GI Joe Renagades/Hasbro Bonus Q&A Answer
February 23, 2011

Last month we were offered a chance by our friends at Hasbro to ask a bonus Q&A question about GI Joe Renegades from the Hasbro toys team and the HUB animation team.  I threw the offer out to the boards and our own Man of Action ‘Caped Crusader’ came back with a great question.  Unfortunately Hasbro sent the answer back to me the day I was flying to NYC for Toy Fair, so it’s taken me a little bit of time to undig from that and get it posted.  But from the ‘better late than never’ file here is the question and the answer: 

Q: Are the Renegades artists working with Hasbro designers on the vehicles being used on the show? Were the Coyote, Destro’s helicopter, Cobra’s snowmobiles, Major Bludd’s car, and Flint’s vehicle collaborative efforts with toys in mind, or are they straight from the imaginations of the Renegades animation team?

A: The majority of the vehicles seen in G.I.JOE RENEGADES were imagined and designed by the artists at Hasbro Studios. The RENEGADES animation team would receive suggestions from the Hasbro, Rhode Island, design team, or specific details regarding how a vehicle might look or function.  This was especially true with our key “character” vehicles, like the Coyote.  The idea is to create a final version of a vehicle that not only works well within the show, but can translate into a cool toy. – April Eriksson, Prop Designer

 If you’d like to see more of the questions asked by other sites the HUB has posted them here.

A big thanks to the Hasbro team for asking us to participate. 

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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