I’m the first to admit it– this is a very slow news period for anything related to G.I. Joe right now. Aside from new FSS figure drops from the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club, we’re in a slump until Joe Con 2016 next month. However, yesterday the folks at Hasbro dropped a new article on Hasbro Pulse that pulls back the curtain on the development of the forthcoming fans’ choice Stiletto figure, originally created by author Bill Nedrow.
Here’s some of what the Pulse had to say about the creation of Stiletto:
Senior designer John Violette took the character description from Nedrow’s story and got to work. We knew the Stiletto figure would be unmistakeable facially, with a white stripe of hair in her braided ponytail and a diagonal scar running across her mouth and left eye. Well-known G.I. Joe artist Robert Atkins prepared the initial pencil sketches for Stiletto, which were adapted into the original head sculpt. Brand writers started building her filecard, and an illustrator designed her overall image.
With the head sculpted, an initial deco mock-up was created. While the first concept celebrated Stiletto’s heritage with traditional Thai colors, the overall look felt more ninja-influenced and didn’t give off a strong enough tactical vibe. A simple arm-swap improved the feel of the figure, and a new deco treatment was created as well. You can sneak a peek on the finished artwork that appears on the filecard.
Stiletto will feature an all-new unique headsculpt on an Agent Helix body (with use of the SDCC Zarana arms) to create this all new Kindle Worlds Fans’ Choice figure! Hasbro posted this (albeit small) mock-up of what fans can expect in the final production figure.
There’s also an interesting comment in the beginning of the piece that has left fans hopefully that we’ll see more than the originally stated “no new figures in 2016” rumor at Joe Con 2016 this year.
Last November the G.I. Joe fans voted through the Hasbro Pulse to choose a brand-new figure for the 2016 lineup based on three eligible characters from the fan-created stories available on Kindle Worlds.
It’s way too soon to speculate but it seems like something will be shown at Joe Con next month. In the interim, head on over to Hasbro Pulse and check out the original article on the design and development of the Kindle Worlds Stiletto figure!