View Full Version : Roc Filecards

10-10-2009, 04:18 AM
Is anyone else disappointed in the lack of effort put into the RoC filecards? Don't get me wrong, I love the figures and the package art and design, I just have one gripe: The preferred weapons category. Almost every Joe uses the 820 selective-fire, long-range fully automatic assault rifle on the filecard. Gung-Ho has a grenade launcher, Shockblast has dual pistols and a tactical shotgun, yet their filecards state the same, incorrect weapon. The same is true with the Cobra figures: M.A.R.S. Industries D57-A extreme environment tactical rifle. The last straw was when that was put on the Night Creeper filecard. He has a freakin' crossbow! This just frustrates me as it seems like Hasbro quickly overlooked this minor detail that means a lot to detail freaks like me. Anyone else care?

10-10-2009, 04:22 AM
I too have this problem either they have a s@#t-ton of variations of the same rifle or someone's just being lazy.

10-10-2009, 04:25 AM

10-10-2009, 04:26 AM
Aye, fully not a fan. I still clip and file them religiously, but I don't even bother to read them anymore. The "information" is useless and bland....and as you said, on occasion erroneous.

I've been grabbing 25e Anniversary stuff lately that I overlooked (or missed...I came late to the party) the first time around, and it drives home the point even more when I grab some RoC figs at the same time.

10-10-2009, 04:28 AM
I think the new package has been a point of contention for many. I like the old cards better too. But I think they had to do something to try to differentiate the 25th and ROC lines.

10-10-2009, 05:34 AM
I just throw file cards away. I bought Crimson Guard packs and use the file cards to burn and light my stove-top, lol.

10-10-2009, 09:27 AM
I too have this problem either they have a s@#t-ton of variations of the same rifle or someone's just being lazy.

what he said!!

10-10-2009, 09:37 AM
AGAIN what do you expect, you're buying a toy for 5 YRS OLD

10-10-2009, 09:39 AM
One of the things i loved with the vintage were the file cards. Short stories that accented the characters. these new cards arent even worth cutting out....what a shame...

10-10-2009, 10:20 AM
Hey,do you guys remember on the old 80's package,they would list the accessories on the side next to the plastic bubble. The weapons where named accurately. Now, they can't even get it right on the file card.
And for the poster saying we're buying a toy for a five year old, weren't the original ARAH line(with awesome file cards that everyone remembers) for five year old too.

10-10-2009, 11:49 PM
I still clip and file them, it's just a habit I've been doing for over 25 years. I keep them for the art work on the filecards. I don't even read them any more. Interesting that Snake Eyes, Scarlett, Helix, Flash, Cover Girl & Breaker aren't plauged with "Prefered Weapon:820 Selective-Fire, Long-Range Fully Automatic Assault Rifle" crap

HueyCobra AH-1
10-12-2009, 01:41 AM
When I got my Night Raven, i had to get my niece to show me the file card on it.
It was indistinguishable from the rest of the box art, same with the D-Hawk.

ugly and lazy bios/specs

10-12-2009, 01:45 AM
I throw 'em all away anyways. new style, old style... it's all recycled. I went through my garage a few years ago and found boxes of flattened toy packages and cardbacks and file cards. BOXES of the stuff... what the hell would I do with it??? Paying the "extra bag" charge with the garbage guy to haul it away cured me of my 'clip n save' ways! So-No, the new style file cards don't bother me at all.

10-12-2009, 10:13 AM
I can understand this, I mean Transformers are for 5 year olds and it talks about a guy poisoning your drink on Skyfalls bio, also what if the guys are a specialist at a weapon but when they got them issued they were out at the Cobra/Joe weapons depot, it explains everything.

Also on the new file cards, they are generic for the troopers since they are all supposed to have the nanomite process done to them.

Even the movie Transformers have bios down to the legends class.

10-12-2009, 10:41 AM
New filecards SUCK. They need to bring back Larry Hama to write 'em.

Loose Cannon
10-12-2009, 11:21 AM
Yeah bring Larry Back to write them. It bothers me every time I throw one away. I've been saving Filecards for 25 years and this is the first year I started tossing them. They are wholly unremarkable. I mean what other toyline has a secondary market just for the packaging? They use to be awesome.

Sure there were a few duds over the years particularly when Larry stopped writing them, but even the ones he didn't write gave you something about the characters. I mean they have the formula to write them more or less. Anyone ever order the Steel Brigade figure? It's like filling out a connect the dots puzzle.

I remember when they use to print the name of the weapon on the side which was impressive. At this point I wish they would at least just add back the birthplace on the cards. I sure most of us are sort of partial to the Joes from our home state. It was just something to identify them with.

Like for instance I live near the Pentagon on the border of Alexandria and Arlington VA. Means nothing to most people, but to me I assume Gen Flagg III was born here because his father worked at the Pentagon. And Salvo may have grown up in my neighborhood, and is like the big blockhead jocks that played on the football team.

Of course I don't know what people in Delaware do. They didn't get anyone. Maybe They can Have Benchpress after all these years? Although his lousy filecard would just copy Malibu if they added that detail. Sgt Stone needs a home?

Loose Cannon
10-12-2009, 11:27 AM
Air Raid, Speed Metal, Benchpress, Rollbar, Rampage? They are just throwing names out there and making it more confusing by stealing other character filenames, changing Genders, ethnicity and otherwise diregarding the character as soon as they create them.

Some of my favorite Joes are ones that were not mainstream and with out the filecards there is no way to really identify them.

10-12-2009, 11:35 AM
I am not saving any of the file cards from ROC. I don't like them and don't want to take up valuable space keeping them.

10-13-2009, 03:40 PM
@Loose Cannon, I agree that they need to include birthplaces. I always loved that Lifeline was from Washington, because there weren't many Joes from WA. Basically, I started this thread to express my disgust with the lack of creativity and effort put into these filecards, and oh yeah, I think most people on this site can agree that Hasbro knows these toys aren't just for 5 year olds.

10-13-2009, 03:57 PM
I only very sporadically save the new ones. They are far too brief, and what little is written is very lazy and uninspired.

Really? Helix has the same powers as Taskmaster, but instead of her crazy Rain Man powers, I get a two lines about her, one of which is about her spin-kick? WTF?!

10-13-2009, 03:59 PM
I think they should have made the file cards way better or at least like th eold ones, it's pretty lazy but not unpreidcatble giving how lackluster all of this ROC stuff has been. It would have been cool for them to have used a better bubble too so we could have removed it to see the full Body Art on the front of the card as well. a lot of the figures have really nice image card art of the way they look in concept that I would nto minf hanging ont he wall witihout the bubble on the front.

Plus everyone uses the same weapon on every single file card LOL...that is beyond lame...

10-13-2009, 04:03 PM
I through away all packaging and file cards if I want to reference a figure I use yojoe .com the file cards are a waste of time and space