Despite Hasbro's pleas for collectors to buy the product, it's been difficult to find the product. Wal-Mart continues to sell the items at below MSRP, but never has them on the shelf or stocks the items on the top most unreachable shelves. Target and TRU continue to sell at the retail price of $34.99 or higher. The market just doesn't seem to warrant this price as they continue to warm shelves at those prices in my area. KMart, believing these are worth their weight in gold, sells the items at an unbelievable price of $43-$50.
I for one, will continue to buy only the items I like and not all of them. I simply cannot afford to buy them all. There is no way for me to pay the mortgage and other bills as well as purchase 12 to 16 40th Anniversary figures every year at $40 each. I will continue to support the line the best I can because it is of high quality and reminds me so much of the vintage era. Should the current distribution problems and consumer perceived high price doom the line, then it was simply not meant to be. I sincerely hope that is not to be the case.
Each item in the assortment included a figure, reproduction box, window box, and different equipment packs individually carded and shrink wrapped. Hair colors rotated with each wave such as blonde hair soldiers in wave one followed by red head soldiers in wave two. A second wave figure could also contain a uniform variation not seen on the first wave such as pocket variations. Each wave was truly unique even though the same action figure, soldier for instance, was released in a following wave, he may not have the same hair color, accessories, or uniform configuration. Once a wave was gone, it was truly gone.
Hasbro wanted the reproduction to be authentic. That's why the new figure was re-tooled. This tooling was now wholly owned by Hasbro. The head was based on many different samples of the original head (pin heads, gummy heads, etc.). Hasbro took a little of each to make a final composite, original vintage head. This was no longer the Timeless Collection figure collectors have known although these anniversary figures were released under the Timeless Collection banner. The figure previously known as the Timeless Collection figure was history. Derryl DePriest sacrificed a lot for this 40th Anniversary release providing some of his own items including mint in package boxed sets. These were pretty much destroyed in the process of obtaining the correct look for the 40th sets. So, any collectors out there with boxed sets now have just seen a slight increase in their market value as the quantity still available in the world decreased.
There is no reason to be concerned that the new 40th accessories will be passed off as vintage. Hasbro has added a mark on each piece with a "40th" to differentiate it from it's vintage brother. Not that anyone would ever attempt to mistakenly pass off a repro piece as anything other than repro. There are also 2003 copyright markings on some pieces like weapons.
If this 40th run was successful, Hasbro planned to continue with the 1965 sets and so on. However, this all depended upon sales. So, if collectors liked the sets, Hasbro hoped they would buy the current stock thereby guaranteeing future stes.
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GI JOE Collector's Club Figures
The GI Joe Collector's Club figures were a limited edition of 4,000
pieces each. Once sold, no more were produced.
The GI Joe Collector's Club figures were a limited edition of 4,000 pieces each. Once sold, no more were produced.
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