Wow– there’s a lot to report for Joe Con 2015!
The Hasbro panel was yesterday 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. Eagle-eyed fans will recognize some of these figures from previous concept case displays.
- Croc Master & Blowtorch
- the two announced-but-not-released figures at last
- Iron Grenadier & Steel Brigade
- Intended to help army builders by not including a named character
- Storm Shadow & Spirit Iron-Knife
- Inspired by the classic Sunbow rivalry
- Current lead designer feels that Storm Shadow v2 never had a proper release
Hunt for Cobra Commander
- Cobra Commander & Concept Case Shipwreck
- Shipwreck’s t-shirt emblazoned with “NAVY” underneath vest
- Cobra Shadow Guard & Gung-Ho
- Retaliation Crimson Guard repaint
- 2013 concept case Gung-Ho was the most requested figure shown from previous Joe Cons!
- Will be “HUGE, according to Mark Weber
- Gung-Ho is a near-perfect color match for the original vintage version
To paraphrase Sunbow Roadblock: “I won’t lie, Gung-Ho brings a tear to my eye!” Honestly, these figures looked just as good in the case as they did in the PR images.
I’m down to buy each pack, but that’s the last Blowtorch I buy, I mean it this time.
Great to see some more concept case releases.