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| G.I. Joe State of the Union - Toy Fair 2014 G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary Fail |
Toy Fair 2014 has come and gone. Now that the news team had some time to catch up with all the work that comes with this mega sized event, we wanted to share our thoughts on the G.I. Joe action figure side of Toy Fair 2014. We may be a little late to share our opinion but I feel it needs to be said. G.I. Joe ARAH 3 3/4 - 4 inch is officially dead.
The Hasbro Toy Fair show room for 2014 was one of the best looking displays of action figure goodness I have seen throughout the years. The sections I visited were well representative of the lines they were showing off.
Unfortunately it was a huge disappointment to walk into the show room to find no sign of G.I. Joe action figures during a 50th anniversary year (other than Kre-O). There was not even a logo to take pictures of and there was no official team member from Hasbro who was currently working on the brand that could answer any questions.
With this being the 50th anniversary of a mega toy brand you would think there would have been more effort put into G.I. Joe considering there will be a third G.I. Joe movie in the pipeline and it's the brand that coined the term action figure! I feel they let all the momentum escape they gained from the positive second attempt at a movie with G.I. Joe Retaliation.
Is what we saw in the Hasbro presentation really worthy of a G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary year?
I really don't think so. Twenty figures that are mostly straight-up repaints with one of the weakest G.I. Joe SDCC Exclusives we've seen to date feels like G.I. Joe was an after-thought, rushed just to say "we did something". With the exception of the new Destro and Flint this line just gives off sounds of the dying on their way to the grave. The G.I. Joe ARAH train has come to the end of the line.
Alright so if the G.I. Joe 50th anniversary line is so bad and mis-represented - what would you have done differently?
I would have started by making a statement with the 50th anniversary of G.I. Joe by putting out a reissue of the Real Terrordrome not the Kre-O version, and gave us 20 completely new tooled figures in the "POC Style" of product, with the repaints shown at the presentation thrown into the mix to break it up over the year. Secondly I would have tested the 6" market for G.I. Joe and put out four key characters in a single Black Series wave: Snake Eyes, Destro, Baroness and Scarlett! Lastly, a massive attempt at getting the G.I. Joe brand into the video game market with a Call of Duty / Halo Style game.
All of the above would have been nice but the bottom line is Wal-Mart, Target and other big box retails are not interested in buying into a brand that does not have a ton of media and hype behind it. Sadly if they do not buy it, it does not get made. The industry trend is the toys must have a movie, TV show or major video game to justify the kind of purchasing levels needed for a line of products listed above. The days of huge toy sections for every brand are over. We had a solid 10 years of spray and pray style production over the last decade, with G.I. Joe and other lines, from multiple companies. With the massive cost increases in production and buyers from the big box retail stores cutting back, this is the end result.
So that leaves us with what we got, a very weak Toys "R" Us exclusive run of mostly repaints that will be extremely hard to find and heavily scalped on eBay because of poor distribution and small print runs.
"Are you mad Bro"?
Not at all, I'm just trying to be honest. There are only so many original products and repaints Hasbro can do which will appeal to both collectors and a mass market. The hardcore guys that collect G.I. Joe like the readers of HISSTank.com may be able to support a Toys "R" Us exclusive run of repaints, but Hasbro is not going to invest the tooling cost and development budget and the major retailers will not purchase big with no media behind it. On top of that, we are reaching a point of "been there done that" with G.I. Joe ARAH, even if they did. Leading us to the biggie...
There needs to be a reboot of the brand to go in a different direction. They need to drop G.I. Joe ARAH, wipe the slate clean, and start fresh. Even if it's set 20/40 years from now, connected-but-not to canon, fine. Or just start over. For us, we won't like anything but ARAH figures, 3.75 in scale most likely. But that won't work as the main line aimed at kids anymore. Not easily anyway. If Hasbro isn't making money with G.I. Joe at a larger level (aka kids), then we won't get anything but FSS and Sideshow level stuff, if we are lucky. Let's be honest, we are already starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel with character selection and what is left to be produced.
The Modern Era run of main stream ARAH G.I. Joe is over. Hopefully they figure out what to do next.
Lets us know what you think by sounding off after the jump.
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This week we have several new preorders on the site, including Game of Thrones Legacy Collection Figures, TFC Toys - TFC-009 Gear Of War 3, Unique Toys - Mania King - Messiah, S.H. Figuarts - Digimon - Imperialdramon - Fighter Mode, Real Action Heroes - Attack on Titan - Rah Levi, and a bunch of new items from Bandai. Instock this week are some great items like Fansproject - Warbot - WB0004 Revolver, Fansproject - Causality CA-13 Diesel & M3 Crossfire Set, MP-12G - Masterpiece G2 Sideswipe, Hot Toys - Man of Steel - One Sixth Scale - Superman, GIJOE Subscription Figures Admiral Keel Haul and Bombardier, Vintage Sailor Moon figures, and Star Wars - Black Series 3 - 3.75 Inches - Darth Plagueis! All this and more... in this week's SourceNews!
In this issue of SourceNews:
1. New Bandai Preorders!
2. Now up for preorder - Game of Thrones Legacy Collection Figures!
3. Now up for Preorder - TFC Toys Gears of War 3!
4. Fansproject Revolver Instock, Diesel and Quadruple-U Restocked!
5. Masterpiece Updates! MP-12G G2 Sideswipe Instock!
6. 3rd Party Customs Update! MECH iDEAS Gauntlet and Piston Now up for Preorder!
7. Now up for preorder - S.H. Figuarts Imperialdramon!
8. Vintage GIJOE ARAH Vehicles Now Instock!
9. Now Instock - Hot Toys - Man of Steel - One Sixth Scale - Superman!
10. New preorder up! Medicom Toys Attack on Titan Real Action Heroes - Levi!
11. Vintage US & Japanese Sailor Moon Items Added!
12. Now instock: Star Wars - Black Series 3 - 3.75 Inches - Darth Plagueis!
13. These just in: GIJOE Subscription figures Admiral Keel Haul and Bombardier!
14. Loyal Subjects - Recolor Exclusive Preorders Up!
15. New Make Toys Preorders!
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| Dave Dorman, whose illustrations you may recognize from the GI Joe A Real American Hero days, has announced a follow up to his American Hero GI Joe Art Book; American Hero 2! More info: |
I am going to do a follow-up to my GI Joe art book AMERICAN HERO. I had a lot of positive reaction and great sales, and plenty of fans have been asking if I was going to do another volume. I have a lot more art from my years working with Hasbro designing the GI Joe toys and with the demand I have decided to produce another book.
Between the mid 1980's thru the early 90's I had the great pleasure to work with Hasbro toys producing art for in-house use helping create the design of GI Joe action figures. This work was for production only and not intended for reproduction, promotion, or packaging. I have had many fans over the years ask about this art. Because there is continuned interest to this day to see these unpublished pieces, I have taken your wishes and decided to publish some of these in a small book. While there have been a few articles in collector's magazines and online interviews about this work, and a few scattered publication of a couple of pieces, this will be the first real collection my Hasbro work from this period.
The art featured in the book will be full color paintings produced to make the GI Joe toy figures look as if they would in real life. I will also feature some of the pencil preliminary work that went into my painting preparation. The art covers both Joe and Cobra and some variations of uniforms not produced.
The book is 6" x 9" full color with card stock cover, 24 pages including cover. The edition size is limited to 300 copies. All copies are signed by the artist, me, Dave Dorman. I have kept film of these works in my archives, as I do with all of my artworks, and so the reproduction of the art is the best you will find.
•Price is $20.00 (plus$5.00 postage world wide).
Click here to buy a copy while it lasts!
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Check out all that's in stock, and available for pre-order at dorksidetoys.com. Even more new Walking Dead has arrived with tons of new Funko pre-orders too. Plenty of other Marvel, Star Wars, GI JOE & more... |
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One cool jet pack-copter ready to take him away to Cobra HQ, plus weapons, and a stand, with a great sculpt, articulation AND swappable head for the pac-man ghost style or shiny chrome dome version? What's not to love about Cobra Commander? Loads of other great GI JOE Retaliation figures, Renegades, exclusives and lots of new GI JOE FSS 2.0 figures in stock, plus select AFA grading and GI JOE's Kre-o's too.
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We love the show but we are loving these figures even more. The likeness and sculpts have really progressed from earlier waves, but the paint work is really where this guy jumps out (literally) at you. Merle Zombie is something else, plus of course his brother, Maggie, Glenn and much more are here too. We also have a huge range of characters, comic packs, and tons of brand new super deformed awesome Walking Dead Funko figures.
The Walking Dead - Dorksidetoys.com
New Marvel Minis are nearly here and we will have several spare loose figures. Choose from our fave Deadpool, to Loki, Scarlet Witch and more. Some very cool designs plus chase items, check them out. We also have Marvel Legends waves in stock, plus the new Marvel Infinite Avengers which are up for pre-order. Don't forget our free and low cost flat rate shipping deals. Pre-order and NEVER miss those hard to find figures...
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$3.99? Shockingly good deals on selected Star Wars figures such as this Shocktrooper below. Check out other figures, vehicles, Black Series 3.75 & 6 inch, Jumbo Kenner, mission series and more. Black Series Six inch Wave 3 are imminent, and for those that smartly pre-ordered, we hope to be fulfilling orders soon. Keep an eye on our Twitter, Google+ or Facebook page for stock updates.
Star Wars - Dorksidetoys.com
We have DC collectibles starting from only $5 plus Arkham City, Asylum & retro cool Batman 1966 carded or loose heroes & villains. This seriously amazing Bane and Bats are back in stock. Snap this huge guy and cool bats up before they disappear...
DC Collectibles - Dorksidetoys.com
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Thanks to Collectable Spectacle for posting up a story and a series of videos showing off the AMAZING....WORLD CLASS COLLECTION of forum member Airedevon! If you want to get "G.I. Joe Schooled" watch the series of videos and enjoy looking at all those rare items in one spot. |
The full story can be seen here: Lessons on the Sacrifice of Craft, From the ULTIMATE Collection
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Our friends at Cobra Stickers have stopped by this morning to share their latest update with us! Check it out - |
CobraStickers has posted the newest update. New sets featured in this update include all 4 Dreadnok Assault vehicles, Cobra Stellar Stiletto, our versions of this year's SDCC Jetfire and Hound as well as a custom SDCC style Swindle, GI JOE Barracuda sub, and so much more!
Join us after the break for discussion on these awesome new custom sticker sheets!
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We have with us, the IDW May 2014 G. I. Joe Solicitations. |
This May we'll see…
- G. I. Joe: A Real American Hero #202
- G. I. Joe: A Real American Hero TP Volume 09
- G. I. Joe: Complete Collection Hard Cover
- G. I. Joe: Complete Collection
- G. I. Joe: Complete Collection Hard Cover Volume 05
Find out more information about each solicitation, after the jump.
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| New Jersey Collectors Con is proud to announce the Custom Giveaway Figures for the March "Winter is Coming" NJCC! These 3 awesome customs were done by none other than Custom Master Kevin Watts.... |
- Night Force Salvo
- Desert Patrol Mirage
- "BANG" Edition Metalhead
When and Where Is The Next New Jersey Collectors Con?
The next NJCC will be March 9th 2014
Holiday Inn Cherry Hill – New Jersey
2175 West Marlton Pike (Rt. 70)
Join us on FaceBook New Jersey Collectors Con
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As February has come & gone, we wanted to re-cap all of the awesomeness that is the Acid Rain line of figures and vehicles from our friends at Oritoy. |
First and foremost, we wanted to bring you up to speed on our pending review of the Acid Rain ST-1 Stronghold Sand 303rd Quad Eyes. Although still planned, the review has been delayed. My goal is to bring you a review similar to that of Monte's, but I haven't had the chance to...so stay tuned!
The great news here is, there's still been a ton of amazing photography posted around the 'net and right here on Hisstank.com. Our own Haradrel has dusted off his camera and has shared amazing images of his recently acquired Sol Commander and Winged Victory of Samothrace set. You can see those images after the jump and prepare yourself, as they're just as epic as Monte's!
We wanted to remind you all that you can keep up to speed on all things related to the Acid Rain World by visiting the Acid Rain World Blog. Mr. Kit Lau, one of the driving forces behind the Acid Rain line does a great job of keeping us up to date on new pieces on the horizon, along with stories that help paint the picture of the Acid Rain World. Make sure to check out the upcoming Laurel, an Armored Suit worn in battle by warriors of the Acid Rain World! There's also an Acid Rain Flickr Group and Acid Rain Facebook Group! It's great to see so many enjoying this amazing line and we can't thank Kit, Mo and Oritoy for allowing us to bring the Acid Rain World to you!
Make sure to check out past reviews here and share your thoughts right here on the Hisstank.com forums!
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| TOXO-VIPER COMMANDER: REPULSOR |
- 25th Anniversary Modern Style/Fully Poseable Action Figure
- Based on 1991 Cobra Sludge Viper Design
- New Character with Removable Helmet and Vest
- Set features his NEW K-9 counterpart: DAWG
- Includes Cobra Logo Stand, Shotgun, Pistol,
Chemical Sprayer and connection hose with backpack
Heads Up! The G.I.Joe Collectors Club has just announced a JoeCon 2014 teaser via their Official JoeCon Twitter Page. Here's what the GIJCC posted -
Watch for the preview of the 15th figure in the 3 3/4-inch ZOMBIE INITIATIVE box set.... TODAY! #GIJoeCon
Are you excited for today's reveal of Repulsor? Sound off on the Hisstank.com Forums!
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Thanks to HISSTANK.com boards member Master Chief for giving us the heads up on new Toys "R" Us computer listings with prices. |
G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary Price Guide
- GI Joe Versus 2 packs (Item 082796) $14.99
- GI Joe Outnumbered Team Pack (3 packs) (Item 082801) $19.99
- GI Joe Danger at the Docks (VAMP and Night Landing Craft set) (Item 082754) $29.99
- GI Joe Battle Below Zero (Wolf and Sky Hawk set) (Item 082806) $39.99
- GI Joe Kreo Terrordrome (Item 085927) $99.99
Sound off on the Hisstank.com forums about the G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary listings and let us know what you think.
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