Toy Fair 2016 is now a distant memory. The displays have been removed from the Javits Center, the vendors have gone home, and the internet press has left the Big Apple. It was an exciting weekend filled with reveals, licensing announcements and more product debuts than a toy collector can shake an Episode 1 Jar-Jar Binks action figure at. Yet the more time passes since the event has concluded, the more it would seem that people are debating a single topic:
What did we learn about G.I. Joe at Toy Fair 2016?
Normally this is a pretty straight forward question– one that is answered by Hasbro at their annual media blitz presentation. However, this year, G.I. Joe wasn’t mentioned during any of the official announcements. (Neither was the new semi-hyped “Hasbro Cinematic Universe” but more on that in a moment.) In fact, if it weren’t for two individuals who were covering the event for entertainment sites that focus on a variety of toy lines, there might have been nary a peep mentioned about Joe anywhere. However, thanks to JayC of ToyNewsI.com and Fran from ToyArk.com (aka Destro of HISSTank.com), we have two seemingly conflicting reports. Or do we? Fans have embraced one and questioned the other but do these two reports really conflict at all? Pull up a chair and a frosty Yo Joe Cola and let’s take a look!