Hey ya, kids. Since my New York Toy Fair 2011 invite was lost in the mail, I figured I’d do some armchair type coverage on some of my favorite lines as a post game wrap up. I figure we’ll kick off with G.I. Joe, since it’s one of my favorite toy lines in the last few years.
SDCC 2011 Exclusive – Starscream Skystriker
This is ball dropping awesome. Not only are we going to get a brand new Skystriker (Remember, the old mold is rumored to be destroyed by Funskool in India. Plus, it wouldn’t fit today’s bigger Joes), but it’s going to cost 30 bucks retail. That’s a damned good price considering the site of the jet.
To make it even cooler, San Diego Comic Con attendees will get to stab each other to death in the hopes of scoring this amazing variant in Transformers colors, in this case Decepticon second in command Starscream. No, it doesn’t transform, the cost of something that size transforming would be insane, but its an amazing shout out for fans of both Transformers and G.I. Joe. And not only is Cobra Commander included, but please take note that he’s armed with a Generation 1 gun mode Megatron. This is so awesome, I can barely type. Hasbro better be making a billion of these variants. (Fun fact: This makes the first official production toy of both mega brands meeting)
SDCC 2011 Exclusive – Zarana
While not as exciting as the Starscream Skystriker, fans have been wanting Zarana, Zartan’s cousin, for a long time. I have no idea why she’s an exlusive and not a regluar release, but there we have it. She’ll be available in regular and a varient as part of the band Cold Slither, though she was not in the band in the cartoon. Please read that previous sentence in a stereotypical nerd voice.
The Rest of the G.I. Joe and Cobra Team
While there were a lot of G.I. Joe and Cobra figures at the New York Toy Fair, I picked out some of the most noteworthy. Overall it was a pretty impressive line-up, even though there were quite a few repaints. I’m really excited that they’re going to go back to making updated versions of classic figures. It’s why I became a fan again of G.I. Joe in 2007!
I’d pretty much given up on Storm Shadows. I had all of the ones I wanted… or so I thought! This resculpt/redo of my all time favorite G.I. Joe figure is amazingly well done. Its hard to believe they topped the 25th Anniversary version, but they did.
I’m probably one of the few people that’s really looking forward to this Crazy Legs redo. This figure means a lot to me because my Grandpops had got him for me when I was a kid.
I always thought Sci-fi was a neat figure, despite his super yellow color scheme. This version looks pretty rad, and I’m sort of looking forward to the inevitable “realistic” repaint.
Steel brigade is back! I don’t have much more to say than it’s pretty cool to see the figure that used to be a sweet mail-away as a figure in the “25th” style (or Generation 3, if you will).
The brand new figure of Hazard Viper is awesome. He’s like the Toxic Viper, but about twenty times better. By the way, if he was a video game boss, you’d have to shoot him in the tanks on his chest.
Speaking of video game bosses, this guy totally looks like one. This here is the new Iron Grenadier. While no human being could possibly carry a gun that large, we’ll just assume that Desto pumps his dudes full of steroids.
I was never that big on the look of the original Techno-Viper, but I’m a sucker for every day type of accessories and that cobra safety cone must be mine. Yeah, I want to buy an action figure for a safety cone. I’m not ashamed to admit it. Okay, I sort of am.
Who needs another B.A.T. variant? Um, everyone. This B.A.T. is super sweet and he comes with a wicket awesome gun. I do question the inclusion of the machete though, why would he need to cut through jungle? He’s a robot. He should be able to barge on through.