The 2020 American International Toy Fair is literally right around the corner (it starts tomorrow!) and all sorts of fun bits of toy news have begun to trickle out in advance of it. LET’S LOOK AT SOME!
G.I. Joe Classified
It’s long been rumoured that G.I. Joe was going to get the Star Wars Black Series treatment and get upgraded to a 6” premium format line. Well, it looks like that rumour is TRUE because earlier this week some photos of a convention exclusive Snake-Eyes hit the internet and it looks amazing.
When I was a kid my mother wasn’t a big fan of war toys. The notable exception, of course, was Star WARS…I think the distaste came from G.I. Joe being a little to close to real-world army stuff. Eventually, when the line shifted to a more sci-fi theme the Joes got the thumbs-up and I was given a handful of figures, one of which was…Doctor Mindbender. I wasn’t exactly jazzed to have a figure of a jacked guy in purple pants that was rocking a monocle.
By that point, the cooler Snake-Eyes figures were long gone and the line devolved into more and more ridiculous versions of itself. In the years since then, the G.I. Joe line has evolved and rebooted itself more times than I can remember. With every subsequent relaunch, there’s always sure to be a badass Snake-Eyes in the line that I have to get for my collection and this one is certainly going to be on my list.
The Baby Yoda Show
There is an absolutely insane amount of The Mandalorian merchandise coming and 99% of it is of The Child (AKA “Baby Yoda”). I feel like we’re seeing the next big thing coming and it’s going to dwarf The Cabbage Patch Kids from the ’80s, Tickle Me Elmo from the ’90s…and whatever came after that. Pre-orders for a lot of this stuff have started and by the time you read this, it’s probably too late.
Just look at the (deep breath) Star Wars The Child Animatronic Edition for the love of God. Short of Disney being able to clone you a living and breathing version of The Child (that they would gladly sell to you), this is going to be the closest thing to having a tiny, adorable, Force user to call your own. I’m sure there will be other Star Wars product reveals in the coming days but does it really matter at this point?
I’ll run down my other faves coming out of Toy Fair in my next FF column!
“No, you’ve got Transformers at home!”
The only thing worse than having to shut down a kid asking for a toy is having to talk yourself out of buying toys as an adult.
I’ve been on the hunt for the new Transformers: Earthrise line and this week I finally hit pay dirt at my local Target store…only to walk away empty-handed (for now). You see, the coolest and arguably BEST version of Optimus Prime always just so happens to be the newest version. It’s almost like the changes between model years of automobiles, the changes are incremental and possibly imperceptible to a non-fan, but if you’re a diehard fan then the version you bought a few months ago has now been rendered CRAP.
The newest (and best) Prime comes with a transforming trailer! How am I supposed to say no to THAT? Well, the thing costs $50 and I’ve got a trip coming up next week (more on that in next week’s Heroes & Villains column) so dropping a hearty amount of coin on an action figure wasn’t in the cards. Plus, it’s not like there’s going to be a shortage on Optimus Prime figures anytime soon. This isn’t Christmas 1984.
But if it was I’d tell myself to keep all that stuff mint-in-box for a couple of decades and maybe tell my parents to invest in Apple stock…