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45 years and counting...
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This just in! It looks like Walmart is going to be the only retailer selling a 45th Anniversary 12-inch GIjOE this year. Recently, at the JoeCon in Dallas, TX, Hasbro revealed plans for the worlds largest retailer, Walmart, will begin selling the original military era GIjOEs, available in the coffin boxes, with accessory sets on the tray type cards, starting in October. Image courtesy of www.toynewsi.com . These appear to be a re-release of the 40th Anniversary Joes, but that's OK by me. Rumors abound that the carded sets are the following:
To me this is a decent offering, since I would really like a few of the Frogmen sets, and I don't have the Dress Marine set. Not sure about the Mountain Troops, since Hasbro has not yet made any Snow Trooper winter uniforms or white 'bear' helmets. The Pilot get the inflatable raft, but that's ok, as the Frogmen need something to float on too!
I think if I were in charge of the 45th line, I would have offered the Tank Commander, Scramble Pilot, Frogman, and the Green Beret as the card sets, but that's just me. For $10 a pop, I know I'll be buying all I can afford.
In related news, the downside of these cool vintage style sets, means the 40th Anniversary versions will depreciate, yet again, and the vintage sets will loose even more value. Before the replica sets came out, vintage figures and sets were in high demand, and collectors were faced with buying at a premium the hard to find parts. Now, even vintage nude figures are at all time lows, and I think this is due to folks buying the equivalent 40th Anniversary Edition, or even better, the 40th Anniversary Action Man sets. Now those are something to be excited about!
It was a long time coming, but after the success of the Hot Topic Land Adventurer last November, and the Urban Outfitters, Air Adventurer in Sea Adventurer gear, this past Spring, Hasbro decided to team up with Walmart to offer most of the original Adventure Team Line up!
Here is the breakdown:
Best of all, these come in repo boxes, and for $9.96 what is not to love about these old friends. Now, the hair on the Sea and Air Adventurer are somewhat odd, but the outfits, and accessories are nice, the figures are well made, the Kung-fu Grip works, and best of all, most Walmarts have them! Take a look:
If you were like me, growing up in the 70's, it's great to see these back on shelves, even if it's for a limited time. I hope these sell well, and that other stores get some exclusives this fall Picture from http://members.aol.com/lannyl7/ATmart.jpg .
I've been a huge GIjOE fan since I was a kid, and have been actively collecting them for years. Original boxed figures and accessories are very rare today and this year, Hasbro has decided to offer the complete 1964 line of GIjOE merchandise available again for the first time since the 1960's. Look at the images below to get an idea of the first wave, that hit stores in mid July. Most places have sold out by late September, just in time for Wave 2.
Toys 'R' Us had a complete set for $39.99 each [$10 more that retail, thanks TRU], so I was encouraged by my wife to get the whole set. I did. In person these are even better than the photographs.
Previous images from Cotswold Collectibles.
Overall conclusion: I really like this set. It's the best effort Hasbro has done in a long time. The 30th Anniversary set were disappointing, but these 40th version make up for it. Details down to the cotton strings stitching the parts to the card has been replicated to be like the 1964 line. Get them while you can. Buy 2 of each, keep one in the box, and play with the other set. Thanks Hasbro, I feel like a kid again on Christmas morning, 1964. If you like the vintage GIjOE line these are as close to the originals as you are going to get. I don't think Hasbro will ever get it any better or even can. These are that good. Unless a warehouse find is discovered of vintage sets, this is as good as it gets. The comments are from a vintage collectors perspective, and not intended to be critical of the latest offerings. Hasbro really tried to get it right this time by NOT improving on anything. [it looks like there are some changes to the footlocker, unfortunately] The things that made these sets work in 1964 is what makes these reproductions so good now. For the 1/6th scale miniature enthusiast who expects accurate models, these are not like modern Dragon figures. For the vintage GIjOE collector wanting a nostalgic reproduction, these are near perfect replicas. I can't wait to see more of the 40th line. My Soldier & Marine needs gear, helmets, belts, pistols, mess kit, my pilot needs a crash helmet, parachute pack, belt and sidearm, my Sailor needs a helmet, raft, signal light, shore patrol gear, oh, I could go on.
Review of the 40th Anniversary Editions Wave 2 Update October 30, 2003
Images from GIjOE Online. Found these At the Local Target store. Very cool set, but, seems to lack the BANG the first set did. No Action Pilot in this set, and it is missed. 2 Soldier sets, and if you want to complete a MP, you will have to get both Soldier sets. The Navy set is lacking the Attack Helmet, Blue Ammo can, and Machine Gun. Also, a raft would be nice. These were not part of Wave 2 so I hope to see them in Wave 3. I can't have my Sailor running around without proper headgear! He does have the cloth cap, which is a surprise. Again, most of the booklets still have the typo, but the Marine does not. Artwork on the Window boxes seems to have had too much time with the image retouchers. It is obvious Hasbro is going after the collectors market on these, evident by the 5th in a series, 6th in a series, etc. . In some ways I'd prefer to get just the loose cards, and window boxes instead of getting another Joe. Oh well, I cant wait to see the next Wave.
Wave 2 images from GIjOE Online
I found these images from a seller on ebay. For what its worth the "wave 3" selection will be in 2 parts. The first part of Wave 3 will not have any marines. The second part of Wave 3 will not have any Soldiers. The images are all that I could find on the upcoming Wave 3.
I do have a few 1990's MasterPiece Edition Joes for sale if you need any. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following images are The BeachHead.
Here is a copy of the letter I sent to Hasbro:
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