Gentle Giant Ltd, a company known for their realistic scanning technology and upscaling of classic vintage figures, surprised G.I. Joe fans everywhere with a new line of up-scaled 1:18 Joes based on the original 1982 Joes. That’s right– Gentle Giant G.I. Joe figures are coming!
According to the intrepid reporters over at ToyNewsI.com, the line debuts this Holiday season with the release of the 12″ Grunt in a special footlocker package. Subsequent releases will continue in 2015 and will be available on “authentic” G.I. Joe cardbacks.
Figures shown at SDCC thus far include:
- Snake Eyes
- Rock n Roll
Honestly, I don’t know how I feel about Gentle Giant G.I. Joe figures– especially up-sized version of the o-ring figures. After all, it’s the 50th Anniversary of the original 1964 Joes– not the 1982 figures. While I’m sure that there is a market for these and that the initial offerings will no doubt sell decently, I have the feeling that this will only appeal to a very small segment of an already fragmented fandom and will most likely end before more of the later fan-favorite characters can be produced. I’d love to be wrong about this but my
gut, uh, o-ring tells me otherwise.
You can view the original article, as well as a ton of great SDCC coverage, over at ToyNewsI.com!
The big question someone has already asked is: Where are we gonna find giant o-rings in case these guys also break at the torso? 😀
It’s an intriguing concept and a logical follow-up to Gentle Giant’s similar Vintage Star Wars series. If I had the budget, I’d certainly collect these. But G.I. Joe is not doing well as a brand lately and lacks the massive fan base behind Star Wars. Time will tell how these turn out with collectors.