At least that’s what I think I’m looking at…
Scott, a GeneralsJoes commentor left a comment in regards to a portfolio from AGO Design Group that appears to be some Combat Hero scaled vehicles meant to mix with the G.I. Joe line.
An Aircraft Carrier playset as well as a transforming tank and attack helicopter look to make up a trio of potential large scale playsets for the Combat Heroes. The neat thing is, in vehicle modes, the vehicles look the right size to accommodate the Combat Heroes, then fold out into miniature playsets, while the Aircraft Carrier is a full blown feature-filled set.
They’re pretty awesome and look very much like some of the Imaginext stuff we’re seeing these days. I was never really fully captivated by the Combat Heroes line, but it’s always neat to see stuff like this. Check out AGO Design Group on Coroflot, and I’ve mirrored the images below as well.
Official retail product images have cropped up for upcoming Combat Heroes sets as well as Target Exclusive vehicles. Curiously, though, these images show clear international markings…it will be interesting to see where these crop up. Anyway, galleries are shown below.
Target Exclusives/International Packs
The more I see those exclusives the more I’m loving the SNAKE Armor set. Though why the heck is the Neo-Viper now being called the Viper Commando? He’s named that in the recently released Toys “R” Us SRO 3-pack as well. Weird.
With Star Trek, Transformers, and G.I. Joe all getting the summer blockbuster treatment in 2009, Comic Book Resources took some time and spoke with Andy Schmidt, Editor for IDW Publishing on the challenges and opportunities working with three separate licenses that are all receiving a lot of outside attention this year. Mr. Schmidt also takes some time to speak about the Combat Heroes style kid’s book, “We Are G.I. Joe”. You can read the article here, I’ve also reprinted the G.I. Joe related content below.
A very different project, the “G.I. Joe Combat Heroes: We Are G.I. Joe” picture book, is a bit unusual for IDW. The book introduces the heroic Joes and villains of Cobra to young readers, much as “Transformers: I am Optimus Prime” did for the Autobots and Decepticons. “[Writing ‘We Are G.I. Joe’] was a lot of fun. I hope that kids and parents alike enjoy it,” Schmidt said. “And no, there are no rifles or pistols in the whole thing. Swords, throwing stars, crossbows, and tanks, yes, but no pistols or rifles. Look closely and you may see a couple of very intimidating Super-Soakers though!”
Dipping into their normal pool of resources, the guys at HissTank.com have received some pictures of upcoming product tied into G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA. Some of it is stuff we’ve seen, just pieced together here, though there is some interesting new items, most notably a retooled Ferret with what looks to be a Leatherneck repaint? Could it be a more accurate vintage version? There’s also some more pictures of the mysterious small vehicle that I called a “minisub” at one point, which has been shown in the most recent trailer as a flight pod flying over the snow. Some interesting stuff, to be sure, you can check out the original thread at HissTank here, or see the images below.
Hisstank also got their hands on some pictures of possible upcoming Combat Heroes. It’s still a question whether or not these will all get released, since some of the items in this image below look like more vintage styled stuff, but it’s still pretty neat to look at. Check out those images below as well, with the original thread here.
Reports are coming in from various online sources that Target retailers in the United States have started receiving and stocking The Rise of COBRA Combat Heroes. I’ll be honest here…the superdeformed animated “cutesy” look has never been my thing, but I absolutely love the G.I. Joe ones, and the RoC ones are no different. It’s amazing how they can make killer terrorists in nanotech body armor look so damn cute.
Original report came in via HissTank.com, but it has also been confirmed by The Terror Drome.
Looks like the floodgates might slowly be starting to open… bring it on!
A short while ago, a COBRA themed Wal-Mart exclusive pack was spotted on an Asian auction site, and GeneralsJoes reported on it here. Well, now the Terror Drome is reporting that another set has been uncovered, this time it’s a G.I. Joe one featuring Stalker, Snake Eyes, Duke, Beachhead, and Wild Bill. Whether or not it will ever see release is still up in the air, but it’s cool to check it out regardless. The image is posted below.
I’ve reposted the COBRA one below:
The Terror Drome has again come up with some new images of upcoming Rise of COBRA Combat Heroes that should hit retail with the movie release this year. The coolest thing about these are some neat peeks at potential trooper types that we might see coming up, including a movie-styled Para-Viper and Arctic-Viper. Check out the images below.
While the fate of the Combat Heroes line remains firmly up in the air, another item that is potentially in the wings has been uncovered on Asian auction site TaoBao.com. HissTank.com forum member elkkthunder has stumbled across an apparent Wal-Mart exclusive “COBRA Pack” containing a repainted Destro, Baroness, COBRA Commander, and… Tomax and Xamot! A very cool looking set, but with the future of Combat Heroes so murky, who knows what will come of it?
You can find the auction here, and the image is mirrored below.
So far still no word on whether or not these will officially be released, but cmderinchief got his hands on Wave 3 of the Combat Heroes sets and shared some images with The Terror Drome. Check out the mirrored images below.
You can always tell what the potential popularity of an upcoming toyline is by the number of overseas sellers who are offering pre-production product for it. So far there seems to be a rather large groundswell of G.I. Joe related sellers, and the buyers must be speaking with their wallets, because the stuff keeps on popping up. Well known seller unitedwell923 has listed a number of new auctions with some pretty neat pictures mixed in amongst them, including Resolute Destro, Wal-Mart Gung Ho and Copperhead, and a mysterious red uniformed Viper.
Also, thanks to some digging around by HissCommander from the Terror Drome, we’ve also got some neat images of Rise of COBRA Combat Heroes figures. These don’t appear to be listed on eBay yet, but I would imagine that could be coming at any time.