A few left over stragglers from my image onslaught over the weekend. Set up in the middle of the Hasbro showroom at the Convention this year was quite the impressive diorama. A double sided display with two scenes on the near side and one large mountain scene on the far side, pretty much every element of recent G.I. Joe releases were captured. The far side brought the mountain side ninja combat into 3 dimensions, while the near side featured a Benzheen battle as well as a peek inside a Cobra base.
Some really great scenes throughout, and I took a ton of pictures.
Also included in this gallery are shots of various G.I. Joe: Retaliation posters that were scattered on display cases and the wall, many of which featured large sized artwork we had not necessarily seen, especially in such a big format.
With the news and information coming out of the G.I. Joe Convention in New Orleans, I have totally revamped the G.I. Joe: Retaliation toy SuperPage to reflect the new assortments, the release dates, and updated images from the showroom floor.
If you see any obvious mistakes, please let me know as this is a work in progress and I’ve been working on this pretty late at night over the past few nights.
While it isn’t a whole lot different, you can check out the original 2012 G.I. Joe: Retaliation Toy SuperPage right here. It has slightly different wave lineups.
Wave 1 – Due 02/11/2013
G.I. Joe Trooper
Wave 2 – Due 02/11/2013
Roadblock (Battle Kata)
Snake Eyes (Ninja Duel)
Storm Shadow (Ninja Duel)
Wave 3 – Due 03/08/2013
Dark Ninja Warrior
Cobra Combat Ninja
Yes this seems like a lot of figures for a single wave, but according to the Hasbro slideshow and the display plackards at GIJoeCon 2012, this is accurate.
Confusion over Lady Jaye at Toy Fair was due to the fact that she was originally slated to be an Exclusive offering at NYCC, but then got rotated into the main line
While the figure is called the “Cobra Combat Ninja” that figure is meant to be a Retaliation accurate Cobra Trooper. The naming was just because there is already a “Cobra Trooper” in the Retaliation line and they didn’t want to cause confusion
Wave 4 – Due 04/12/2013
“Ultimate” Snake Eyes
Wave 5 – Due TBA
Potential Future Releases – Due TBA
Flint and Roadblock were put on display erroneously and removed very shortly thereafter. No explanation was given or potential timeframe for release.
Red Ninja was put on display as well, but not removed with Flint or Roadblock. No details revealed on potential release timeframe.
For folks who are fans of Lego and fans of G.I. Joe, the following video will make you cheer and possibly cry. An immense Lego G.I. Joe diorama was showcased at the G.I. Joe Convention in New Orleans and this below video was shown as part of the short film contest.
It’s an incredible look at the awesome ways G.I. Joe and Lego can work together, but a reminder that, to date, there is no official license joining the two. Good friend of GeneralsJoes Todd from Magnum 6 Delta brought this video to my attention, and I was able to meet its excellent creator at the JoeCon itself.
I could not have possibly foretold the success of the first round of the Concept Case Survey. Well over 1100 rabid G.I. Joe fans hit the survey and voted on each section, naming their favorites and whittling down responses to a more manageable level.
I asked folks whether they wanted to see a “Top 10″ from each section or a “Top 5″, and I took some of those into consideration. However, my desire was to not “waste votes” so to speak. I analyzed each section very carefully and determined the drop off after the Top 5 simply was too drastic to include 10 from each section. I just thought that would not allow folks to focus their votes on a small, dedicated group of figures that the FANS have chosen.
I elected to choose the Top Six from each of the three main sections (30th Anniversary, Pursuit of Cobra, Zombie/Ninja) and also added in two G.I. Joe: Renegades figures for a total of 20 figures to choose from. That seemed to include the largest number of established “fan favorites” that I could see.
Along with the 20 entry vote I also broke down some other questions, too, based on complaints and suggestions from fans of the last round. The details of Round Two of the survey are below.
The main survey is a ranking of the 20 figures that were established based on Round One voting. Rank them in order of preference, 1 being the most highly rated, 20 being the lowest rated.
The second round survey will run for TWO WEEKS. On Monday, August 13th round two will be closed so the results can be calculated.
Based on the results from Round Two, votes may just be tallied and sent to Hasbro, or I may make a determination to do a third round, depending on the demand and the results from Round Two. I do not want this to go on forever, but I also want to be sure the results are as accurate as possible.
To verify this survey, please check out the results of Round One. My desire is to be totally transparent so the fans can trust these questions.
Please be aware… this is NOT a Hasbro endorsed or Hasbro supported survey or poll. This is purely something that GeneralsJoes reader Chris came up with and we worked together to refine. Just because this poll gets a certain result does not guarantee any figures will be made or considered. It is merely an exercise in the fandom expressing their opinions through statistical analysis. Nothing more, nothing less. Hasbro did state very specifically at the G.I. Joe Convention that they would be taking stock of fandom response, and actual data will certainly help them calculate that, so I encourage everyone to make their voices heard.
During the Hasbro presentation at GIJoeCon this past weekend we were treated to a special trailer for the upcoming online game G.I. Joe: Special Ops! Over on their Facebook page, SyFy Games did the same thing so the rest of you guys can check it out as well.