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Transformers R.E.D. Adds two with Optimus Primal and Reformatting Megatron

Hasbro has revealed two new releases as part of their Transformers R.E.D. line of figures. Unlike other Transformers figure lines, these 6-inch scale figures do not convert.

Coming soon and available for pre-order are Optimus Primal and Reformatting Megatron. Optimus Primal is based on the popular Transformers: Beast Wars figure while the Reformatting Megatron is based on the scene from Transformers: The Movie where Unicron upgrades Megatron to Galvatron.

Hasbro Reveals the Power Rangers Mighty Morphin Retro-Morphin Ninjor Fliphead Action Figure as part of Walmart Collector Con

POWER RANGERS MIGHTY MORPHIN RETRO-MORPHIN NINJOR FLIPHEAD Action Figure

(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $13.99/Available: Fall 2021)

IT’S RETRO-MORPHIN TIME! Relive, revisit, or just appreciate the decade that brought you MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS. Inspired by the classic MIGHTY MORPHIN TV show from the nineties, the RETRO-MORPHIN figures bring back head-flipping, morphin action! Press the action figure’s back and the Ninjor head and shoulder pieces flip leg armor slides down, so kids can imagine him morphing him into battle mode. Ninjor’s ninja sword is included as an accessory to add to the morphinominal action. The POWER RANGERS legacy of fun action figures continues, with RETRO-MORPHIN figures for kids and new fans just discovering the awesome action of POWER RANGERS or collectors who want to build, rebuild, or fill out their collection. GO GO POWER RANGERS! Look for more POWER RANGERS figures and toys, including RETRO-MORPHIN figures, LIGHTNING COLLECTION figures and more. Each sold separately. The item is exclusive to Walmart with limited quantities available on HasbroPulse.com. Available now for pre-order on HasbroPulse.com and Walmart.com.

Visit the Walmart Collector Shop at: https://www.walmart.com/cp/collectibles/5967908

Hasbro Reveals New G.I. JOE Retro Collection as part of Walmart Collector Con 2021

G.I. JOE Retro Collection Lonzo “Stalker” Wilkinson

(Ages 4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $12.99 / Available: July 23, 2021)

With the Retro Collection, fans can imagine exciting action and adventure from the pulse-pounding world of G.I. JOE! Featuring 3.75-inch-scale figures and vehicles inspired by the over-50-year legacy of G.I. JOE, the Retro Collection offers classic deco, design, and multiple points of articulation, as well as packaging accentuated by retro Hasbro branding. Fans and collectors can imagine heroic action and adventure with the Lonzo “Stalker” Wilkinson toy featuring five accessories inspired by the battle-winning sergeant. Look for more 3.75-inch-scale G.I. JOE Retro Collection figures and vehicles to build teams of JOE heroes and Cobra villains. Offering collectors the quality and attention-to-detail they are looking for, these fun action figures and vehicles will look great displayed in any G.I. JOE action figure and vehicle collection! The G.I. JOE Retro Collection Lonzo “Stalker” Wilkinson action figure will be available on Walmart.com beginning Friday, July 23 at 10am ET.

G.I. JOE Retro Collection Cobra Trooper

(Ages 4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $12.99 / Available: August 1, 2021)

With the Retro Collection, fans can imagine exciting action and adventure from the pulse-pounding world of G.I. JOE! Featuring 3.75-inch-scale figures and vehicles inspired by the over-50-year legacy of G.I. JOE, the Retro Collection offers classic deco, design, and multiple points of articulation, as well as packaging accentuated by retro Hasbro branding. Fans and collectors can imagine heroic action and adventure with the Cobra Trooper toy featuring four accessories inspired by one of the nameless, faceless legions of Cobra command. Look for more 3.75-inch-scale G.I. JOE Retro Collection figures and vehicles to build teams of JOE heroes and Cobra villains. Offering collectors the quality and attention-to-detail they are looking for, these fun action figures and vehicles will look great displayed in any G.I. JOE action figure and vehicle collection! The G.I. JOE Retro Collection Cobra Trooper action figure will be available exclusively at Walmart on August 1, 2021.  Pre-order on Walmart.com begins Friday, July 23 at 10am ET.

G.I. JOE Retro Collection Robert “Grunt” Graves

(Ages 4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $12.99 / Available: October 1, 2021)

With the Retro Collection, fans can imagine exciting action and adventure from the pulse-pounding world of G.I. JOE! Featuring 3.75-inch-scale figures and vehicles inspired by the over-50-year legacy of G.I. JOE, the Retro Collection offers classic deco, design, and multiple points of articulation, as well as packaging accentuated by retro Hasbro branding. Fans and collectors can imagine heroic action and adventure with the Robert “Grunt” Graves toy featuring five accessories inspired by the highly motivated, systematic G.I. JOE infantryman. Look for more 3.75-inch-scale G.I. JOE Retro Collection figures and vehicles to build teams of JOE heroes and Cobra villains. Offering collectors the quality and attention-to-detail they are looking for, these fun action figures and vehicles will look great displayed in any G.I. JOE action figure and vehicle collection! The G.I. JOE Retro Collection Robert “Grunt” Graves action figure will be available exclusively at Walmart on October 1, 2021.  Pre-order on Walmart.com begins Friday, July 23 at 10am ET.

G.I. JOE Retro Collection Cobra Officer

(Ages 4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $12.99 / Available: October 1, 2021)

With the Retro Collection, fans can imagine exciting action and adventure from the pulse-pounding world of G.I. JOE! Featuring 3.75-inch-scale figures and vehicles inspired by the over-50-year legacy of G.I. JOE, the Retro Collection offers classic deco, design, and multiple points of articulation, as well as packaging accentuated by retro Hasbro branding. Fans and collectors can imagine heroic action and adventure with the Cobra Officer toy featuring five accessories inspired by the front-line fighters who lead Cobra attack units in battle. Look for more 3.75-inch-scale G.I. JOE Retro Collection figures and vehicles to build teams of JOE heroes and Cobra villains. Offering collectors the quality and attention-to-detail they are looking for, these fun action figures and vehicles will look great displayed in any G.I. JOE action figure and vehicle collection! The G.I. JOE Retro Collection Cobra Officer action figure will be available exclusively at Walmart on October 1, 2021.  Pre-order on Walmart.com begins Friday, July 23 at 10am ET.

G.I. JOE Retro Collection Cobra H.I.S.S. III

(Ages 4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $24.99 / Available: July 23, 2021)

With the Retro Collection, fans can imagine exciting action and adventure from the pulse-pounding world of G.I. JOE! Featuring 3.75-inch-scale figures and vehicles inspired by the over-50-year legacy of G.I. JOE, the Retro Collection offers classic deco, design, and multiple points of articulation, as well as packaging accentuated by retro Hasbro branding. Fans and collectors can imagine heroic action and adventure with this toy Cobra H.I.S.S. III vehicle inspired by the vehicle in the G.I. JOE universe along with the Rip It action figure. Look for more 3.75-inch-scale G.I. JOE Retro Collection figures and vehicles to build teams of JOE heroes and Cobra villains. Offering collectors the quality and attention-to-detail they are looking for, these fun action figures and vehicles will look great displayed in any G.I. JOE action figure and vehicle collection! The G.I. JOE Retro Collection Cobra H.I.S.S. III vehicle will be available on Walmart.com beginning Friday, July 23 at 10am ET.

Movie Review: Snake Eyes: G.I. JOE Origins

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

You know who the coolest GI Joe action figure always was? Snake Eyes. You know who was pretty cool in those otherwise terrible GI Joe movies from a decade ago? Snake Eyes. So it makes a lot of sense to reboot the franchise and include at the center the oh-so-hot-right-now Henry Golding as your black-clad ninja, right?

Yes, but then you need to deliver a better movie rather than one centered around the least interesting character in the entire film. You know who’s a badass in this movie? Storm Shadow. Scarlett. The Baroness. Multiple other members of the Arashikage clan. You know who wasn’t? Snake Eyes.

This movie could’ve been really cool. But ultimately it serves as a better origin story for Storm Shadow than it does for Snake Eyes, who is just sort of there. The film doesn’t give us a lot of reason to root for him and like the slowest fighter ever, it telegraphs its every move, making it a cliched “curse your inevitable but sudden betrayal!’ vibe. No lie: my 13 yr old son whispered to me 10 minutes into the movie “He’s going to be the bad guy, right?” When your target adolescent audience is that far ahead of the movie and its main characters, you’ve officially dumbed it down too far.

The story is pretty simple: Snake Eyes was orphaned at a young age and has spent his entire life fighting on the streets and seeking revenge against the man who killed his father. When a powerful member of the Japanese mafia hires him with promises to deliver his father’s murderer, Snake is ordered to befriend a young man named Tommy, heir to the leadership of the Arashikage, a legendary clan of ninja. They take in Snake Eyes and train him, ultimately leading to him having to make a choice to betray them to seek the path of vengeance or to choose the path of honor and his new clan and family. And also COBRA and GI Joe sort of show up and have interest in how all of this plays out, too.

All of this might be cool if done just a little more deftly. And here the problem lies with both the script and direction. Director Robert Schwentke, responsible for the R.I.P.D. film and a couple of the Divergent series sequels, faces the same problems he did in those films: the directing is competent but lackluster. Utterly devoid of voice or any personal statement or connection, it’s hard to emotionally connect with the film, even with such a slam dunk toyetic premise as “Action figure ninjas!” This may also be due to screenwriters Evan Spiliotopoulos, Joe Shrapnel, Anna Waterhouse, and the no doubt 8-12 other members of the script by committee who demanded certain elements be included in the movie to satisfy the desires of Hasbro or other studio executives. Shrapnel and Waterhouse have collaborated on other good projects in the past, including the 1936 Olympics Jesse Owens story Race and the recent Seberg, and it’s hopeful that they’re being tapped to write an Untitled GI Joe sequel as it’s likely the good things in this movie (and there are many good things). But the dullness seems very familiar for Spiliotopoulos’s work, which mostly includes uninspired Disney straight to video sequels and the recent live-action Beauty and the Beast (talk about uninspiring).

All of this sounds very negative towards this film, and perhaps we shouldn’t be so hard on it. At the end of the day, it’s a serviceable action movie and has a few actually really cool moments. This isn’t surprising, since the supporting cast is full of martial arts veterans. I just wish they got to do more. And I wish I didn’t have to wait until 90 minutes into the film to really get to something that felt cool.

And to be very clear, this is the best GI Joe movie that has been made. That is an extremely low bar since the first two are ridiculous disasters. But here’s the weird thing: those movies at least left a huge impression on me. It was a bad impression, no doubt, but an impression nonetheless. I couldn’t tell you the villain’s name from this movie. But I do remember the bat$#!^ insane performances by Joey Gordon Leavitt and Christopher Eccleston as Cobra Commander and Destro. And I remember the second movie, where they had the audacity to literally kill off 90% of the characters from the first movie in the first 10 minutes so we could start fresh with The Rock and Channing Tatum. Bad movies. But I’m still thinking about them. In two weeks I will likely have forgotten Snake Eyes even came out.

Which is a shame. Snake Eyes as a character deserves better than this. Henry Golding deserves a better role written for him. Andrew Koji, who gives the breakout performance here as Tommy/Storm Shadow, deserves better. I only hope they do all of them justice in whatever sequel will come. Let’s hope it feels at least a little more personal and interesting than this did.

At least the toys are still cool.

2.5 out of 5 stars

You can watch the trailer for Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins here.

Mego Announces a New Collaboration with Hasbro for G.I. Joe Figures

Yo Joe! Mego and Hasbro are combining G.I. Joe and Mego! Available now in a two-pack, Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes are the first two G.I. Joe figures that are being released as Mego figures. They feature 26 points of articulation with an all-new bandless body.

The Mego/Hasbro – G.I.JOE Ninja Rivals: Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow 2 pack is available for pre-order on Hasbro Pulse.

Unboxing: Hasbro’s Snake Eyes: G.I. JOE Origins Figures

Hasbro has hooked us up with figures from their Snake Eyes: G.I. JOE Origins wave of releases and we’re going to open up the box and check it all out!

You can get these now!


Hasbro provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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Super-Articulate: Marvel Legends Ursa Major BAF Wave

No preamble. Let’s get into it.

Overview: This might be my favorite assortment of the year so far. There’s a lot to be said for an assortment that is so heavily, well, comic book. We’ve gotten some great movie figures this year, with more to come, but my favorites are always going to be the ones heavily rooted in the Marvel mythos. Couple that with a couple of long-terms Wants, and this turns out to be a real delight.

Stealth Iron Man: Yes, this is essentially the same body as the 80th Anniversary figure and the recent A.I. Iron Man. HOWEVER. Like many of the armored figures in the assortment, it makes great use of the metal finish. Back in the ‘90s Toy Biz Iron Man line, they called it vac (vacuum) metallization. Whatever the process name is now, it looks great. The metallic sheen looks great in the deep blue in particular. Even if you have an earlier pass at the Stealth Iron Man, this still looks extremely good. I was lukewarm on this at the announcement, but I really like it in person.

Vault Guardsman: Though it wasn’t at the top of my Want List, it was still a figure that I wanted to see. I’ve been digging the Guardsmen at least since the Avengers two-parter back in #236 and #237 in 1983. It’s a fun story with Spider-Man, Blackout, Moonstone, and yes, the Guardsmen. This is a strong representation of the characters from the comics, and it also deploys the metal process. There’s also a slight bulkiness to the frame that I think looks good; it varies the size of the armored figures and is a great look for a character that’s a potential threat. I also really like the green, which is a generally unrepresented color in the armored figures.

Hologram Iron Man: My very first thought upon seeing this in person was how much it reminded me of the Tomy Tron figures from 1982. I loved the look of those, and I would be surprised if it wasn’t a touchstone of inspiration for the design team. As you know, the Hologram Tony has figured into the books in a number of ways over time. And like the green of the Guardsman, this figure is striking because it stands out among the other armors. I enjoy the fact that Hasbro is willing to take risks with oddballs like this. As you know, I’m always for the most complete version of the Marvel Universe that we can get, and this fits the bill.

Ironheart: Similarly, you know that I’m given to go on about the hair work that the designers do on the figures. In that regard, this is a (no pun intended) champion. The Riri head is spectacular. That is top-flight hair and face sculpting. This is one of those instances where it looks like the figure was peeled off of the page. It’s just outstanding.  Another great note is the slim build for the figure; this LOOKS like an armored teen. I knew that I would like this figure, but it’s really terrific to look at once you get it out of the package. Ironheart also looks great next to fellow Champions Ms. Marvel, Miles Morales, and Nova (Sam). This is the part where I stump for Brawn (Amadeus Cho) and Snowguard. If you’re on the fence about this one, remember that it will likely skyrocket in price once the impending Disney+ series gets closer. Don’t be left out.

Modular Iron Man: Can a review just be the Daniel Bryan “Yes!” chant? The much-demanded look that debuted in Iron Man #300 and was the cornerstone of the ‘90s animated series gets the modern Hasbro version it deserved. This sculpting, the finish, and the over coolness of the original design merge into an absolutely terrific figure. The only possible knock is that it would have been cool for the Modular armor to come with a couple of attachments outside of blasts and extra hands. I could totally see some of those coming down the road, though. In fact, here’s my second stumping: how about some Hasbro Pulse accessory packs and/or alternate heads? I could see some modular arm and back attachments for this one; for something like the Crimson Dynamo assortment Black Widow, I could see a sniper rifle and an alternate head with braided or lose hair like she sports in the film’s climax. That aside, I know that this was long-awaited, and the team didn’t let us down.

Darkstar: You know I like to fill out teams. And Darkstar fills a gap in both the Winter Guard and the original Champions. I’ve dug this character since I was about 10 years old, so it’s great to see her become a Legend. This has another top-notch hair sculpt; happily, the extra mass of the hair doesn’t unbalance the figure. I know that some have grumbled about the frequent use of the “conjuring” hands, but I think that they’re a perfect fit for a figure of a character with her particular powerset. Darkstar also works well in terms of height next to the rest of her team. Rock solid delivery.

Ultron: Not gonna lie. This is the Ultron I’ve always wanted. It’s the classic look from the classic stories that I grew up on, from the Crimson Cowl to “This Evil Undying” to the original Secret Wars. And the use of the Kirby Krackle is just a work of insane genius. What a treat this figure is. Shoulder spikes, ear pieces, that face . . . this is fabulous, kids. Nothing more I can say.

Ursa Major: I am unreasonably happy that this exists. Hasbro did tremendous work on the claws, and the overall paint ops are spot-on. Love the head, too, which looks appropriately savage. Kudos also for that sort of carapace over the back that fills out the overall appearance of the figure. It would have looked oddly thin without it; with it, it makes Ursa look more like a bear in full. As good as this looks on its own, it’s even better when grouped with Darkstar, the Crimson Dynamo BAF, and the comic Red Guardian. I can’t believe that Hasbro gave us a Winter Guard! That’s awesome, kids.

We’ll have to see how the rest of 2020 shakes out, but this is a strong contender for my favorite assortment this year. A mix of much-wanted characters, surprises, and generally strong craftsmanship makes this a winner for me. How about you?

Hasbro PulseCon 2021 Exclusive: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Pudgy Pig Figure

POWER RANGERS LIGHTNING COLLECTION 6” MIGHTY MORPHIN PUDGY PIG Figure PulseCon 2021 Exclusive

(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $44.99/Available: Fall 2021)

IT’S MORPHIN TIME! From DINO FURY back to the original MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS, the POWER RANGERS have brought teamwork, action, and adventure to fans. The legacy continues with figures, vehicles, collectibles, and roleplay toys from Hasbro. Imagine all the action of POWER RANGERS with toys from Hasbro! GO GO BACK TO ERNIE’S JUICE BAR with the POWER RANGERS LIGHTNING COLLECTION 6” MIGHTY MORPHIN PUDGY PIG Figure. Who can forget the iconic first appearance of Pudgy Pig? When the Youth Center hosts a Cultural Food Festival, Rita sends Pudgy Pig to ruin the festivities. The PUDGY PIG Figure features premium paint and decorative details inspired by the show, over 20 points of articulation for high poseability, food fight accessories, oversized fork and knife weapon accessories and blast effect piece for more ways to play or display. To add onto the fun, the figure comes in premium, 90s-inspired lunchbox packaging to take you back to the days at the lunch table with that classic lunchbox inspo in mind. WARNING: the PUDGY PIG Figure does not include real food, but it does include fake food accessories inspired by the potbellied porcine’s appearance in the season 1 episode, “Food Fight.” GO GO POWER RANGERS! Look for more collectibles in the LIGHTNING COLLECTION. Each sold separately. Available exclusively on Hasbro Pulse in the US, Canada & UK in Fall 2021.

Galactus is Coming to Marvel Legends through Hasbro’s Haslab

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES HASLAB GALACTUS Figure

(HASBRO/ Approx. Retail Price: $399.99)

The MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES HASLAB GALACTUS is the largest MARVEL LEGENDS figure to date. Standing at 32-inches tall, this figure’s frame is comprised of over 300 individual pieces, features LED lights in the head and chest areas, has over 70 points of articulation, and 3 swappable face-plate accessories for alternate expressions. Requires 4x AAA batteries, not included. Available for purchase on Hasbro Pulse from July 16, 2021 – August 30, 2021 @ 11:59pm ET. Purchases can be made through HasbroPulse.com in the U.S. & Canada, UK.HasbroPulse.com in the UK, as well as select participating retailers internationally. Check your local retailer for more information.

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