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The Mr. Stan Show gives us our first review of the new G.I. Joe Retro Collection 3.75" Cobra F.A.N.G. With Pilot from Hasbro. The set has already started seeing release overseas, but here in the US is being released as a Walmart exclusive. Check out images for this figure below in our GALLERY and be sure to share your own thoughts about it in the COMMENTS SECTION.
If you are lucky enough to find Hasbro's new 3 3/4" G.I. Joe Retro figures which are Walmart exclusives at your local store, there is apparently a decent good chance you won't find the cardbacks for them in very good shape. Now I can't personally speak to this because I have yet to actually find any of the figures at my local store, but I am told the material Hasbro is using for the packaging on this line isn't the most durable. On top of that the first wave of figures apparently shipped on the pegs of this special in-store display as seen here. While the display piece is kinda cool and I've seen many collectors taking them home to use for their own display purposes, the cheap material used on the packaging combined with them shipping to stores on these metal pegs has caused this to happen to many of the figures. You can see in the second image which comes via Duke, all the cards have been torn where they were hanging on the pegs. I've heard this happening at quit a few stores. So just know this isn't due to someone intentionally ripping the cards, but because of bad planning and cheap materials. It's a shame since for many who are collecting this line, they are doing it more for the nostalgia packaging and less for the figures themselves.
G.I. Joe Retro Wave 2 Figures Revealed?!?
JayC posted a topic in Action Figure NewsThe folks at The Full Force have posted an image they credit to a Shaun Hume stating it's our first look at Hasbro's second wave of Walmart exclusive 3 3/4" G.I. Joe Retro figures. We can't confirm the legitimacy of the image, but the figures shown do match up with the Walmart computer listings we have seen for the wave. The images show figures of V1 Roadblock, Scarlett and Destro. Like before all three figures are featured on cardbacks that pay tribute to the original G.I. Joe A Real American Hero line.
Hasbro Fan-First Friday GIJoe Live-Stream
JayC posted a topic in Action Figure NewsHasbro today is holding one of their Live-Stream events for G.I. Joe. If they allow it we will embed the video but if not we will post updates and images of things as they are announced. They are not allowing the video to be embed so you can watch it here. GIJoe Retro is a re-issue of the 25th Anniversary. They will be Walmart exclusives going live at 11am ET. Storm Shadow has 14 accessories and digital scan face deco. The packaging is in keeping with the original line just like the 25th Anniversary line. The figures cost $13.99 each and vehicles $24.99. Snake-Eyes with 14 accessories. Baroness has 8 accessories. Hiss Tank (Original one) and driver. Awe Striker with Crank Case. The GIJoe Classified SDCC exclusive will be Snake Supreme Cobra Commander. Not up for pre-order yet. Be sold on Hasbro Pulse and be available around September. It will retail for $29.99.
Looks like we might be seeing a 2020 SDCC Exclusive from Hasbro for G.I. Joe this year which would be really cool. The bad news is that it looks like Walmart will be the place to get it. Since the actual San Diego Comic Con itself has been canceled, at least the physical version, many have been wondering how or where they will be able to get their hands on Hasbro's exclusives this year. Well Walmart has launched a Comic-Con exclusive section on their website which features a countdown clock showing just over 4 days until launch (As I post this). This section appears to be an area comprised of various 2020 SDCC exclusives Walmart will be selling this year from various companies. While no actual product for Hasbro is yet listed, there is this banner on display there that has logos for several Hasbro brands including G.I. Joe. We have no idea how many exclusives G.I. Joe might get this year. Rumors suggest that a 3 3/4" G.I. Joe "Retro" line is going to be offered exclusively at Walmart stores later this year, so it's possible that could be part of their SDCC offerings. We've even seen indications of some type of case containing nothing but "Retro" Snake-Eyes figures shipping to the US, so perhaps that will be the SDCC exclusive to kick off the entire line. While it seems like a good bet Walmart will be a place to get Hasbro's exclusives, it's not clear if all of Hasbro's exclusives will be offered through Walmart or if Walmart is the only place people will be able to get them. It also isn't clear if any of these exclusives will be available at physical stores or just online. All those details I am sure will be coming soon from Hasbro.
What Would A New 3 3/4" G.I. Joe Line Look Like To You?
JayC posted a topic in Action Figure NewsEver since word broke earlier in the year that Hasbro was bringing G.I. Joe back to the toy aisle, many have been wondering what that would mean for 3 3/4” collectors. While Hasbro’s initial announcement at Toy Fair was for a new 6” Classified line, those who grew up on G.I. Joe in the 80’s and prefer smaller scale figures were left wondering, “What about me?” This week the fansite Hisstank dug up some new listings on the Walmart website for a new G.I.Joe exclusive line called “G.I.Joe Retro”. While there is nothing about these listings that suggest what the scale of the figures will be, their assumption seems to be that they will be 3 3/4”. Hasbro these days seems to favor 6” figures, but precedent exists for them doing 3 3/4” size figures as Walmart exclusives. We saw them do this a few years ago with Star Wars, when they released a limited line of articulated 3 3/4” Black Series figures. Still the word “Retro” could refer to a number of things. After all, the original G.I. Joe figures released in the 60’s where actually 12” figures with cloth uniforms. “Retro” is also a term often used with 8” Mego style figures with cloth outfits. The word “Retro” also could simply refer to the outfits. The new 6” Classified figures feature classic 80’s characters in updated uniforms, so this new Walmart line could simply be the 6” Classified figures repainted with their classic outfits. The possibilities of what this Retro line could be based on our current info is infinite, but let’s assume for a moment this in fact is a new line of 3 3/4” figures. If so, that begs a whole slew of new questions. Hasbro has released a number of different 3 3/4” lines over the years with different designs and looks. There was the original “A Real American Hero” line with the classic O-ring design, then there is the more modern 25th Anniversary figures that ditched the O-rings. So if Hasbro released new 3 3/4” figures, which route would they go? Could they give us something totally new or even just shrunk down versions of their Classified figures? The Walmart listings even indicate some kind of HISS Tank vehicle in the works. So would that just be the same HISS Tank Hasbro has released many times over the years since the 80’s? Even IF Hasbro ends us giving a new 3 3/4” line, what are they going to be able to release that will make most collectors happy and be something they don’t already have???