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G.I. Joe Modern Era - Combat Heroes Wave 3 Canceled

Among several distressing or, at least, less than positive bits of news to emerge from the latest G.I. Joe Q&A with Hasbro was the confirmation that wave 3 of their Combat Heroes line is canceled. All of us here are bigs fans of the 'Heroes' format of figure that Hasbro has recently been extending across all of their brands so this came as sad news. Unfortunately, as with the Mighty Muggs, I think people quickly got tired of what felt more formulaic than creative - seeing the same types of figures across all brands probably diluted the concepts to the point of distaste. What you'll be missing in the 3rd wave is:
  • Snake Eyes vs. Cobra Viper
  • Shipwreck vs. Crimson Guard
  • Gung Ho vs. Cobra Commander
  • Lady Jaye vs. Major Bludd
So many awesome characters in that wave that it's a real letdown! It's possible that you can scam them from one of the numerous illegal Chinese direct-from-factory eBay auctions that have been popping up recently, which have been featuring early examples of the Rise of Cobra and Revenge of the Fallen (Transformers) figures. Given how cool these look, it may be worth it!

Hasbro states that they hope to include these wave 3 figures in some multi-pack later in the year, but sadly I wouldn't hold my breath. It puts me in mind of a recent Combat Heroes ad featuring the lovely ladies of the Joe team, including Lady Jaye, and a caption like "you thought your ex was tough!". Guess that ad's probably been pulled! Well, to commemorate the loss of this wave, we've finished posting wave 1 of the figures, and will have wave 2 hot on the heels. Check out Bazooka vs. Firefly, and I'll feature the back-of-package artwork again since I just love how big and bombastic it is; Bazooka is takin' back the 'stache big-time! Click the image below for the details about this set, or here for the Combat Heroes group page.

Posted by charlie on March 20th 2009, 11:46 AM
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