|03-08-2008, 11:40 PM||#1|
Join Date: Feb 2008
When Sigma 6 came around in 2005, it really got me back into the GI JOE series. Really wasn't that interested in the EXTREME days, or even the relaunch of the 3 3/4" line pre-Sigma 6.
But seeing Sigma 6 really got me excited about the series again. I loved seeing these characters in this new scale with new designs, as well as the great accessories. I didn't much care for the anime series for the most part, which was rather disappointing. But overall the toys were great.
Hasbro said Sigma 6 were the best selling GI JOE toys in years. And now they have been phased out for the 25th Anniversary series.
What kind of disappoints me about the line is that they made pretty much every character from the show, plus extras who never showed up except three: Baroness, Scarlett, and Jinx which I think they easily could've done re-using parts and molds like a bunch of the other characters. So it will always disappoint me we will never have gotten the three female characters from the series in Sigma scale.
But what I'm getting at is, do you think Sigma 6 was just a short-term gimmick that wouldn't have had major longevity now that its over? Or do you think it got the general public back into the product so it made the 25th Anniversary line possible? And I have to say the new stuff is fantastic, and very well above and beyond pretty much anything in that scale before GI JOE or otherwise. At the very least the relaunched 3 3/4" GI JOE line from several years ago.
I personally hope this isn't the end of bold new visions of GI JOE like Sigma 6. I'd definitely love to see a relaunch of the scale sometime in the future or even Joe trying maybe a 5-6" scale, I mean why not? I think the 8" scale was fantastic.
|03-08-2008, 11:45 PM||#2|
I think sigma six was a short term fix for many reasons
1.There is a limit to what you can do with the larger size figures
2.Now that they have basically created the "ultimate" 3.75 inch figure it is surely not as cost efficient to make the big figures
3.I don't really think sigma six brought many back to the brand in fact it turned many of us off to the brand who don't like the larger figures, or the anime styling of them
4. On the positive side it did keep the joe vs cobra mythos in stores until hasbro could pump out the greatest joes ever made. So all in all i would say they did serve a good purpose. Because the last time they took joes completely off the shelf it hurt the brand badly. A whole generation of kids went without experiencing the brand during the mid to late 90's.
|03-09-2008, 12:32 AM||#3|
Join Date: Feb 2008
Well for one it did bring me back to the brand. And even if it cost more, apparently it sold better than any GI JOE in YEARS.
|03-09-2008, 12:45 AM||#4|
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Join Date: Aug 2007
Brought me back.. Sigma 6 was the best articulated toys I have ever had. I love the 25th, but they do feel like a let down after having the Sigma's.
|03-09-2008, 01:51 AM||#5|
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Killa Cali Los Angeles, home of tha scandalous
Brought me back too...
|03-09-2008, 05:40 AM||#6|
Join Date: Jan 2008
I collect them all but of all the GI Joe's I've owned that has made me feel all giddy like I did back in the early 80's, Sigma 6 definitely made me like a kid again. I love the figures! The only line that has turned me off to GI Joe was the majority of the ones released back in the early 90's (not all, but definitely a lot of them).
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|03-09-2008, 02:28 PM||#7|
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Chicago Suburbs
That would be amazing.
|03-09-2008, 02:50 PM||#8|
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Monrovia, CA
I think the Sigma styled figures were intended to be the next evolution of G.I. Joe, and had the line been a bigger success would have continued.
but as they started to produce the 25th line, and retailers exhibited a tremendous amount of excitement for it causing it to grow beyond its original conception of just the 5 packs even before it hit the shelves, I think Hasbro recognized that the line, and style of figures, was going to be a pretty good hit, bigger than Sigma, and decided to focus its resources in that direction.
I don't think it was intended to be short term, but Hasbro realized it was never going to be a long term line with its sales, once the 25th line gained momentum and when the movie got the go ahead (which with vehicles and playsets would require a smaller scale).
|03-09-2008, 11:52 PM||#9|
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Cali 4n I A
likewise i got back into collecting big time when sigma hit now i got both lines and almost every variant for both which almost made me broker then hell$...but i always thought in my head "they should make a GI Joe movie" i thought of that when X-men 1 came out and all the marvel action movies hit. i still wish Sigma 6 Short Fuze hit retail that was one sick Figure!!!
|04-07-2008, 09:26 PM||#10|
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Over the rainbow where your mom is at son
I think it was a well thought out line made to fit the demands of retail. 3-3/4" wasn't doing as hot as people think at the time, and the dreaded "hiatus" was heard everywhere. We all know how long that actually lasted; nowhere near as long anyone thought it would.
I think the line sold well initially but retailers realized how expensive it was going to be to support it further, when the anniversary line started to heat up and could be bought/sold for cheaper.
I loved the line. I am happy some figures are being sold again at TRU. It gives me a chance to catch up. The best things about this line are the accessories. The switchfire gimmick was brilliant, too bad it was Duke-centric, and until later, could only be found on Duke figures. Had the line gone on, maybe Flint's weapon may have recieved new components to add on. It was like Gijoe and the Centurions smacked together. Another thing I loved was consistency. Nearly all the figures had the exact same amount of articulation. Accessories were interchangeable. Surprisingly I was not very fond of the style. I did not mind it, but wished it was more realistic. In fact, though the figures were backed by an anime series, the figures looked substantially different than their cartoon counterparts, and did not strike me off as anime. They remind me more of urban vinyl, especially the baggy clothes, big hands/feet, and especially the faces.
This line had a lot of things going for it. To me it did everything right that Hasbro's 12" figures did wrong. The storage locker idea was brilliant. I had no breakages on my figures. Durability is extremely important to me, and I could handle my sigma 6 figures knowing full well they would not break. Hasbro's take on Snake Eyes' visor was the best I've ever seen(it was more believeable, I mean this one gave the impression that he could actually see through the damn thing). These toys are fun to play with, and the amount of customs I see of them is astounding. I don't think anyone could have ever imagined that there would be so many Sigma 6 customizers.
Like always, you could tell that the design team was having a ball with this line til the very end, and that retail was axing the line, even though the design team did not want it too. This was one line that I think could work for Hasbro outside of gijoe. Star Wars figures, Marvel characters, the thought of those franchises with Sigma 6 style figures excites me.
I found it interesting that you could gauge how much fun you would have with a figure depending on how many accessories they had. The more the merrier in this case.
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