At major retailers nationwide, something is missing from the toy aisles: “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” action figures. In their place, an empty space.With Paramount moving the actioner from June 29 to March 29, 2013, to give it more muscle at the box office with 3D, retailers are being asked to send back the line of Hasbro toys that were starting to appear on shelves.
Some Walmart, Toys R Us and Target locations had started to stock the toys this week, although they weren’t supposed to make them available until next week. Those that did wanted to get a jump on demand, and some of the 47 items that would’ve been sold are expected to show up on eBay at inflated prices by the end of the weekend.
In a statement, released Friday, Hasbro said: “G.I. Joe is an ongoing consumer franchise and therefore there is merchandise available to consumers. There is a limited amount of ‘G.I. Joe Retaliation’ product at retail now, but in light of the movie moving out to March 29, 2013, the majority of the movie line will be made available early next year in time for the film’s release.”
My good friend TheMatrix8475 (and long-time toy run cohort) beat me to the punch with a video review of one of my most-anticipated toy lines of 2010: Jazwares A-Team movie figures! Featuring (now) Agent Lynch, Hannibal, Face, BA, and “Howlin’ Mad” Murdock plus one awesome GMC van, this toy line combines affordability, playability, and selection. Of course, don’t take my word for it– check out TheMatrix’s great review below. (Plus, sit through the credits! It’s not Samuel L. Jackson, but it’s close!)
The A-Team movie hits theatres on Friday and the toys can be found in stores at Target and Toys R Us. The complete 80’s series was recently released on DVD and is available at Amazon.com.
Just a quick update, more pics of the SDCC G.I. Joe products have been posted– including more more images from Sideshow, Hasbro (3.75″, Combat Heroes, Action Battlers) – including the forthcoming TRU exclusive Bench Press and the forthcoming Target exclusive sets.
Target.com has images of the FLAK/CLAW and Stinger with a sign up to notify me feature. If this come to be this is GREAT news for Myself and others in the Joe community that were disappointed when the previous preoders were cancelled.
While the “senior staff” has been on a sabbatical at JBL, Scott “Madmac41″ McAllister has been busy snapping up the latest 25A product to hit the store shelves. His latest aquisitions are none other than the Target-exclusive Conquest X-30 and Cobra Rattler jets!