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  1. 15 hours ago, BuffaloDelorean said:

    It would be pretty funny if the success of the comics led to a new set of Duke, Scarlett, Cobra Commander, and Destro.

    I'd still like Road Pig and Thrasher, but at this point the odds of a proper Road Warrior set seem considerably higher.

    I’m loving the new series and books. The looks are different but I don’t think they are different enough that I would overlook my 4th Scarlett, 3rd Coco, 2nd Destro/Duke. But we could mix and match and do a Duke, Hawk, Flint and Lady Jaye and I’d stomach the repeats…

  2. 2 minutes ago, Trekker 42 said:

    Plus making 3 each of Storm Shadow, Scarlett, and Snake Eyes in the first four releases of the line. I get they’re popular but it’s a bit excessive to do that many of the same character. 
    I’ll be slightly sad when the footlockers go but only because I like the cut out files. 

    We can dig into this till the cows come home. DST doesn’t want to hear it. At the end of the day 16 figures were released across 4 sets and  11 figures were the same figure. They don’t want to hear it. 

  3. On 5/28/2024 at 1:54 PM, murderofcrows said:

    ugh  just one more box set, with minimal packaging, just do a VHS box like transformers.   All new 4 2 joe 2 cobra... come on zach.  make it happen  


    This is what should have been done to begin with. I just hope the ambition of the footlockers didn’t kill the line. 

  4. 1 hour ago, Trekker 42 said:

    Just finished Transformers and I’m in for this. I’ll be getting the trades for the rest of these as soon as they’re released. 

    What exactly is Void Rivals? Does Kirkman still have his TWD age Magic Touch?

    Don’t want to spoil it but there’s a reason it was the first book in the new era. Go get it!

  5. 7 hours ago, nandoninny said:

    so, like most of us i was sad as hell to hear sales weren't good and that most likely this line isn't moving forward and i wouldn't get my tiger force set or firefly or even flint.  i'm still holding hope though that like the cancelled ninja turtles that these could make a comeback.  

    here's how:

    the new GI JOE comics are some of the best selling comics at the moment.  outselling batman from what one article stated.  do a set (or various) based on the new comics.  get some hype going.  then announce a 'retro' line.

    the designs of the new books are classic enough for those who want figures of the old stuff to be satisfied but if tied to the new books could gain much needed traction.  

    and then hopefully some army builders and maybe even a Wreckage figure.



    Seriously the Engeron Universe being created is outstanding. 

  6. On 5/6/2024 at 2:19 PM, SCW said:

    Joe is very much a nostalgia property. Every time they try something new, it either reverts back to ARAH or if moves away from ARAH it dies. GI Joe 25th is a perfect example of this. It went from two single box sets to absolutely DOMINATING to the toy aisles for a few years, they moved away from ARAH and it quickly died off. Classified started as sort of a "modern take on Joe in 6 inch" with more military and sci-fi mixed in, but not necessarily classic designs. It did okay but stumbled a bit. As soon as they switched to straight up ARAH, it took off.

    You can pepper in SOME new stuff of course, but ARAH is what keeps it afloat. There are also big AT and even Super Joe fandoms out there as well. But there's nothing "new" with Joe that's connected with people in decades.

    I think the Joe MMs weren't as successful because a lot of issues with rollout and it was the same ol' stuff we usually see as the launch for Joe. The GI Joe Megos failed because they launched with SS and SE, which IMO is a mistake even though they are arguably the most popular Joe characters, Mego collectors didn't want those figures first. You're not going to get Joe fans to jump into a new format just cause of SS and SE, they have 800 versions of those guys. A new version of them doesn't excite them. From a business perspective it makes sense on the surface, but two seconds of digging under the hood you can see why it's a mistake.

    MMs issue was not so much character selection, though that was an issue, as it was not playing to the format's strengths. What was the #1 thing everyone here asked for? Army builders. That would have appealed to MM collectors and Joe collectors as opposed to another SS and CC. But that's been beat to death.


    If we “can’t” do an army builder Boxset straight out, I’d reco doing characters that *could be* army built without too much hassle to encourage multiple Boxset purchase.  For example Fred: Crimson Guard, Raven: Plane Cobra, a BAT, Rock N Roll with pieces for Grunt and then a “Twin” with parts for a twin. A simple 4 pack that people would need at least two of with 3 characters that wouldn’t annoy you to have multiples. 

  7. 3 hours ago, TheMinimateKing30 said:

    The stuff with the blue/purple on Goblin's cape, yeah. I can see it.

    But Kaine? IDK. Maybe it's my neurodivergent ass not cooperating right, but I don't see the issue everyone has with the blue on Kaine. It's a little underdetailed, perhaps, but the color and application is fine.

    Really, the only thing he's missing, as others have noted, is the forearm spikes. The lack of them kinda blows, IMO, but it's not a major drawback for me when the incredible amount of effort taken with the rest of the figure's sculpting is taken into consideration.

    ND to ND you’re not alone. My “grievances” are the spikes and the lack of unwindswept parts. Otherwise perfection. 

  8. 20 minutes ago, Trekker 42 said:

    Probably doesn’t help that he was, I think, the first Angel Minimate produced that wasn’t an Archangel. 
    We didn’t know if we’d get another one!

    There was that weird era where they mixed up the variant Angel (FA) and Halo blue Angel that also drove confusion. I weirdly had a few of both but that X-Factor one was a bane. I got over it because Angel only wore the costume for less than a year and you could use Archangel with the box set but those were sad times. 

    35 minutes ago, minifigvig said:

    whilst questing for thine grail…


    how good does it feel to see the figure you want being sold in a lot that’s about the same cost (or less) than what people are trying to sell for the loose single figure?

    i finally got rachel summers and now a second FA angel this way lol

    I also love seeing the inverse. I saw a bundle of common figures that the seller was asking HUNDREDS for. 

  9. 8 hours ago, Trekker 42 said:

    I’m betting that the difference for Transformers and Joe is that, as a property, Transformers is more widely liked than GI Joe. 
    Numbers alone, Transformers has had multiple billion dollar films and it’s rare that a Transformers show isn’t running on some network. 
    Joe on the other hand has had two commercial failures and, I believe, one modest success that led nowhere. There hasn’t been a GI Joe cartoon since somewhere around 2011 it seems (and even then that looks like was a miniseries.)

    People who give a fuck about GI Joe *REALLY* give a fuck about GI Joe. But it’s more of a pure nostalgia property than a living ongoing brand. Maybe that’ll change with the next one, but that’s going to be a Transformers crossover. So Joe just can’t seem to stand on his own. 

    The minimates kick fucking ass though. I don’t give much of a fuck about GI Joe (despite liking Retaliation a lot) but even I think I’m gonna crack and buy the damn minimates soon. 

    Well, I think the messaging with Joes is the problem as the Military hasn’t had a consistent popular sentiment rating since Iraq. The Gen Alpha Honey Badgers being raised by Millienials and Gen X probably won’t connect with these and their mission ever. I am thinking of it as the pívot the brand had to make after Vietnam. That’s how we got the space force etc that May be in the box sets we get this summer. 

    6 hours ago, cylonchaney said:

    I was too old for Transformers. I watched the show anyway but was definitely too old for the toys. Maybe that's why I'm not bothered with the feature. Also I've always found non-transforming toys look more like the cartoon character which I like.

    As for Trek, you're pouring my heart out here. LOL Less concerned about Next Gen since I made my crappy customs. They look not too bad in my display case. Would love a factory molded Klingon head though.


    My envy for your trek… it’s palatable. I’m currently learning how to make decals just for this reason as I think the ship sailed, crashed, and the remains went through a worm hole. 

    5 hours ago, hellpop said:

    Yeah, I think this is a good read. I think we tend to conflate the two in our minds, but I think Transformers is significantly more popular.

    Robots > Soldiers always. Hopefully the Energon Universe revitalizes the brand. I’ve been loving the comics. 

  10. 2 hours ago, cylonchaney said:

    I have a feeling that if this forum had reactions, you'd be getting a lot of thumbs up on this post. Completely agree with your Joe analysis. Disagree slightly on Transformers. I'm surprised they're not more popular.

    Not that I know anything about the toy biz other than buying. LOL

    I love the Transformers mates but part of the magic is they transform… our mates do not and have slightly limited movement. They are beautiful but as a kid could I play with them or would I rather buy something that transforms? This is a nostalgic buy for me. Whereas Joes fit the play pattern and in some ways are superior to the other toys offered like Super7. On principle, Super 7 and Minimates share a similar structure of same mold slight variations on the characters (not sure I’m articulating that correctly). Where Minimates wins is the articulation and the interchangeable parts. They have managed to have perceived success because of the amount of skus and the variation in characters imho. 


    38 minutes ago, buttheadsmate said:


    Why doesn't someone tell me that I am repeating myself ?

    Why doesn't someone tell me..............



    Much of what is being said about GIJoe retreads could be applied to several other Minimate licences.

    The classic example would be Star Trek Minimates . I know for sure that I am repeating myself but the first two waves incorporated 13 'mates which were identical from the waist whilst several were duplicated from the waist up !   The line eventually 'opened out' & maybe the Joe line will?  






    My OG Star Trek disdain grows by the moment. I am so frustrated we can’t get to TNG which I consider “my” trek because we keep recycling the OG. Even then just give me three boxsets following Mmpr wave 2. One red shirt, one yellow shirt, one blue shirt and an alien with heads for variations and call it a bloody day. Even if you can’t do all the heads in one Boxset then just follow the formula and give us a Klingon, A Borg, a Romulan. 

  11. 8 hours ago, Strider said:

    I am going to keep on hoping the line continues but I am not a good judge since I still hope that somehow LOTR resurrects and I finally get that canceled wave of figures. 

    I just feel dumbfounded that the line has stalled so quickly. Out of all the IPs out there not named Marvel or DC I would have thought this would have been the best fit. Crazy to think how many waves of Ghostbusters we got compared to GI Joe. Only thing I can think of is over saturation of the market killed the demand. I mean there’s Classified, Reaction, Ultimates, Mezco One:12 and Hiya. There may be even more that I am not aware of.

    I’m used to my role as playing the voice of dissent here. I respectfully don’t think it’s over saturated I just don’t think it connected for a few reasons. 1. Clarity that there would be an exclusive cartoon set that would be followed up with two waves with a higher price point and odd box. 2. The two waves had half the characters from the first box set. The con exclusive was also retreads of 3 figures and a lesser known comic entity. 3. The extended (but justified) rollout. 4. Distribution/access.


    Less we forget the original box set sold out same day. 

    Having only 16 slots, and 11 of them being the same 4 figures, was a choice. It just makes the play pattern harder and makes it harder to justify the price point. It’s easy for me to arm chair quarter back but the footlockers should have been com exclusives and the vhs boxes should have been the mainstream buy. I am thrown that we got more Transformers done then GiJoe. I love them but the transformers mates aren’t even in the same league as the Joes. It’s odd there are more.

  12. Well, I think that’s the issue. If fans of a license and fans of a toyline aren’t willing to buy the figures at full price that sends a message that there isn’t interest. Hopefully something shifts for this line. I firmly believe  that an army builder pack would sell out and drive interest in this line.

    Even a box set like turtles where it’s 5 figures. Off the top of my head. 

    a BAT

    a Crimson Guard

    a twin with parts for the other. 

    a Joe like clutch/rock n roll that can easily convert into another character

    Zartan with multiple heads and or shape changer parts. 


  13. On 4/22/2024 at 8:20 AM, TheMinimateKing30 said:

    No, I mean, I liked the new Elektra as well, just... IDK. I'm not sure how much room it could've taken up in the box set, but some alt. parts for a more neutral mask and sash would have been welcome if you just wanna pose her normally.


  14. 17 hours ago, NerdyTrev said:



    Except that Wolverine didn't wear the Fang costume in these comics . . .


    HOWEVER, Uncanny #162 (which is the issue where the infected Wolverine comes from) does feature Fang's death at the hands of the Brood aliens. So, if it were to go down that way then the box would need to advertise Fang proper and come packaged with an additional, swappable Wolverine head.


    Personally, I'd just prefer the infected Wolverine because

    a.) it's a Cockrum design, so automatically striking and interesting enough to warrant the additional Wolverine variant
    b.) it'll have funky pearlescent pants which are always neat
    c.) I'd hate to only have two Imperial Guard members and its Gladiator and . . . Fang . . .

    Unless we're getting Starbolt, Hussar, Manta, Earthquake, Oracle, Warstar etc.  I'd rather just have Gladiator.

    Well, we could eventually get a third Imperial Guard member in Smasher through the Avengers if DST was generous they might even give us the Male chest block in addition to the female one but I see your point. A play pattern I had since the 90s was just to lump the StarJammers with the Imperial Guard since we only had Guardian and Warstar. 

  15. 16 minutes ago, TheMinimateKing30 said:

    More reasonable.

    Thanks. If people want to Army build they can have a Guard Fang, a Kitty, depowered Binary, and a cape Deathbird. The three Starjammers though… well who doesn’t need multiple Green things. 

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