Several online toy reviewers are celebrating the holiday season this year by contributing to the Advent Figure Reviews Calendar. A new review is being posted every day leading up to Christmas, and I was lucky enough to be able to contribute!
Check out yesterday’s date on the Review calendar to see the review for the G.I. Joe Kre-O Arashikage Dojo set. It’s a massive review with many more pictures than you probably wanted to see, but it’s there!
After the calendar has run its course, I’ll post the links in the normal places.
As March, 2013 nears we can expect G.I. Joe: Retaliation figures to start hitting harder and heavier. Wave 2 has just started blasting across the country, and I’ve begun the review process. First up in the second wave is Storm Shadow.
It seems like it’s been a long time since new G.I. Joe product has been spotted at normal retail outlets, but from the looks of things, they’re making up for lost time! All at once, various different G.I. Joe products are starting to hit retail chains across the country.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation Waves 2 & 3
Over on The Terror Drome, gijoefrank has posted photographic proof finding these figures at his local Target. Over on HissTank reports of Wave 3 also being spotted at Target, and even K-Mart!
G.I. Joe Micro Force “Starter” Pack
Perhaps these have been mentioned somewhere, but I didn’t notice. There is apparently a MicroForce “Starter Pack” featuring some Micro figures on an interesting packaging. The below image was sent from Gary “cmdrinchief”.
G.I. Joe Kre-O
I’ll blame my 48 hour flu with the fact that I missed an update from Now Back to G.I. Joe on Twitter saying that he found G.I. Joe Kre-O at his local Toys “R” Us! He also, very awesomely, took some great pictures of some of the mini figures via his Instagram account. I hate to say it, but those little guys are growing on me. Check out the mirrored images below, and be sure to follow Now Back to G.I. Joe to see more of the great stuff he posts.
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Also, you’re really going to want to add this HissTank post to your favorites if you’re hunting Kre-O. The unique code on the back of the bags have already been linked to figures in the blind bags, so no more guessing! I’m mirroring the code set for that below as well:
Things get interesting when the retail shelves are bare, especially at Christmas time. It seems almost criminal to have a holiday season with nary a single G.I. Joe item to be found on shelves…but such is the unfortunate dichotomy that comes with a Hollywood marriage. The brand can live or die with the fate of the film, and for 2012 at least, G.I. Joe is a non-factor.
Hopefully with 2013 and the coming of G.I. Joe: Retaliation that will change. In fact, online stores are already offering pre-orders for the first two waves of G.I. Joe: Retaliation product, currently slated to hit in February. But with all of this G.I. Joe “down time” I got to thinking.
Over the past few years we’ve seen a LOT of great G.I. Joe toys come and go, and sometimes they either went too quickly, or they were somewhat difficult to get a hand on due to exclusivity.
Purely for the sake of discussion, and for the sake of gathering information, I took further advantage of the Survey Monkey tool and created a quick survey. Looking back through the Pursuit of Cobra, 30th Anniversary, and the 7-Packs, which figures were the best figures that you had the hardest time finding? What figures did you love the looks of, but were disappointed that you couldn’t get your hands on?
The best example I can think of from my own perspective is a figure like Shadow Tracker, who I think is very cool, and was also very hard to find. The same could be said of Renegades Storm Shadow. However, figures like Zombie-Viper or Jungle-Viper were good figures, but not as hard to find. Of course your mileage may vary…that’s kinda the point of the survey. 😉
Essentially what I’m asking is if you could get access to some recently released figures again in single card form, which figures would you prefer? Check out the Survey Monkey survey below and share your thoughts! If you need any refreshers on which figures were in which waves, more than just the list below, check out the GeneralsJoes review sections: