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!
Thankfully, as of yesterday, it would appear that all of the previously available titles are back. Fans of Transformers G1, Transformers Prime, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, G.I. Joe Renegades, and even Jem, are able to purchase or rent individual episodes and seasons. The titles are available for direct download or streaming via the website or mobile app.
Whew! I won’t lie– this admin is happy to see the content back again. Over the past few months, we’ve discovered that Sunbow G.I. Joe is one of the few things that calms my future nephew when he’s cranky! At 10 months, he’s already shown a clear penchant for Cobra Commander!
So, there’s no time like the present to snag your favorite Hasbro titles on Vimeo. C’mon– portable Sunbow G.I. Joe is AWESOME!
As of this week, all Hasbro titles are no longer available on Vimeo for purchase or rental.
Nearly a year-and-a-half ago, online video content site Vimeo became the exclusive digital home for the Hasbro Studios animation library. Titles such as the classic 1980’s G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Transformers (Generation 1), and Jem were available for both rental or purchase. They were joined by other series like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, G.I. Joe: Renegades, and Transformers Prime. Accessible via website or mobile app, the Vimeo deal was a bold new step for Hasbro which had only previously hosted digital content on Netflix.
As of Monday this week, the Hasbro Studios page on Vimeo told a very different story. All content appears to have removed from the site, for either purchase or rental. Users who had previously purchased animated episodes or series may still access them, but will also see a disclaimer attached.
For those who have purchased Hasbro Studio titles, the question remains: how long will users continue to be able to access that content? Vimeo titles may be downloaded DRM-free but, given the file size of both the Sunbow G.I. Joe and Transformers G1 series, this is not a simple task. We’ve reached out to both Hasbro PR and Vimeo but have yet to receive an answer back at this time.
With a new Transformers movie hitting theaters this summer, is Hasbro seeking a new digital partner for their content? Or is the Pawtucket toy maker seeking to develop its own online portal for content access going forward? As of now, all we know is that the Vimeo run was nice while it lasted. (My fiance’s nephew loves to watch animated Sunbow G.I. Joe on my phone.) We’ll post more information as we have it but, for now, it seems that Hasbro’s partnership with Vimeo has come to an end.