December 8, 2008

City of Steel (Reissued)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — fairplaythings @ 12:21 am

I am just back from the fair city of Toronto where I was on a business trip (rare thing that is for me). But no business can prevent the hunt for plastic and I had the occasion to check out the Toronto Silver Snail for new treasures, coming across a particular oddity in the process. In this case, a series of GIJoe figures produced (or at least packaged) in 2008.

But this line of figures does not use the 25th anniversary bodies or any semblance of the current cards. Or any other cards for that matter. No, this set of figures (with one notable exception) seems to consist entirely of leftover GIJoe figures that use the body construction used of the Valor vs. Venom line. The oddity of this line include (a) the tininess of the card (with the height literally the width of the current cards), (b) the collection of characters used (including Frostbite, Dusty, Sand Viper and Televiper - not really a pack of heavy hitters), and (c) the inclusion of absolutely no accessories whatsoever.

But I said it uses almost all Valor vs. Venom figures. However, one of the figures is not like the others. The figure in question is Beachhead, the 6-packed Night Force repaint of the original 1986 version of Beachhead. Why this particular figure and none of the other figures that set included, I don’t know. I originally thought it was because the U.S. flag on the left arm was a misprint (in black and white and applied backwards so that the stars are on the right side of the flag) until I noted that the original packaging of this figure was identical.

One truly odd line, particularly given that the price point (at CDN$7.99) was not much lower than the current and very impressive anniversary line (at CDN$9.99) at this location.

Could this be an attempt to do a pseudo Universe line? And are there more? Only time will tell. But if you know now, please let me know!


  1. They almost look like some sort of knockoff line though not for that price point.

    Comment by Josh Miller — January 14, 2009 @ 9:19 am

  2. They remind me of Universe releases at Dollar General, except for the price point. Still, pretty nifty.

    Comment by fairplaythings — January 14, 2009 @ 5:36 pm

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