Concerns about the movie toys?

I know, I know…the mere mention of “Movie Toys” at this point sends most Joe fans into a spiralling depression and near-psychotic rage.  We all love our Anniversary stuff, but like it or not, as of summer, 2009, we’ll be moving on to the inevitable onslaught of movie toys.  Trust me when I say there will be no complaints about distribution once those bad boys hit.  Oye ve!

I’m one of those eternal optimists that drives so many people crazy, and I’m kind of looking forward to what we’re going to see with the toys related to the film, if only for the potential of cool vehicles.  In fact, it’s the vehicles I’m going to talk about here, which is unusual, because I’m not usually much of a “vehicle guy”.  But let’s be honest here, Hasbro’s recent track record with new vehicles has been pretty stellar, in my opinion.

Right off the bat I’m discounting anything from the Anniversary line.  Those are all homages to vehicles originally conceived of 25 years ago, and are not at all indicative of the creative minds behind vehicle design at Hasbro over the past five years.  Going beyond that if you look at recent offerings from Hasbro from purely a design and execution standpoint, they have been hitting home run after home run in the vehicle category.

For my first example, I’m going to invoke the devil…  a few years ago, this was about the most hated term in G.I. Joe online lexicon…  Sigma 6 Mission Scale.  The 2.5″ toys.

I stand by my firm position that had these vehicles been in a true 3 3/4″ scale, the Joe fandom would have embraced them whole heartedly and they would have a pretty treasured place in the history of the line, but as it stands, the 2.5″ line is regarded as a failure (which from a retail sales perspective, it was) and a lot of the fans totally disregard them, which I think is a shame, because some of the designs were absolutely inspired.  Just a few examples here:

The Dragonhawk:

The flagship of the 2.5″ Mission Scale line, this was a behemoth vehicle with some incredible design aesthetics and amazing playability.  The twin turbines, the sound effects and magnetic grab action are all amazing attributes that really made this a fun toy.  But of course as a adult collectors we’re primarily concerned with the look, and this has the look down solid.  Sloped armor, oversized, powerhouse turbines, and an almost falcon-like appearance, this was one impressive looking vehicle, and had it fit 3 3/4″ figures straight out of the box without modification, it would be tops on a lot of favorite lists.

Iron Hammer:

One look at this behemoth and all you can say is “S.N.A.K.E. what?!”.  This is what a robot/mech suit should be.  It runs circles around the Defense Mech and Pulverizor for the 3 3/4″ line and is a complete and total offensive juggernaut.  With the splayed robotic toes and the swappable armaments, this is one impressive hunk of machinery with some terrific design elements.

The Firebat:

This is another example of the type of COBRA air firepower that fans have been asking for over the past 10 years but that we’ve never really gotten in our approved scale.  Like the Dragonhawk, if this had been scaled up and designed to fit 3 3/4″ figures, it would have been an absolute fan favorite, no doubt in my mind.  As it is, it’s an incredible looking plane that no one really has in their collection because it only barely fits their figures if they modify it.

Of course I could go on and on about the 2.5″ Mission Scale stuff, but I think most of my readers are 3 3/4″ fans, so I should at least talk about those too.  And with vehicles such as the RHINO, ROCC, DTC HISS, and the Night Ops HUMVEE, I think we can pretty fairly say that in the larger scale, Hasbro was knocking the ball out of the park before they shrunk things down and ramped things up.

So rest assured, toy lovers.  Even as the Anniversary fades away (but I don’t suspect it’s dying for good) we’ll still have a LOT of cool new toys to look forward to.  We can still celebrate our 25 year old classics, but we can always look forward to new vehicles that might be considered classics twenty-five years from now, and going by past history, I think our chances of getting some kick ass vehicles out of this movie line are pretty damn good.

  • http://www.joesightings.com Mike

    I was with you until you started talking about Mission Scale… then I passed out for a bit. What was that again?

  • Alexx

    As usual, I’m a toy fan. Most of all, I’m a fan of Joe sized toys, so, the movie figures will just be more good stuff in that general area. While I have no need for movie versions of these characters, it doesn’t mean I’m gona pass up cool toys! I’ll probably get them as they come based on how good they look and if I can use ’em for parts (probably alot of headswaping going on). I just love the idea of those black armored suits, so I’ll probably be building a little team.

    As far as the vehicles go, I’m real excited to see what we’re gona get! Problem is, I’m sure we’ll get some realistic stuff. I’m cool with that, but I’ve always been more of a fan of over-the-top and sorta sci-fi.

    One way or the other, I’m looking forward to the movie toys almost as much as the resolute figures!

  • http://photographreak.livejournal.com/ Monte

    If I was a 3.75″ collector, I wouldn’t look at the movie figures as a blasphemous redesign; in my ‘verse, they’d bee a new subteam. I’d consider them different characters altogether.

    They look different enough from vintage and 25th figures that you could have ’em stand side by side and not see them as the same guys.

    Moving on…

    I liked the 8″ scale Sigma 6 Metal Mayhem mech well enough, but that Iron Hammer is MUCH cooler looking!

  • John Morrison

    Well i have been collecting the G.I.JOE LINE sence i was 5 when they started the 3 3/4 in figuers and have been kepping up with it ever sense and yes i have a few of the 12in figuers and vehicles and i have even got a few of the sigma 6 things also
    and i know that i will end up with the move stuff also caus this is more than a hobbie for me its been with me most of my life and the only way i will stop get the G.I.JOE LINE of toys is if they just stop making them caus my personal gole is to have every thing they have put out from the time they started (its my gole to have all the G.I.JOE toys befor i die

  • Wesley

    Well I can’t speak for the rest of the Joe fan community, but in my personal opinion Justin your observations are spot on. I would have LOVED it if Hasbro had made all the Sigma 6 vehicles in 3 3/4″ scale and to this day I hope they still do, even though the odds are pretty ***damn slim. Like you I too share a sense of optimisim (cautious optimisim) towards the movie line, especially the vehicles that might be offered.
    But at the same time I, and I know many of the other Joe community members, still remember some of Hasbro new figure and vehicle designs for the G.I. Joe brand during it’s ressurection back during the JvC days (Strike HISS anyone) :(.
    If the movie line is designed with the same sleek and high-tech look as the Sigma 6 line then the movie toy could be both a success with both new and old fans alike.
    But then again, we must remember that even when they can’t seem to f***up, Hasbro has been known to seriously drop the ball.

    So we’re just going to have to wait and see. Maybe we’ll get an advance preview in the spring during Toyfair, but I’d advise we all keep our fingers crossed.

  • http://JoeSightings.Com Aaron West

    I hear ya preachin’! The DTC stuff was simply awesome, and so was the Sigma 6 2.5 scale. Sadly neither one had the legs to truly outrun the past favorites or the scale issue. My son has all the 2.5 series, and I’ve got the DTC badboys, but I do agree that had the Sigma series included 3.75 in it’s scale, it might still be with us. Well, if the show hadn’t been so cheesy ;P

  • Charles

    I’m still holding to a glimmer of hope that at some point in time we will see 3, 3/4 upgrades to some of the Sigma vehicles some way some how. I am a bit cautious over the movie line seeing how the Transformer movie toys turned out. Chicken legs, claw hands, and odd heads still give me quivers at night. At least Joe has a straight human aspect going for it.

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