To kick off my Toy Fair 2012 coverage, I had the chance to visit the Hasbro Showroom over the weekend and grab a sneak peek at the line of upcoming G.I. Joe toys from Hasbro, some of which will tie in with the big screen release of this summer’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
Yesterday the stars of the film, Dwayne Johnson (Roadblock), Adrianne Palicki (Lady Jaye), and D.J. Cotrono (Flint) made a pit stop at the exclusive Times Square showroom for a photo op and to check out the new action figures bearing their likenesses as thy will appear in the their big screen Joe adventure.
In this sequel to 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, a new wave of Joes, Roadblock, Flint, and Lady Jaye (who were all introduced in the second season of the ’80s animated show), take command in the battle against Cobra.
Johnson, who is hot off his kick ass role in last summer’s Fast Five, plays fan favorite Roadblock alongside the only returning Joe soldiers from The Rise of Cobra, Snake Eyes (Ray Park) and Duke (Channing Tatum). Retaliation utilizes the first film only as a broad base point, picks up shortly after Zartan has assumed the role as the President of the United States using his disguise techniques, and sets the Joes up as traitors.
As you can see from “Ninja Commando” Roadblock, the ten inch talking action figure bears a striking resemblance to the former WWE champ turned big screen action star. Roadblock also boasts two big guns (as in weapons), mutiple points of articulation, and accessories.
Hasbro also unvieled a very cool hoodie adorned with the symbol representing the Arashikage clan. Both Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow bear this tattoo on their arms being blood brother members of this ancient ninja dojo. Expect to see the history of these masked warriors explored in the upcoming film with the addition of classic G.I. Joe characters new to the big screen like the Red Ninjas and Jinx.
In addition to the sweatshirt, a dog tag, khaki carry bag, and winter wool cap all with the symbol in crimson red are set to go along with it.