2014 GI Joe Press Photos
Well, at least it’s something. Considering that 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the brand, many Joe fans have been on pins and needles of late, waiting for word of Hasbro’s plans for the year. We finally got an answer today; some of the news was exciting, and some was disappointing. To hear that GI Joe will continue to be on shelves is always good news, but for many, the fact that the anniversary sets are Toys R Us exclusives is a mixed blessing. The toy retailer’s stores aren’t as widespread as they once were, and many parts of the country will be shut out from buying the toys in a brick and mortar store. In TRU’s defense, I will say that they’ve gone great guns, at least in my area, keeping the Kre-O figures and sets stocked.
Speaking of Kre-O, that fun little offshoot continues to amaze me. The Terrordrome looks to be an absolute buy, regardless of price. The single pack figures look just as interesting and fun as previous waves, even including Mike Powers: Atomic Man! (sadly, the only nods to the 12 inch era come in the Kreo-O series). The Real American Hero segment gets the most representation, which only makes sense, considering the largest part of the fanbase is centered around that era. There are definitely some beautifully rendered figures and nicely repainted and remolded sets I’ll be hunting down (arctic Sky Hawk), but part of me wishes the series was paying more homage to the 60s and 70s. I guess it was just too much to expect an Eagle Eye Joe, Intruder or Super Joe Commander figure to be thrown in the mix. Maybe in the 2015 Kre-O wave.
Overall, it’s not the grand celebration some were hoping for, and it’s not as ambitious as the 30th Salute from 1994, but it is something. The 12 inch segment of the brand’s history really seems to have been left out, unless there’s something else coming in the larger scale. That’s definitely a disappointment. After all, the big guys started this whole thing.
But enough of my blather, check out the pics.