At Toy Fair 2013 Hasbro managed to pull a rabbit out of its hat and surprise fans with a reissue of the classic cargo helicopter- the Tomahawk.
Here’s the official word from Hasbro:
G.I. JOE EAGLEHAWK ASSAULT CHOPPER
(Approximate retail price: $39.99; Ages: 4 & up; Available: 8/1/13)
Inspired by the live-action G.I. JOE movie, G. I. JOE: Retaliation, this EAGLEHAWK ASSAULT CHOPPER is the most dominating vehicle to transport your squadrons to battle. Each camouflaged chopper comes equipped with an action figure to pilot your most critical missions.
Hmm… interesting and unexpected. Like last year’s Skystriker reissue, Hasbro continues to dip back into the ARAH Generation 1 well for inspiration. It works, as perfect condition vintage Tomahawk’s are hard to find. (The rotors were notorious for drooping and sagging over the years.) I find the name a bit amusing as it is now essentially the “bird bird” helicopter but fans can rename it what they will. Lift Ticket appears to have received a whole new deco and a new look. At least there’s room in the cockpit for Lifeline as the Eaglehawk appears to be a two-seater.
Yeah, I’ll be snagging one!
Check out the official images below and more images over at YoJoe.com’s Toy Fair 2013 coverage.
I don’t know where I heard that it will be a “stealth” model for the new EagleHawk, like some kind of “inspiration” in the real life operation Neptune Spear. If is true, or the people in Hasbro are illuminated to do it, trully it would be a really interesting piece of any collection. Beyond the the act itself (the operation), if was an ethic choice or not (that’s a whole other level of discussion), but the fact to seen and had that particular model of the EagleHawk would be awesome for all the fans of the old Joes.