I plan on talking about the movie toys quite a bit more in the coming days, but I figured I should at least talk about them a bit since the pictures debuted today as we reported they would. By now most folks have seen the actual pics scattered across the internet and everyone is chiming in with their two cents. I’m sure everyone is just dying to know my thoughts…
So, I’m feeling wishy washy. Look, I know this is a G.I. Joe site, and I know most of the viewers really only care about that. But I’ll be damned if I’m not getting sucked into these awesome 3 3/4″ Marvel Universe figures. They’re the perfect marraige between the comic characters I love, the scale I’m a huge fan of, and the articulation I need.
What do you guys think? You want to see more coverage of the Marvel stuff (though only the 3 3/4″!) here? Here are a few galleries to get you going:
Fred from JoeBattleLines and I were just talking about this…and man, if this doesn’t have some serious potential. Imagine COBRA agents discovering Captain America frozen in ice, then teaming up with Hydra to unthaw him and turn him into their ultimate weapon? Imagine SHIELD discovering the existence of COBRA and Hydra’s union, and deciding a specialized task force needed to be created to battle against them…a task force called G.I. Joe?
Imagine the infamous “Merc with a mouth” battling toe-to-toe against the most famous and skilled Arashikage ninja in the world… Nick Fury and General Hawk standing back-to-back fighting off scientifically advanced terrorists. The possibilities are almost endless. I’m getting a bit pumped up.
Toy Fair in one week!
So with the craze of the movie TV spot, Resolute, and the 25th Anniversary, something flying under the radar is the 2009 Convention set… with the Convention a little more than 6 months away, we should start getting some idea of what the set is going to be any day now. In fact, the Collectors’ Club has given us a few hints already, and I’ve made my opinions pretty publicly known already. I’m pulling for the Red Shadows/Action Force pretty hard core, and the hints so far really do justify that in some ways. I have to give big props to “Admiral Hunter” of the Coil Club for tying a lot of this together, but what he says makes a lot of sense.
EDIT: Shame on me for not mentioning “ggpike” of the Coil Club as well! He gave Admiral Hunter the clues, so screw Hunter, George gets the props from me.
LeonardoTDragon, the admin over at JoeBattleLines has uncovered some neat info buried on Amazon.com.
According to this listing, there is an upcoming G.I. Joe 4-Pack entitled an “Intro Pack” which is slated to include Duke, Agent Scarlett, Snake Eyes, and Roadblock. While it’s unknown at this point what new tooling (if any) will be utilized, this could be a great opportunity to get some updated versions of Duke (with fixed arms), Agent Scarlett, and Roadblock. Is this legit? It’s a tough call. There are some inconsistencies and even some spelling errors in the description, so it’s pretty tough to tell, but let’s keep our fingers crossed. It also appears to come with a DVD, and a “light up” G.I. Joe sign. No pictures as of yet, and take this all with a BIG grain of salt with no official confirmation. Hopefully we’ll see something at Toy Fair on the 14th!
Cmdrinchief from the Coil Club has become a very reliable source of information in the past, and he’s reporting that we should expect to see some pictures today of the first wave of G.I. Joe: Rise of COBRA single packs. Included in these packs is:
- Abel “Breaker” Ehaz with urban camouflage uniform, spring-loaded weapon, and lots of other gear
- Heavy Duty with a very “Roadblock” vibe (tank top w/ open vest) and huge chain gun.
- Wallace “Ripcord” Weems in his “Accelerator Suit” and spring-loaded weapon
- Shana “Scarlett” O’hara in an urban camouflage dress uniform (looking a lot like the movie version of Cover Girl) with spring-loaded weapon and other gear
- Shipwreck in a combination urban camouflage pants, the typical movie upper uniform, and a knit cap with a ton of underwater gear
- COBRA Viper Commando, looking straight out of the TV spot with the tall armored collar and vest
- Zartan, obviously in some sort of disguise, as he’s in an urban camouflage uniform, the same pattern as the Joes are wearing.
We’re expecting to see these in international circles today, so keep your eyes peeled for pictures! From what I can tell, these sound pretty interesting…happy to hear Hasbro is keeping the spring-loaded stuff on the weapons, and leaving the figures alone. The best part is they’re not all different shades of black and gray, there’s actually some nice camouflage patterns and design aesthetics.
As anyone who visits this site knows, I have two main “loves” in the geek sense…one being G.I. Joe, the other being super heroes. It’s funny, though, I am NOT a comic collector. I was for a long time, in fact at one point I spent $75.00 per week on my comic habit, but I quit cold turkey about 6 or 7 years ago and have never looked back. Even though I don’t follow the day-to-day events, however, I still have a real love for the characters and the ideas of the Super Hero world, especially the Marvel one. I have no desire to see Spider-Man struggle through the latest global catastrophe (or the horrors of “One More Day”… *shudder* ), but I still love the essence of the Spider-Man character, which is why I find myself really loving the cartoons. I can enjoy the characters without needing a 1200 page omnibus telling me every single little event that happened in their life.