Monday, October 27, 2014

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Hasbro)

G.I. Joe: Retaliation
2012 - 2013

We are definitely in the minority when we say that we liked G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. We had zero expectations for the film, and it met all of them. It's follow up, Retaliation - Not so much. The film is summed up perfectly by Rotten Tomatoes user Peter Hartlaub who states,

"The Filmmakers appear to have handed a dozen or so G.I. Joe dolls to a 9-year-old, watched him play for 110 minutes, and then shot a scene-for-scene remake."

If you're one of few people who enjoyed this film, we commend you, and ask that you please tell us what you enjoyed about it in the comment section.

Naturally, Hasbro was quick to start pumping out the Retaliation tie in toys. Unfortunately for them, they got the memo way too late that the initial release date of the film was being pushed back to a different calendar year so that it could be upsized with 3D. As a result, product hit the market almost a full year prior to the film's release, and was quickly pulled so as to not spoil any surprises.

Cobra Commander*Cobra Commander (Black Suit Variant)
Cobra Trooper*Conrad "Duke" Hauser*G.I. Joe Trooper

Red Ninja*Roadblock
Snake Eyes*Storm Shadow*Zartan

Battle-Kata Roadblock*Ninja Duel Snake Eyes*Sneak Attack Storm Shadow

Alley Viper*Dark Ninja
Cyber Ninja*Joe Colton*Lady Jaye

Budo Samurai Warrior*Cobra Commander
Cobra Combat Ninja*Crimson Guard*Data Viper

Conrad "Duke" Hauser*Firefly
Ultimate Flint*Krinn*Ultimate Roadblock

Snake Eyes*Ultimate Storm Shadow

Kim Arashikage*Night Viper*Blind Master
Much like the film, the toys related to it came quickly, and disappeared off to clearance isles to be forgotten about. However, that's not to say that all the figures were duds. Quite the contrary. There are a lot of hidden gems to be found in the four waves which encompass the Retaliation line.

Kim Arashikage (White)*Kim Arashikage (Red)

Shockwave H.I.S.S. Tank with B.A.T. and Destro

Movie Preview Pack with Roadblock, Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow and Cobra Commander

G.I. Joe Tactical Ninja Team*Cobra Invasion Team
G.I. Joe Ninja*G.I. Joe Ninja

Ninja Speed Cycle with Snake Eyes*Wheel Blaster Bike with Firefly*Road Retaliator with Flint

Cobra Fangbike*Ninja Commando 4X4
Tread Ripper Tank

Ghost Hawk II
H.I.S.S. Tank*Ninja Combat Cruiser
One of the more sought after pieces from the line is the Echo Class vehicle, Eaglehawk Helicopter.

Eaglehawk Helicopter

It's safe to say that in the long run, fans were more so forgiving of the toys than they were of the film, as for the most part product moved steadily off of store shelves. Though don't expect to cash in on these as an investment any time soon as secondary markets are pretty much non-existent. Sellers want to believe that each figure's value ranges from thirty to fifty dollars each, but the truth of the matter is that the average sale price is seven to eight dollars.

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  1. Retaliation's saving grace,as far as the toys went, was the Eaglehawk and the Ultimate line of figures.I think the only part of Retaliation that I enjoyed was the Jinx,Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow scenes.The fight between Firefly and Rockblock was cool,too but that's about it.Lady Jaye was far to girly and beautiful for the part (Michelle Rodriguez would have kicked butt as LJ),Flint had too few scenes and the Rockblock /Duke relationship was almost nauseating.

    1. Thanks for the comment. The Eaglehawk was a definite must have vehicle for collectors. A fantastic vehcile and wonderful throwback to the vintage Tomahawk.


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