So Toys “R” Us has this computer listing for a Spec Ops Tomahawk and…wait…WHAT?

That was kind of my reaction when this news floated across the Internet this morning, courtesy of HissTank member Master Chief.  His eagle eyes dug into some SKU listings of G.I. Joe product, which I am mirroring below:

 786245 Movie 3.75″ figures $9.99
788551 Movie Delta Vehicle $21.99
786216 Ninja Showdown Set $24.99
786253 Ninja Mask $9.99
786274 Movie Alpha Vehicle $13.99
788535 Blade of Justice $16.99
788640 10″ Kata Battler $21.99
788713 Movie Bravo Vehicle $15.99
788772 Snake Eyes Ninja Set $27.99
788802 Battle Kata Weapon $15.99
863851 Ninja Chucks $9.99
867591 Ninja Command Blaster $29.99

828516 Micro Force Blind Bag $3.99
828613 Micro Force Starter Set $7.99

Now for the interesting items (all are Hasbro items):
655875 Ninja Army Special Ops $3.99
913370 Special Ops Starter Pack $4.99
835442 Special Ops Vehicles $24.99
913230 Special Ops Tomahawk $42.99

As Master Chief says, a lot of this is stuff that we already know, but what is this “Special Ops” stuff?  Sure, it’s the name of the online Facebook game, but I’m not sure that particular corner of the G.I. Joe marketing bracket has really been lucrative enough to garner it’s own branch of toys.

Based on price point above it almost seems like some of these pieces are gaming related.  They don’t appear to be Micro Force, since there’s a separate listing above for Micro Force already.  A low price point on the Ninja Army and the Starter Pack is very interesting…  although perhaps the Starter Pack and the Starter Set could be considered different?

Of course what’s drawing the most attention (as it should) is that listing for a Special Ops Tomahawk.  That certainly sent the G.I. Joe world on its ear today, understandably so.  The Joe design team has mentioned a few times that another classic vehicle was being planned for this year, similarly to the Skystriker, but I’m not sure anyone would have guessed the Tomahawk was a possible subject.  I know I wouldn’t have.  The tooling and expense required for a vehicle like that doesn’t seem feasible under a reasonable MSRP.  But, really, we’ve seen G.I. Joe reuse names a ton over the years…this could be something entirely unrelated.

Regardless of what it is, things are certainly looking a little more exciting for Toy Fair next week.  You can bet I’ll be in attendance to get all of the pics and information that I can!

Thanks again to Master Chief on HissTank for sparking this interesting speculation!

It’s officially 2013…G.I. Joe product hitting hot and heavy – UPDATED WITH KRE-O!

It seems like it’s been a long time since new G.I. Joe product has been spotted at normal retail outlets, but from the looks of things, they’re making up for lost time!  All at once, various different G.I. Joe products are starting to hit retail chains across the country.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation Waves 2 & 3

Over on The Terror Drome, gijoefrank has posted photographic proof finding these figures at his local Target.  Over on HissTank reports of Wave 3 also being spotted at Target, and even K-Mart!

G.I. Joe Micro Force “Starter” Pack

Perhaps these have been mentioned somewhere, but I didn’t notice.  There is apparently a MicroForce “Starter Pack” featuring some Micro figures on an interesting packaging.  The below image was sent from Gary “cmdrinchief”.

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G.I. Joe Kre-O

I’ll blame my 48 hour flu with the fact that I missed an update from Now Back to G.I. Joe on Twitter saying that he found G.I. Joe Kre-O at his local Toys “R” Us!  He also, very awesomely, took some great pictures of some of the mini figures via his Instagram account.  I hate to say it, but those little guys are growing on me.  Check out the mirrored images below, and be sure to follow Now Back to G.I. Joe to see more of the great stuff he posts.

Also, you’re really going to want to add this HissTank post to your favorites if you’re hunting Kre-O.  The unique code on the back of the bags have already been linked to figures in the blind bags, so no more guessing!  I’m mirroring the code set for that below as well:

  • 23401 75 Alley Viper
  • 23401 76 Cobra Ninja Viper
  • 23401 77 Cobra Trooper
  • 23401 78 Crimson Guard
  • 23401 79 Cobra Axe Ninja
  • 23401 80 Kim Arashikage (Jinx)
  • 23401 81 Kamakura
  • 23401 82 Quick Kick
  • 23401 83 Rock-N-Roll
  • 23401 84 Scarlett
  • 23401 85 Adventure Team Commander
  • 23401 86 Torpedo

Along with the previously revealed Wave 2 3-Packs and the running changes for the discount figures, it looks like we are well underway on a new year of G.I. Joe at retail!  Enjoy it!