Today is the last day of 2022. A year filled with lots of new Joe toys. Who would have thought that 10 years ago, when I started with this blog? This year also marks another year of growing the blog (currently +46%). I am truly thankful for all your kind words and responses I get on the posts, both here and on the socials (yes, I’m still on Twitter, on Instagram and Facebook). Thank you all for another year in which we shared our Joy for Joe.
All that’s left for me to do now is to wish you all a Happy New Year, let’s hope all those pre-orders get delivered (safely & in pristine condition) and that we get a lot more news to get excited for. My best wishes to you and yours! See you again next year!
Just a quick note today to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.
Also, today marks the 10th anniversary of the blog. Ten years ago I started this blog to talk about my collection and the struggles to find ‘new’ toys to add to the collection. In those 10 years, we got 2 movies, Haslab products, the Retro line, the Classified Series, Jada toys miniatures, Super 7 figures and many more. It really is a good time to be a collector. Don’t get me wrong, there are still struggles (Why doesn’t Hasbro ship to Belgium for one?), but at least we’re getting new stuff!
I know it has been a while since I last posted something, but that doesn’t mean that my collecting days have come to a halt. It’s hard sometimes to find the time to sit down and write a post down. I often start a quick note to remember I have to write a post about something, but then I don’t have the pictures that go along with it or it slips my mind. Still, I always keep an eye out for G.I. Joe and although the collection hasn’t been expanded much, here are some new things that have entered the EJ collection.
First up is the TPB of the Saturday Morning Adventures comic books. I already had the floppies, but this was a bargain a while ago on Amazon and so I pre-ordered it. Occasionally my LCBS can’t order the comics and this leaves a gap in my collection (I’m still looking for IDW ARAH #259 – #265 that weren’t sold over here during the pandemic). By getting the TPB, I can at least make sure that I can read the entire story.
Next up, is the Jada Toys R/C V.A.M.P. Mk-II. This one has been on my radar for a while, but I never seemed to be able to find it here in Europe. At the end of October, I was browsing the U.S. Amazon site for anything Joe, and I noticed the price was dropped to around $20 for this one. With shipping and taxes, it was still below $50 and so I snatched it up. I haven’t tried it out yet, it’s just sitting in a box for now. I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that they keep on using an image of the A.W.E. Striker on their boxes, even when it’s a V.A.M.P., but still, a very nice addition to my collection.
Now, we’re getting back to the Classified line, first up is the #15, Profit Director Destro (great brainstorm on that name by Hasbro)!
This one has taken a while to get here from the U.S. I had it on pre-order a long time ago via a colleague that lives in the U.S. She finally got to travel again to our HQ in Belgium and she was able to bring this one with her. The golden gun, the leopard cape, it’s a look. Definitely a look.
A second figure she was able to bring over, is the Fortnite x G.I. Joe Snake Eyes figure. I have to say, I only briefly tried to play Fortnite a while ago and I’ve never had much fun playing FPS games, so I passed on playing more. I did however read the Batman Fortnite comics and they featured Snake Eyes in an issue. So when this one was announced, I didn’t really think too hard and got my pre-order in.
This figure is a really nice version of Snake Eyes. You have to ignore the idiot weapons that he came with (see below), but the figure itself and his katana are gorgeous. This may be the best version of Snake Eyes in the Classified line if you ask me.
And finally, I also got a small present from my colleague when she came over… Tis the season after all 🙂
I’ll probably put up another post this year, but in case I can’t make it, Happy Holidays to you and your family.
Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma Kamakura You come and go, you come and go Loving would be easy if your colors were like my dreams Red, gold, and green, red, gold, and green
Mostly green though. And some silver. This package just arrived today straight from that big river store in the US of A. It’s also my first figure that comes in the new all cardboard packaging.
I get the switch from the windowed boxes to these full cardboard ones, it’s less plastic and less cardboard and will probably be more cost effective as well as better for the environment. If it’s better for us as collectors? The jury’s still not out on that. I personally like it. The art has always been great on these Classified figures and this way the focus can be more on the art. What I don’t like is the fact that the size is different from the other Classified figures (I guess I could just open them all up to counter that). The small picture of the figure on the front bothers me. They have all this space to let the art pop from the page, it feels wrong to me to put a picture of the actual photo on the front, they can (and do) that on the back. I’m guessing it’s some legal obligation. All I can say is that it ruins the art. I know, with the window boxes you could also see the figure, and you’re right in pointing that out, but still, that is completely different. They should have fully embraced the new packaging and went for an full-on art attack with these boxes.
On the back of the box, we get a complete view of the figure, complete with a ruler to show the actual size of the figure. I genuinely think this is a good way to show off everything that’s included in the package. Keep it like this, don’t put a small picture on the front and take attention away from the art. Especially since the same image (but larger) is re-used on the back again.
On the back, they also reprinted the photo from the front, this time instead of the bust, the complete figure in an action pose. As I said before, this should be enough, I don’t need to see it on the front.
As a side-note, when will we be getting an official checklist for these figures, comparable to the little pictures we used to get on the back of the cards of the 3&3/4 figures? I know this is also probably not done in a way to keep the production costs as low as possible, but still. How cool would it be to have a small poster inside these boxes with an overview of the classified pictures on one side and then an action shot on the other side? Maybe we’ve been to spoiled with the European catalogs we got in the 80’s and 90’s, but still, I’d really would love to see that make a comeback.
That’s all for now. More new Classifieds coming soon I hope. Happy Collecting and YoJoe!
Bad jokes, there are probably quite a few of them here on the blog. Please, go look for them. I’ve got over 9 years of posts here. I complain a lot in them, at first about the lack of Joe. Later on about the high costs. Next will probably be about how there are a lot of new Joe toys around, but that Hasbro has announced that for the UK and EU, the Classified line will be Pulse Exclusive… And Pulse doesn’t ship to Belgium… Anyway, this post is much more positive.
Those of you that are following me on Socials (go look me up as EuropeanJoes on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) will have seen a certain YouTube video pass by made by the AWESOME people over at TBHSTORE.nl.
I won’t be commenting on the figures again, I’ve discussed them in previous posts. Safe to say, that I’m just really glad to add 2 more to the collection, even though it was quite accidental, I forget I already pre-ordered them from another store already. I have an Excel sheet where I try to keep track of my orders, but apparently I forgot to enter one. It did get me 2 extra of these amazing figures, so I won’t complain.
Until next time. Happy Collecting and YoJoe!