G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals 2014 Incentive figures… and more?!

The G.I. Joe Collectors Club has launched their new forum-based website tonight with a couple of blockbuster announcements!

First and foremost, the membership incentive figures for 2014 have been revealed…  Cross Country and the 50th Anniversary Man of Action!

Cross Country follows the recent tradition of filling major vacancies in the vintage roster left over by Hasbro’s modern era efforts, and he continues that tradition pretty damn well.  I’m not a huge fan of Cross Country in general, but it’s tough to find complaint with this figure’s new head, new vest, and new wrench accessory.  A really impressive looking update.

But wait…  wait…  that’s not all.  Along with the Cross Country figure, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club is offering a vehicle add on!  The HAVOC Mk II is a repaint of the Pursuit of Cobra Snow Cat in HAVOC colors.  How’s that for a curve ball?!

The 12″ incentive figure has had uniform extras for a while now, but this is a first for the 3 3/4″ side.  Very cool.  Be sure to hit up the brand spanking new GIJoeClub.com and keep hitting it, as I’m sure most GIJCC reveals will be launching there first.  You can also check out the mirrored images of Cross Country, the HAVOC, the Man of Action, and his uniform set below.

Fantastic article analyzing the impact of “Blockbuster” movie licenses on action figure sales

First and foremost, props to Wayne Losey who linked to this great article on Twitter, which takes a very close look at how action figure sales have been trending over the past several years (hint… it ain’t good) and the potential impact of movie licensed brands on those sales.

Mr. Losey is an industry professional (being one of the brain children behind Go Go Dynamo, which is currently producing the awesome Modibot, and who also did some work with Hasbro on Xevoz, G.I. Joe, and Sigma 6) and this article really takes a long hard look at the intertwining of repeated blockbuster movies and product sales associated with them.  Frankly, it’s eye opening.

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