“The best laid plans of mice and men”… it seems to be a mantra around JBL lately.
I had been planning on getting reviews posted of G.I. Joe Retaliation wave 3.5 shortly after Coil Con IV as I was able to procure a good supply from Kokomo Toys. However, WordPress issues and work wackiness seemed to be facets of a multi-pronged attack by Cobra to prevent any new content from going live on the site.
Thankfully– the site seems to be functioning normally now and things at the office have died down a bit. (What? This ISN’T my day job?!) So, it’s back to shooting images and getting the reviews ready. So far wave 3.5 seems to be limited to online stores with limited sighting at retail. In my area (Central Illinois) the line has been dropped by both Target and Kmart (yes, we still have a few) while Walmart has scaled it back to just a pair of pegs reserved for the figures. Toys R Us has yet to restock and hopefully won’t just jump to wave 4.
It’s an interesting time to be a Joe collector as the movie’s delay until March seems to have thrown off Hasbro’s entire time frame for product. The three new figures in wave 4 are going to prove particularly elusive as they’re packed in a case with figures that have been out for months now. The sole troop builder the Cobra Night Viper is starting to command premium prices on Ebay and many online stores are already sold out.
However, all is not bleak on the western toy front– the GIJCC’s FSS 2 should be shipping before too long giving fans SOMETHING new to add to their collection and Hasbro’s Derryl DePriest promised that Toy Fair 2014 will hold a few surprises for fans. It gives us all a chance to catch our breath after the onslaught that was G.I. Joe Retaliation– a line that was produced in far more conservative numbers than it’s cinematic predecessor.
So, reviews will continue here in the coming weeks. I’ve got some back-end work to do on the review page templates to make them “less archaic” but there’s a ton of product sitting in my “to do” pile that is just begging for some attention. (Plus now that I have Kwinn in hand I really want to review the Club’s Dr. Venom figure! “The bear is angry with the weasel!”)
So, stay tuned to JBL. More new content IS indeed coming!
Just a quick reminder– the “Concept Case” poll over at GeneralsJoes.com ends Monday! If you’re dying to see some of those G.I. Joe figures released, make your voice heard BEFORE Monday July 23, 2012. To vote, just click the image link below.
On the subject of electioneering, some GUNG-HO fans of a certain Innuit mercenary have put together a short video tribute for their top candidate. Check out their campaign efforts over at VoteKwinn2012.com and watch the video below:
Lastly, let’s not forget the greatest Marine in the whole of G.I. Joe history– the ragin’ Cajun: GUNG-HO! Don’t let this be his only original Generation 3 version! (I don’t count the too-short Walmart Resolute version.)
The past few years at Joe Con fans have been treated to a case full of “what might have been”– figures and vehicles that made it to the design phase but never saw production. The Hasbro team is typically quite patient with the cries of heart-broken fans screaming “Why didn’t you make that awesome Ice Cream Soldier v2?!!” and always tell individuals that if there is enough demand for a particular item it might get made.
One admin was so GUNG-HO about the project that he has taken matters into his own hands and decided to give Hasbro a vehicle for feedback.
Over at GeneralsJoes.com, Justin has launched a Survey Monkey survey that will allow fans to submit their feedback on what was shown as well as allow users to submit their own options. (GUNG-HO!) Love the zombie theme? Let Hasbro know! Want to fill your shelves with Arashikage ninjas? Take the survey! Want to see a NEW version of the greatest marine in the G.I. Joe team Gung-Ho that doesn’t share a headsculpt with Leatherneck? Let Hasbro know and take the survey!
Just click the image below and get started! I know you’re all GUNG-HO about this! (See what I did there? It’s called “subliminal advertising”…)
Here are some galleries to refresh your mind a bit…
Much like the Renegades images– this set just makes me a bit sad. Some of the figures shown are ones that I was looking forward to since the 30th anniversary line-up was announced. Sadly, they’re now falling into the category of unproduced G.I. Joe figures that are headed into the concept case of obscurity.
Three of the most anticipated but now unproduced G.I. Joe figures for this fan?
Even the much-lamented Data Viper is a figure that piqued my curiosity. However, as of now, none of these figures are slated to see release– save for hopefully Kwinn.
Check out Photonut’s Day 1 unproduced G.I. Joe images below:
Okay, I’m just going to come out and say it– I’m jealous! Jay over at CardedHeroes.com has had the good fortune to review one of the most-anticipated figures in recent Joe memory: the Inuit Mercenary Kwinn!
This figure has been in “development hell” for some time now. Originally slated to come out in the 30th Anniversary line, Kwinn’s fate is that of other figures such as the infamous Data-Viper– pushed back due to the movie line. However, with the movie now being pushed back to March, Kwinn’s fate is even more uncertain. Hasbro has stated that this figure will come out eventually and rumors have swirled of a NYCC exclusive but nothing official has ever been announced.
Regardless– thanks to a loan from Gary of “What’s on Joe Mind“, Jay was able to get his mitts on Kwinn and produce a review that makes me wish the figure were in my grabby little hands now.