That's right! GI Joe is getting the same "jumbo" treatment that Gentle Giant is giving Star Wars!
On one hand, I think that this is a great idea, but on the other, I think GG's game plan has some fatal flaws...
With Star Wars, GG is skipping around, doing a lot of the popular figures and mixing things up. But, with Joe, they plan on just powering straight through, starting with the 1982 figures. Okay, so everyone is going to want a Snake Eyes-- that's a given. But only some people are going to want Zap, and some Rock N Roll, and some Grunt and so on. Point being: Snake Eyes, Stalker and Scarlett (although she wasn't shown) are likely to do well, but the others probably won't sell so great. The problem comes with the fact that, when I spoke to a GG rep at SDCC, he said they are going to "see how these sell first" before they get to obvious huge sellers like Duke, Storm Shadow, Roadblock, Firefly, etc.
So, in essence, by hitting the market with all the '82 figures first-- most of which aren't very popular, they could be killing the line before they get to the figures that will sell in droves. This makes no sense to me, but... so be it.
I wish this line the best, and I will be wanting an '84 Snake Eyes, but until they get to some of the other major players in their classic looks, SE will probably be the only one I'll be buying.
Although, I will say that the rep said that they hope/plan to take the line up until at least the '84 figures. Let's hope they get that far.
Price point was mentioned being somewhere between $75-85 bucks with Grunt in a special footlocker packaging being the first. The rest will all be on reproduction cards like the Star Wars figures.