Top Ten Design and Articulation Enhancements in G.I. Joe history

This has been kicking around in my head for a long time…probably ever since the announcement of the death of the o-ring format.  Certainly many fans hold that treasured construction close to their heart, but I am literally stunned at how fast and furiously the movement has been to the new “modern era” style.  Even five years ago, if the figure wasn’t an “o-ring” it was immediately cast aside as inferior, and now here we are in 2010, and the fandom at large as moved far away from the o-ring format, and has happily embraced something totally different.

With the (albeit remote) possibility out there that G.I. Joe: Retaliation may re-invent the wheel yet again, I really got thinking…over the past 28 years, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero has undergone a number of format changes and face lifts.  Which were the best or most impactful?

Now for this list, I’m not counting the o-ring.  That was a standard from day one.  I’m specifically talking about enhancements.  A change or progression that moved the toyline along and continued to revolutionize the industry.  So, let’s get to it.

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More cool G.I. Joe artwork at CG Hub

A few days ago, thanks to Greg and notpicard, I shared some Rise of Cobra concept art via CG Hub…well, again, thanks to notpicard, who dug a little deeper, we’ve found some other G.I. Joe related artwork from various sources.

Stuff from the 25th Anniversary, G.I. Joe: Resolute, and the Pursuit of Cobra.  Pretty neat stuff here.  The users are Wesley Burt and Jarreau Wimberly, and they have some very cool art posted apparently used for Hasbro product.

Keep in mind a lot of the art there is just fan art, but there are some things certainly done for Hasbro proper.  Check out the mirrored images below.

Amazing cover artwork for IDW’s Cobra Command

Over on his Ryalltime blog, IDW Editor Chris Ryall has taken three separate covers from Kelsey Shannon, which are on G.I. Joe #11, Snake Eyes #11, and Cobra #11, and combined them into one large image.

It is… stunning.  Seriously.  This is one heck of an awesome piece of artwork.  I love the new Cobra Commander design, I love the face off between the Joes and the Cobra’s.  This is just fantastic.

Check out Chris Ryall’s blog, and take a peek at the mirrored image below.  Try not to drool.

Sideshow Collectibles Cobra Viper and Hawk still in stock!

Yes, you read correctly…in my mind, this is one of the best Sideshow Collectibles figures that has been produced…how do they possibly still have some in stock?!

I don’t know, but if you’re on the fence, you may want to pick it up while you can and avoid the Wait List.  Click the banner below to add to your 12″ army!

Cobra Viper 12-inch Figure

While you’re at it, the 12″ General Hawk figure is also still available and in stock now!  Hit up the banner below to grab that one.

General Hawk 12-inch Figure

These figures have been selling out fast, I’m amazed that these two (which are both very cool looking figures) are still in stock!  Jump on them while you have the chance.  While you’re at it, think about the woodland Ninja Viper figure as well.  Originally an SDCC Exclusive, you can pick this up right now directly from the Sideshow Collectibles store.

Cobra Ninja Viper 12-inch Figure - Attendee Edition SDCC Exclusive

This concludes the pimp post of the day.