Hasbro unveiled their G.I. Joe 2016 plans and YoJoe.com was LIVE from Joe Con 2016 with a Facebook LIVE session directly from the panel! We’ve got the embedded video below after the notes.
We’ve got some hastily transcribed notes below. Expect a cleaner article with some commentary later tonight as part of the Saturday Armchair Coverage round-up!
Hasbro Writer’s Room:
- Combination of television/movie/comic book writers. Hasbro is very proud of the talent they have amassed.
- Creation of a shared universe combining their intellectual properties. Officially dubbed “Hasbro Cinematic Universe”—separate from IDW. Intended as multi-film story arc. Goal is to start to develop shared and combined stories. Derryl was able to spend two weeks with the writers and get to work with them on shaping this shared universe.
Joe vs Transformers SDCC set:
- Deco is decal-based. Includes Joe, Cobra, Autobot decals. This way the toys can be whatever you want them to be in your own collection.
- Soundwave is the 5th most-popular Decepticon but hard to justify now as a cassette tape. (Same with Megatron.)
Hasbro Pulse Crossword Puzzle includes all characters listed below:
Derryl – Joe is in quieter year. Harder to get resources to produce more figures during those years. In those years, previously tooled harder-to-find figures are ideal for re-release. 100% of tooling budget is used for NEW figures.
Toys R Us G.I. Joe 2016 line-up: (November 2016)
- Focus on figures vs vehicle sets which were slow sellers
- Two packs will be in a 10 pack case—ALL EVENLY PACKED!
G.I. Joe 2016 Vs two packs:
- Arashikage Duel: Snake Eyes (PoC) vs. Storm Shadow (Renegades) – will include alternate heads
- Sinister Allies: Cobra Viper (PoC) vs. Iron Grenadier (25th)
- Zombie Horde: Zombie Viper TWO PACK!!!
- Heavy Conflict: Heavy Duty (new) vs. Stiletto (Kindle Worlds figure)
- Mission Accepted: Duke (inspired by classic 1983 look) vs. Tombstone (BRAND NEW CHARACTER) (Duke’s opposite number)
G.I. Joe 2016 Squad 3-packs
- All Cobra packs and all Joe packs
- Cobra Legion: BAT, SAW Viper, Female Cobra Officer (with pony tail)
- Special Forces: NF Outback, NF Lt Falcon, Shooter! (w/ rifle case and rifle)
We’ve got some images of the slides thanks to the valiant efforts of Jim Beutel who was furiously posting images to the G.I. Joe Discussion Facebook group:
Additional “in case” images courtesy of YoJoe.com!
And thanks to the ever-dilligent folks from YoJoe.com, here’s the video below: