We are just a few days away until Hasbro's
next Fan-Friday G.I. Joe event
where new reveals are expected to be made on the 6" Classified
front. While I know a couple of non-exclusive figures will be announced on Friday, I suspect we will also be seeing more in the way of Target
Up until now, hearing the words Target
and G.I. Joe
exclusives in the same sentence has caused more dread among collectors than the thought of Cobra Commander
conquering the world. Back during PulseCon
announced two new Target
exclusives with Firefly
and the Cobra Viper trooper
. Both figures had pre-orders that sold out in seconds. The first wave of Target
exclusive G.I. Joe Classified
figures, which included a Cobra Trooper, Roadblock v2, Beach Head
and Baroness with bike
also had pre-orders sell out in seconds, Even today they are still very difficult to find and buy at cost.
So if we see more Target
exclusive figures announced this coming Friday, will there be any real chance of folks being able to get them? I can't say for sure, but I will say that perhaps we got a glimmer of hope in the way of Marvel Legends
had up for pre-order two high demand Marvel Legends
figures. They had the X-Men Retro Rogue
figures available for the first time. While the pre-orders for both figures have since sold out, they lasted longer than a few seconds. Rogue
was available for over an hour, and Gambit
lasted a good part of the day. The reason why those figures didn't sell out in seconds is because Target FINALLY
started limiting them to one purchase per person.
has also been stocking the Marvel Legends
exclusives better recently. Both the Storm/Thunderbird 2-pack
and Red Hulk
figures are currently available for purchase, even though initial stock had sold out.
I can't predict what will happen on Friday, but if we see very popular G.I. Joe
character(s) announced as Target
exclusives, we can only hope Hasbro
will give Joe collectors the same respect they've recently been showing Marvel ones.
The Hasbro G.I. Joe Live-Stream
will take place this Friday (11/20) at 11am ET. Check back here for complete coverage and highlights for everything announced.