27 April 2009

Yo, Joe! "The Rise of Cobra" Figures

Snake Eyes,
Basic Assortment
I decided to continue this week's total geek-out by snooping around for an advanced look at the forthcoming G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra; more specifically, its tie-in action figure assortment from Hasbro.  I found a lot of online pictures taken at this year's Toy Fair in New York, but Hasbro themselves have yet to put anything up on their website.  They did, however, supply some sites with official pics (such as the one to the left, of Snake Eyes).

Here's what I can tell you.  Hasbro is going all-out with their toys.  There will be 3 3/4" scale figures a-plenty (along with accessories a-plenty); some 12" scale figures that play sound; their cute little preschool-targeted Combat Heroes; the larger, Action Battlers (last seen being ignored by Star Wars fans) and the obligatory role playing toys.  The following is all I can confirm at this moment, with assortment numbers where I could read them:

89096 BASIC ASSORTMENT
89075 Conrad "Duke" Hauser - Desert Ambush
89076 Snake Eyes - Ninja Commando
89077 Storm Shadow - Ninja Mercenary
89078 Baroness - Attack on the G.I. Joe Pit
89080 Neo-Viper - Attack on the G.I. Joe Pit
89081 Wallace "Ripcord" Weems - Delta-6 Accelerator Suit
89301 Heavy Duty - Heavy Weapons Specialist
89302 Zartan - Master of Disguise
89306 Shana "Scarlet" O'Hara - Covert Operations
89307 Shipwreck - Naval Commando
89308 Abel "Breaker" Shaz - Technical Surveillance
89309 Cobra Viper Commando - Desert Ambush

MULTI-PACKS
M.A.R.S. Troopers - Military Armaments Research Syndicate

ACCESSORIES
89082 Mole Pod with Terra-Viper
89083 Snake Trax A.T.V. with Scrap-Iron
89093 Rockslide A.T.A.V. with Snow Job
89094 Armored Panther with Sgt. Thunderblast
Cobra Gunship with Firefly
Night Raven with Air-Viper

PLAYSET
Pit Mobile Headquarters with Exclusive General Clayton "Hawk" Abernathy

89329 ACTION BATTLERS
89340 Storm Shadow - Ninja Mercenary

68981 COLLECTOR'S EDITION
89295 Snake Eyes - Ninja Commando
89296 Storm Shadow - Ninja Mercenary

68975 ROLE PLAYING
89911 Signal Light

The accessories are in true Hasbro/Joe fashion.  All the vehicles I saw were packaged with a figure, and I even read a report that there will be a G.I. Joe Pit Playset...big enough to hold 84 figures!  That's simply got to be massive.

As for me, I have already decided that I'm interested in at least a 3 3/4" Snake Eyes, and possibly a Baroness.  Beyond that, I'm going to defer to what I think of the movie itself.  Plus, with several other action figure lines tugging at my sense of nostalgia (and wallet), it's safe to say I won't be completing any line this year, but rather adding the odd figure here and there.

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