JBL’s Armchair Coverage of Joe Con 2016 continues!
Friday typically isn’t a “big reveal” day at the annual Joe Con and this year was no exception. Hasbro’s big panel doesn’t occur until 11:00am MST on Saturday and the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Roundtable event isn’t until 4:00pm MST as well. However that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t anything major to see today.
The good folks from Hasbro put a few pieces in the display case today from this year’s forthcoming SDCC exclusive G.I. Joe vs. Transformers set! It’s the first time that fans got an in person look at the upcoming releases of Powerglide as a Cobra Rattler and Soundwave as a Cobra HISS tank. It was also the first opportunity for Joe fans to see convention exclusive Scarlett and Zartan figures.
I’ll admit– the items do look a bit better in these images than from the first batch of leaked images from ACToys.net. Still, for $99 the set seems like it’s missing something especially after the 2013 set included a Skystriker, a VAMP, and three figures plus the exclusive Ravage figure.
There are some additional pictures posted over at HISSTank.com as well. At this point I think it’s safe to say that part of Hasbro’s reveals for the Toys R Us exclusive line tomorrow will include a Cobra Rattler, a plane that hasn’t been released since the Target exclusive 25th Anniversary release.
Stay tuned to JBL for more coverage of Joe Con 2016 in Loveland, CO!
According to the blog post, this set will retail for $99.00. No word on quantities available but it’s safe to assume that some quantity of the sets will be available over on HasbroToyShop.com after the show is over.
A new G.I. Joe vs. Transformers exclusive is apparently coming to SDCC 2016.
In the age of the internet, it has become increasingly more difficult to keep things under wraps. Case in point, we’re apparently getting a brand new fourth G.I. Joe vs Transformers set featuring Scarlett, Zartan, a HISS Tank version of Soundwave, and a Cobra Rattler version of the Autobot Powerglide.
Pics dropped this weekend over on ACToys.net thanks to user Vincentzl and they hold back nothing. If these are truly representative of the film product, the set appears to contain:
The design team at Hasbro has established a new tradition for their San Diego Comic Con exclusives- G.I. Joe/Transformers crossover sets! Last year it was Starscream as a Skystriker and Cobra Commander with Megatron. This year the team took that concept and cranked the dial up to “11”! Not only did this year’s set include the G.I. Joe Retaliation HISS tank turned into Shockwave, but it brought Destro, a BAT, and familiar-looking tape recorder along for the ride!
Check the JBL review of the 2012 G.I. Joe/Transformers exclusive set over at the newly launched Exclusives Review Index!
I have a confession to make– like a lot of GI Joe fans, I’m a bit of a closet Transformers fan. Granted, my favorite era of Transformers was “Beast Wars” which may or may not hinder my “bot cred” but I’m also a fan of early G1 as well. There’s something oddly classic about those first few series of Autobots and Decepticons that utterly transports me back on the nostalgia train to the early 80’s. So, you can imagine my shock/delight/utter joy when I first saw this image on the web the other day:
Insanely talented customizer, friend of JBL, and all around great guy Pierre Kalenzaga (aka “Airmax” from RTM) recently unveiled one of the most AWESOME custom mash-ups I’ve ever seen. Taking the classic G1 Soundwave design and transposing it into 1:18 scale GIJoe form, he’s created a masterpiece of custom work. Even better– he made 5 of them!! (At this time TWO of them might still be available for sale.)
Here’s Pierre’s original comments on the figure (which includes custom Lazerbeak and features a real working lenticular on the chest):
To all my toy friends – just wrapped up this custom project. Five custom carded GI Joe scale Soundwave figures with Laserbeak drones. Four of them are for sale ($80). If you’re interested, please drop me a line. Spread the word :0)