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!
If you’re on the edge of your seat waiting for this new G.I. Joe vs. Transformers set to see release wait no longer! The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club has listed pre-orders for the next three exclusives in their ongoing Joe vs TF series. However, be forewarned– the pricing on this set isn’t for the faint of heart. In order to snag the big set, fans will have to shell out a cool $129.00!
Also up for pre-order are the two “Almost Human” figures– the synthoid body versions of Rodimus Prime and Arcee. These tie in nicely with the Old Snake and Stealth BATs set released last year. All three sets have an expected delivery date of “December 2016.”
So, how’s Scarlett looking? To the eyes of this Joe fan, pretty good! I see the Renegades Scarlett head and what appears to be the upper torso of the Retaliation Jinx combined with the arms of the SDCC Zarana figure. The upper legs might be from the 25th Anniversary Scarlett and the boots, well, those are a mystery right now. It looks to be a solid parts combination that does a pretty decent job of recreating the original 1993 Ninja Force Scarlett figure while still following the Club’s pattern of primarily reusing existing parts.
A final G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers set has been revealed at Botcon 2016!
Fun Publications may be in its final year as the show-runner for both the annual Botcon and Joe Con events but that doesn’t mean that they’re slowing down on their exclusive products. Yesterday at Botcon 2016, a brand new G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers set was unveiled– based on the launch of Transformers Generation 2 as it appeared in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero vol 1 #138 – #142!
Eagle-eyed fans will recognize the cast of this particular set but just in case you don’t, here’s the breakdown:
I’ve got to give the folks at Fun Publications credit– this is certain a more interesting-looking set than the second “Only Human” set featuring synthoid Arcee and Rodimus Prime. Joe fans are going to want this set pretty much exclusively for the Ninja Force Scarlett figure and maybe the Dr. Biggles-Jones, the brilliant scientist who was featured heavily in those G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers issues. As far as Cobra Commander– it’s the same figure was last seen in the Dollar General series with some additional paint apps and equipped with the gun Megatron seen in the 2011 SDCC set. I’m not a big enough Transformers fan to tell you if the Megatron and Ratbat figures are highly sought-after repaints or not.
What do you think of this latest G.I. Joe vs the Transformers offering? Are you interested in these sets? Will you be keeping all of the figures or selling off the Transformers? Let us know in the comments below.
The G.I. Joe Hunt for Cobra Commander two-pack review is now posted!
It’s been a bit of a busy week here at JBL HQ but that’s not stopping us from whittling our way through the new G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary two-packs! This time, Fred takes a look at the Hunt for Cobra Commander set which pits the 2012 concept case Shipwreck up against a darker more sinister Cobra Commander. These sets are just now hitting Toys R Us stores across the nation and full cases are STILL available at EntertainmentEarth.com for just $119.99.
Who will emerge victorious? Do the red shoes help? Should Deadpool make more cameos in reviews? Does it even matter?
The G.I. Joe/Transformers “Old Snake & Stealth BATs” set is now IN STOCK at the G.I.Joe Collector’s Club store!
The past few years have seen more G.I. Joe/Transformers crossovers than I would have thoguht possible including three SDCC exclusives from Hasbro. This year Fun Publications, the company behind both the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club and the Transformers Collectors Club, announced two different crossover sets– one featuring Marissa Faireborne, the daughter of Flint and Lady Jaye, and a second featuring a beloved character from the Transformers episode “Only Human.” In this episode, the villain Drath approached an indvidual named “Old Snake” for his synthoid technology, something that Cobra had used numerous times in the G.I. Joe cartoon. Old Snake, as most fans will immediately recognize, was intended to be the future version of Cobra Commander! Continue reading →
The xmas holidays have this high value: that they remind Forgetters of the Forgotten, & repair damaged relationships.
– Mark Twain in a letter to Carlotte Welles, 30 December 1907
Just a quick shout out to everyone who visits this site whether frequently or occasionally– a quick moment to wish any and all who celebrate it “Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays”! Whether you enjoy the day with friends and family or quiet reflection, it’s a day to reflect on the blessings that each of us share and to remember those who are less fortunate than us. For children it’s a day filled with the excitement of a new present; for adults, it’s a day to put aside the cares of every day living and just enjoy the spirit of the season. It’s a day in which mankind shows the best that it has to offer its fellows. It’s also the day in which TBS broadcasts the story of a young boy and his quest for a Red Rider BB gun for 24 hours straight! (Something that my friends over at TheBreauxShow remember all too well!)
I’d also like to thank everyone who visits this site on a regular basis. JBL isn’t the biggest Joe site on the web and it was inactive for far too long during the past couple of years. It’s meant a lot to me that people still stop by, check out the news and the reviews, and even post on the forums. (All seven of you!) As the admin, I’d like to just humbly say “thanks for sticking with us.”
So have a safe and happy holiday, don’t shoot your eye out, and thank you for visiting JoeBattlelines.com. We look forward to celebrating the 50th Anniversary of G.I. Joe in 2014!
Fan-favorite author, toy expert, and comic archivist Mark Bellomo is back with another round of auction on Ebay featuring a metric ton of pieces all signed by the “godfather of G.I. Joe” — Larry Hama! Hitting just in time for the holidays it’s a great opportunity to shop for the Joe fan in your life and snag some fantastic pieces by the franchise’s single greatest creative contributor! These are pieces from Mr. Hama’s personal collection that he is parting with which makes this a very unique opportunity.
Know that your purchase will not only be appreciated but will also go to toward a good cause.
Reminder. The SECOND ROUND of eBay auctions featuring items signed by LH from the Larry Hama Collection are up and running. They end in a day-and-a-half. There’s some 25th anniversary comic packs, vintage stuff, G.I. Joe Convention exclusives, etc.: