Amazon.com Renegades & Retaliation 4-packs are “in stock”

UPDATE: The Renegades pack is once again BACK in STOCK but this seems to change daily.   (5/11/2012)

Mondays… the nemesis of most individuals seldom brings good news.  However, this Monday might be a bit different for Joe fans.

Amazon.com has listed BOTH of their exclusive 4 packs as “in stock” as of this morning with a list price of $39.99.  Sadly, that’s essentially high retail price for each of the figures but there are some advantages.  In the case of Retaliation the pack provides a means for Joe fans to get their hands on the figures well before the official end-of-May release day.   For Retaliation fans, it’s a chance to get different deco’s of 3 primary characters and an all new 4th character in the form of the Red Ninja!

Non-affiliate links are below:

G.I. Joe Retaliation Sneak Peek 4-pack

  • Duke
  • Roadblock
  • Snake Eyes
  • Cobra Commander (black deco)

G.I. Joe Renegades 4-pack

  • Duke
  • Snake Eyes (with trench coat)
  • Storm Shadow
  • Red Ninja

Hasbro Pre-Toy Fair images for G.I. Joe: Retaliation line!

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

It’s been a busy weekend here at JBL HQ and I apologize for not getting these up sooner.

Friday Hasbro knocked everyone’s socks off with an unprecedented “info dump” for Retalation– in the form of HI-RES images of everything from Basic Figure assortment to Alpha Vehicles to figure battle sets to kids role-play gear.  It’s a lot of images to digest– but I’m going to post them based upon which assortment they fall into.

It’s a lot of Joe overload all in one post!

Basic figure assortment:

 

Alpha vehicle assortment:

 

Bravo vehicle assortment:

 

Delta vehicle assortment:

 

Ninja Showdown assortment:

 

SDCC 2012 exclusives:

 

Roleplay assortment:

 

Battlers assortment:

Robert Atkins discusses the new IDW Cobra Commander design! Custom figure contest!!

Okay, I’m starting to sound like a broken record here with all of the new IDW Cobra Commander love.  However, if there’s one thing that can sell me on a new character design in a comic it is the caliber of the artist– and there are currently non better on Joe than Robert Atkins!

In his latest blog post, Robert deconstructs the process of creating the forthcoming Cobra Commander cover as well details exactly why the costume design turned out the way it did.

It’s a great “behind the scenes” look at the genesis of the design for Joe’s signature villain.

While you’re there– check out the “Robert Atkins Art Custom Figure Contest” — in which one lucky customizer will be able to win an original 11″ x 17″ commission from Robert himself!

Pursuit of Cobra Wave 3 & 4 press images

Recently news of two “surprise waves” for the Pursuit of Cobra line hit the internet.  Consisting most of rehashes of existing parts, these filler waves exist to fill the gap between now and the 30th Anniversary waves in the fall. 

Wave 3, 2011 – Due April, 2011; MSRP $6.99

  • Blowtorch
  • General Hawk
  • Steel Brigade
  • Cobra Commander
  • Cobra The Enemy
  • Jungle B.A.T.

Wave 4, 2011 – Due April, 2011; MSRP $6.99

  • Crazy Legs
  • Snake Eyes (Temple Guardian)
  • Croc Master
  • Iron Grenadier
  • Rock Viper
  • Cobra Viper

For “in person images”, check out Justin’s awesome Toy Fair 2011 coverage at GeneralsJoes.com!

G.I. Joe Toy Fair 2011 Press Release

Hasbro issued the following press release concerning their G.I. Joe offerings for 2011.

HASBRO LAUNCHES NEW G.I. JOE TOY LINE TO CELEBRATE “30 YEARS OF G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO” 

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (February XX, 2011) – After nearly three decades, the G.I. JOE vs. COBRA battle rages on and legions of fans couldn’t be happier. When the fight between these two foes commenced in the early 1980’s – as G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO – it brought the world’s first action figure to life for a whole new generation of fans. To celebrate this milestone, Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is introducing new and updated versions of many fan-favorite characters, vehicles, and play patterns from the past 30 years. Hasbro’s 2011 G.I. JOE line will include the re-launch of 12” A REAL AMERICAN HERO figures, re-imagined versions of classic 3.75” figures and vehicles, and new characters from “G.I. Joe Renegades,” the hit animated series that premiered on the Hub last Fall. 

Hasbro invented the action figure category when it launched its G.I. JOE brand more than 45 years ago. The 2011 G.I. JOE line of action figures and vehicles lives up to that legacy with new sculpts showcasing favorite G.I. JOE and COBRA characters. Fans will love adding the new STORM SHADOW, FLINT, and SCARLETT figures, among many others, to their collections and kids will enjoy the characters from the “G.I. Joe: Renegades” program showing up in action figure form.

The brigade of 3.75” figures will have iconic vehicles to add to their arsenal, including a new version of the iconic H.I.S.S. tank and the SKYSTRIKER JET. The original SKYSTRIKER JET, released early in the G.I. JOE vs. COBRA series, has been at the top of fans’ wish lists since it was discontinued in the mid 1980’s. It will come with a 3.75” pilot to help navigate G.I. JOE through treacherous COBRA territory. Also, debuting is the BLACK DRAGON Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft taken directly from the new programming.  Continue reading

Pursuit of Cobra wave 3 in stock at HasbroToyShop.com!

Just a quick post– the Pursuit of Cobra wave 3 figures are now “in stock” at HasbroToyShop.com!

Included in this wave are:

  • Conrad “Duke” Hauser Team Commander
  • Cobra Shock Trooper
  • Snake Eyes Ninja Commando
  • Storm Shadow – Cobra Ninja

Check ’em all out on this page!  HTS is also offering Free Shipping on orders over $50.00!

Press images of Pursuit of Cobra wave 2 figures!

The good folks at Hasbro have sent over some press images of the next wave of the Pursuit of Cobra, due in stores October 2010.  Among the latest additions to the line are the Arctic Destro, Jungle Viper, and Recondo figures first glimpsed at the 2009 G.I. Joe collector’s convention.

I’ve been hanging back on G.I. Joe for the past few years.  Sure, I bought a great deal of the Rise of Cobra figures but the same-ness of the design from character to character just didn’t win me over.  So far I have to admit that I’ve been impressed by what I’ve seen released for Pursuit of Cobra.  Sure, there are still movie tie-in design elements found throughout, but many of these figures are just well thought out.  Personally, that Recondo figure has me very intrigued.  Yes, yes it does and even though I think the hi-tech gillie suit of the Jungle Viper will most likely limit his poseability, the overall aesthetic is very very sharp.

Check out the images in the gallery below.