I love mid–day special deliveries! My mailman is Santa Claus and he doesn’t even know it.
The fine folks at Hasbro Toys sent Nerd Bastards another awesome care package. This time, it was a sampling of their San Diego Comic Con 2012 exclusives. *fans self like a southern bell* My word, I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome this swag is. Truly, very little impresses me these days (having my finger constantly on the pulse of pop culture has desensitized me), but this box of wonders put a big damn smile on my face. Honestly, what kind of nerd would I be if I didn’t have a geek-gasm over a box of G.I. Joes and Marvel action figures?
The box contained 4 out of the 9 exclusives Hasbro is offering for SDCC2012. All four of these items would make any nerd say “shut up and take my money”. We got a G.I. Joe 3.75″ KIM ARASHIKAGE (aka Jinx) special edition figure. Marvel Legends Special Edition UNCANNY X-FORCE Collector’s 3 Pack; featuring Archangel, Wolverine and Psylocke. Marvel Universe 3.75 MASTERS OF EVIL special edition 3 pack; featuring Baron Zemo, Radioactive Man and Tiger Shark. Lastly, there’s the massive G.I. Joe H.I.S.S. Tank vehicle with Shockwave Deco and 3.74″ Destro & B.A.T. special edition pack.
Did you read all that? The items might as well sell themselves. They’re that awesome. I honestly cannot find the words to express my constant double takes of joy. Seriously, if I keep looking back at fourth a this quartet of toys I’m gonna give myself whiplash.
While I’m having a nerd-spam over all the items, the one I love most has got to be the G.I. Joe H.I.S.S. Tank. It’s a 2 foot tall box with with artwork from the G.I. and the Transformers mini comic. Talk about packaging that pops. It’s striking, bold and colorful. It’s a shame nobody makes packages like this anymore. The box contents are equally awesome. Besides the huge H.I.S.S. Tank with Shockwave deco, the set comes with a 3.75-inch Destro action figure with special edition Decepticon deco, a 3.75-inch Cobra B.A.T figure with custom Constructicon deco. The set also comes with several energon cubes on a cart, a briefcase full of money and a small boom box with 3 cassette tape – better known to Transformers fans as the classic alt-mode of Decepticon Soundwave along with Ratbat, Laserbeak and Ravage. Yo, Jo AND Roll Out! Amirite?
So, basically, my inner 9 year-old is running wild. It’s pretty fantastic how Hasbro manages to capture the kid in all of us. That speaks volumes to their line of products and how they market them. Kudos to them!
Like I said, this box of goodies was a mere tease of Hasbro’s SDCC exclusives. There is so much more. Bigger and better things. Like, for example, the ginormous S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, the Star Wars Carbonite Chamber Collectors Pack and the revival of Jem from Jem and the Holograms. Hit the jump for a full run-down.
Oh, before you scroll down. I’d like you all to know that Nerd Bastards will be holding a SDCC giveaway contest. We haven’t drawn up the details yet, but the prize package will include a few of the items mentioned today (I’m keeping the G.I. Joe H.I.S.S. Tank. Sorry) and few other goodies. Stay tuned before and during SDCC 2012 for more information.
G.I. JOE 3.75″ KIM ARASHIKAGE SPECIAL EDITION FIGURE
(Approximate Retail Price: $14.99 each; Ages: 4 & up; Available through HasbroToyShop.com, Booth #3329 at San Diego Comic-Con) The baddest female ninja around will return in the blockbuster film, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, scheduled to hit theaters on March 29th, 2013 in 3D, but first, KIM ARASHIKAGE is making an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con. As the latest G.I. JOE Comic-Con special edition figure, Hasbro will be releasing two 3.75” movie likeness versions of the fan-favorite ninja. The primary KIM ARASHIKAGE figure is dressed in her classic red ninja suit with a double bladed bisent, while the unmasked variant is wearing a white outfit and wielding a kusarigama.
G.I. JOE H.I.S.S. TANK VEHICLE WITH SHOCKWAVE DECO AND 3.75″ DESTRO & B.A.T. SPECIAL EDITION PACK
(Approximate Retail Price: $64.99 each; Ages: 4 & up; Available through HasbroToyShop.com, Booth #3329 at San Diego Comic-Con) After the extreme popularity of last year’s G.I. JOE and TRANSFORMERS crossover San Diego Comic-Con special edition offering, Hasbro has done it again! In 2012, the iconic G.I. JOE vehicle, the H.I.S.S. TANK, will get a DECEPTICON SHOCKWAVE make-over, including a G1 SHOCKWAVE blaster attachment. The set comes with a 3.75” DESTRO action figure with special edition DECEPTICON deco, a 3.75” COBRA B.A.T. figure with special edition CONSTRUCTICON deco. The set also comes with several ENERGON cubes on a cart, a briefcase full of money, and a small boom box with 3 cassette tapes- better known to TRANSFORMERS fans as the classic alt-mode of DECEPTICON spy SOUNDWAVE along with RATBAT, LASERBEAK, and RAVAGE. Yo, Joe AND Roll Out!
JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS
JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS Special Edition Doll: HOLLYWOOD JEM
(Integrity Toys/Ages 14 and up/Approximate Retail Price $125/Available through HasbroToyShop.com Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego) Under license from Hasbro, fans will have a truly outrageous time when they see JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS Special Edition doll: HOLLYWOOD JEM! The fully articulated HOLLYWOOD JEM doll stands 12 inches tall and features rooted pink hair and stunning long eyelashes. Looking fabulously fashionable in capri pants, black high-heel pumps, and a shiny gold-toned jacket (complete with shoulder pads!), HOLLYWOOD JEM is ready to rock the stage. As the leader of JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS, the HOLLYWOOD JEM doll comes complete with a microphone and silver chromed microphone stand. When the tour is complete, fans can display their doll proudly using the included doll stand. Each HOLLYWOOD JEM Special Edition Doll comes with a certificate of authenticity and a souvenir postcard with artwork from the original JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS line. Following the convention, a limited number will be available on HasbroToyShop.com.
MARVEL LEGENDS SPECIAL EDITION UNCANNY X-FORCE COLLECTOR’S PACK
MARVEL UNIVERSE 3.75” MASTERS OF EVIL Special Edition 3-Pack
(Approximate Retail Price $29.99; Ages 4 & up; Available through HasbroToyShop.com, Booth #3329 at San Diego Comic-Con) Fueled by a raging need for vengeance against CAPTAIN AMERICA, BARON ZEMO hatches a masterful plan. Not foolish enough to face the AVENGERS alone, he strategically forms one of the most powerful groups of villains ever assembled. The MASTERS OF EVIL 3-Pack includes BARON ZEMO, RADIOACTIVE MAN and TIGER SHARK all appearing in 3.75” scale, and united for a singular purpose: destroying EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES. The villains can also be seen fighting against THE AVENGERS in the exclusive art by Joe Quesada on the SDCC exclusive THE AVENGERS HELICARRIER. (sold separately).
MARVEL UNIVERSE S.H.I.E.L.D. SUPER HELICARRIER
(Ages 4 & up; Approximate Retail Price $129.99; Available through HasbroToyShop.comBooth #3329 at San Diego Comic-Con) Get ready to explore Hasbro’s biggest SDCC release yet! Featuring an exclusive deco, this S.H.I.E.L.D. SUPER HELICARRIER is over 4 feet long! In addition, it features 9 working projectile launchers for taking out enemies such as the Masters of Evil (sold separately). This special edition vehicle also features exclusive CAPTAIN AMERICA and MARIA HILL 3.75” figures and specially commissioned box artwork by Joe Quesada.
MY LITTLE PONY
MY LITTLE PONY 2012 Special Edition Pony
(Approximate Retail Price $19.99; Ages 3 & up; Available through the MY LITTLE PONY Fair & Convention, and the HasbroToyShop.com Booth #3329 at San Diego Comic-Con) The popular special edition MY LITTLE PONY figure, available this year at the MY LITTLE PONY Fair and Convention and San Diego Comic-Con, is sure to be a fan favorite in 2012! Inspired by the animated series “My Little Pony Friendship is Magic,” this gray, Pegasus pony features rooted blonde hair and a cluster of bubbles for a cutie mark. Following both conventions, a limited number will be available on HasbroToyShop.com.
(Approximate Retail Price: $79.99; Ages 4 & up; Available through HasbroToyShop.com Booth #3329 at San Diego Comic-Con) Pretend to visit an alternate reality with this incredible package of seven 3.75” STAR WARS figures—one figure from each film in the Saga, and one figure only available in this collectible set. Each figure is individually carded with packaging that pays tribute to a “lost” line look that Kenner considered before going with their classic black-and-silver look! This Comic-Con special edition pack will be fans’ first chance to get the “lost” packaging, available this fall as variants in the STAR WARS VINTAGE COLLECTION line. In addition, this special collector’s pack will be the only place to get an exclusive treat for fans— a 3.75” carded JAR JAR BINKS in CARBONITE, which will be hidden in the center of the packaging and can be revealed by raising it through the “CARBONITE CHAMBER” top of the case. The other figures included are a standard JAR JAR BINKS (EPISODE I), CLONE TROOPER LIEUTENANT (EPISODE II), SHOCK TROOPER (EPISODE III), SANDTROOPER (EPISODE IV), PRINCESS LEIA (EPISODE V) AND DARTH VADER (EPISODE VI).
TRANSFORMERS PRIME TERRORCON CLIFFJUMPER
(Approximate Retail Price: $24.99; Ages 5 & up; Available through HasbroToyShop.com #3329 at San Diego Comic-Con) The DARK ENERGON will be flowing through San Diego this year with the release of this special edition Deluxe scale TERRORCON CLIFFJUMPER figure. Featuring a special “TRANSFORMERS zombie” deco, this figure looks just like he did in the Darkness Rising storyline of Hasbro Studios TRANSFORMERS PRIME animated series. This figure comes with a DARK ENERGON shard and a DARK ENERGON chest attachment in a special edition clam shell packaging designed to look like his head.
TRANSFORMERS DELUXE BRUTICUS COMBINER
(Approximate retail price: $99.99 each; Ages: 5 & up; Available through HasbroToyShop.com Booth #3329 at San Diego Comic-Con)
The TRANSFORMERS DELUXE BRUTICUS COMBINER San Diego Comic-Con special edition set features the fearsome DECEPTICON, BRUTICUS in a special CYBERTRONIAN deco as seen in the eagerly anticipated video game TRANSFORMERS: FALL OF CYBERTRON from Activision. BRUTICUS is formed when all five Deluxe scale ‘combiner’ action figures in the set link together. The COMBATICONS characters BLAST OFF, VORTEX, DECEPTICON BRAWL, SWINDLE, and ONSLAUGHT each have three modes: robot, vehicle and a third ‘combiner’ mode to link together. This special edition set also includes removable packaging resembling a silhouette of the DECEPTICON logo that becomes a display case for the BRUTICUS figure.
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