What Would A New 3 3/4" G.I. Joe Line Look Like To You?

by Jay Cochran
March 17, 2020
Ever since word broke earlier in the year that Hasbro was bringing G.I. Joe back to the toy aisle, many have been wondering what that would mean for 3 3/4” collectors.



While Hasbro’s initial announcement at Toy Fair was for a new 6” Classified line, those who grew up on G.I. Joe in the 80’s and prefer smaller scale figures were left wondering, “What about me?”

This week the fansite Hisstank dug up some new listings on the Walmart website for a new G.I.Joe exclusive line called “G.I.Joe Retro”. While there is nothing about these listings that suggest what the scale of the figures will be, their assumption seems to be that they will be 3 3/4”.



Hasbro these days seems to favor 6” figures, but precedent exists for them doing 3 3/4” size figures as Walmart exclusives. We saw them do this a few years ago with Star Wars, when they released a limited line of articulated 3 3/4” Black Series figures.

Still the word “Retro” could refer to a number of things. After all, the original G.I. Joe figures released in the 60’s where actually 12” figures with cloth uniforms. “Retro” is also a term often used with 8” Mego style figures with cloth outfits.



The word “Retro” also could simply refer to the outfits. The new 6” Classified figures feature classic 80’s characters in updated uniforms, so this new Walmart line could simply be the 6” Classified figures repainted with their classic outfits.

The possibilities of what this Retro line could be based on our current info is infinite, but let’s assume for a moment this in fact is a new line of 3 3/4” figures. If so, that begs a whole slew of new questions.



Hasbro has released a number of different 3 3/4” lines over the years with different designs and looks. There was the original “A Real American Hero” line with the classic O-ring design, then there is the more modern 25th Anniversary figures that ditched the O-rings. So if Hasbro released new 3 3/4” figures, which route would they go? Could they give us something totally new or even just shrunk down versions of their Classified figures?



The Walmart listings even indicate some kind of HISS Tank vehicle in the works. So would that just be the same HISS Tank Hasbro has released many times over the years since the 80’s?

Even IF Hasbro ends us giving a new 3 3/4” line, what are they going to be able to release that will make most collectors happy and be something they don’t already have???



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Roadpigmaster - 2020-04-15 @ 7:44 pm
37 minutes ago, Lore_Merc said:

Reveal them to me!

I agree with your statement...??

Lore_Merc - 2020-04-15 @ 7:09 pm

Reveal them to me!

sonic360 - 2020-04-14 @ 5:09 pm

We need army builders. I hope we see some Cobra Troopers and Officers.

Roadpigmaster - 2020-04-14 @ 2:47 pm
1 hour ago, JayC said:

We first told you about these G.I. Joe Retro figure listings that showed up at Walmart last month. While we still have no specific information on what exactly these are, the general thought is that they will be some type of tribute 3 3/4" action figure line sold exclusively at Walmart stores. The $12.93 price lends itself to these being in the 3 3/4" scale, and the word "Retro" brings thoughts of the classic 80's products. Also note two listings are for vehicles. A Retro H.I.S.S. Tank vehicle with a $26.83 price and Awe Striker with a $26.82 price.While we still don't have any specific information or confirmation for what exactly these figures are, we do have thanks to Jtprime17 the Walmart SKU#'s and direct links to each figure on the Walmart website for you to keep track of. Note the listings use the same type of codenames as we have seen used with the 6" Classified figures as opposed to the actual character names.GIJ RETRO FIGURE MANTIS SKU# 513900390GIJ RETRO FIGURE DARKLING SKU# 233031189GIJ RETRO FIGURE SCORPION SKU# 634866260GIJ RETRO FIGURES TARANTULA SKU# 606601997GIJ-RETRO-FIGURE-MAYFLY SKU: GIJ RETRO VEHICLE COBRA H.I.S.S. SKU# 388022731GIJ RETRO VEHICLE AWE STRIKER SKU# 926584486If we match up the codenames used with these Retro figures and the ones used originally with the wave one 6" Classified figures we now know about, we can speculate that Darkling is Destro, Trantula is Snake-Eyes and Mayfly is Roadblock.Of course none of this is confirmed and we will have to wait and see what is what when Hasbro decides to officially announce them.

Well I finally sold out my GI Joe club FSS 8.0 so I think that money will be saved to get this line in the future...

Neovorticism2 - 2020-04-14 @ 2:28 pm

Interesting, I'm still waiting for the rest of Classified figures to be revealled. A retro line sounds tempting since the few Joe I own are from modern lines, but I don't know if they would be available in my region and there lies the problem.

JayC - 2020-04-14 @ 12:51 pm

We first told you about these G.I. Joe Retro figure listings that showed up at Walmart last month. While we still have no specific information on what exactly these are, the general thought is that they will be some type of tribute 3 3/4" action figure line sold exclusively at Walmart stores. The $12.93 price lends itself to these being in the 3 3/4" scale, and the word "Retro" brings thoughts of the classic 80's products. Also note two listings are for vehicles. A Retro H.I.S.S. Tank vehicle with a $26.83 price and Awe Striker with a $26.82 price.While we still don't have any specific information or confirmation for what exactly these figures are, we do have thanks to Jtprime17 the Walmart SKU#'s and direct links to each figure on the Walmart website for you to keep track of. Note the listings use the same type of codenames as we have seen used with the 6" Classified figures as opposed to the actual character names.GIJ RETRO FIGURE MANTIS SKU# 513900390GIJ RETRO FIGURE DARKLING SKU# 233031189GIJ RETRO FIGURE SCORPION SKU# 634866260GIJ RETRO FIGURES TARANTULA SKU# 606601997GIJ-RETRO-FIGURE-MAYFLY SKU: GIJ RETRO VEHICLE COBRA H.I.S.S. SKU# 388022731GIJ RETRO VEHICLE AWE STRIKER SKU# 926584486If we match up the codenames used with these Retro figures and the ones used originally with the wave one 6" Classified figures we now know about, we can speculate that Darkling is Destro, Trantula is Snake-Eyes and Mayfly is Roadblock.Of course none of this is confirmed and we will have to wait and see what is what when Hasbro decides to officially announce them.

Nosferatuman62172 - 2020-03-18 @ 4:18 pm

I'd imagine that these are reports of the original rah figures, just like hasbro's doing with star wars. What I would love to see are New versions of older characters as well as all new characters done in the original o ring style. Basically a continuation of the original line.

Hrothmeir - 2020-03-18 @ 10:22 am

For me, a good 3 3/4 line wouldn't be too dissimilar from the Classified series. Just, you know, the proper size.

sonic360 - 2020-03-17 @ 10:21 pm

Hopefully, these will be high quality O-ringfigures !

Roadpigmaster - 2020-03-17 @ 8:09 pm

I would like to see this retro line to be like the 80s ARAH line and maybe with a more accurate look to the cartoon...

Realistically I think Hasbro is going to rerelease some of the 80s figures like they are doing with the Ghostbusters...

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