The movie is pushed back to 2013, G.I. Joe: Renegades is long gone, and by all accounts, mass retail toy shelves are going to be barren for the next 6 – 8 months. Deth of teh line!!1!
But wait…there is a light on the horizon in the form of the San Diego ComicCon figures (and vehicle) that should hit the West Coast shortly after JoeCon this year. For this year’s action figure offerings, Hasbro is going back in time, and now forward in time to bring us some great representations of G.I. Joe ninja finance clerk Jinx! We have the red version taking us back to better days of 1987…well, except for that whole Cobra La thing. And we’ve got a white version sporting a head sculpt looking very much like Elodie Yung who represents Jinx in the film, now coming out in nine months. The whole time continuum is collapsing!
I struggled a bit with where to put these reviews, but since the packaging is very 25th Anniversary themed, that’s where they are. So check out my 25th Anniversary Review Page, or just hit the links below! A big thanks to Gyre Viper from the JDSO Podcast and Jay from Carded Heroes for spreading the love a bit and letting me get these reviews out there. Enjoy.
It only makes sense that Snake Eyes has pretty much been the backbone of the G.I. Joe mythology for a long time, and that he would bookend the Hall of Heroes assortment. At the same time it seems somewhat bizarre that this line, supposedly geared so strongly towards collectors, would include two separate figures of a character who collectors claim to be sick of.
Of course, we’re all aware of the strange life of the Hall of Heroes, and how the fan vote was given before we even knew about other figures coming out, and the production cycle takes so long that the coolest figures within the Hall of Heroes had already been released in other formats before they even got their “deluxe” treatment.
Next in line for the GeneralsJoes review treatment are the Hall of Heroes Crimson Guard and Flint! Both of these figures feature mostly cosmetic updates, though Flint suffers from the fact that an even better version was released in a different set around the same time.
Continuing along with the weeklong review process, today we are covering the Hall of Heroes Beachhead and Cobra Viper! Two of the better Hall of Heroes offerings, these two figures capture the spirit and the excellence of some of the Anniversary offerings quite nicely.
They both fixed issues that hampered initial releases, even if other fixed figures came out previously.
The next two Hall of Heroes figures are up to “B.A.T.” for review today!
Initially marketed as coming with the battle damaged head, the original carded release of the Cobra B.A.T. left collectors disappointed, even as impressive a figure as it was. Well, the Hall of Heroes version goes all out, and even though the Defense of Cobra Island B.A.T. gave us the same package, it’s nice to get it in single pack form.
I don’t think I’ve made it much of a secret that some of the ideas behind the 25th Anniversary line were a bit lost on me. I can understand and appreciate the history of the Real American Hero, but I’ve never been one to be taken by nostalgia, and often would prefer the Joe line evolve and move on rather than continually look back.
However, I know a lot of fans out there loved the Anniversary stuff, and I feel for those folks who thought it died before its time. Now that I have an extensive Anniversary collection, I join many fellow fans in wanting to see certain holes filled in the roster.
But I thought the Hall of Heroes was a pretty big missed opportunity in 2009. Lots of minor repaints, some strange marketing decisions… the concept was far more noble than the final result. That being said, in the past 2 years I have received more demand for the Hall of Heroes reviews than I have for pretty much anything else. So here they are. All week long I’ll be reviewing two figures from the 10 figure assortment, and I start off today with:
Also, keep checking the 25th Anniversary Review Page as I prepare to begin listing the other 8 figures as well. Hopefully this will make some folks happy, and also help kick off the GeneralsJoes “Review Recap” period where I’m going to start grabbing some stuff from past years and trying to fill in some of the gaps in my review archive. I won’t get ’em all, but hopefully some old favorites will finally earn their place in these pages.
More big thanks to Big Bad Toy Store for sponsoring another Flashback Review, this time, for the second G.I. Joe Five-Pack featuring General Hawk, Flint, Lady Jaye, Shipwreck, and Snake Eyes! As an added bonus, BBTS has these for sale now for 20% off!
While a couple of these figures became somewhat redundant with the Hall of Heroes set, there is still a lot to love for a pretty reasonable price. Check out the full review right here!