RUMOR ALERT – Plans in place for G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary line?

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.

From what F118th gathered:

  • 2014 will have a 50th Anniversary line
  • 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.

San Diego ComicCon G.I. Joe News Recap

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.

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Kre-O confirmed to continue through 2014 and talk of G.I. Joe’s future from SDCC

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.

San Diego ComicCon Preview Night gives first full look at new Sideshow product!

Preview night at San Diego ComicCon was last night, and folks rushed the floor to see what we could see.  Over on YoJoe.com, Phil has grabbed a bunch of images from Hasbro’s display, including Kre-O and G.I. Joe: Retaliation product.  Along with that, he also got some great images from the Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys booths as well, showing off upcoming Retaliation Hot Toys product (including the upcoming Joe Colton) as well as new items from Sideshow in the form of Storm Shadow, Destro, and the Baroness.

This is our first full look at Storm Shadow and Destro, and they both look pretty fantastic.  I’ve seen some complaints about Destro’s more modern look, but I find it very reminiscent of his Spy Troops figure, which is cool with me.

Check out the images from YoJoe at the SDCC 2013 Gallery, and expect more images and details to come throughout the rest of the week!

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Never before seen G.I. Joe Kre-O sets to appear at ComicCon?

Interesting… I think many of us have accepted the fact that we likely will not see much new Hasbro G.I. Joe product at SDCC this week, but a press release for Kre-O’s expansion into the Dungeons & Dragons IP (which is pretty darn cool news in and of itself) has the following tidbit tacked to the end of it:

“Never before seen KRE-O STAR TREK, KRE-O TRANSFORMERS and KRE-O G.I. JOE building sets will also be on display in the Hasbro booth. Fans won’t want to miss these new reveals including the U.S.S. VENGEANCE ship from the hit movie, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS from Paramount Pictures, directed by J.J. Abrams, which lands on shelves this fall. “

Wait… “Never before seen KRE-O G.I. JOE”? Excellent…

It remains to be seen exactly what this means and what sort of reveals we can expect, but between Sideshow Collectibles and KRE-O, ComicCon is looking like it might provide some G.I. Joe toy-related spark after all.

Keep watching!

Sideshow Collectibles to be releasing updated 12″ Storm Shadow?

Lost in the shuffle of the past two very busy news days in the G.I. Joe world, Sideshow Collectibles Tweeted yesterday in regards to some reveals that we might see at ComicCon this coming weekend. At first glance, nothing special from a G.I. Joe perspective, but eagle-eyed Sideshow fan Mysterious Stranger saw a little snippet of something in the upper left hand corner.

He had a little exchange back and forth with the Sideshow Twitter person, and turns out we might have just gotten a tiny sneak peek at an upcoming updated version of Storm Shadow. Based on the weapon posted in that little snippet as well, could this Storm Shadow be an homage to his 1988 G.I. Joe persona?

Curiouser and curiouser… we’ll be watching SDCC this weekend a little closer now. Check out the upper left corner of the image below.

First review of SDCC 2013 Exclusive – The Epic Conclusion!

As many folks might have seen, early samples of the 2013 ComicCon G.I. Joe and Transformers exclusive have started shipping out to lucky collectors throughout the United States. Well, over on the 788th Armored Divisionwe have our first full-fledged review. That was fast!

It’s a great review, going in depth into each element of the set with some great images and details throughout. Good stuff by Kevin, the owner at the 788th Armored Division. Check out the review right here.

Overseas auctions show first in hand images of SDCC Exclusive G.I. Joe

Just a few short weeks ago, we got our first glimpse of wave 3.5 thanks to some strategically placed auctions, and now we’re getting a good look at the first in hand images of San Diego ComicCon figures from the same place. A number of different auctions have appeared, showing us our first real in hand looks of Jetfire, Hound, Bludgeon, Baroness (with Ravage), and Snake Eyes.

To be honest, I’m liking these in hand images even more than the pre-production images we’ve seen. The Baroness has a serious J Scott Campbell vibe, which is awesome. Snake Eyes doesn’t thrill me, but the base figure is still pretty incredible, even if I’m not sure he’s worth being a ComicCon exclusive.

Overall, this set is truly inspired. A great choice of characters and a ton of play value for a very reasonable price. I’ve linked the auctions below, and mirrored the images below that.

What’s on Joe Mind shocks the G.I. Joe world with two episodes in a week!

OH MY GAWD!  THA UMBRAGE!  That’s right, Joe fans, producer and editor Gary put in some extra hours at the editing desk this week and was able to get out two episodes in one week.  It’s almost like convention season.

In truth, a big reason why we wanted to get this episode is out is that we speak with Frank Patz, who is hosting EternalCon in Long Island this weekend.  We wanted to get the word out there quick as this sounds like a great show featuring lots of toys, activities, and a special IMax screening of Operation Red Retrieval by big friend of the program Mark Cheng.  But wait, that’s not all!  On the heels of the dramatic ComicCon Exclusive reveals last week, we went right to the source and brought on USA Today Geek Pride correspondent (that should be his actual title) Brian Truitt.  We break down exactly how these ComicCon exclusives get revealed and talk lots of good G.I. Joe talk.  As always, check out the latest episode on Podbean, or the embedded players below.  Show Notes are after the jump.

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USA Today reveals information about 2013 G.I. Joe ComicCon Exclusives!

While other brands and toylines were revealing their coveted San Diego ComicCon exclusives, G.I. Joe fans were sitting on their hands saying “what about us”?!

Well, no longer!  USA Today writer and geek extraordinaire Brian Truitt reveals today via USA Today that the 2013 San Diego ComicCon exclusive G.I. Joe set will contain a Skystriker redeco into Autobot Jetfire, a VAMP redeco into Autobot Hound, as well as Snake Eyes, the Baroness (with Ravage) and Bludgeon!

At JoeCon 2013, John Warden mentioned that this year’s set would “fill in some gaps” of past ComicCon sets and indeed it has, finally giving  us some Autobots to battle against the Decepticons of the past two years.  The USA Today article also posted a great gallery of all of the necessary images as well.

Check out the great USA Today article for all of the juicy details, and take a peek at the mirrored images below.  That Jetfire looks GREAT.  Awesome retooled thrusters on the back…and that Ravage?  Woah.  Another fantastic entry into the G.I. Joe/Transformers ComicCon Lexicon!

EDIT – Thanks to the crack staff at YoJoe we now have much larger images of the exclusives!