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Happy New Year, Joe fans.

It would be easy to look back on 2008 and find such a wealth of great product, great tie-ins, and fun promotions that you’d think there would be absolutely no way 2009 would beat it.  Well, that’s going to depend on your point of view.  Folks who are purely devoted to the vintage styles and only want figures that look exactly like their 80’s counterparts are going to be disappointed, I’m sure.  But for fans who like new things, or hell, just like good toys (regardless of their resemblance to other toys over 20 years old) are going to have a great, GREAT year.

You may think you know how much product is going to hit this year.  You may think your wallet is prepared for the onslaught of G.I. Joe and COBRA items on store shelves, but you’re not.  It is going to be an all out attack.  People are lamenting the end of the Anniversary line this year, and wondering how long it will continue before movie stuff hits, but I’ll tell you now, take the break while you can.  It will be over before you know it, and I have a sneaking suspision that no matter what you might think about how the movie looks, once we get some looks at all of the toys coming out, fans are going to be blown away, and ready to embrace the line (whether or not you like the movie look).

Get ready.