No Color Change Zartan In The Works For The G.I. Joe Classified Line According To Hasbro

by Jay Cochran
December 05, 2020
Back in September when the 6" G.I. Joe: Classified Zartan figure first went up for pre-order, the official solicitations for the figure listed it with a color change ability like the original 80's figure had. The original copy for the Classified Zartan read as followed:

Series Zartan figure features a color-changing effect when placed in ultraviolet light, turning from a pale skin tone to a bluish gray color

Now back then, we first reported to you that the this was a mistake and that at least the regular release version in wave 3 would not have color change properties. Still many including myself wondered if perhaps there was a second figure coming that would include the color change ability. Perhaps a store exclusive version or such. After all it seemed strange someone would have written up copy including a feature that never existed.

Well according to the site Toy-Wizard, Hasbro recently held a small G.I.Joe Q&A round-table with a few fan-sites where someone asked them if a color change figure was coming. Hasbro's response was no. Apparently such a feature isn't possible with the plastics and tools at hand. Apparently someone just grabbed a description of an old Zartan figure and used it for this new one, not bothering to read or confirm the features listed. I am not entirely sure why plastics and tools for such a feature aren't available now when they were clearly available back in the 80's, but I guess we will just have to take Hasbro's word on this and go with it's not happening.

The regular version of Zartan is currently available for pre-order at our sponsor BigBadToyStore.com and will be released next year.
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Lord_Scareglow - 2020-12-27 @ 10:02 pm
1 hour ago, EricGamer04 said:

Does anyone know when these figures are coming out?

they already all came out, they just sold out instantly in 3 seconds, never to be found again

ha just kidding, apparently these are coming out around March.

 

EricGamer04 - 2020-12-27 @ 8:31 pm

Does anyone know when these figures are coming out?

EricGamer04 - 2020-12-11 @ 2:41 am

Sweet, those action  figures look awesome including the Scarlett action figure. I was thinking about getting the original but, I wait till this one comes out to get it or I might get both.

ghostbogey - 2020-12-06 @ 10:42 am
On 12/3/2020 at 5:14 PM, mako said:

Do they still consider them "peg-warmers" if they don't even rate a peg? The only JCs I've seen at ANY Walmart were a couple of Roadblocks and a Scarlett laying in that weird space at the botton of the pegs. You know how at the bottom of the pegboard they have that shelf sticking out, then below that there's a little cubby hole, then the floor? The Joes were in that little cubby.

They're Cubby-Warmers.

hahahahahaha.....Touchdown!!!!! =^)

DiscoCougar - 2020-12-06 @ 7:43 am

They should have just added a second "face mask" that's colored with the blue-hue for us to put on...

Jack655 - 2020-12-06 @ 3:17 am

Well that's a shame. I was curious to see the color changing technology for myself 

Outsiders - 2020-12-06 @ 12:23 am

I might be slipping in my old age but why was Hasbro able to do a skin color changing figure back in the 80's but they can't do one now?

One thing that is getting me a little ticked off with Hasbro is they want to tease us by announcing new "G.I. Joe" figures, hyping them with making them either Walmart or Target exclusives and then pulling this crap when we want the good stuff.

Nosferatuman62172 - 2020-12-05 @ 10:53 pm

If they can't  do color change, they could always do a green skinned variant, although I'm not sure if that would sell well. I just wish they would change to color of his pants and hood to more burgandy type color instead of the brown that they are.

 

Belmont13 - 2020-12-05 @ 10:09 pm
25 minutes ago, JayC said:

 Apparently someone just grabbed a description of an old Zartan figure and used it for this new one, not bothering to read or confirm the features listed. I am not entirely sure why plastics and tools for such a feature aren't available now when they were clearly available back in the 80's, but I guess we will just have to take Hasbro's word on this and go with it's not happening. 

Further proof that despite some great looking figures, the people handling this line don't seem to know what they are doing.

Mr_Scary92 - 2020-12-05 @ 10:08 pm

Well, since Mattel is going to release a flocked MoTUO Panthor as a Wal-Mart exclusive I wouldn't be surprised if Hasbro did the same with this hypothetical color changing Zartan. Honestly nothing in the collecting surprises me (for good) at all lately.

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