Variety: Retailers to recall unsold Retaliation merchandise?

G.I. Joe Retiation - moved to March 29, 2013

When it rains, it pours– at least for Joe fans. 

Hot on the heels of recent news about the rescheduling of G.I. Joe: Retaliation’s premiere from June 29, 2012 to March 29, 2013, ran this bit of news:

Yanking G.I. Joe toys with retailers

Reversal causes spirited round of musical shelves

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.”

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RoC Walmart exclusive Ninja Battles set out!

Last night, during an impulse toy run prior to beginning “Turkey Day” preparations, I spotted the Walmart-exclusive “Ninja Battles” set at my local store.  (Pekin, IL for those of you in the area.)  They were stocked in abundance with at least 12 units on the shelf– three times what remains of the exclusive Battle Stations in this particular store.  

For those of you who are interested– they’re out!


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RoC Roll-back at Walmart!

If the stores in your area are anything like those here in central Illinois, they’re sitting on a GLUT of “Rise of Cobra” figures and vehicles.  After stocking the line late and seemingly over-ordering the first few waves, the nation’s largest retailer finally seems to have taken a more proactive strategy.  As of this morning, “Rise of Cobra” figures are on “Roll-back” from $7.88 to $5.00!

Hopefully this puts a dent in the growing piles of Desert Attack Dukes, Accelerator Suit Ripcords, Neo-Vipers, Destro’s, and Baroness figures that are clogging the pegs locally.


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Early looks at Monkey Wrench & Tunnel Rat and TRU’s Bench Press!

Cmderinchief returns from his temporary reprieve with more pictures of figures that are soon to be hitting store shelves!  Showcasing retail exclusives for both Toys R Us and Walmart, this two-pack and single-carded figure are sure to make fans of the “Rise of Cobra” era giddy with delight– or at least put a slight dent in their wallets.

Walmart “Rise of Cobra” figures listed… sort of…

walmartRemember the end of “Raiders of the Lost Ark”?  The final scene where the Ark is crated up and hauled off into a seemingly endless warehouse full of other boxes- apparently never to be seen again?

Such is the fate of the “Rise of Cobra” two packs on  They don’t show up under the “action figures” or “G.I. Joe” categories and they do not show up if any of the character names are searched.

Thanks to our sister-site, we at least have links to the sold-out products.  (They were in stock for all of one day.)

  • Gung Ho vs. Copperhead
  • Shockblast vs. Night Creeper
  • Tunnel Rat vs. Monkeywrench
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    Rise of Cobra dog tags at Wal-mart!

    If you follow the news at (and you SHOULD), you might remember this piece about “Rise of Cobra” dog tags.   Apparently those little kiosks at the front of the stores have finally been updated as Madmac41 just sent in pics of his custom “RoC” tags!

    Check out the pics below!

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    New Wal-mart movie toy listings!

    walmartFrom the Super Poseable Blog, check out this latest batch of listings…

    Sunday, April 19, 2009
    New G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra listings!!!!!
    My manager friend came through with some new G.I. Joe lisitings. No UPCs this time cause it does take longer for him to get and really from the few messages I het when it hits other sites, not many people can use them.

    Basic Figure Assortment $7.88

    ZARTAN DSRT (Zartan Desert)
    RIPCRD DSRT (Desert Ripcord)
    STRM SHADO NINJ (Storm Shadow Ninja)
    DSTR DEEP FRZ (Destro Deep Freeze)
    DUKE PLR ASST (Duke Polar Assault)
    SNOW JOB PLR (Snow Job Polar Assault)
    Movie Offscreen 2 Packs $13.96


    TNNL RT VS MNKY (Tunnel Rat vs. Monkeywrench???)
    SCHKBLST VS NIGH (Schockblast vs. Night Creeper???)
    GUNGHO COPPR ( Gung Ho vs. Copperhead)

    Mid Size Vehicles $15.97 Continue reading

    News Updates!

    •  First off Walmart is taking preoders for GI Joe season 1.22 full episodes for $ 25.49.
    • Next up in GI Joe Movie news we have an interview at MTV Movie Blog with  Channning Tatum  . Without going into too much detail Duke wasn’t the actors first character choice. Discuss it here.
    • A new e- bay auction shows loose pics of Barbeque.
    • Reports are coming in that the Movie Figures Wave -1 are prematurly hitting retail shelves so keep your eyes peeled!
    • Lastly I want to spotlight 2 different customs first up is from Todd AKA M6D. He shares with us a no paint nessasary (LBC)Claymore. Also Slaymaker shares some “Resolute” style customs.

    Check them out and be sure to leave a comment. MadMac out!