SDCC 2017 is in full swing and G.Hasbro’s annual G.I. Joe exclusives are very much on everyone’s mind! However, it would seem that those of us who are stuck at home know just when the sought-after comic con items will be dropping on HasbroToyShop.com.
Yesterday, two product listings were quietly added to the website.
Included in each product description was the note “available 8/14”. Apparently that day, the second Monday in August, will be when fans from around the globe will be hitting the site, frantically hitting F5 to refresh their screens in the hopes of completing their transactions before the items sell out. While the exclusives of the past few years have been pretty easy to obtain, there’s something about this year’s two G.I. Joe-related SDCC items that feels very different.
I’m not going to lie– I’m giddy over the prospect of BOTH of these sets, for very different reasons. Nostalgia plays a heavy hand in my love for both sets but I’d be hard-pressed right now to choose one over the other if I had to prioritize dropping one in my cart first. One one had there’s the AMAZING recreation/update to the Cobra Missile Command Headquarters but on the other hand there’s the IDW Hasbro Comic Crossover Mega-Set that includes Renegades Roadblock, ROM the Space Knight, and the Micronauts. Decisions, decisions.
Regardless, August 14th is the day to put on your calendars kids!
The Revolution Comic Crossover Mega-Set is coming to San Diego Comic Con 2017!
Sweet Colton’s Ghost! Just when you thought that we’d seen and heard all that there was to know about the future of G.I. Joe this year Entertainment Weekly dropped a MOAB of exclusive news. Debuting this year at San Diego Comic Con and available at both Canda’s Fan Expo and then eventually at HasbroToyShop.com, the IDW Revolution Comic Crossover Mega-Set isn’t just a long name– it’s a $99.00 box of so much epic goodness that this long-time toy fan doesn’t know where to start. Seriously…
Inspired by the debut miniseries of IDW’s Hasbro Shared Universe, this set includes something from EACH of the brands that will comprise the forthcoming Hasbro Cinematic Universe. That’s right Children of the 80’s, the Revolution Comic Crossover Mega-Set includes all of the following:
Seriously… all of this for a whopping $99! That’s it! This is a CRAZY good deal.
I’m not going to lie– as far as this toy collector is concerned there isn’t one single weak spot in the Revolution Comic Crossover Mega-Set. Seriously. I’m old enough to remember both ROM and the Micronauts when they were at retail the first time around. I have a real soft spot for Jetfire as both a Transformers and a Robotech fan. The new incarnation of M.A.S.K. intrigues me. While I have no nostalgia whatsoever for Visionaries I like the design of Leoric.
Oh yeah, and then there’s RENEGADES FREAKING ROADBLOCK!!!
Seriously– this set is a virtual love letter to the fans of all of Hasbro’s now in-house properties. I’m not going to lie– between this and the Cobra Missile Command Headquarters reissue I’m going to be wearing out the F5 key when these drop on HasbroToyShop.
Seriously– to all involved at Hasbro, THANK YOU for the Revolution Comic Crossover Mega-Set. You’ve made this child of the 80’s very happy indeed!
Could a Collector’s Club release of fan favorite 1988 Joe Hardball be coming in the near future?
Joe Con 2017 is in full swing now and last night’s souvenir pickup for attendees provided a slew of images of this year’s exclusive figures. Among those items is Corrosao, inspired by the Brazilian repaint of Battle Force 2000 team member Dee-Jay, from the Ultimate Enemies 2-pack. Normally, in cases like this, all eyes are focused on the figure but in this case, it’s the accessory that caught my eye.
Does that large blue grenade launcher look familiar? Take a good look– it should:
That’s right, Joe fans! Corrosao is packing a freshly-tooled blue version of Hardball’s signature grenade launcher! Given the Collector’s Club’s penchant for never using a newly-tooled part just once, this is a pretty strong indicator that Hardball could FINALLY be seeing a return to action figure format! This could mean that our 1988 roster is getting that much closer to completion in the generation 3 construction.
Now, this begs the question: where would he fall into the Club’s release schedule? FSS 7.0? Annual membership renewal figure? Joe Con 2018 convention set? Hopefully we’ll find out the answer to this at tomorrow’s Collector’s Club Round Table panel.
Regardless, this is one of the most exciting bits of potential news to come out of Joe Con 2017 thus far, at least to this Joe fan!
Joe Con 2017 Day 2 is now one for the history books! However, we’ve got a bit to talk about in today’s Armchair Coverage recap.
To start– let’s talk souvenir items! Thanks to Mike Tinnel of Just Another G.I. Joe Show we received an update to last night’s story about the souvenir item list. This included confirmation and pricing for all of the items.
Joe Con 2017 has begun and the golden ticket holders have picked up their sets. Thanks to Mike Tinnel of Just Another G.I. Joe Show, we have some information on this year’s souvenir list. So, without further adieu:
Over at GeneralsJoes.com, Justin has some screen shots from the comic that back up a lot of our guesses here.
In addition, the rumor is that Backstop may be the parachute figure this year. This makes sense given the design of the Joe Con 2016 Static Line whose head was an amalgamation of two design.
Lastly, here’s a quick look at this year’s set courtesy of Mike Tinnel’s cell phone:
For those who purchased bagged sets, it’s being reported that three of the figures are packaged sans accessories. The Club will be providing the missing pieces to purchasers at a later date. However, if you bought a set on eBay, be sure to check with the seller to make certain that they will ship you the missing gear!
We’ll have more information as it becomes available but this is what we know thus far from the first night of Joe Con 2017!
The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club FSS 6 previews conclude with a look at Eel Commander Guillotine!
COBRA EEL COMMANDER
Code Name: GUILLOTINE
(Inspired by the 2006 action figure!)
Features NEW head sculpt. Includes: removable scuba mask,
harness, belt, pistol with silencer, knife, assault rifles x 2,
skull sword, scuba backpack, and figure stand.
Rank & File vol 3, the next installment in the ultimate modern G.I. Joe reference series, is coming soon!
At JBL we’re very exciting to report that noted author James Kavanaugh’s next exciting reference volume is coming very soon! Volume 1 and Volume 2 proved to be amazing and this next installment looks to be James’ best work yet! (That’s saying something as RAHC Guide was pretty AMAZING.)
The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club dropped today’s FSS 6 preview early. (WAY early.) Feast your eyes on Vorona!
G.I. JOE COVERT OPERATIONS
Code Name: VORONA
(Inspired by former Oktober Guard comic book character!)
Includes: removable harness, knives x 2, pistol, assault rifle,
sub machine gun, backpack, and figure stand.
I have to admit it– this isn’t what II expected and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Continue reading →