Is Hasbro's New G.I. Joe Retro Line A Nightmare For MOC Collectors?

by Jay Cochran
September 15, 2020
If you are lucky enough to find Hasbro's new 3 3/4" G.I. Joe Retro figures which are Walmart exclusives at your local store, there is apparently a decent good chance you won't find the cardbacks for them in very good shape.

Now I can't personally speak to this because I have yet to actually find any of the figures at my local store, but I am told the material Hasbro is using for the packaging on this line isn't the most durable. On top of that the first wave of figures apparently shipped on the pegs of this special in-store display as seen here.



While the display piece is kinda cool and I've seen many collectors taking them home to use for their own display purposes, the cheap material used on the packaging combined with them shipping to stores on these metal pegs has caused this to happen to many of the figures.



You can see in the second image which comes via Duke, all the cards have been torn where they were hanging on the pegs.

I've heard this happening at quit a few stores. So just know this isn't due to someone intentionally ripping the cards, but because of bad planning and cheap materials. It's a shame since for many who are collecting this line, they are doing it more for the nostalgia packaging and less for the figures themselves.



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Atlantis - 2020-09-27 @ 1:14 am
On ?9?/?18?/?2020 at 4:51 AM, jsmooth said:

Trust me I have tried but it seems like the answer that i always get is "There are none in the warehouse at this time and we don't know when they are coming."

Same response here. Before they were supposed to go on sale, our stores said they were ready and one even had place card holders for them.  Day before the sale those were moved to another section and half the cards were gone. Since then we never received any of these GI Joes. About a week into the "sale" all cards but one was gone. One store DID get Duke and Roadblock in, from the non-exclusive first wave. Another store got in the exclusive Roadblock (about 4 of those).

No more physical holders left. Target website said Beachhead was for sale BUT....

jsmooth - 2020-09-18 @ 6:28 pm
8 minutes ago, Roadpigmaster said:

Don't stop trying... ?

and don't stop believin...

Roadpigmaster - 2020-09-18 @ 6:25 pm
5 hours ago, jsmooth said:

Trust me I have tried but it seems like the answer that i always get is "There are none in the warehouse at this time and we don't know when they are coming."

Don't stop trying... ?

Belmont13 - 2020-09-18 @ 4:36 pm

To the average employee these are all toys , they figure kids are gonna buy them and rip the package open anyway. You might get one or two that cares about MOC collecting and try to preserve the package as much as possible but most of them are just trying to finish their task as fast as possible so they can move to the next one. Also, there's a good chance that by the time you or a polite good natured collector get there they already had to deal with a bunch of rude customers who tell them how to do their jobs and let's not get into people who swap figures, who hide the figures and people open the packages to take something. It's not ideal behavior for them but I can't really blame the employees for getting fed up and not caring about a toy. 

jsmooth - 2020-09-18 @ 12:51 pm
32 minutes ago, Roadpigmaster said:

Hey you don't loose anything by establishing a conversation with one the guys in that department... And from there you ask if there is any possibility to le you know when figures are coming to the store... 

Trust me I have tried but it seems like the answer that i always get is "There are none in the warehouse at this time and we don't know when they are coming."

Roadpigmaster - 2020-09-18 @ 12:24 pm
48 minutes ago, jsmooth said:

If only there were guys like that in Jersey.

Hey you don't loose anything by establishing a conversation with one the guys in that department... And from there you ask if there is any possibility to le you know when figures are coming to the store... 

jsmooth - 2020-09-18 @ 11:40 am
7 hours ago, Roadpigmaster said:

Weeks ago I made a friend in the toy department and he texted me when they got the figures with details on every figure they received and today when I showed up to make a return from an online order I went to the toy section and he was there and I told him what I ordered online and that I came to get a He-man figure with the card in better shape and. He told me since last time I text you they restock more figures and he bringing down a box sealed and he told me a I save the figures you were looking and I said oh wow thank you very much for that man... Ge knows I been hunting MOTU and GI Joe since we met in my visit when I got Joe figures more than a month ago... After leaving I saw the Jada Marvel figures and I told him... Hey you know that Jada the company that make the mini Marvel figures is also doing GI Joes and they are already showing at some Walmarts and he said come with me to see if you are talking about this... We went back to the area of the MOTU figures and at the very top shelf he pulled out a little box and he told me this one and I said oh yeah that one... Thanks man. He said the got them but still don't have a place in the shelves to put them... That my toy hunting story of the day!  ???

If only there were guys like that in Jersey.

Roadpigmaster - 2020-09-18 @ 4:06 am
3 hours ago, jsmooth said:

Woah...that is not all that you found!!!!

Weeks ago I made a friend in the toy department and he texted me when they got the figures with details on every figure they received and today when I showed up to make a return from an online order I went to the toy section and he was there and I told him what I ordered online and that I came to get a He-man figure with the card in better shape and. He told me since last time I text you they restock more figures and he bringing down a box sealed and he told me a I save the figures you were looking and I said oh wow thank you very much for that man... Ge knows I been hunting MOTU and GI Joe since we met in my visit when I got Joe figures more than a month ago... After leaving I saw the Jada Marvel figures and I told him... Hey you know that Jada the company that make the mini Marvel figures is also doing GI Joes and they are already showing at some Walmarts and he said come with me to see if you are talking about this... We went back to the area of the MOTU figures and at the very top shelf he pulled out a little box and he told me this one and I said oh yeah that one... Thanks man. He said the got them but still don't have a place in the shelves to put them... That my toy hunting story of the day!  ???

jsmooth - 2020-09-18 @ 12:08 am
7 minutes ago, Roadpigmaster said:

Today in my toy hunting found the Jada mini figures...

Woah...that is not all that you found!!!!

Roadpigmaster - 2020-09-18 @ 12:07 am

Today in my toy hunting found the Jada mini figures...

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