An embarrassing percentage of my youth was spent playing with G.I. Joe action figures while watching 1987’s G.I. Joe: The Movie and thumbing through G.I. Joe comics. Though I loved Batman and Spider-Man, few franchises held the kind of vampiric thrall over my burgeoning imagination that G.I. Joe did. I fell for the Real American Heroes hook, line, and sinker. Hell, I just discovered an old Lowlight figure nested away in a box from when I moved to Los Angeles nearly five years ago and I audibly shouted “F–k yeah!” at a volume that could only be described as deeply disconcerting to my neighbors. So, naturally, you can imagine my thrill and surprise when Gentle Giant revealed a few of their
So, naturally, you can imagine my thrill and surprise when Gentle Giant revealed a few of their San Diego Comic-Con exclusives to us. After all, how could they possibly top last year’s Jek Porkins bust? (Nothing can, really. That’s why Porkins lives on my desk.) The answer is with a double whammy of G.I. Joe goodness in the form of a 12″ G.I. Joe Infantry Trooper figure inspired by the vintage Hasbro ones and a Micro 2-Pack of 4.25″ figures that includes Snake Eyes and Rock N’ Roll. In other words, get ready for your wallet to get a whole lot lighter.
G.I. Joe Grunt – $130
Dimensions: H 12″ x W 4″ x D 4″
Release Date: July 2015
This figure is a painstaking recreation of Grunt, one of the first figures released in the G.I. Joe A Real American Hero figure series that began in 1982. This jumbo vintage figure comes in a special wooden “footlocker” package, exclusive to San Diego Comic-Con.
G.I. Joe Micro 2 Pack – $8
Dimensions: H 4.25″ x W 1″ x D 6″
Release Date: July 2015
Bigger isn’t always better, so Gentle Giant is also offering a miniaturized 2 Pack of two of the greatest G.I. Joe characters ever, Snake Eyes and Rock N’ Roll. With throwback packaging — including a retro window box — these are a must-have for anyone who remembers the halcyon days of the original 3 ¾” figures.
Both of these will be available for purchase at San Diego Comic-Con. Gentle Giant Ltd. Premier Guild Members will receive 10% off all regular release items and early access to future exclusives. In the meantime, while you plan your strategy on navigating the show floor, check out our gallery of images below to get an idea of just how awesome these figures are.