Here are the answers to GeneralsJoes’ submissions for the Round 3 Q & A:
Q: With the “Street Date” for G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA hitting today, it’s immediately evident that there is a TON of figures being released on opening day. Can we expect this rate of release to continue throughout the rest of the year? How many single packs are slated to be released this year?
A: There are over 30 single carded Rise of Cobra figures planned for 2009.
You can expect to see new figures released consistently for the rest of
Q: The San Diego ComicCon Destro looks amazing, and Hasbro’s desire to re-use tooling is well-known. Can we expect to see the “business suit” tooling re-used down the line somewhere, perhaps as the Crimson Twins?
A: Currently there are no plans for the the suited twins, but we have heard fans ask for this and will consider it down the line. This also came up
after the 2008 suited Cobra Commander figure.
Q: The lack of retail pre-orders for the upcoming Assault and Defense of COBRA Island 7-Packs has many collectors scratching their heads. Can you give us a definitive timeline of release for these two excellent sets and some idea of when we might see pre-orders? Any idea why they’re not showing up yet?
A: Pre-orders are now being taken and product will be delivered over the next couple months.
Something glitched out today, and for whatever reason a scheduled post for review updates didn’t go through. Yikes. Anyway, I’ve added the following reviews to the review page today!
More coming! Stay tuned. Q & A’s should be flying up throughout the evening, too… gotta feed the kid dinner first, though.
Just a friendly reminder that today is the day that we should be receiving answers to the latest round of G.I. Joe Q & A’s… as always, GeneralsJoes will work as fast as possible and as thoroughly as possible to get links up throughout the evening. I’ve been doing it since before it was the trend…
Anyway, keep eyes peeled!
HASBRO SHOWCASES TOP ENTERTAINMENT PROPERTIES
AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON
PAWTUCKET, RI – July 16, 2009 – Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS) returns to San Diego Comic-Con in 2009 with its iconic properties that have entertained fans of all ages for decades. Hasbro’s expansive portfolio of brands that have become part of the global pop-culture such as G.I. JOE, TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, and its licensed toy lines based on characters from the MARVEL and STAR WARS universes, will be on display in the Hasbro booth (#3213).
Following are the highlights of Hasbro’s Comic-Con showcase:
In 1964, the introduction of Hasbro’s G.I. JOE line created the “action figure” category. Since then, the G.I. JOE property has evolved, delivering a unique brand of action for each new generation. This summer, fans of all ages will see the G.I. JOE franchise taken to the next level with the major motion picture release of G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA, on August 7, from Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment, in association with Hasbro. The film focuses on an elite G.I. JOE team that uses the latest in next-generation spy and military equipment to fight the corrupt arms dealer DESTRO and growing threat of the mysterious COBRA organization. Hasbro’s 2009 product line allows fans of all ages to capture the excitement of the movie and recreate it in their own homes. The line features dozens of action figures, vehicles and playsets that long time G.I. JOE fans and a new generation of kids will want to add to their collection. In addition to the exciting and expansive new toy line, Hasbro will have several props from G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA on display in its booth including the SNAKE EYES and STORM SHADOW movie costumes.
We’d heard rumor that certain retailers were providing bonuses for pre-orders of the upcoming G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA video game, and now Electronic Arts has confirmed that information with the following press release:
EA Keeps It Classic With G.I. JOE Preorder Bonus
Upcoming G.I. JOE The Rise of Cobra Game to Feature Unlockable Classic Versions
of G.I. JOE Characters From Original Cartoon/Toy Series
EA today gives G.I. JOE fans a sneak peek at the special pre-order bonuses that await them for the upcoming G.I. JOE The Rise of Cobra video game. Gamers who pre-order G.I. JOE The Rise of Cobra at participating retailers in North America will receive a special code to unlock select playable characters in their classic uniform from the original 1980’s G.I. JOE cartoon/toy series. In addition to the 16 playable G.I. JOE characters based on the upcoming movie from Paramount Pictures, the game’s cast of playable classic G.I. JOE characters will include heroes like the crossbow-wielding SHANA “SCARLETT” O’HARA™. Additional classic G.I. JOE characters will be revealed closer to the game’s launch.
G.I. JOE The Rise of Cobra hits stores this August, and will be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable (PSP) as well as mobile phones. Unlock codes for classic G.I. JOE characters are only available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable (PSP) versions of the game.
Oh, no! Gary has joined Justin’s site too?! Run for the hills!!
ACTUALLY, I am here to help a buddy out by occasionally adding content. Whether it is talking about the current state-of-the-line, defending the Red Sox and bashing the Patsies (Go Colts!), I’m here to just add to the community.
It has been my observation that a solid number of the online fandom are new(er) collectors. Whether they were vintage collectors from the 80’s who were lured back in with the Modern Era line, or just new collectors who simply started by picking up a figure at retail and got bit by the bug, many new fans have fired up the interwebs and have joined the online community. If this is you, WELCOME my friends, you picked a heck of a time to get (back) into the hobby (and thank you for choosing GJ’s – shamless plug)! I guess by comparison, I am one of those old foggies in the rocking chair as described by fellow GJ’s staffer Mike (I have Bulletman too! :P). Yikes, I just realized the other day that I remember when YoJoe launched…..geez, me-am-old!