Hasbro and Hunter PR joined forces to let us ask questions. Here are three of them, with two answers.
The GI Joe club magazine showed some Pursuit of Cobra (blue border) packaged samples of a Python Patrol Croc Master and a redeco of Blowtorch around May of this year. These didn't make it out to stores yet-- are they still coming? If so, are they going to be on the new 30th Anniversary packaging or the older style cardbacks?
These guys actually did make it to retail, but the quantities were limited. There are currently no plans to repackage them in 30th Anniversary style cardbacks but we hope you find them out there!
Adam's note: with all due respect to Hasbro, evidence says these did not actually ship, are stuck somewhere in the supply chain, or may not have been produced as of this time. Few to no samples have surfaced overseas or on the auctions, they were not solicited in Hasbro's many assortments available on online retailers, and Croc Master in particular only shipped in one version of one assortment and never again-- and that case is no longer available from the manufacturer. I may be totally wrong here, a similar situation in 2009 had Hasbro insisting a Hoth Rebel figure in its Star Wars line was produced when the truth was it never was-- Hasbro eventually released it in 3 different exclusive packs, all for Target, starting in late 2010. As always we thank Hasbro for their answering our questions but we respectfully believe they are in error and the directive they gave to their factory to produce these figure variants was not followed.
Will GI Joe have much of a presence in 2012 beyond the product which has already shipped to stores and the movie line? (In other words, will there be a big gap of product between now and next July/August when the movie comes out?)
30th anniversary will continue to ship into spring of 2012, but we are planning on getting movie product to shelf in early summer so there should not be too much of a gap.
Without necessarily sharing specifics, have we seen the last of old figures repackaged on the new cardbacks? It's great to have another shot at these guys, as it seems there is still some demand for the early 2011 releases.
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