That’ll teach me to crash early last night! Thinking that the Gentle Giant 12″ vintage figures represented the G.I. Joe news of Preview Night for SDCC, I logged off early last night, then woke up to the intel that Kre-O Wave 5 was revealed for the first time!
Looking like another fantastic line up by Hasbro, this fifth series gives us the following mini figure Kre-Ons:
Bullet Man (!!!)
Battle Damage B.A.T.
The info and images come from HISSTank.com and Toy Ark. Along with Series 5, we also got some great in person looks at the upcoming Terror Drome, which looks… frankly… like the best thing I’ve ever seen in my life, perhaps including my two children.
Okay, just when we thought we had it all figured out, thanks to TRU.com, there seems to be more confusion now about exactly how the “Danger at the Docks” SDCC Exclusive 50th Anniversary set will be available.
Over on ToyArk.com a Press Release from Toys “R” Us was revealed, and within the context of that press release, there seems to be an indication that the “Danger at the Docks” G.I. Joe set will NOT be available in Toys “R” Us stores. This has caused some confusion because it’s been pretty widely reported (mostly by me) that this set would not strictly be sold at ComicCon itself.
As it turns out, the most likely result is both stories are true.
Previously there was a Faker/Bizarro 2-Pack from Mattel that was an SDCC Exclusive, but was also available at ToysRUs.com, but was NOT actually in brick & mortar stores. It sounds like that is likely what’s going to happen here. Considering TRU.com themselves has advertised that the Danger at the Docks set will be available online after ComicCon, but they’re also listing it as “Available Only at San Diego Comic-Con” in this latest press release, this sounds like the most likely result.
According to folks I’ve spoken with, the Faker/Bizarro 2 Pack was not especially difficult to get after ComicCon, and certainly far easier than dealing with Hasbro Toy Shop, but at the end of the day, I’d say if you want the Danger at the Docks set, be prepared to jump on it on TRU.com and don’t sit and wait for it to show up at Brick & Mortar. Thankfully SDCC is right around the corner and our long, national nightmare shall soon be over. Check out the full text of the Press Release after the Jump.
Hasbro’s Public Relations firm has made available the high resolution press photos for the ComicCon 2014 “Danger at the Docks” set. This set begins as an SDCC Exclusive, but then should be available at Toys “R” Us following the debut in San Diego.
I know there has been some confusion about the availability of this set, but as first reported right here on YoJoe, the intention is for this set to be available at Toys “R” Us following its release at SDCC. You can find some images below, including a great shot of some brand new accessories built just for this set!
Thanks as always to Hunter PR for making these images available.
Along with the press images already released and posted, Hasbro PR sent along a press release, which confirms the SDCC Exclusive is the standard VAMP MK II with Flint/Black Night Landing with black and red Cobra Eel.
EDIT – In my rush through reading the press release late last night I thought it had mentioned ComicCon, but apparently I was drunk. I see no mention of that this morning and no confirmation of the brown VAMP being a ComicCon exclusive. I am looking into confirming this.
This is interesting information that is sure to annoy some collectors, with the standard deco for Flint being a very highly requested figure (in fact it was voted #1 at the 2012 Concept Case survey).
Okay, that might be an assumption. I’m certainly not a legal expert, but thankfully some folks who are more well versed in law have passed along word of an official judgement that appears to involve an out of court settlement between Hasbro and Harmony Gold over the controversial ComicCon exclusive Jetfire Skystriker repaint released this past summer.
According to the e-mail I received:
“Back on the 23rd, before Hasbro’s answer to the complaint was due, a Stipulation was filed by both parties requesting the case be dismissed. The Stipulation was granted and signed as an Order. Typically, at that early a stage in the litigation, a settlement was reached out of court with the terms to remain private. Order attached, but it doesn’t say more than that.”
The actual agreement can be found on PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) but you need a membership to access it. Thankfully someone went through the hard work for me.
Below are attachments of the document dismissing the court action, with appropriate personally identifying marks obscured.
It feels like it’s been forever, probably because…well, it’s been forever, but the latest episode of the What’s on Joe Mind podcast is officially online! Nearly three hours devoted to some great G.I. Joe discussion with a healthy injection of Kre-O/Lego love from Brickarms, and some great Marvel SDCC talk with our old buddy Arune.
As always check out the episode on our Podbean Page, or it is also embedded below. Click the “Read More” link for the Show Notes.
For folks who weren’t able to get their hands on the 2013 ComicCon exclusive G.I. Joe and Transformers “The Epic Conclusion” there is another opportunity that has just been announced! The G.I. Joe Collectors Club and Transformers Collectors Club have been allocated a limited number of these exclusive sets!
Rather than do a “First Come First Served” chaotic sales event, the Club will be offering a “lottery” to Club members to win an opportunity to purchase these limited edition sets. All of the information is contained in the e-mail they sent out to club members. I have reprinted that email below:
There is some very exciting news!
We have been allocated a very limited number of the 2013 Comic Con GI Joe and Transformers “The Epic Conclusion” Vehicle/Figure sets from Hasbro. We are offering this set to our club members, both Transformer and GI Joe, but in order to be fair to everyone due to the limited number we received, we have decided to have a lottery drawing for the opportunity to purchase this set. If you want to be included in this lottery drawing, you must send an email toLottery@FunPubinc.comONLY. Send only one email with “LOTTERY” as the subject.
Please do not contact our office or email any other email addresses regarding the lottery. Multiple emails will void your entry. These items are limited to 1 item per membership if you are selected in the lottery drawing. You must be a current active member to participate. The email that you send does not guarantee that you will get an item; this just includes you in the lottery drawing. The price on this item is $150+shipping. The cutoff for sending your email will be Friday, July 26, 2013 at 9am central time. We will not accept any emails after this time. Once the names have been drawn from the emails received, you will be contacted by email and given further instructions on how the order will be processed.
Again, please DO NOT contact our office for any reason regarding this lottery drawing! Thank you and good luck!
So good news for Club members! Send your email in now and get your chance to own this exclusive ComicCon item! You can check out the GeneralsJoes review of that item right here.
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.
We are neck deep in ComicCon now, and G.I. Joe news has been somewhat sporadic, but it’s certainly been there. I’ve seen some folks throughout the Internet questioning where all the news is and what’s going on with our favorite brand.
The answer appears to be “not much”. But I’ll recap what we know from each segment. Click the “Read the Rest of the Story” link below to check the details from this year’s show.
Over on Toy News International, Pixel Dan interviewed Derryl DePriest from Hasbro and spoke about 2014 and what potential plans are for G.I. Joe throughout next year. Mr. DePriest was quick to temper too much talk about the future, preferring to focus on G.I. Joe: Retaliation and their present assortments, which does make sense considering the DVD releases are hitting in a scant couple of weeks.
However, Derryl did open up just a bit on some possible happenings in 2014, and confirmed that Kre-O would be continuing through Toys “R” Us into next year. Along with that, he also mentioned that there might be some G.I. Joe related “surprises” at Toy Fair 2014, which indicates there is some sort of product plan for the coming year. Check out the video interview below.
Now, what’s interesting to me was that Derryl specifically mentioned Toy Fair 2014 as a possible source of “surprises”, which clearly says that product is planned for next year, but probably not until later in the year. If these items aren’t even being revealed until February, seems to me that chances are good we won’t see that product until summer at the earliest. That’s kind of a double-edged sword. On the positive side, it does show that Hasbro is still actively making plans for the G.I. Joe brand, even without a movie to support it. On the negative side that does seem to support some ideas that G.I. Joe at mass retail is on… well… I think we all know what the “h word” means by now, right?
I’m not trying to instigate some kind of “doom and gloom” scenario, though. Truth is, over the next 4 – 6 weeks we should be getting quite a few cool new figures, and the FSS 2.0 should be striking near the end of the year as well, so there will be G.I. Joe product to buy and seek out. Let’s face it, too, it’s not like we haven’t been through this before. Heck, there was the big brouhaha over the Rise of Cobra transition to the Pursuit of Cobra, and the figures that came out of that transition were some of the best toys we’ve seen in decades.
Regardless of the final outcome, it will be an interesting few months, but as G.I. Joe fans, I think we’re used to that by now. But I think we also know that G.I. Joe is a resilient brand. Not many other brands would have survived the constant re-inventions that we have over the past several years and the fact that as a brand G.I. Joe remains on the radar and viable is a testament to its core concepts and to the devotion of the design teams involved in its production. Hopefully that level of skill and enthusiasm is still behind the line and we can look forward to more great product still to come.