Sigma 6 Celebration Day 3: The Unproduced

Often a sure sign that a toyline is in trouble is the quality of the toys we’re getting near the end of the toyline’s life.  Even great runs like the Real American Hero seemed to suffer from mixed signals and conflicting ideals in 1993 and 1994, bringing us some oddly colored and strangely themed toys that didn’t necessarily mesh with each other.  In fact, I’d argue that most of the best known action figure lines showed clear signs of their age by the time the lines faded away.  Sigma 6, though, couldn’t be farther from that, in my opinion.

Simply looking at what as still to come shows that there was a lot of life still left in the 8″ line, and it’s a damn shame that it ended when it did.  There was a lot of cool stuff left to come, and for today, I’ve decided to include some hefty galleries of figures that were in the works, but didn’t make the cut.  This includes concept art found online, pre-production items displayed at Joe Con, and some other little tidbits.  Doing this article was tough for me, as it served to be a reminder of what we didn’t get, but I think it’s worth it in the long run, and hopefully you agree.  Along with this article, I’ll also have a nice surprise at the end of this whole celebration which will tie into this article as well.  ;)

  • 2.5″ Mission Scale

While most collectors railed on the 2.5″ line, I always thought the designs were spectacular.  I really wished they had been more compatible with a more familiar scale, but even in the smaller size I absolutely LOVE the design work.  There is a huge rolling fortress type vehicle in the gallery below, and it is AMAZING.

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  • 8″ Main Line

Yeah, I did love the 2.5″ stuff, but the 8″ figures were absolutely my bread and butter.  This is what made Sigma 6 what it was, and there was some awesome untapped potential that just went unfulfilled there.  From Short Fuze to Zanzibar, and even the Scarlett mock up, almost every figure previewed at the Convention in Atlanta over a year ago rocked.

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  • 8″ Adventure Team

Along with the main line, the Adventure Team had branched out at the end of the line and was becoming its own entity, going in a more non-military direction.  To many Joefans the words “non-military” would be the kiss of death, but in the Sigma scale, Hasbro seemed to walk that line to perfection.  These are some gorgeous figures with amazing accessories, and it could make me weep…

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Images were used from HissTank.com (with permission), Joe Convention images from YoJoe (taken by myself), and TriClops Studios.

DAY 1 – CREATIVITY | DAY 1.5 – VIDEO | DAY 2 – ARTWORK | DAY 3 – UNPRODUCED | DAY 4 – HASBRO Q & A

DAY 5 – SEASON 1 (Part 1) | DAY 5 – SEASON 1 (Part 2) | DAY 6 – SEASON 2 (Part 1) | DAY 6 – SEASON 2 (Part 2)

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  • backpack

    aww! there was soo much potential with the 2.5″ line :(

  • Killer 1

    Could it be? Is Hasbro or The Club going to put out these unproduced figure? My guess is The Club is going to put out Joe Colton (and hopefully) the rest of Action Team. That would explain the sudden resurgence of Sigma Six related pictures popping up on the internets (i.e. Dusty). I can’t wait to hear the surprise you’ve got for us.

  • Shocwave5

    I was just getting into all of the 2.5 product when they cut it. After they were canceled I went back and got most of the figures and vehicles. Still missing the Night Vamp and the small Mech that came with duke. Overall I really liked the SIGMA concept and lines. It definatly has a place in my collection. Can’t wait to see what the suprise is!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rattwap

    Does anyone else have the feeling that the real name listed on Iron Fist’s File Card would have been Chuck Norris?

  • DistantFred

    Man, AT Joe Colton was incredibly badass. There’s no way I’d have ever been able to find him at retail.

  • http://admin Justin

    “Could it be? Is Hasbro or The Club going to put out these unproduced figure? My guess is The Club is going to put out Joe Colton (and hopefully) the rest of Action Team. That would explain the sudden resurgence of Sigma Six related pictures popping up on the internets (i.e. Dusty). I can’t wait to hear the surprise you’ve got for us.”

    I wish the surprise was that exciting, but no, not quite that cool…

  • http://JBL Vanishing Point

    I’d love to get my hands on that AT panther, see what I can do with that funky 8″armor and I can now see exactly what Chuck Fist is

  • http://www.myspace.com/samsallspark tkprime

    The large 2.5 rolling fortress is the 2.5 RHINO tank, that was set to go with the released 2.5 chopper.

    “NOW YOU KNOW”

  • MekkZ

    I the designs for the 2.5″ vehicles were spectacular. I’m still hoping that in the near future Hasbro will incorporate some of them in 3.75″ scale.

  • DistantFred

    Mekkz: I can get behind that. The Updated VAMP was IMO significantly cooler than the original, and the Firebat was cool too.

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  • Rafael Contreras

    Hmm, i’m from mexico, only a few of sigma 6 toys made it all the way here, and ground blast heavy duty was one of those, so i don`t see why you consider him as “unproduced” i also have windfire cobra commander, dojo training snake eyes and frontal assault duke in the silver-colored boxes and WITHOUT the kung-fu grip, what´s up with these toys?

  • Scott

    Any of these making it into the RoC or PoC arena? I see that VvV Sting Raider in the pictures and that’s why I ask, wasn’t this in the market not too long ago?

    And then that bomb cart robot came in a convention set.

    Either way, just wondering if you might have noticed certain things not produced or something that has been re-used here or there?

  • Chad

    I liked the 2.5″ Mission Scale figures, they where a size conserving alternative to fuel a Joe obsession. I however wanted a “plain” Duke, show outfit without a gun in hand or anything of the sort.

  • Harold

    does any one know that the renegades law and order figure is out

  • Coilstorm

    Darn you Hasbro, my kingdom for that joe colton