By Tim Janson
At the risk of showing my age I humbly admit to growing up with the 12” G.I. JOE’s in all their awesome plastic glory. But one thing about Habro is that they have always been responsive to the demands of their fans and collectors. Even at the height of the original 3 ¾” line of figures they put out new, collectible editions of 12” figures and thus made sure that the popularity of “Joe” toys remained high not only with kids but adults as well. While the fondness for the 12” figures remains, Hasbro has done a tremendous job in constantly refining and improving the 3 ¾” line.
Beginning in the Fall, the G.I. JOE brand embarks in The Pursuit of Cobra in four new battlegrounds: Desert, City, Jungle and Arctic. The new convoy of toys includes covert and technologically advanced 3-¾-inch action figures and vehicles themed to these new assignments. The vehicles are outfitted with surprise attack features and hidden weapons systems and are designed to traverse a wide range of terrains. The vehicle line also includes an updated version of the H.I.S.S. Tank, the iconic vehicle from the 1980s G.I. Joe vs. Cobra saga.
The Pursuit of Cobra line features a gorgeous new packaging look that blends classic elements from the brand’s iconic 1980s era with a modern, high-tech aesthetic that embodies the near-future global fantasy.
The series will feature over 30 figures in all and is accessorized by over a half dozen vehicles, each of which comes with an exclusive 3 ¾” figure. In addition, The G.I. JOE Mobile Mech Suits are a new 3 ¾ -inch expression for the G.I. JOE toy line and also come with an exclusive 3-¾-inch figure that can sit in the cockpit.
We got an exclusive peek at some of these new figures and vehicles and they are some of the best looking 3 ¾” figures and accessories yet. The detail on Snake Eyes is amazing!
Articulated at ankles, knees, thighs, mid-section, elbows, wrists, shoulders, and neck. Even his visor can be raised. He’s equipped with katana, tonfa, assault rifle, a pair of uzis, and accompanied by his sidekick wolf, Timber.
Recondo comes with removable vest and hat, a pair of hatchets, assault rifle, sniper rifle, solar powered survival pack, a pair of claw traps, and a cool tribal mask.
Dusty has an assault rifle, machine gun, barbed wire, and a alternate head with desert breathing mask, and a piece of sand-colored fabric for camouflage. Each figure comes with a display base.
The Wolf Hound vehicle is designed for the Arctic and has a 360 degree rotating anti-armor missile battery, ski-velocity X1 torpedoes, working canopy, and an exclusive “White Out” figure.
This series is handsomely molded with incredible detail and comes with loads of accessories. Even the package graphics are better than ever. Hasbro has produced one of the best looking series in the 3 ¾” line that we’ve ever seen.