Round 1, 2010 Q & A Recap…what did we learn?

It’s probably a bit early to go over this already, considering several sites still haven’t posted their responses, but I did update my Q & A page with all of the replies so far…and as I said with my own answers, Hasbro’s candor was refreshing this time around.  Sure, there was a healthy dose of market-talk and beating around the bush, but we actually found some good stuff out as well!  These are the highlights that I’ve found on my quick perusal on a Friday night…  hit the “Read the Rest of this Entry” link below to get my thoughts on some of the more relevant information from this round…

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GeneralsJoes Q & A with Hasbro January, 2010

I apologize for the delay in posting these, had a nice dinner out with the family…now it looks like I’ll be up late getting links up.  First thing I’ve got to say, is that upon early glance, kudos to Hasbro for some better answers this time around.  Look, we all know they can’t tell us everything we want to know, but I’ve already seen some great tidbits of information in various places, which is a great improvement.  This close to Toy Fair, I was especially impressed.  Big thanks to Hasbro for taking time out of their busy schedules to indulge us Joe collectors…

1 – All evidence seems to point to a delay in release for the Pursuit of Cobra line, yet several store exclusive items have been seen sporting the Rise of Cobra logo (that were formally Pursuit of Cobra items).  Can you confirm that the only G.I. Joe items we will be seeing for the first half of 2010 will be Rise of Cobra themed store exclusives?  The main line is pushed back to Fall, 2010, is that correct?

A: Yes, this is correct. The mainline Pursuit of Cobra items will be released in fall 2010.  But we do have some new store exclusives that are released in spring.

2 – Resolute keeps on showing up in various places around the web and seems to be a huge hit with the adult collector crowd, even those folks not as involved in the G.I. Joe fandom as we are.  What other Resolute inspired items can we expect beyond the two 7-packs?

A: We have no other Resolute lines planned for 2010 beyond the two 7-packs.

3 – We’ve already heard quite a bit of news on the third sequel to the Transformers franchise, yet not a single peep as of yet for the follow up for G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.  When can we expect some news one way or the other about the motion picture future of our favorite toyline?

A: Paramount recently announced that it is moving forward with a sequel to last summer’s movie and are in talks with writers.  We’re very excited!

Sting Raider w/ Copperhead and Swamp-Viper in stock at TRU.com

It’s been on the site for a while, but just was recently listed as “In Stock” and available for purchase.  Hit up ToysRUs.com to grab yours before they’re gone!

Resolute 7-pack characters revealed on DeviantArt?

If there was one thing about the G.I. Joe: America’s Elite comic that I came away loving, it was Mike Bear’s art.  For whatever reason, I absolutely loved his drawing style, his action, and even the coloring…even as World War III sort of stumbled through it’s climax, the art shone through…and evidently Hasbro feels the same way, as they’ve enlisted in Mike Bear’s assistance for package art is recent years.

Apparently that’s continuing on in 2010, as Mike Bear’s DeviantArt page reveals some very cool looking package art for upcoming Hasbro products…including what appears to be the G.I. Joe: Resolute Boxed Sets!  Only three pieces are evident so far, Arctic Duke, Zartan, and Firefly, but good Lord do they look great.  Knowing Hasbro’s formula with the Cobra Island packs, I am officially ecstatic waiting for these 7-packs.  I’m not sure anyone saw Zartan coming….  this really opens the door for what else we might be getting.  A huge thanks to the Terror Drome for digging up this link!

Sure, there’s another Duke, and there will probably be another Snake Eyes, too, but seeing Zartan really makes me think our chances are pretty good for guys like Flint, Stalker, and Beachhead, who were all pretty central to the animation.  Bring it on, Hasbro!