IDW has revealed the latest solicitations for March 2010, and thanks to Comics Continuum, the G.I. Joe books can be seen below the jump.
Cmderinchief of The Coil Club and JoeBattleLines has received a sample of this upcoming female figure that hasn’t yet been confirmed. While I speculated that it might be Dial Tone a couple of weeks ago, it’s looking much more likely that this is a figure for a new IDW and video game character Helix. Whomever it is, she definitely as a unique look. Image gallery is below.
It’s been a bit quiet on the loose figures front for the Black Sheep Toy Store, but he comes through in a big way today with some new auctions up (with some great images) for the Toys “R” Us Headquarters for Heroes Firefly and Rise of COBRA Cover Girl.
Images of these two very nice looking figures have been mirrored below. That Firefly is the BOMB. He’ll fit in seamlessly with the Resolute universe, especially with this guy’s armor.
Busy night on TaoBao tonight…not only did Dial-Tone make her illustrious debut (this time with breasts!) but we’ve got a couple more mysteries to solve.
First off is an apparent redeco of Tomax and Xamot in the color scheme of the Crimson Strike Team convention set from several years ago. That auction is here. Next up is what appears to be a test shot of a possible upcoming Snow Cat! Hasbro stated in the last Q & A that a Snow Cat was on the horizon, and we’ve discovered it makes an appearence in the Rise of COBRA video game, so it would certainly appear that a Snow Cat is headed to retail shelves in 2009. Will it be a special exclusive? Will it be a Rise of COBRA themed product? I guess we’ll find out. Check out that auction here. Both images are also mirrored below.
Up for auction on TaoBao is what appears to be an upcoming Rise of COBRA figure of a mystery female character. Click here to check out the auction. Keep in mind, the seller has stated this this is not a custom figure. Of course, there’s no way to know for sure if this is an elaborate custom, or a real figure, but I gotta go with what the seller is saying. Who knows for sure?
If it is a real figure, it’s quite a departure from the movie style, this particular figure is very bright and unusual. It would be my guess that it’s a figure that’s not based straight on the movie, but perhaps something that might come in the Headquarters for Heroes line, or it may be a figure as part of the Rise of COBRA toyline that doesn’t necessarily appear in the film.
I actually have my own hypothesis about this particular figure that suddenly came to me while I was writing this…it probably won’t be a popular hypothesis, but my guess is this may be an upcoming Dial-Tone figure. My reasoning is this:
- Dial-Tone is a female character in the new IDW comic book series
- The Dial-Tone in the comic is more of a general computer expert and not so much a strict communications specialist.
- The “look” of this figure is that of a non-uniform, somewhat “out of the box” team member, which might fit a Hollywood stereotype of your typical “not normal” computer tech.
- Her face sculpt is very similar to how Dial-Tone is depicted in the IDW book, just without the glasses
- Dial-Tone also makes an appearance in the Rise of COBRA video game, and appears there in female form.
- The darker green highlights on this figure are almost a perfect match for the familiar green uniform color of the ’86 Dial Tone
- Hasbro stated we would be getting a Dial-Tone in an upcoming figure assortment in the latest Q & A, and that it would be something fans “didn’t expect”.
To me, the pieces all fit. I expect some “nerd anger” over this, and to an extent I think some of it is justified. But this is a “new” G.I. Joe, and apparently in this “new” G.I. Joe, Dial-Tone got himself Starbucked. In a way they did him a favor, though, I think… the character of Dial-Tone hasn’t been this much of a focus of attention in twenty-five years!
EDIT: Just ran this page through a Google Translator. The title translates as: GIJOE 09 years Special Forces were female version of casual telephone
Guess that settles it.
Toy News International has just posted a new fact sheet provided by Electronic Arts in regards to the upcoming Rise of COBRA video game. This fact sheet outlines a lot of stuff that we already know about the game, but at least gets it all together into one cohesive post. The specific details are below:
As the Black Sheep Toy Store has been uploading new auctions, I’ve been grabbing the high quality images from those auctions, particularly the carded ones. Here I’ve collected all carded images so far, and I gotta say the pics are awesome. In case readers haven’t been able to tell, I’ve been drastically warming up to the movie toys and I’m really enjoying the design aspects of these figures. Granted, I’m a Sigma 6 fan, so…
This isn’t an endorsement of the movie at all, I’m still firmly on the fence about how I think that’s going to turn out, but from a pure toy standpoint, I think Hasbro is doing some awesome stuff with these figures and I think if fans can keep an open mind there will be something for everyone in the months to come. I can’t wait.
eBay seller, the Black Sheep Toy Store has posted a number of new carded auctions for upcoming Rise of COBRA action figure product. New items include:
- Snake Eyes (Version 1)
- COBRA Ice-Viper
- Heavy Duty (Reactive Armor)
- Scarlett (Version 1)
- Duke (Convoy Ambush)
He still has a score of older auctions up in his eBay store as well.
The ever vigilant cmderinchief from JoeBattleLines and the Coil Club has provided us with some new images of the Wave 1 Storm Shadow with some nice detail pics included. He also posted a little mini-review:
“I am not much of a SS fan, I admit it. He, along with Duke, CC, and especially SE have been rammed down our throats and like a bunch of lemmings, we keep buying them over-and-over-and-over again. BUT, our favorite Japanese…..er, I mean Korean character is different….in more ways than just his country of origin. I know there is some dislike for the movie figures, but I gotta tell you, this figure injects some hipness back to the character who has long been pretty darn boring. I mean, let’s face it, how can you reinvent a ninja. Most of what you see if not an over the top change, the changes are subtle and improve upon the original concept. Most, if not all, of the tooling on this figure is new. Some of the finer details include the clan’s symbol on the handles of the katanas. The katanas themselves have thicker handles so no more swords falling out the grip. The major downside of this figure is the backpack. It is NOT removable.
This one is all right. The movie toys are winning me over.”
The original post can be seen here, and check out the mirrored images below!