Each month we submit 5 reader-generated questions to the Hasbro design team for G.I.Joe. Here is the latest batch of questions and answers for August:
The first batch of 25th Anniversary figures has hit stores, and initial reaction from most fans is pretty positive. However, there has been some unhappiness with the figures' hands. The plastic, a very soft, rubbery-type material, does not allow many of the figures to hold their accessories well. Are you aware of this problem, and is anything being done to fix this for future waves?
We've been getting a ton of great feedback on the 25th Anniversary line since it starting hitting shelves and while we were at Comic Con. We've also heard feedback from the fans - we're currently looking into upgrading both the hand and the hip articulation.
Sgt. Slaughter seems to be very involved in GI Joe these days. He was a guest at last year's JoeCon and a guest at the Hasbro booth during San Diego Comic Con this year. You also had a very cool looking 25th Anniversary custom figure of him on display in San Diego. Can we expect to see a new Slaughter figure released from Hasbro in the near future?
There are currently no plans to release a Sgt Slaughter figure, but it is something we are looking into for the future.
Doc. We have heard there will be a 25th Anniversary figure of him released as a mail-away figure sometime in the near future. Can you tell us anything about that?
The mail away figure will be annouced at the 2008 GI Joe convention.
Can you tell us if the 8" line will continue throughout 2008, or will this line be wrapped up at the end of this year?
Right now, all we can confirm is that the 8" line will continue through 2007.
: You showed us two very cool figures at San Diego, Zartan and Serpentor. However, both figures seem to be missing something very important that the originals had, Zartan's Swamp Skier and Serpentor's Air Chariot. Can you tell us if there are any plans in motion to get people these two things for their figures in the near future?
Our first goal with the 2007 25th Anniversary line was to bring the most important GI Joe and Cobra characters out into the market. Now that we have accomplished that, we can start looking at gearing them up.
- Round 1 Q&A
- Round 2 Q&A
- 2007-08-22 @ 7:31 pm
Technically, there was a Cobra jet pack trooper in Marvel #20, but he didn't have a JUMP or the mask on.
- 2007-08-22 @ 5:53 pm
I think the repaints are more a way of them cashing in now while they're still hot. I don't see how making them this way instead of the O-ring would cost much more. The bodies are still using about the same amount of plastic as before. Most of the bodies seem to be in two parts, so tooling cos... Read More
They should have stuck with the o-ring VvV style but made all revamps of the older figures like what they are doing now. It seems like maybe the style of figure they are doing now is costing them a bit more too.(why so many repaints so fast?..couldnt they wait a while?)
- 2007-08-22 @ 4:10 am
I agree, there were alot of gems in the VvV and Spytroops lines, and plenty of detail on those figures. I think were the 25th outshines those lines is they bring a modern look and detail to the classic looks that has not been done before. In those other lines they took classic characters and trie... Read More
I agree quality wise i dont think the 25th figures are any better or more detailed then spy troops or VvV.
These new figures are so much better than Spy Troopers and VvV. The detailing is really cool. I'm looking forward to getting a Clutch and some vehicles that are going to be in line with higher level of quality.