Ever since I first saw him, I immediately knew I need to own this one. Even as I saw complaints emerge from throughout the G.I. Joe fandom, this was one key Sideshow Collectibles figure that I had been waiting for…and in my opinion they NAILED it.
Plenty of the great classic elements of the Destro character we all know and love, but with enough of an added Sideshow twist to really bring the character to life in this great Sideshow “universe” they have built. I love both unique head sculpt, I love that he has a trenchcoat or the familiar leather jacket. I love, love, LOVE the gauntlets. This is an awesome offering from Sideshow Collectibles and it is ON SALE NOW.
Check out SideshowToy.com to pick up your 12″ Destro and add him to your Cobra ranks. You will not regret it!
And hey, while you’re at it, pick up the bad ass Cobra Display Stand that Sideshow just posted, too. That’s pretty sweet stuff right there and only $14.99!
I feel like I’m in the minority here, but I am really in love with the upcoming Sideshow Destro. I’ve always loved the trenchcoat look, and Sideshow Collectibles added just enough modern elements while keeping the right classic elements (wrist rockets FTW!) to give us a terrific update to the Cobra Weapons Supplier.
Sideshow has posted a great preview of the upcoming figure, including a shot of an awesome leather jacket version of the figure, which might make fans longing for a more classic representation more happy.
Check out the preview right here, and stay tuned for Thursday, when the pre-order goes live!
It’s easy to forget that there are flesh and blood people behind the design and production of our favorite toyline throughout the year, but any time you get a chance to meet one of these artistic geniuses in person, it makes it a little more real.
That makes it all the more sad to report that according to the G.I. Joe Collectors Club legendary artist Sam Petrucci has passed away at the age of 86. Mr. Petrucci worked alongside Hasbro and many other brands throughout his long and storied history, and was most keenly known as the man who created the original G.I. Joe logo and boxes in the 1960′s.
Sam Petrucci has been a constant presence at JoeCon throughout the years, and the impact of his work has been and will be felt and noticed in its rightful place in toy history.
Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to the Petrucci family.
The G.I. Joe news front has been somewhat quiet in recent weeks, so some of the parts of Episode 85 of the What’s on Joe Mind podcast dip back in time just a little bit. But then again some of the discussion here is timeless. We speak to former Hasbro designer Rick Schad who gives us some great insight into his time on G.I. Joe, and of course, with it being episode 85, we pick our favorite figures and vehicles from 1985! Vintage love for you.
Check out episode 85 at Podbean.com (or the embedded player below) and the show notes can be seen below.
Every single image of this figure makes me love it even more… a terrific ’88 style update to the venerable Cobra Ninja Storm Shadow, and I have to admit, worlds better than what we saw with the first Storm Shadow release.
I’m really digging the modern look at this character, and the fact that even though Sideshow went with the aesthetic of Storm Shadow on the G.I. Joe team, but keeps him affiliated with Cobra.
The Sideshow Exclusive version of the Storm Shadow Sixth Scale Figure will also include a cobra head katana accessory (above left). Wherever his allegiance lies, Storm Shadow is always ready to strike!
The regular and Exclusive versions of Storm Shadow Sixth Scale Figure will be priced at $179.99.
The Exclusive version of the Storm Shadow Sixth Scale Figure to be available for pre-order in our upcoming weekly Sideshow Newsletter this Thursday, August 15th, 2013, typically published between 2 and 3pm (PST). Don’t let this ninja sneak past you!
I got my first introduction to the marvelous world of Hot Toys a few short weeks ago when I reviewed G.I. Joe: Retaliation Snake Eyes, and was pretty much blown away. So now that I have experience with this company, would the second figure have as much impact as the first?
Let’s face it… you’ve always wanted a 12″ Bruce Willis action figure. Well, now you get that wish, and not only is it a 12″ Bruce Willis, but it’s a Hot Toys Bruce Willis, and it has some G.I. Joe ties! You can’t go wrong with that. This “Summer Toy Fairs” exclusive figure for G.I. Joe: Retaliation Joe Colton will not last long, so don’t wait… pre-order that bad boy right now!
Yes, I said frightening. Like a downright weirdly accurate miniature Bruce Willis glaring at me kind of frightening.
Yeah, I’m buying this figure as soon as I possibly can.
Over on One Sixth Republic, they’ve linked to a post by “MAX” on ToysDaily which features several in hand images of the upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation Joe Colton figure, and it looks amazing. Some of those close ups of his face sculpt are just astoundingly good. Whatever Hot Toys pays their sculptors and paint application specialists, it’s not enough.
The figure is listed as being a “Summer Toy Fair” exclusive, which means we should see it up for pre-order on Sideshow Collectibles pretty much any time now. Keep your eyes open… until then, simply be content to look into those deep blue wells of Bruce Willis himself in the images below. Oh, Bruce…
With the upcoming release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation on Blu-Ray, there is a strong focus on the G.I. Joe brand right now, and as G.I. Joe fans we’re reaping the benefits. Over on IGN.com they have posted a spectacular Infographic, running down the visual history of G.I. Joe, from 1964 all the way up to the present. This is an absolute must read for all G.I. Joe fans, no matter how long you’ve been collecting.
It’s very well presented and amazingly all encompassing.
You need to check it out over on IGN.com. Really great looking stuff.
Take this with a boulder-sized grain of salt, as this is unconfirmed information, but over on Fighting 118th, Duffman spoke with a Hasbro representative at San Diego ComicCon (who wasn’t Derryl DePriest, and that rep acknowledged some possible plans for 2014 over on the G.I. Joe side of the house.
2014 figures will sport a 50th Anniversary Logo on the packaging
Discussions have taken place to possibly have the figure line to be exclusively at Target
Kreo will continue to be a Toys R Us exclusive
G.I.Joe 3 plans have started and will be supported by a figure line
This is certainly more information than was revealed to several previous interviews throughout ComicCon weekend, and gives Joe fans a bit of a light at the end of the tunnel, if the news is accurate. Kudos to Fighting 118th for digging this information out, now the long wait for Toy Fair 2014 begins…
Keep in mind, too, though, that there are numerous “Hasbro reps” that are roaming around ComicCon, and they don’t all have intimate knowledge of all the brands, and their information may not be the most current…so again, your mileage may vary.