WOO HOO!!! New Joes are coming!!!! Even though this a “quiet year” for the brand, the G.I. Joe 2016 lineup offers, to borrow a phrase, “something old, something new.” The hard-to-find Zombie Vipers are a nice boon to collectors– especially since they will be packed two to a case. In addition, new characters like Stiletto and Tombstone counter-balance the inclusion of Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes. Plus, as it was pointed out by Chris John on the JBL Facebook page, the female Cobra Officer looks a bit familiar.
“Careful Destro, she’ll cost you your ancestral home!”
What do you think of the G.I. Joe 2016 line-up? Will be be adding any of these to your collection? Let us know in the comments below, over on the JBL forums, or on the JBL Facebook page!
Hasbro unveiled their G.I. Joe 2016 plans and YoJoe.com was LIVE from Joe Con 2016 with a Facebook LIVE session directly from the panel! We’ve got the embedded video below after the notes.
We’ve got some hastily transcribed notes below. Expect a cleaner article with some commentary later tonight as part of the Saturday Armchair Coverage round-up!
Hasbro Writer’s Room:
Combination of television/movie/comic book writers. Hasbro is very proud of the talent they have amassed.
Creation of a shared universe combining their intellectual properties. Officially dubbed “Hasbro Cinematic Universe”—separate from IDW. Intended as multi-film story arc. Goal is to start to develop shared and combined stories. Derryl was able to spend two weeks with the writers and get to work with them on shaping this shared universe.
Joe vs Transformers SDCC set:
Deco is decal-based. Includes Joe, Cobra, Autobot decals. This way the toys can be whatever you want them to be in your own collection.
Soundwave is the 5th most-popular Decepticon but hard to justify now as a cassette tape. (Same with Megatron.)
Hasbro Pulse Crossword Puzzle includes all characters listed below:
Derryl – Joe is in quieter year. Harder to get resources to produce more figures during those years. In those years, previously tooled harder-to-find figures are ideal for re-release. 100% of tooling budget is used for NEW figures.
Toys R Us G.I. Joe 2016 line-up: (November 2016)
Focus on figures vs vehicle sets which were slow sellers
Two packs will be in a 10 pack case—ALL EVENLY PACKED!
It’s been a few weeks since this crossword was posted and fans have had time to put in their guesses. Given past history it’s a safe bet to assume that some of these names will come from the now-infamous Concept Case displays of both 2012 and 2013. So, who does that leave for the G.I. Joe 2016 lineup? Continue reading →
I’m the first to admit it– this is a very slow news period for anything related to G.I. Joe right now. Aside from new FSS figure drops from the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club, we’re in a slump until Joe Con 2016 next month. However, yesterday the folks at Hasbro dropped a new article on Hasbro Pulse that pulls back the curtain on the development of the forthcoming fans’ choice Stiletto figure, originally created by author Bill Nedrow.
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!
The G.I. Joe Classic Clash two-pack review has been posted!
He’s a native American tracker with a degree in psychology who can find anyone anywhere. He’s a former assasin who comes from an ancient and mysterious ninja clan who once served as the bodyguard for the “most dangerous man alive.” Together– they comprise the G.I. Joe Classic Clash two-pack!
Who’s the better figure – Spirit or Storm Shadow? Does either one of them know where Freedom is? Will Deadpool make a cameo? Does any of these even matter?
The G.I. Joe Marine Devastation two-pack reviews have been posted!
It feels like I’ve been waiting to pen this review for two years now— ever since this new Gung-Ho figure was unveiled at the end of Saturday’s events during the 2013 G.I. Joe Collector’s Convention in Indianapolis. Two long years of waiting for a truly breath-taking update of my favorite Joe. It wasn’t until this year’s Joe Con that the G.I. Joe Marine Devastation set was announced and Gung-Ho was finally slated for release. Even better– he was being packaged with a sinister-looking Cobra Shadow Guard!
Looking for the SDCC Desert Duel set that is an exclusive to EntertainmentEarth.com? Well, check out Toys R Us’ SDCC exclusives page. It’s up for order RIGHT NOW!
To recap why this set is so unique, it not only includes all of the standard pieces but it has the exclusive Night Fox and Cobra Air Trooper figures! That’s right– two extras figures are included that won’t be found in the standard version. The entire set includes:
The Hasbro panel was yesterday at Joe Con 2015 and Derryl DePriest and Mark Weber revealed a whole new slate of products that will be exclusive to both Toys R Us and BigBadToyStore.com. The line is essentially a continuation of the 50th anniversary series and will be available on August 1, 2015. As with previous offerings, it’s a mix of existing parts and pieces that have only been glimpsed in concept cases of previous shows.
Chase for the MASS Device
Cobra Commander, Cobra CLAWS Trooper, Duke
revisits figures from the elusive final 25th Anniversary DVD pack
We have new product images from Hasbro fresh from Joe Con 2015!
First off, I’d like to apologize for the tardiness of this posting. I’ve been commuting back and forth to Joe Con each day which means my internet access has been restricted to the times that I’m actually back at JBL HQ. However, let’s get on to the good stuff.
The Hasbro panel was today and Derryl DePriest and Mark Weber revealed a whole new slate of products that will be exclusive to both Toys R Us and BigBadToyStore.com. The line is essentially a continuation of the 50th anniversary series and will be available on August 1, 2015. Here are the vehicle set breakdowns and the images, both official and in case shots, for the vehicle packs: