Gentle Giant today announced a pair of new G.I. Joe themed ComicCon exclusives available for Premium Guild members to order.
First is an exclusive version of their Jumbo sized Grunt figure, packaged in a unique wooden footlocker. Check out the Gentle Giant Pre-Order here, and also, be sure to take a look at the great photo shoot over at HISSTank.com. Some images from the Gentle Giant site are below.
However, their second item…is a pair of MICRO figures. Snake Eyes and Rock n Roll look to be the first two entries in this Micro Figure format, though I’m not sure if this is something that may be ongoing or isolated to just this limited release.
These micro figures are really blowing my mind. There’s an image below of the two figures in someone’s open palm, and it’s just crazy sauce. Pretty neat overall.
You can pre-order the micro figure at Gentle Giant’s website (as long as you’re a Premium Guild member). Premium Guild memberships look to be $80 per year. See images of the micro figures below.
These are both available for pre-order to Gentle Giant Premier Guild Members and will be at San Diego ComicCon. Don’t forget, if you want an idea of how these Jumbo figures look and feel, check out the YouTube video embedded below, which comes courtesy of Joe fan Page Wagner.
I’ve seen a lot of questions out there surrounding the upcoming 12″ Jumbo releases of G.I. Joe figures from Gentle Giant. This video may help answer some of those questions.
Star Wars Celebration occurred last week, and dedicated G.I. Joe fan Page Wagner was in attendance, but while so many folks were focused on Star Wars, he spotted the Gentle Giant Joes and went straight for the good stuff.
He spent a few minutes talking to Gentle Giant about their upcoming G.I. Joe releases, and even got a chance to get a hands-on look at Grunt. He took video of this short Q & A session, and has made it available to GeneralsJoes exclusively.
Check out the embedded video below and big thanks to Page for thinking of me!
Inspired by the Hasbro vintage GI Joe A Real American Hero figure, Gentle Giant is proud to bring you the GI Joe Commando, Code Name: SNAKE EYES. One of the first figures released in the series that started in 1982, this fan favorite continues our amazing series of jumbo vintage figures.From the GI Joe Command File:
Snake Eyes is proficient in 12 different unarmed fighting systems (Karate, Kung-Fu, Jujitsu) and is highly skilled in the use of edged weapons. Has received extensive training in mountaineering, underwater demolitions, jungle, desert and arctic survival, and some form of holistic medicine. Qualified Expert: All NATO and Warsaw pact small arms.
“The man is a total mystery, but he’s really good at his job, heck, he’s the best.”
The GI Joe A Real American Hero Jumbo Figure line features reproductions of the original 3 ¾” figures, using digital scanning and outputting to create an exact replica, only larger. Each figure will be reproduced using the original engineering, right down to the internal rubber band. The figures will be injection molded with durable plastics.
Each GI Joe A Real American Hero Jumbo Figure will include accurate articulation, all of the characters accessories, and will be packaged on a backer card featuring photos and artwork from the original packaging, all the way down to the File Card on the back.
Well, it looks like Toys “R” Us and Big Bad Toy Store exclusivity may be gone… pre-orders have been announced by Entertainment Earth, not only for G.I. Joe: 50th Anniversary, but also for the Gentle Giant 12″ Rock n Roll!
Check out the links below.
The following images link to sets of the 2 Packs and Full cases.
We’ve been hearing about them for a few months now, and the pre-orders have officially gone live! Gentle Giant’s entry into the vintage G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero line is officially up for pre-order on Big Bad Toy Store. Check out the link below to pre-order and also take a peek at the great images courtesy of Gentle Giant themselves.
Okay, I have to admit, that Rock n Roll looks pretty sharp in those pictures. This isn’t a line I plan on collecting, to be honest, but I can’t argue that seeing the vintage figure in that size and with those crisp paint apps is a pretty awesome nostalgia punch.
Just yesterday we reported about the mysterious advertisement on the Gentle Giant Facebook page and hypothesized about what it might mean… now we find those hypotheses confirmed! Gentle Giant is indeed doing jumbo sized versions of the vintage o-ring figures! They’ve revealed a few of them at ComicCon already, with images courtesy of HissTank.com. The following figures have been revealed:
– Snake Eyes
– Rock n Roll
My opinions on these? Mixed, to be honest. I love what they’re doing, and it’s a fun idea, but I’m not sure these will draw me in. Eventually I’ll likely end up with a few, but I don’t see myself going whole hog, especially on the straight arm versions. I will admit, though, it’s great that they come with their gear. That’s a cool touch.
Very cool to see someone investing in the brand, though, I hope they catch on with the collecting community! Thanks again to HissTank.com for the images.
EDIT – Big thanks to Matt from Twitter and AwesomeToyBlog for snagging some more great images! They’re added to the gallery below.
Could they be considering the same move for G.I. Joe?
Over on their official Facebook page, Gentle Giant has posted a YouTube video of the original advertisement for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero back in 1982. This may seem innocuous, but let’s not forget that ComicCon is this week (typically a place to announce exciting new product) and by all accounts what Gentle Giant has done with Star Wars has been deemed a success. Not only that, but a while ago, HISSTank.com cited sources that reported the same thing for A Real American Hero.
However, let’s not jump to conclusions. Jumbo Star Wars figures are a hefty $70 – 80 retail, and I seriously doubt Gentle Giant could produce jumbo sized vintage G.I. Joe figures, complete with full articulation, for the same price as Star Wars. It doesn’t seem feasible. But Gentle Giant is also known for statues and other collectible items as well.
Looks like Joe fans should stay tuned for ComicCon this week, we may get more news than we bargained for. Check out the Gentle Giant Facebook Page for the post, and thanks to Matt from Awesome Toy Blog for letting me know it was posted there.