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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tudortiger2000 - 2020-06-24 @ 11:30 pm

I think,  keeping in line with Hasbro's Retro Star Wars wave,  it would be a safe bet that it be a re-release of the OG 3.75" line, 80s-mould. 

jsmooth - 2020-06-21 @ 2:24 pm
10 hours ago, Cxb452 said:

Honestly I think a 3 3/4 would be nice.  Its a good way to show collectors hasbro hasnt forgotten them.  I mean most kids dont know anything about G.I. Joe so pretty much everything is aimed at us.  

Absolutely...this should be aimed at the guys who grew up with it and thus they should focus on the cartoon show and remake those.  That would be cool.

jsmooth - 2020-06-21 @ 2:23 pm
10 hours ago, Roadpigmaster said:

After watching the artworks at the official GI Joe web site I think Hasbro is going to re release the ARAH, Spy Troops/Valor Vs Venom Figures and probably new Figures based on the Comics like for example Rock'n'Roll, Chuckles, Major Bludd, Road Pig, Flint, Gung-Ho, etc...

Check out the list I'm talking about on the site.

EH...I am not a fan of the Valor vs Venom so if that is the case I can pass.

Roadpigmaster - 2020-06-21 @ 4:18 am

After watching the artworks at the official GI Joe web site I think Hasbro is going to re release the ARAH, Spy Troops/Valor Vs Venom Figures and probably new Figures based on the Comics like for example Rock'n'Roll, Chuckles, Major Bludd, Road Pig, Flint, Gung-Ho, etc...

Check out the list I'm talking about on the site.

Cxb452 - 2020-06-21 @ 3:32 am

Honestly I think a 3 3/4 would be nice.  Its a good way to show collectors hasbro hasnt forgotten them.  I mean most kids dont know anything about G.I. Joe so pretty much everything is aimed at us.  

Nosferatuman62172 - 2020-06-21 @ 1:56 am

There most likely repros.  It would be cool to see brand new characters and new versions of some of the origional characters in the classic style. 

jsmooth - 2020-06-19 @ 9:11 pm
48 minutes ago, InspectorZartan said:

To my mind most of the new sculpt era figures are so different in sculpt and design that if they were to be done in the more classic 80s o-ring style it would count as new.  So that opens up to include all of the GI Joe VS Cobra, Valor vs Venom, and Spy Troops original characters as well as many characters that had figures premier in those comic 3-packs or convention sets.  Then you have a bunch of characters that were only made as toys in the modern era style like Billy, Pythona, Helix, Dr Venom, Tombstone, Female Dial Tone, Crimson Asp, etc etc.  And there are other out of scale Joe characters like Sgt Savage, or Lt Stone that could certainly be done.  And then of course there are the ones that have never ever received a plastic figure like  Dawn Moreno, Col Sharp, Soft Master, Ronin, Mayday, Firewall, Wade Collins, Vance Wingfield, Agent Mara, Hector Ramirez, General Rey, the never made members of the Plague, etc etc.  Some are more obscure than others but all are ones I would love to see.  

How about a new Sgt. Slaughter!!!!!

jsmooth - 2020-06-19 @ 9:11 pm
33 minutes ago, InspectorZartan said:

You think the 25th will be 25th rereleases instead of O-Ring rereleases.  I dont know, I have to think it will be O-Ring style.  Between Hasbro doing retro Kenner Star Wars and G1 Transformers, Playmates doing retro Turtles, and Mattel doing MOTU origins o-ring GI Joes are the last of the big 5 not to go back and get rereleases meant to look and feel like their 80s roots.  That seems to be whats in vogue with the big toy companies right now (also lets not forget retro Kenner Ghostbusters).  That said I suspect either way it will just be straight up reproduction of the originals.  It will either be a small sample of the original 13 plus some Cobra or a sample of all stars like Duke, Snake Eyes, Flint, Scarlet, Roadblock etc.  Me listing New characters is just fantasy booking what Id like to see not what I actually think Ill see.  

The Big Five???? What about Thundercats!!!!!

InspectorZartan - 2020-06-19 @ 8:42 pm
7 hours ago, JayC said:

Hate to be the Debbie downer but I really dont expect much from this line. My guess it will be re-issues of figures they already did, probably from the 25th Anniversary line. I almost guarantee thats what the HISS Tank and Awe Striker will be. If you dont have those then it will be cool, but I have to imagine most Joe fans that will be into these will have already gotten the figures previously. My hope however is perhaps Hasbro will re-release some of the figures that previously were only available exclusively through the GIJoe Collector Club. I ended up with a number of holes in my 25th Anniversary 3 3/4" collection due to the fact I wasn't willing to pay to join a club to then pay high prices for their figures.

You think the 25th will be 25th rereleases instead of O-Ring rereleases.  I dont know, I have to think it will be O-Ring style.  Between Hasbro doing retro Kenner Star Wars and G1 Transformers, Playmates doing retro Turtles, and Mattel doing MOTU origins o-ring GI Joes are the last of the big 5 not to go back and get rereleases meant to look and feel like their 80s roots.  That seems to be whats in vogue with the big toy companies right now (also lets not forget retro Kenner Ghostbusters).  That said I suspect either way it will just be straight up reproduction of the originals.  It will either be a small sample of the original 13 plus some Cobra or a sample of all stars like Duke, Snake Eyes, Flint, Scarlet, Roadblock etc.  Me listing New characters is just fantasy booking what Id like to see not what I actually think Ill see.  

InspectorZartan - 2020-06-19 @ 8:27 pm
On 6/17/2020 at 3:48 PM, Flounnderr said:

If these are O-Ring 3 3/4 figures, i'm not sure what "New" figures they can come up with except for Pythona and Dr. Venom?

They made every other figure I can recall from the comics or cartoon in "O-Ring" style. They did the entire Oktober Guard, Big Lob, Kwinn. They even did a Vietnam Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow. Crimson Twins in their Business suits. Unmasked figures, Hologram figures, General Flagg.

I believe the 25th anniversary style took it one step further, I think they've re-done the entire line and cartoon series,  as well as foreign variants and new figures. (But I don't collect this line)

 

I'm open to "New" O-Ring figures:

1) Pythona

2) Dr. Venom

3) Kwinn (Jungle costume)

4) Dr. Biggles-Jones

5) Snake (from Transformers)

6) Cobra Commander (Snake version from Movie)

7) Evey (from the DIC series) 

Rocky Balboa

Zanya from the Devils Due

Cobra Commander Movie Version with Cape and Staff

Dr. Mindbender Winter Gear

To my mind most of the new sculpt era figures are so different in sculpt and design that if they were to be done in the more classic 80s o-ring style it would count as new.  So that opens up to include all of the GI Joe VS Cobra, Valor vs Venom, and Spy Troops original characters as well as many characters that had figures premier in those comic 3-packs or convention sets.  Then you have a bunch of characters that were only made as toys in the modern era style like Billy, Pythona, Helix, Dr Venom, Tombstone, Female Dial Tone, Crimson Asp, etc etc.  And there are other out of scale Joe characters like Sgt Savage, or Lt Stone that could certainly be done.  And then of course there are the ones that have never ever received a plastic figure like  Dawn Moreno, Col Sharp, Soft Master, Ronin, Mayday, Firewall, Wade Collins, Vance Wingfield, Agent Mara, Hector Ramirez, General Rey, the never made members of the Plague, etc etc.  Some are more obscure than others but all are ones I would love to see.  

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