GeneralsJoes Reviews SDCC Starstriker and Zarana Cold Slither variant

It’s a San Diego ComicCon wrap up!  I reviewed the standard release Zarana a couple of weeks ago, but had to wait a little while before I could the reviews wrapped up on these other two items.  As always, a big thanks goes out to longtime GeneralsJoes friend Gyre Viper for doing me yet another favor and getting me a line on the Cold Slither Zarana while old pal Mysterious Stranger is always there with the hook up for the SDCC Starstriker.

You can check out the review in the 30th Anniversary Section, or just hit the links directly below:

GeneralsJoes Reviews SDCC Exclusive Zarana (Regular Release)

SDCC is almost a faint memory, but the rage about the Zarana exclusive and Hasbro Toy Shop lives on!

I have as of yet been unable to get myself the Cold Slither variant of Zarana, but I decided to not let this stop me from posting a review for the regular release.  I’ve got this posted right now in the 25th Anniversary and 30th Anniversary sections, as well as linked to Exclusives.

Yeesh.  Anyway, if you don’t want to dig through all three of those other pages, just hit up the link below:

More SDCC Tidbits and the truth about HTS availability?

As I was getting ready to travel back North yesterday, I received a few messages from the guys at Fighting 118th, who have posted some more information related to SDCC.  The first bit of intel comes from their Hasbro Booth Update and includes some contradictory information from what was being passed around earlier.  Contrary to earlier reports that the Data-Viper might make a later assortment, according to Hasbro reps at SDCC, he is definitely “cancelled, no ifs, ands, or buts”.

Also going against previous reports, apparently the Spring, 2012 date on the placard may in fact be the truth.  At least according to Fighting 118th.

One of the issues you run into with so many reps at the Con is that you sometimes get some contradictory information.  Guess we’ll have to hold tight to find out which one was right.

Last, but not least, they also passed along a report about Hasbro Toy Shop, the timeline for getting things posted, and how “rare” these SDCC exclusives truly are.  You can read that enlightening report right here as you prepare for your morning post-SDCC ritual of F5’s while you wait for Zarana and Starscream at HasbroToyShop.

Thanks again to Paul from Fighting 118th for the heads up.

Press that panic button – the Collectors’ Club will not have any SDCC Exclusives this year

With a single email, Brian Savage at the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club will likely throw the fandom into a frenzy.  In past years, even with SDCC fever hitting the fandom, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has generally been able to offer some of the exclusives through their site.  Not so this year.  We just received the following email from the Collectors’ Club:

“We have been getting a lot of questions about the Hasbro exclusives for this year’s Comic-Con and we want to let you know that we will not be able to get any of the exclusives this year.

If you are interested in these items, you will either need to attend Comic-Con or check Hasbro Toy Shop to see if there are any left after the show.

Have a good summer!

Brian”

Have a good summer?  HAVE A GOOD SUMMER?!  My summer would be much #$@#! better if I knew I could get a #$@#$ Zarana!!

Ahem.

In all seriousness, while I don’t anticipate Zarana being as hard to get in the long run as Sgt. Slaughter, I know this news will upset the apple cart a little bit within the fandom.  Let’s just hope that Hasbro has the forethought to manufacture enough supply for the demand, especially since they’re apparently restricting the outlets through which they can be sold.

I’m strapping on my flak vest.

New press images for G.I. Joe SDCC Exclusives

Thanks to the fine bearded triumvirate at Hunter PR we have some very nice shiny new press images for the upcoming SDCC Exclusives.  Between the Starscream themed Skystriker and the twin Zarana’s this looks like a crazy cool year for exclusive items out of San Diego.

Check out the images below, and brace yourselves for SDCC, coming in 2 short weeks!

More polished Zarana samples on JoeDeclassified

I think most of us saw Gyre Viper’s Zarana samples from a few weeks ago, and I think we all thought they looked pretty good.  Well, he got his hands on some slightly more finished samples (on card at that!) and they look just that little bit better.

Instead of glossy, the figures look a bit more flat, and the normal release Zarana lacks the eye make up that was bugging folks.  Though she does still have the multi-colored hair.  He posted the images up on JoeDeclassified, and I’ve got ’em mirrored below as well:

Latest round of G.I. Joe: Q & A Answers coming in

Hot off the heels of BotCon, Hasbro has sent along answers to the latest round of our Q & A session.  Unfortunately I only received two responses, but they are quoted below:

Q: G.I. Joe: Renegades toys were initially said to be animated in style in one of your official Q & A responses.  The final product, obviously, is a lot more based in reality.  From a design perspective, can you comment on how the animated style differed from the realistic one?  Was it proportions, articulation, or just paint applications?

A: The animated style was closer in sculpted style to the style seen on screen in GI JOE RENEGADES, it had alot of angled surfaces and complexities, and not a ton of straps or surface detail.  Articulation points and basic proportions were different as well in this line.  They looked pretty cool!  In the end, we decided to go with a style which was more in-line with the realistic look of 30th and POC, since they were to live in the same “universe” together.  We like the end result, and think it’s a great marriage of the two styles (animated and realistic).

Q: What was the thought process behind making Zarana a potential SDCC Exclusive?  Are retailers still so worried about the sales impact of female figures, and if so, how are we ensured to get more of our favorite female characters on store shelves?

A: There are two questions here. The first is why Zarana for Comic-Con? The answer is twofold. We have some very passionate GI Joe fans working on the brand who realy wanted to get both a female character and specifically Zarana out there. The second question is about female characters in mainline. The truth is that they just don’t sell as well as other characters. With a limited amount of figures to work with, we can’t afford to have a figure that doesn’t sell well.

Of course, as always, you can keep hitting up GeneralsJoes Q & A Page for a gathering of all questions across the web!

Image gallery for SDCC Zarana at JoeDeclassified

And by who else but Gyre-Viper?  His new product keeps on flooding in, and hot on the heels of Wave 5, we now get a great look at the two different versions of the SDCC Exclusive Zarana figure!

Stunning.  Truly stunning.  I don’t use that term very often when it comes to 4″ plastic, but I am astounded at how nicely detailed and constructed this figure is.  They took some truly ludicrous design elements from the 80’s and were really able to weave them into a 21st Century aesthetic, and the end result is just amazing.  I can’t wait to get my hands on these.  Yes, they are SDCC Exclusives and will be a bit tougher to get, but I anticipate being able to get these for a decent price either on HTS or once the initial fury dies down.

Check out the thread on JoeDeclassified, and check out a series of images mirrored below.

Before I start the trek home… more detailed images of Zarana

Man… Toy Fair day can be such a blur that sometimes you miss the important details.  I got some shots of Zarana, for sure, but a huge thanks to Augie Pires for passing along these shots that his brother took on site at the show yesterday, including a shot of the Zarana variant’s back.  Her “Cold Slither” band t-shirt has the town names on it.

So, so cool.  I need these figures.  Both of them.  If they can’t make SDCC, I seriously hope Hasbro finds a way to include BOTH of them in the regular assortments.  I hated the Zarana figure as a kid, these are two Zarana I can be proud of.

Well, if a toy of a girl with a torn shirt and exposed midrif is something anyone can be proud of, anyway…  Thanks again to Augie for passing these along, and to Anibal for taking the pics!  You guys rock.

GeneralsJoes Toy Fair 2011 Coverage

Okay! It’s photo dump time! I’m sitting in Grand Central Station right now with my camera card chock full and ready to upload. I apologize for the lack of organization right off the bat, but I’m trying to get this done nice and quick-like so I can make a train back home. This is how things are laid out.

General Display

Here are some general images of the display, and specifically the Renegades artwork


Spring, 2011 Assortments

As I create the SuperPage, I’ll break up the assortments into their waves, but for now, here’s what I’ve got for the spring assortments, including

– Cobra Commander

– Cobra Trooper

– Iron Grenadier

– Rock Viper

– Techno Viper

– General Hawk

– Steel Brigade

– Crazylegs

– Croc Master

These look to be a very nice mix of existing tooling with some nice new paint applications really bringing these figures to life. Some awesome use of some Pursuit of Cobra molds, the Jungle Assault Cobra Commander looks to be the base for Cobra Commander, and some terrific other paint jobs. Iron Grenadier is even sporting the unused Stedi-Cam from Destro. The Cobra Viper (using the Shock Trooper tooling) is pretty impressive as well. Images below.


Fall, 2011 Assortment “30 for 30″

A very interesting way to put it, Derryl DePriest referred to the Joe line starting in 2011 as a “30 for 30″ line, meaning a plethora of figures from different eras and concepts in one single “rebranded” line. From the images, there is an obvious Pursuit of Cobra theme, which suits me perfectly fine.

He mentioned a smaller volume, but a much tighter “concentration” of fan favorites and well conceived figures, very similar to what we’ve seen this year. From my first hand perspective, these figures look fantastic. They have really merged the Renegades look with the realistic tooling to near perfection, especially with Firefly and Cobra Commander. Note the full mask!

This just comprises the first wave, hitting in August of 2011, so expect more reveals at JoeCon and SDCC.

Bravo Vehicles

We got no real details on waves for these, so I assume they might be hitting all at once. We’ve got a great crimson HISS with a re-conceived Elite-Viper driver. The VAMP Mark II has an absolutely fantastic looking “Steel Brigade Delta” figure. Didn’t get to see the pilot of the Black Dragon.


SDCC Zarana

Derryl admitted this was an “oopsie”. Zarana probably shouldn’t have been showcased, because she is NOT A DEFINITE FOR SDCC. They are still weighing their options to see if they can get both Zarana and the Starscream Skystriker. If not, the Skystriker will win out. If they can’t get Zarana for SDCC, she will ABSOLUTELY hit in the main line somewhere.


Skystriker

It looks gorgeous. Feels like it was pulled right from 1983. Awesome colors, black tail fins and some great detail. Not much else to say.


I get a really good feeling, looking at these toys. It’s quite clear that the G.I. Joe line is not their central priority this year (which makes sense, given Transformers 3, Captain America, Thor, and Clone Wars) but they are taking the resources they have and doing some amazing things with it. The Cobra Trooper, while a simple repaint, looks INSANE. Same with General Hawk and the Iron Grenadier. Holy crap they look cool up close and personal.

And the Renegades figures? I wasn’t sold at first with seeing them in a realistic style, but it really works. Firefly especially looks astoundingly cool.

So, in short, don’t expect huge volumes of product, but it sure looks like the Pursuit of Cobra mantra is alive and well, and the long time vintage fans are getting some serious bones thrown their way, too. Very, very good stuff.

GeneralsJoes Toy Fair Coverage 2011

Okay! It’s photo dump time! I’m sitting in Grand Central Station right now with my camera card chock full and ready to upload. I apologize for the lack of organization right off the bat, but I’m trying to get this done nice and quick-like so I can make a train back home. This is how things are laid out.

General Display

Here are some general images of the display, and specifically the Renegades artwork

INSERT GALLERY

Spring, 2011 Assortments

As I create the SuperPage, I’ll break up the assortments into their waves, but for now, here’s what I’ve got for the spring assortments, including:

– Cobra Commander

– Cobra Trooper

– Iron Grenadier

– Rock Viper

– Techno Viper

– General Hawk

– Steel Brigade

– Crazylegs

– Croc Master

These look to be a very nice mix of existing tooling with some nice new paint applications really bringing these figures to life. Some awesome use of some Pursuit of Cobra molds, the Jungle Assault Cobra Commander looks to be the base for Cobra Commander, and some terrific other paint jobs. Iron Grenadier is even sporting the unused Stedi-Cam from Destro. Images below.

INSERT GALLERY

Fall, 2011 Assortment “30 for 30″

A very interesting way to put it, Derryl DePriest referred to the Joe line starting in 2011 as a “30 for 30″ line, meaning a plethora of figures from different eras and concepts in one single “rebranded” line. From the images, there is an obvious Pursuit of Cobra theme, which suits me perfectly fine.

He mentioned a smaller volume, but a much tighter “concentration” of fan favorites and well conceived figures, very similar to what we’ve seen this year. From my first hand perspective, these figures look fantastic. They have really merged the Renegades look with the realistic tooling to near perfection, especially with Firefly and Cobra Commander. Note the full mask!

This just comprises the first wave, hitting in August of 2011, so expect more reveals at JoeCon and SDCC.

INSERT GALLERY

Bravo Vehicles

We got no real details on waves for these, so I assume they might be hitting all at once. We’ve got a great crimson HISS with a re-conceived Elite-Viper driver. The VAMP Mark II has an absolutely fantastic looking “Steel Brigade Delta” figure. Didn’t get to see the pilot of the Black Dragon.

INSERT GALLERY

SDCC Zarana

Derryl admitted this was an “oopsie”. Zarana probably shouldn’t have been showcased, because she is NOT A DEFINITE FOR SDCC. They are still weighing their options to see if they can get both Zarana and the Starscream Skystriker. If not, the Skystriker will win out. If they can’t get Zarana for SDCC, she will ABSOLUTELY hit in the main line somewhere.

INSERT GALLERY

Skystriker

It looks gorgeous. Feels like it was pulled right from 1983. Awesome colors, black tail fins and some great detail. Not much else to say.

INSERT GALLERY

12 Inch

Just because they were there. Geared for the younger crowd.

INSERT GALLERY

I get a really good feeling, looking at these toys. It’s quite clear that the G.I. Joe line is not their central priority this year (which makes sense, given Transformers 3, Captain America, Thor, and Clone Wars) but the

GeneralsJoes Toy Fair Coverage 2011

Okay!  It’s photo dump time!  I’m sitting in Grand Central Station right now with my camera card chock full and ready to upload.  I apologize for the lack of organization right off the bat, but I’m trying to get this done nice and quick-like so I can make a train back home.  This is how things are laid out.

General Display

Here are some general images of the display, and specifically the Renegades artwork

INSERT GALLERY

Spring, 2011 Assortments

As I create the SuperPage, I’ll break up the assortments into their waves, but for now, here’s what I’ve got for the spring assortments, including:

– Cobra Commander

– Cobra Trooper

– Iron Grenadier

– Rock Viper

– Techno Viper

– General Hawk

– Steel Brigade

– Crazylegs

– Croc Master

These look to be a very nice mix of existing tooling with some nice new paint applications really bringing these figures to life.  Some awesome use of some Pursuit of Cobra molds, the Jungle Assault Cobra Commander looks to be the base for Cobra Commander, and some terrific other paint jobs.  Iron Grenadier is even sporting the unused Stedi-Cam from Destro.  Images below.

INSERT GALLERY

Fall, 2011 Assortment “30 for 30″

A very interesting way to put it, Derryl DePriest referred to the Joe line starting in 2011 as a “30 for 30″ line, meaning a plethora of figures from different eras and concepts in one single “rebranded” line.  From the images, there is an obvious Pursuit of Cobra theme, which suits me perfectly fine.

He mentioned a smaller volume, but a much tighter “concentration” of fan favorites and well conceived figures, very similar to what we’ve seen this year.  From my first hand perspective, these figures look fantastic.  They have really merged the Renegades look with the realistic tooling to near perfection, especially with Firefly and Cobra Commander.  Note the full mask!

This just comprises the first wave, hitting in August of 2011, so expect more reveals at JoeCon and SDCC.

INSERT GALLERY

Bravo Vehicles

We got no real details on waves for these, so I assume they might be hitting all at once.  We’ve got a great crimson HISS with a re-conceived Elite-Viper driver.  The VAMP Mark II has an absolutely fantastic looking “Steel Brigade Delta” figure.  Didn’t get to see the pilot of the Black Dragon.

INSERT GALLERY

SDCC Zarana

Derryl admitted this was an “oopsie”.  Zarana probably shouldn’t have been showcased, because she is NOT A DEFINITE FOR SDCC.  They are still weighing their options to see if they can get both Zarana and the Starscream Skystriker.  If not, the Skystriker will win out.  If they can’t get Zarana for SDCC, she will ABSOLUTELY hit in the main line somewhere.

INSERT GALLERY

Skystriker

It looks gorgeous.  Feels like it was pulled right from 1983.  Awesome colors, black tail fins and some great detail.  Not much else to say.

INSERT GALLERY

12 Inch

Just because they were there.  Geared for the younger crowd.

INSERT GALLERY

I get a really good feeling, looking at these toys.  It’s quite clear that the G.I. Joe line is not their central priority this year (which makes sense, given Transformers 3, Captain America, Thor, and Clone Wars) but they are taking the resources they have and doing some amazing things with it.  The Cobra Trooper, while a simple repaint, looks INSANE.  Same with General Hawk and the Iron Grenadier.  Holy crap they look cool up close and personal.

And the Renegades figures?  I wasn’t sold at first with seeing them in a realistic style, but it really works.  Firefly especially looks astoundingly cool.

So, in short, don’t expect huge volumes of product, but it sure looks like the Pursuit of Cobra mantra is alive and well, and the long time vintage fans are getting some serious bones thrown their way, too.  Very, very good stuff.

y are taking the resources they have and doing some amazing things with it. The Cobra Trooper, while a simple repaint, looks INSANE. Same with General Hawk and the Iron Grenadier. Holy crap they look cool up close and personal.

And the Renegades figures? I wasn’t sold at first with seeing them in a realistic style, but it really works. Firefly especially looks astoundingly cool.

So, in short, don’t expect huge volumes of product, but it sure looks like the Pursuit of Cobra mantra is alive and well, and the long time vintage fans are getting some serious bones thrown their way, too. Very, very good stuff.