Hasbro’s GI Joe Q&A Answers for October 2010
October 22, 2010

 The G.I. Joe Team at Hasbro has once again come through for AFi readers answering your latest and greatest  G.I. Joe questions.  These questions were submitted by AFi readers via our forums.  

Q1) Now that we’ve seen the GI Joe Renegade character designs/promos/trailers, can you tell us if the figures (assuming there are figures coming eventually) will be sculpted to match these designs? I don’t mean just in terms of design, but in terms of artistic esthetic as well. The Renegade designs are very streamlined and, in some ways, exaggerated (big baggy pants, tiny ankles on Snake Eyes, etc). Will these cues be carried into the sculpts?
A1) We are working very hard to make sure that we continue to produce figures that appeal to our fans while taking cues from the new Renegades series. While the G.I. Joe figures will be inspired and influenced by the characters and themes in the upcoming G.I. Joe Renegades series, it will not be the defining design or artistic aesthetic.  

Q2)  With the Pursuit of Cobra line coming and going so quickly, is there any chance that Alley Viper, Jungle Viper, and (especially) Cobra Shock Trooper army builder packs could be offered on the Hasbro Toy Shop site once the strategy shifts gears into Renegades mode? Even something that just comes in a plain, white box, rather than a new packaging design?
A2) We have talked a lot about army building here and are constantly working to figure out how to make army builder figures easier for collectors to get. We will certainly look into ways to make army builder figures more available.

Q3) A lot of the fans of the 25th anniversary were dismayed when that line was ditched en lieu of the Pursuit of Cobra line. I’m a huge, huge fan of the POC line. If there is a Renegades toy line, does the possibility exist to run the Pursuit of Cobra line and Renegades concurrently?
A3)  The Pursuit of Cobra line has some
of the best G.I. Joe figures that we’ve ever made. The G.I. Joe product inspired and influenced by the characters and themes from the upcoming G.I. Joe Renegades series on the Hub will be available in Fall 2011 in the Pursuit of Cobra line. 

If you have a  question you would like to ask the GI Joe team, you can submit them via the new thread for 2010 and we’ll get to them in the next round. 

Thanks to the Hasbro GI Joe team for the answers!

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 www.ActionFigureInsider.com. 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 MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, 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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