Straight from the floor at Toy Fair, 2014, Bloomberg Television sat down with Vice President and G.I. Joe historian Derryl DePriest to talk about G.I. Joe’s history and it’s present incarnation.
I’ll be honest, it’s not a softball interview. The host asks some hard questions about G.I. Joe’s military ties, about the role model it sets for boys, and about what the brand is doing to innovate, and to his credit, DePriest answers those questions, but quite artfully.
I find a lot of these interviews to be somewhat “more of the same” but this one stood out…it’s a good five minute watch, check it out.
Among many others in New York City for Toy Fair was video toy reviewer Pixel Dan, and he broke out the video camera for his trip through the Hasbro Preview.
Included in this coverage was great video of the Kre-O station where he spoke with representatives about the Transformers and G.I. Joe Kre-O lines. Check out YouTube or the embedded video below.
So now that the flood of news has slowed to a simmer since yesterday afternoon, I figured it was time to sit back and see exactly what was revealed yesterday and break down what really stood out to me and what rose to the top.
This will be somewhat of a mixed bag, because as many folks have already witnessed, there is a lot of “carry forward” product here, which obviously is pretty cool in some respects, but not something that’s going to crack my Top 10 list.
After the jump I’ll break down my opinions.
So throughout the whirlwind of reveals at Toy Fair today, it’s been a bit tough to get everything sorted out and really figure out what these new items represent and what the original genesis or inspiration of these items was. Interestingly, a lot of these things come from fan-centric sources, including concept cases and short ship Pursuit of Cobra offerings.
The full low down is after the jump, with in depth descriptions of each 2 or 3 pack as well as the source figures and where the inspiration might have come from.
Hopefully this will shed a little bit of light on this particular situation:
Wow. Wow wow wow!
As much as I’ve loved the G.I. Joe Kre-O stuff to date, what they’re showing in the show room at Toy Fair this year is just incredible! Look at that Terror Drome! The Firebat, the Skyhawk… Serpentor?! Good grief some amazing stuff coming for Kre-O fans this year.
HISSTank.com has been on the ball with posting their images, and I’ve mirrored some of their images below. Hit them up directly for the details.
Take this for what it’s worth, but the G.I. Joe Collectors Club (who is typically first with Toy Fair info during the presentation) has posted a “Hasbro Toy Fair 2014” thread on their new message boards.
This indicates (to me) that there will be some kind of G.I. Joe product to be shown and spoken about on the site. Check it out right here. Do we think the G.I. Joe Club would show that if there weren’t G.I. Joe items to discuss? I wouldn’t think so, but…
Curiouser and curiouser…