G.I. Joe Classified Wave 4 Is Now Wave 3 - So Will Wave 4 Be A Movie Wave And Does Zartan Change Colors?

by Jay Cochran
September 28, 2020
Since this weekend's PulseCon G.I. Joe Classified reveals for wave 3, more details have come to light about that wave.

The two remaining figures for wave 3 will be re-issues of the wave 1 Roadblock and Scarlett, who will join Zartan and the Cobra Trooper. Yes the two most commonly found figures from wave 1 will be returning for wave 3.

Now back in August, if you caught my video, I told folks this wave was coming, however originally these figures were slated for wave 4, not wave 3. You can listen to me talk about this back in August here starting at the 10:38 mark.

Now wave 3 based on the information I had gotten was originally going to be a movie wave featuring movie versions of Snake-Eyes, Storm Shadow and an unknown female character, which presumably was movie based. Of course the Snake-Eyes movie as we all know was delayed until October 2021, so even in August I assumed there was a good chance Hasbro might switch the waves around. Keep in mind Wave 3 isn't due out officially until around March 2021, which means wave 4 will be coming out much closer to the movie's new release date, assuming things aren't further delayed on that front. If I had to guess, that original wave three movie wave will now be released as wave 4.

As for other mysteries we have seen for this line, I don't have any new updates for you. This includes a Lady Jaye figure that was originally listed by an Australian retailer. I should note at this time, the only place I have seen indicating Lady Jaye is coming anytime soon, is that Australian retailer and Target. I've not been able to confirm that one from any other source at this time. Doesn't mean it's not coming, just means that I have nothing more for you on that one.

Another mystery that presented itself this weekend, was the indication that the Zartan figure will have a skin color change feature when put it in the sun, just like the original 80's version had. This was listed in the official solicitations sent our to retailers this weekend.

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

As I understand it however, this version of the figure does NOT actually have that feature, nor was it mentioned as a feature in the official presentation of it during PulseCon.

I find it hard to believe someone just pulled that feature out of thin air when they wrote up the official figure description for Zartan. I would say the figure either originally was going to have the feature and it was removed, or more likely there will be a second version released at some point that has that feature. Probably some kind of store exclusive. We did see a Zartan figure pop up in the Target system months ago. I would assume a figure with a color change feature would also include a chest plate with translucent plastic, like the original figure had to better show off the color change. If Hasbro really wanted to wow us, they would also include a Swamp Skier to go with the figure, assuming they do end up releasing a second one, but I won't hold my breath.

While we are on the subject of Target, other figures that have been found in their system this year include Lady Jaye, Flint, Major Bludd and Barbecue. Lets hope those don't all end up being Target store exclusives.

One final note. Wave 3 very likely will be fairly difficult to find at regular retail. You have fan favorite Zartan and a popular army builder Cobra Trooper figure mixed in with two figures that have already started warming pegs from wave 1. The likely hood that the large retail outlets will order this wave in large enough numbers to fill the demand for the two new figures, seems quit low.

However, small e-tailer and comic shops generally have the option of ordering single cases of figures they know will be in high demand. It can sometimes take longer for them to get those single cases in stock, but they will come. If you want to save yourself a lot of headache, time and gas, my recommendation is forgo trying to get these at the big box retailers, and just pre-order as many as you want at your favorite etailer like our sponsor BigBadToyStore.com. You could pre-order as many Cobra Troopers as you want an never have to worry about finding them again. Just a thought.
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ted209 - 2020-10-08 @ 8:28 pm

I know its the classic look, but I wish Zartan didnt have the exposed belly. It always seemed silly to me. Oh well, nothing I cant fix with paint. 

Atlantis - 2020-09-30 @ 10:23 pm
On ?9?/?28?/?2020 at 2:45 PM, JayC said:

Missing the goggles, an extra riffle and the red thing you can put on the arm. The paint decos are a little different as well. For instance the webgear on this one is dark navy blue and on the Target one it was black. The skin tone around the eyes looks darker to.

Yes. The goggles are what stands out for me; the brassard and weapons are nice. The good thing is the figure is going to be more available now. The Target people I talked to said they can only sell what they receive from Hasbro so what's been happening isn't their fault. You can take that with a grain of salt though. They also said they were  "aware of the concerns of their customers" and are "working to address the issue". Now understand this is one rep that I spoke to, and who knows how much weight, if any, can be put to this response.

Outsiders - 2020-09-28 @ 11:49 pm

A smart move would be to release the Firefly figure again instead of the Roadblock and Scarlett pegwarmers...

JayC - 2020-09-28 @ 11:37 pm
52 minutes ago, Satam said:

Where has that been confirmed?

Also a major feature like that I don't think is something they would have just forgotten to mention and or demonstrated in the press images they released. It probably would even be mentioned on the packaging like they've done with every other Zartan figure they released that had that feature. Also with the solid chest plate, it would kind of make the feature pointless.

JayC - 2020-09-28 @ 11:32 pm
58 minutes ago, Satam said:

Where has that been confirmed?

It's been confirmed to me by sources I find pretty reliable.

Satam - 2020-09-28 @ 10:55 pm
10 minutes ago, JayC said:

No its been confirmed that it wont have color change.

Where has that been confirmed?

JayC - 2020-09-28 @ 10:52 pm

Alley Viper and Cobra Version of Storm Shadow I am sure will come, but when exactly remains the unknown. My guess at this point is wave 5 would be the soonest we see them.

JayC - 2020-09-28 @ 10:49 pm
3 hours ago, Satam said:

My guess is that the production Zartan will have the photochromatic effect, but the prototype figure the GI Joe team showed off wasn't made from that plastic.  As to why they didn't mention it, I'm also guessing it was just an oversight.  We'll find out next year, I suppose.

No its been confirmed that it wont have color change.

JayC - 2020-09-28 @ 10:48 pm
4 hours ago, iRandom said:

Assuming this line has a wave 4. I've yet to see Scarlet or the regular Heavy Duty, but I don't doubt the claim that they are peg warmers elsewhere. Seems like Duke and Snake-eyes have more appeal to the casual buyers and non-completists. Putting these figures in wave 3 can end up hurting everyone. The online retailers are going to be less interested in selling the individuals from the case since they'll be faced with a heap of unsold reissues. A better mix would be 2x each of Zartan & Cobra or 1x Zartan, 1x Snake-eyes and 2x Cobra. 

I'd be interested in a color change Zartan with Swamp Skier. That would hit the nostalgia button. Especially if you can take it apart.

Lets say the are the easiest to come by. The aren't warming pegs like say those Plasma Ghostbusters figures but like you could go on Amazon and get them at cost. When stores do get wave 1 they are usually the last to go.

JayC - 2020-09-28 @ 10:45 pm
5 hours ago, Atlantis said:

Only thing I see with this Trooper vs the Cobra Island that could never be attained, is that there doesn't appear to be a goggle accessory.

Missing the goggles, an extra riffle and the red thing you can put on the arm. The paint decos are a little different as well. For instance the webgear on this one is dark navy blue and on the Target one it was black. The skin tone around the eyes looks darker to.

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