June 28, 2008

Frisco, Texas — June 28, 2008 – Hasbro announced the results of the online poll to determine the top 10 figures in the G.I. JOE vs. COBRA 3 ¾” single carded line, today at the annual International G.I. JOE Collectors Convention.
Over the past 1 ½ years, 62 individual figures have been created in celebration of the wildly popular storyline, as part of a collection commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the legendary G.I. JOE VS. COBRA saga that has captivated kids and fans since it’s introduction in 1982. After 77,000 online votes were cast, the winning figures to be inducted into the G.I. JOE “Hall of Heroes” are:

1 Snake Eyes and Timber (2007 Wave 1)
2 Firefly
3 B.A.T.
4 White Storm Shadow (2007 Wave 4)
5 Beach Head
6 Cobra Viper (2008 Wave 3)
7 Crimson Guard
8 Flint (2007 Wave 1)
9 Zartan (2007 Wave 3)
10 Snake Eyes in All Black (2008 Wave 1)

“The Hall of Heroes not only celebrates what the fans like most in the G.I. JOE vs. COBRA saga,” said
Michael Ritchie, Director of Marketing, G.I. JOE, “it is a bridge between the celebration of the storyline’s
25th anniversary and the kick-off to one of the most exciting years ever in the history of G.I. JOE”
With induction into the G.I. JOE Hall of Heroes comes a new version of the top ten figures. Each will be
released with unique deco and commemorative packaging. The “Hall of Heroes” line will be released in
spring 2009.

Additionally, G.I. JOE makes its debut as a major motion picture from Paramount Pictures and Hasbro on August 7, 2009

Hasbro (NYSE:HAS) is a worldwide leader in children’s and family leisure time entertainment products and services, including the design, manufacture and marketing of games and toys ranging from traditional to high-tech. Both internationally and in the U.S., its PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, TIGER, CRANIUM and WIZARDS OF THE COAST brands and products provide the highest quality and most recognizable play experiences in the world.
© 2008 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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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