Well, it took a couple of days, but Hasbro has chimed in about the status of their G.I. Joe: Retaliation toyline at retail, and as I think most of us expected, the news is not good. Hasbro’s official statement reads as follows:
“G.I. Joe is an ongoing consumer franchise and therefore there is merchandise available to consumers. There is a limited amount of G.I. Joe Retaliation product at retail now, but in light of the movie moving out to March 29, 2013, the majority of the movie line will be made available early next year in time for the film’s release.”
And… that’s it. With one small paragraph, almost 40 action figures that fans were very much looking forward to have now been pushed back to match the movie timing. From the sounds of it, other than Wave 1 currently at retail, we’re in for another large scale hiatus until March of next year.
I will continue to keep my fingers crossed that they have some sort of information for us at JoeCon in New Orleans, but I don’t see how they could suddenly produce and distribute unplanned toys within the window of time we are currently looking at.
Obviously I will see if I can dig up any other information, and we’ll get updates to this story as they develop.