your hands on some.

 

 

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6 hours ago, ToyGodOriginal said:

Oh ok. You're right though. I can't find any GI Joe's anywhere and these guys will be impossible here in Vegas won't be til later that my local independent toy store that I go to will have it. So I feel what exactly what you're saying. But I do hope you can get your hands on some.

 

 

Yeah I'm really hoping that next year this line gets better distribution and starts getting better saturation within the stores, I don't want to feel like I am on the edge of just quitting this line constantly.

 

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Ah good, the scarf seems removable, while it doesn't look bad it's just the color choice on it lol.

Ok just like the firefly figure it's promotional images wasn't catching my eye but as i see it is also a mix of like and not like in some places, still it seems like a good figure.

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7 hours ago, K9K1N6 said:

Ah good, the scarf seems removable, while it doesn't look bad it's just the color choice on it lol.

Ok just like the firefly figure it's promotional images wasn't catching my eye but as i see it is also a mix of like and not like in some places, still it seems like a good figure.

That's the one I want the most from this wave...✌️

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