I think it’s safe to call Gyre-Viper the “Indiana Jones of the G.I. Joe fandom.” Venturing into the depths of the Chinese marketplace and scouring the internet for cancelled and rare items “that belong in a museum”, he manages to unearth more cancelled and prototype items than anyone out there. Some are good, some are bad but all are worth seeing.
His latest batch of finds includes some figures that never saw production in the ill-fated G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra movie line. Consisting mostly of parts from previous releases, this set of four would have given fans an update on Budo, Dr. Mindbender, Zap, and introduced the Nano-BAT to fans’ collections. While Zap is pretty easy to recreate by performing a simple head-swap and the Nano-BAT is seeing a release though the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Figure Subscription Service in the near future, I find myself sad when I realize that Budo and Mindbender won’t see a release in this form.
Launched as the “preview figures” for the film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, this MARS trooper three pack has been lingering at e-tailers and retail shelves ever since. The set includes two troopers and one officer as well as some RoC-themed weaponry. It’s not the most dynamic set in the history of Joe but it has one thing going for it right now– this set is only $1.00! That’s right– for $1.00 you’ll get three figures to use for generic troops or custom fodder! Heck, you can even purchase multiples and toss a few in a local Toys For Tots donation box!
According to the Toys R Us email that hit my inbox this morning, on December 1st ONLY TRU will be running a promotion of 50% off all G.I. Joe Bravo class vehicles from the “Rise of Cobra” line. This promotion is valid both in-store and online and includes:
If you were on the fence about the Rise of Cobra movie Pit playset, this could be your best chance to pick one up. ToysRUs.com is currently listing the Pit Mobile Headquarters for a whopping $19.98— marked down from the MSRP of $99.99.
Rise of Cobra Pit playset
Reviews of the set were mixed upon its release. Some fans praised it as an innovative play and display environment. Others compared it to a giant land boat. Regardless, $20.00 + shipping nets fans an exclusive Dennis Quaid General Hawk figure, a coffee mug, and a card board ping pong table at the bare minimum. Shipping seems to be estimated at $10.42 by default which means that for $30.40, the Pit could be yours.
Now through Wednesday, November 25, 2009 Kmart is offering a “buy one, get one free” sale on all GIJoe, Star Wars, and Wolverine Origins basic action figures!
With the economy being what it is right now and with toy prices higher than in previous years hopefully this will help clear out some of the glut of various action figure product that has been clogging store shelves for some time. Also, Kmart stores have regularly been receiving shipments of the “City Strike Snake Eyes” wave so this is a good chance to grab some Resolute-goodness before the insanity of the Christmas shopping season.
Just a head’s up for everyone because there are a lot of things coming up in the next few days:
Sunday November 1st: Daylight Savings Time ends, so remember to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night. It’s also a good time to change out the batteries in your smoke alarms.
Sunday is the deadline to have your questions submitted for the next round of “Ask Hasbro”.
Sunday is also the day the TRU Toy Book comes out with some Joe goodness on sale.
Monday will be the submission day for the above mentioned questions.
Tueday—now what is it that is supposed to happen on Tuesday……………? Oh wait isn’t there supposed to be some new DVDs coming out that day like maybe Resolute and Rise of Cobra?