GeneralsJoes Concept Case Top 10 – Number 1

Here we are.  Number one.  My most requested, most admired, and most longed after item that we saw in the Concept Case at the 2012 G.I. Joe Convention.  I will admit something, though.  If we’re talking about being impressed by a specific item itself, I would have to admit, the Coyote was probably the most impressive toy that I saw, standing on its own.  But with the thought in mind that we will likely never see this thing at retail, I wanted to place the number one moniker on a more realistic goal.  A figure with some new tooling (but not too much), and a figure of a character that I have loved for a very long time.

1 – G.I. Joe: 30th Anniversary Hit & Run

In 1988 I was just starting high school, and trying to figure out what I wanted to be “when I grew up”.  I bounced between being an artist, being a writer, and pretty much as far away from Information Services flunky as you can get.  Back in those days, well before I ever heard the term “fanfic” I explored my writing by diving into the G.I. Joe universe.  With it being 1988, and the last Sunbow G.I. Joe adventures being behind us, it felt kind of like a new start, even though I was a devout comic fan, and the comic was still going strong.  One of the first figures I bought from the 1988 series was Hit & Run, and I was immediately blown away.  As a 14 year old kid, I was especially impressed by his background on the filecard, involving the death of his parents, and it immediately gave the character an immense depth in my mind.

My own personal G.I. Joe universe developed over the next couple of years, and in 1990 I really dove into my writing, which involved the Joe team picking up the pieces after a massive battle had eliminated much of their leadership team.  Stalker was the new commander, Bullhorn played a key communications role, and Hit & Run earned his spot as the trademark “lone wolf” being rather anti-social and angry at the world because of his rocky upbringing and his inability to stay in one place for too long.  As a big fan of Wolverine and The Punisher back then, the whole lone wolf mentality was fresh in my head, and the character was without a doubt the focus of my entire G.I. Joe universe.  He wasn’t a ninja like Snake Eyes, but he was fast, awesome with a weapon, and he just didn’t care about anything but killing Cobra.

The character has just always resonated with me, and continued to when I wrote my fanfic The Price of Peace (which is pretty different than what I was writing in 1990, but still had some of those elements in place), and then when I moved over to my Dio-Stories.  Hit & Run has always remained a constant, and even as I’ve watched several other characters evolve through new designs and concepts, my trusty ’88 Hit & Run has maintained his place.  Yes, we did receive a 25th Anniversary update in the Attack of Cobra Island boxed set, which both surprised and impressed me, but the end result, unfortunately, didn’t really give the character justice in my mind.  I wondered if a new version ever would.

Turns out that yes.  A new version could do the character justice.  Justice in a huge way.  As I walked to the Concept Case up ahead, after grabbing my parachute figures from the Sales floor, I had already heard the whispers of people milling around.  No less than four people walked up to me in the 20 minutes I was in line, a couple of them practically jogging, to excitedly tell me there was a Hit & Run in the case.  I almost couldn’t believe it.

After waiting in line I rushed over, and there it was.  A newly tooled head, with the necessary green facepaint and camouflage.  Lots of borrowed parts, but parts borrowed from as of yet unreleased figures (upcoming 3-Pack Firefly torso, upcoming 3-Pack Agent Mouse arms) and using the fantastic parachute rig that was never included with Lifeline…essentially the figure looks all new, but with lots of borrowed tooling.  Parts choice was perfect, the weapons used were simply fantastic, and the new head, helmet, and goggles simply topped the whole thing off.  This figure is freaking gorgeous.  Gorgeous.  Not only does it look amazing, but it does a perfect job of taking one of my all time favorite characters, as obscure as he might be, and planting him firmly in the modern era, capturing all of the old school spirit, yet making all of the right updates.  If I was allowed to make the perfect update to Hit & Run myself, this figure would be the end result.  I love this figure so much, I’m desperately trying to not imagine a world where it is never released.  I’m trying to convince myself that fan demand will somehow prevail and this figure will end up at retail or as some sort of online exclusive somewhere, some time, and some place.  I don’t care when, I don’t care how, and I don’t care how much, this figure must happen.

Hit up the Concept Case Survey and help me do that.  :)

Oh, by the way…  VOTE HIT & RUN!

  • Ryan( Mapleleaf) Hildebrand

    Lol Just as I thought would be your number one pick. I have to admit the concept for here is really cool. and with comparing it to the 7-pack version yea this one is far superior. I think both this and Kwinn should be on the top of Hasbro’s or the clubs list. But I’m sorry man with all due respect, I want Kwinn first.

  • alvarobm

    This figure looks very nice, but one detail bothers me: I don´t like his head. It´s not bad at all, but resembles an older soldier, not Hit&Run, who is, in my mind, young and impulsive.

    I think this head would be great to Salvo, but not for him.

  • WJWitherspoon

    The fancy campaign add does not change the fact that H&R already has a 25th-style figure (even if it was not the best figure it could have been).

    Vote Kwinn. We need someone new to bring change to G. I. Joe!

  • solid385

    he looks a bit like u justin.

  • JMM82

    It’s a tough choice but I’d rather have a new and improved updated Hit and Run than Kwinn, though he is definately second choice over anyone else in my book. I like Hit and Run’s new head sculpt, though I don’t care for the green eyebrows. I thought at first that maybe it was supposed to be a part of the face camo, but they look green to me and not part of the face paint. I agree that he looks a little older than Hit and Run should probably be, but on the other hand he looks like the older, more mature and experienced veteran, the “go-to” guy who’s not gonna run away from a bad situation that’s continuing to go down hill in a hurry. Hopefully we’ll see the new Hit and Run next year single carded at the retail level and not part of some exclusive on-line or convention package. I didn’t care for the 25th Anniversary edition of him (though I still got him) but I do like this one.

  • Mike

    No suspense in this whatsoever. ;)

    Nice job on the commercial, though.

  • LBAM

    I think I put the new Hit&Run as my 3rd choice, and overall I’d probably go Kwinn-Flint-H&R. Great looking figure.

  • SmokePants

    I was hoping that this top 10 would show me that I overlooked something awesome. Nope.

    Every new Retaliation figure that they debuted at JoeCon outclasses every single Concept case item by a wide margin. So, I would hate to see one of these figures take the place of something that will probably be much better. Just let the Club have them, because they seem like FSS figures to me.

  • GeneralsJoes

    Why would you assume any of these figures would replace one of the Retaliation figures? If anything, they would be in addition to them, not instead of them.

  • Scott

    I would not have guessed correctly on your number one pick, but a cool looking figure none-the-less, and fun background behind the pick!

  • Neon Viper

    Wow that video really made my change my mind!
    …shame i already voted for Kwinn, though

  • http://twitter.com/GeneralGeekCast General Geekery Cast

    I think Hit n Run is #1 for me too. Actually, no, HnR is tied with Dark Ninja Master for first place.

  • http://twitter.com/geoffdes78 Geoff DeSouza

    Um… the Retaliation figs are already in the pipeline, they’re not going to swap anything out.

    That said, there’s a lot of room to insert things in upcoming waves. But none of the concept case figures will be used to fill the gaps in Waves 4 and 5.

  • SmokePants

    I should clarify: I wasn’t suggesting that any of those figures we’ve seen will be replaced, I was more worried about a hypothetical figure that I would find more appealing than the concept case ones. It just seems like Hasbro has moved on to better designs.

    The one caveat I have is that I’m not entirely sure how far figures come from the concept phase to the production phase. There figures all more or less share the same parts and similar amounts of paint. Maybe it’s that last 10% that makes all the difference and maybe these concept figures will wow me in a more finished state.

  • Angelospadowski

    I haven’t voted yet. Cause honestly I’m a very selective collector and nothing really stood out to me except the new Cobra Commander body, and I only want it if it’s NORMAL and not a freaking zombie.

    But that video inspired me. It got to me, right in the heart. I WILL vote Hit and Run.

    His truth is marching on!!

  • Dreadnok Rocksteady

    He had my vote from the get go. Hit and Run was my favourite ‘Joe as a kid, and while the 25th update is okay, I want this one way more!

  • Erik

    You could probably swap out the zombie parts with parts from a previous CC release.

  • Erik

    Damn. Your write up here makes me far more interested in this character than I was before. I just always thought he looked cool and never really paid much attention to his character.

  • http://www.flushfido.com/ Flushfido

    I totally agree with this statement. The figure looks great and I would be super-excited about getting another Hit&Run figure, but that head just doesn’t say Hit&Run for me…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1247076483 Jeff Patton

    Hit & Run??? Really??? One was enough for me. I’d rather see some stuff that hasn’t been done before and I’m not talking about Kwinn.