G.I. Joe Classified 6" Duke Getting A Running Change Deco Variant Version From Hasbro

by Jay Cochran
January 12, 2021
Shown below is an image first discovered by Dan Atwood who says he got it from someone on a Facebook page, (sorry we aren't sure the original source of the image). Dan says the person who took this image got the figure from Amazon. In the image we see a new G.I. Joe Classified 6" Duke figure from Hasbro that features an updated paint deco.

New Variant Paint Deco G.I. Joe Classified Duke Figure From Hasbro

The red on the shoulders and gloves have been removed, the knee pads and shin guards are now silver as opposed to gold, and the gold on the riffle has been removed. Not sure why they left the gold on the pistol, but whatever.

Original G.I. Joe Classified Duke Figure From Hasbro

Since the image surfaced for this unannounced variant, I've been doing some checking. First let me say this is 100% a legit figure. From what I can tell this is being done as a running change type of variant. Meaning as retailers and etailers order new stock of the Duke figure, instead of getting the original one they will now get this updated version.

I can't speak for all retailers since I don't know what kind of inventory they are sitting on, but I can confirm that if you pre-order the G.I. Joe Classified Duke from our sponsor BigBadToyStore.com now, you will get the new version, not the old one. Hasbro (as I type this) has not yet sent out updated images, which is why everyone is still shows images of the original figure. New official images of the updated Duke should be coming soon. Hasbro seems to have just kind of sprung this updated version on retailers, likely due to fan demand to have characters look more like their original counterparts.

Paint Deco Variant G.I. Joe Classified Scarlett Figure From Hasbro

Paint Deco Variant G.I. Joe Classified Roadblock Figure From Hasbro

The same goes for the Scarlett and Roadblock figures from wave 1. As retailers get new stock of those, it will be the updated versions that we originally reported as coming in wave 3 with the Zartan and the Cobra Trooper. I am told that some of the original Roadblock figures are still shipping from Hasbro, so getting an original of that one will likely be easier than the Duke and Scarlett.

If you have the original Duke, Scarlett and even Roadblock figures that were initially released, then you may want to hold on to them. They are likely going to be harder to come by as time goes one since the initial stock stores order of those was seemingly low. As popularity grows for the line and stores scramble to restock the original wave 1 figures, they are going to be getting the updated deco versions which hopefully should be easier to get. You can see on Amazon the figure now says (Deco may vary).

Amazon listing for Duke that says Deco May Vary

Someone like Amazon may still have a mix of new and older inventory, so its a crap shoot on which version you end up getting. Until updated images are released, you may want to check with the etailer on which version they will be sending you if you want to make sure what version you are going to get.


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DylanRaven055 - 2021-01-15 @ 3:27 pm

As many here, I quite like the new colour scheme better. I may try to get Scarlett, just gotta make sure I'll get an updated one and not the old one.

Belmont13 - 2021-01-14 @ 2:21 pm

That's a nice repaint, I didn't get the first version, I may get this one.

mako - 2021-01-13 @ 7:37 pm

Uh . . . congratulations? 

hainrs - 2021-01-13 @ 6:25 pm
22 hours ago, mako said:

Or another lame excuse to rerelease a figure that's already been done once. Less work that way.

It's not a re-release and even if it were it's a necessary one to make the entire line have consistent paint. They were obviously wanting to go with a flashier paint scheme and when the primary audience complained, they made the change on all post-series 1 figs and are now changing the first wave. Stop complaining when it's a good thing, and if you don't like it then don't buy it. I think I'll buy two of this one now and give it away. Thanks for providing the reason to do so.

Satam - 2021-01-13 @ 6:06 am

Too bad they left the gold on that pistol.

Roadpigmaster - 2021-01-13 @ 4:55 am

I like the Figure this way and yes Hasbro making the figures look more like the original colors as many mentioned before in complaint's to Hasbro... Lenny and his team are making the changes necessary for this new year which is a great. I really hope that at the middle of this year we get rerelease figures from Target at all major retailers/retailers...

Nosferatuman62172 - 2021-01-13 @ 1:36 am

I dont mind the gold being gone, but he looked better with the red on him.

tycondrius24 - 2021-01-12 @ 9:11 pm

didn't mind the paint apps on the rifle. but glad they swapped out the leg paint and the red on the gloves.

DrLava - 2021-01-12 @ 9:07 pm
57 minutes ago, mako said:

Or another lame excuse to rerelease a figure that's already been done once. Less work that way.

except this isnt a rerelease its a running change. you should read the articles before complaining about something that isnt happening.

mako - 2021-01-12 @ 8:30 pm
16 minutes ago, iRandom said:

Almost looks like a cost reduction since it seems like there are less paint application steps and colors. I do think that the figure looks better this way.

Or another lame excuse to rerelease a figure that's already been done once. Less work that way.

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