We have full coverage of the GI Joe Classified Series panel from Hasbro Pulse Con 2022, including updates, new reveals, and preorders!
Kicking off the second day of Hasbro Pulse Con 2022, the GI Joe team featured some great reveals and updates from Yo Joe June 2022 and SDCC 2022. We had Emily the Brand Manager with her GI Joe Team Corey; Sculpting manager, Lenny; Principal Designer and Chris; Engineer. The set was adorned with two tables full of vintage figures, vehicles and playsets. With that, let’s check out what was revealed as well as preorders for Hasbro’s yearly virtual con!
Digital Render Reveals
Rock N Roll
One of GI Joe’s most iconic characters, we finally get Rock N Roll coming to the line. His digital render looked amazing. He has an old Surfer vibe and heavy weapons look. He included full sleeve tattoos in faded blues. He comes with variant hands with skull tattoo, a heavy blaster with functional bi-pod and ammo belts strapped across his chest. This one looks to be a very exciting character and we can’t wait to see what the production figure will look like.
When Bazooka was revealed last year, we were all super excited, except he was the Tiger Force version and that was cool, but I’m sure you all wished he was his classic version. We’ll Hasbro is bringing us Classic Bazooka! He is dressed in his classic red football jersey with the blue 14 on the chest. He is sporting his classic mustache, green helmet and green pants. This is a very beefy character, and has an aggressive and meaty design. A nice detail was that his jersey hangs over his biceps for a nice layered effect.
Torpedo was another exciting digital render reveal. He comes in a black and white wet suit design, with awesome scuba accessories. He includes a spear gun that attaches to his backpack and to his shoulder in a hoop. He also comes with black and red fins. His west suits is a skin tight costume that looks amazing and he even includes backpack straps. Corey said he’s super excited to get him in the bath tub!
We all knew Copperhead was coming, and everyone figured he was going to be in his Python Patrol colors. But in a pleasant surprise, we are getting his classic green design! He includes side arm holsters on his back, a tattoo on his right wrist, silver Cobra logo on his chest, maniacal expression on his face. He is wearing a none removable helmet because that helmet is part of the character.
This has to be the one digital reveal I was personally the most excited about, and it is Shipwreck in his classic blue shirt with jeans, with his pet companion Polly who can attach to his shoulder! He includes ropes strapped to his chest, swappable hair piece, hairy chest detail, trademark tattoos, and weathering effect on jeans. He comes with a grappling hook, a pistol, and a double barreled musket.
Falcon is dressed in his classic green camo commando design. He comes with a removable beret and removable scarf, and very close to the original ARAH design. He also includes his heavy blaster, coms backpack, and overstepped web gear.
Where to Buy:
You can preorder Falcon at the following retailers:
Barbecue Mad Marauders
Here we have a repaint of Barbecue. But this time, Barbecue is in his Slaughters Marauders color scheme. He can be considered a trooper builder. He is dressed in his classic blue, greens and brown Marauders but in a more Classified style greens. His package includes John James artwork.
Where to Buy:
You can preorder Mad Maurader’s Barbacue at the following retailers:
- Entertainment Earth: G.I. Joe Classified Series 6-Inch Mad Marauders Gabriel Barbecue Kelly Action Figure
- Amazon: G.I. Joe Classified Series Mad Marauders Gabriel “Barbecue” Kelly Action Figure 58 Collectible Premium Toy 6-Inch-Scale Custom Package Art
- Hasbro Pulse: G.I. Joe Classified Series Mad Marauders Gabriel “Barbecue” Kelly Figu – Hasbro Pulse
Again another repaint, this version of the BAT is in the Crimson Guard colored scheme. Tomax and Xamot “ordered” these for Cobra and numbered them. He has a battle damaged silver Cobra symbol on their chest plate. Will match Crimson red on Crimson guard and Crimson Twins. There are some nice details to him. He has some battle damage wearing on his outfit and cool grey accents.
Where to Buy:
You can pre-order the Crimson B.A.T at the following retailers:
Here we have yet another repaint, but one I can’t be more excited to be getting already!! It’s Outback in his vintage colors with the “Survival” white T Shirt and green camo pants, and red hair. So excited for this one! He even includes red arm hair! He has updated artwork by Hartly Holmes.
Where to Buy:
You can preorder Outback at the following retailers:
And the last render reveal we got today was Cover Girl! She has auburn colored short hair, close to original vintage design. She is wearing a brown jacket, tan shirts and pants, brown boots. She has all new sculpting in torso and arms. She will include glamor style make-up on her face. She also includes a tampo of the Wolverine on her data pad, heavy blaster and a wrench since she is a mechanic, little wrench details on her wrists.
Where to Buy:
You can preorder Cover Girl at the following retailers:
Serpentor and the Air Chariot
Back on April 15, 2022, we speculated that a deluxe Serpentor could be in the works given Dr. Mindbender’s royal deluxe GI Joe Classified Series treatment on Episode 66 of our Youtube channel, entitled Gi Joe Classified Series Speculation | Could a Deluxe Serpentor Follow the Dr. Mindbender Reveal? Revealed at SDCC 2022, Serpentor and the Air Chariot have finally gone up for preorder!
- He includes:
- Full Air chariot with fan blades that spin, large blasters that come off and be held, ammo comes off as well. Articulated mouth and cobra fangs that articulate down. Molded after real King Cobra
- Gold and green snake colored outfit, soft goods green cape with snake texture, Snake staff and dagger accessories. Snake Scaled brass gold color. Classic cowl and extra Cobra cowl, long and short silver claws, pet King Cobra pet companion.
- Companion box packaging similar to Dr. Mindbender with amazing artwork.
- Hasbro Pulse Con exclusive
Where to buy:
All pre-order reveals besides Serpentor will be main line reveals and will be available at fan channel an main retailers. We will update you with links as soon as we get them. You will be able to order all of there pre-order reveals starting today at 5pm EST (2pm PST) for pulse members, 6pm (3pm PST EST) for non members on Hasbro Pulse.
LINK TO PURCHASE SERPENTOR: G.I. Joe Classified Series Serpentor & Air Chariot Figure and Vehicle – Hasbro Pulse
Pipeline Name Only Reveals
The Snow Serpant is an exciting name only reveal and we are using a custom concepts to show you what he may look like. This one is exciting because he comes packed with a ton of really cool accessories like snow shoes, googles and a ton of rifles.
Buzzer is a long awaited character reveal as well. Now we get to build out the Dreadnocks! Again, we are using a custom concepts to show you what he may look like.
Female Cobra Trooper
The last name only reveal we got was a female cobra character. We are using custom concepts as a placeholder to see what a female Cobra Figure may look like. These could be cool army builders, especially if they come with interchangable heads and accessories.
Hawk and Tripwire
While the GI Joe Brand panel was not scheduled to kick off until October 1, 2022 at 1:15pm ET, we got another two name only pipeline reveals during the pre-show and they are none other than Hawk and Tripwire!
Skoog, Tormod S. will be joining the Classified Series in the future. He came out in the vintage line 1983 so it will be great to see what his updated version will look like. We came across this custom Classified Series Tripwire on Hisstank.com, which gives a cool, updated version to his vintage counterpart.
Abernathy, Clayton M. will be joining the GI Joe Classified Series in the way distant future but the question is which version will it be? Will it be the original green shirt version that came out in 1982 or version 2 that came out in 1986? We explore what both versions could like!
While we could not find any Classified Series scale customs, we did come across these two versions in 3 3/4″ scale. We’ve found that the Classified Series molds are sometimes very similar so here is these figures could look like.
General Hawk, as his version 2 figure is called, looked drastically different than his v1 counterpart. Drawing inspiration from one of our favorite GI Joe customizers, yojoearah, we see what this figure could like and this one is in Classified Series scale.
HISS Tank Haslab Update:
We got some updates to the HISS Tank Haslab project. We got to see images of the of lady gunner with metallic red paint, comes with mallet and shovel, heavy blaster, machine blaster with magazine. Also revealed was a production sample of Cobra Commander with world snake in his hand. And if you are wondering about the Early Bird figure, backers will get the chance to vote. Polling info will be forthcoming for backers.
UPDATE: August 4, 2022: Big Ben and Cobra Range Viper
Classified Series 2023 Announcements
During a media round table reported by the Full Force Podcast and HISStank.com, Hasbro announced the names of 2 more GI Joe Classified Figures that are slated for a 2023 release! They are Big Ben and the Cobra Range Viper. These are rather deep cuts for the GI Joe Classified line and exciting news for die-hard fans of the franchise!
Big Ben originally came out in the GI Joe A Real American Hero in 1991 as part of Wave 10. Big Ben being one of the later characters in the line is a more obscure choice from Hasbro as they have not completed their core line up yet. But given all the neat accessories Big Ben came with and his amazing camo deco. Will he include his face paint and furry hat? It will be really fun to see what he looks like in the Classified Series scale and detail.
This custom concept from JoeCustoms.com gives us an idea of what a Classified Series version may look like in 6″ scale. He is highly detailed with a bevy of accessories including a huge supply of ammo strapped to his chest, a huge backpack , ammo bag, and rifle. He has his signature face camo and furry hat.
Cobra Range Viper
The Cobra Range Viper was also originally released by Hasbro in 1981 as part of Wave 10. This is another great army builder figure in the line. He has a very unique design in that he is wearing a face mask that looks to be some sort of breathing apparatus with a huge oxygen supplying backpack. He has mostly a blue and black color scheme, with gold bullets strapped to his chest and a bright yellow belt. This is going to be another fun one to see in the Classified 6″ scale.
Pictured below is an amazing custom by Stronox Custom Figures. They have done an amazing job in translating the Cobra Range Viper into 6″ form. They took all his signture features and really dialed up the detail on him. From the bright blue face mask with piercing red eyes, to the blue and black color scheme, with gold bullets strapped to his chest and a bright yellow belt, this is a great custom and gives us a wonderful idea of what a Classified version of the Range Viper could look like.
7/27/2021 UPDATE: Low Light and Tele-Vipers Verbal Reveals
Tele-Viper & Flight Pod
Continuing with the NAME ONLY REVEALS, Lenny and Emily introduced that the Cobra Flight Pod (aka Trubble Bubble) will be coming to GI Joe Classified Series along with Televiper as a figure pack in! We have not seen what this will look like so we provided some concepts and references to the vintage vehicle to refresh your memory!
The Televiper is an amazing figure to have packed in with the Trubble Bubble and below is a concept of what this figure could look like in the GI Joe Classified Series! It will be intersting to see if they reuse some form of breaker’s helmet, like this custom did, and finally make a removable helmet for the Televiper.
Low Light was a surprise as he has not been hinted at and, come to think of it, he should not be that much of surprise given the recent announcement of Slaughter’s Marauder’s Barbecue! They did not have a digital render of him but we expect him to look very much like the custom below!
Here is a custom concept of what Low Light could look like coming from the ever so talented Stronox customs! This custom pays homage to the ARAH version of Low Light, which we expect the Classified Series version to do!
According to Joepedia, “Low-Light is one of the sneakiest members of the Joe Team. He can move through foliage and in the dead of night virtually undetected. He can maintain his position and be still for hours. It doesn’t matter what advantage the enemy has, when the sun goes down and you can’t even see two inches from you, that is when you know that the darkness is where Low-Light truly reigns. Low-Light’s superb sniper skill enables him to pick off his targets in even the lowest of illumination affordable. He prefers to maintain his own night-vision equipment. He actually made his own innovations in image-intensification, mostly self-taught, and even holds two patents from his efforts.” He featured yellow hair, a black cap, red goggles, a dark grey jacket with red pad on right shoulder, black gloves, and dark grey pants with black belt. As for his weapons pack out, he featured a large, thick pouch backpack, a black Uzi with trigger guard, and black 7.62mm Moel 85 sniper’s rifle with large scope and tiny bipod.
June 1, 2022: Shipwreck and Rock N Roll
Classified Series 2023 Announcements
Coming to the GI Joe Classified Series line in 2023 is Rock N Roll and Shipwreck! Emily and Lenny mentioned that these figures will have vintage inspired roots! These figures are in the design and development phase so hopefully we can see digital renders this month, at the least! For now, let’s take a trip down memory and take a look at the vintage figures and some custom concepts to see what we might expect in 2023!
Rock N Roll
Rock N Roll came out in 1982 as the first batch of 3 3/4″ GI Joes and the first figure had straight arms. The following year, Hasbro introduced the Swivel Arms to the line, which they subsequently implemented it to all the original characters in wave 1.5. The original figure had yellow hair and beard, dark green short-sleeved shirt with two gold ammo belts across chest, dark green pants with gold pockets and brown brown boots. The first of the Joes took on more of a green shirt look and hopefully they will be adding more detail than the first of the green shirts to be released, Breaker!
This custom comes to us from Grid Iron Studios as we can see what a vintage GI Joe Classified Series Rock N Roll could look like with a full weapons pack out and even a helmet with goggles that lower and raise just like the vintage figure. As we know, the Rock N Roll from 1982 did not come with a visor but this is what the Classified Series is all about where we can reimagine what the figures could look like in modern times. As for a concept for Rock N Roll for the Classified Series, we could see a layered look to the figure with a removable bandolier, holsters for his weapons and ammo, and a removable helmet. Although Rock N Roll did not come with a backpack, it would be interesting to see him come with more accessories to make the character more interesting as the vintage figure was a bit bland but iconic. For example, it would be cool to see a gun holster on the boot so maybe they can add some flair like that! We could definitely see a Classified Series Rock N Roll looking very similar to this and it would be amazing so we are looking forward to the actual reveal from Hasbro at a later point in time.
There have have been several versions of Shipwreck but the most iconic and well known version is version from the Sunbow cartoon series and vintage toy line. He featured brown hair and beard, a white sailor’s hat, a short-sleeved blue shirt with red chevrons on right arm, blue bell-bottom pants with black gloves, a holster, a hook on his waist to hold accessories. He also came with old-fashioned silver revolver with short strap, silver hook with string, and a green and yellow parrot named Polly.
As Lenny and Emily mentioned, Shipwreck will be going back to his roots and taking on his traditional sailor uniform with dungarees (aka jeans for you youngins out there!). In the custom concept show below, it would be great to see actual rope of twine used to connect his silver hooks, like is shown in the vintage card art. The backpack pirch is a cool concept and can give Polly as resting place. The vintage Polly could sit on his wrist so it will be cool to see what they do with him.
June 8, 2022: Copperhead and Torpedo
Emily and Lenny revealed that we have Copperhead and Torpedo to the Classified Series in the Spring of 2023 during the June 8, 2022 during their traditional YouTube Live Stream. Copperhead was introduced to the GI Joe line via the Cobra Water Moccasin, which was essentially a PT boat that was most likly created as an answer to both the W.H.A.L.E. and the S.H.A.R.C..
They are currently in the sculpting phase and below you can see concept images of what they might look like. Below we have a great custom By Stronox of Copperhead, in his classic V1 teal green color scheme. It is great to see some of the vintage elements make it into this custom, such as the large solver logo in the middle of his chest, his classic helmet, and the holsters that are strapped to his left chest and right leg.
Torpedo was part of the 1983 series of GI Joe A Real American Hero toys and his appearance consisted of a black diving mask that exposed his eyes, a black and grey diving suit with grey belt and gloves. He came packed with a grey scuba backpack with orange tanks, a black harpoon gun and two grey flippers that fit in the pegs of his feet.
We also have below you concept images of what Torpedo may look like in his gray and black ARAH style outfit posted by badsociologist. In this custom, we see nods to nostalgia represented in this GI Joe Classified Series concept but with a very different paint app applied and with a closed mask where you can barely see his eyes. His scuba gear looks more realistic and he appears more like a special forces Navy SEAL than anything else.
June 15, 2022: Snow Job and Tunnel Rat
As they have been doing this month, they verbally announced that Tunnel Rat and Snow Job are joining the GI Joe Classified Series in 2023 and this was announced during the June 15, 2022 Instagram Live Stream.
He was introduced to the line in 1983 and he has red hair and a red beard, large black goggles, a white hooded snowsuit with gloves, boots, brown backpack straps and belt and black pockets on legs. His weapons and accessories included a white backpack with handle, holes for skis, and clips for ski poles, a black XMLR-3A laser rifle, two white skis, and two black ski poles.
Drawing upon inspiration from the customizing community for concepts to see what these figures could look like, this custom comes from yojoearah, and extremely talented customized who is on Instagram! The original Snow Job figure was pretty much all white and yojoearah did an amazing job with the black washing and adding fine detail to make the paint app more exciting, giving the entire look of the figure a fresh look that has a lot of depth to it. He pays attention to smaller details, like including a reflection coming off of his goggles, some white at the bottom and top of the ski poles, and he even mounted a Walkie Talkie on his left shoulder strap, which we could definitely see the Classified Series doing something similar.
The character’s facial appearance is based on G.I. Joe comic book writer Larry Hama and was introduced fairly late in the line in 1987. Tunnel Rat has black hair, a bandanna, neckerchief, and paint on his face and arms. He is wearing a green short-sleeved shirt with ammo belt, black gloves and pants, a dark grey belt, and a brown holster. The pack out on Tunnel Rat was quite impressive as he had a very large, olive-green backpack with holes on top for two removable flashlights, a large black machine gun with long grip and huge scope, and an olive-green TNT pack.
This custom concept comes to us, again, from yojoearah and he did a superb job capturing the vintage look and feel of Tunnel Rat! He really went all in with the black washing and he even added some browns to the paint app to break up the heavy olive green and black tone to the figure. With oversized accessories like the revolver in his front left holster and the long rifle with the red scope, he left no stone unturned on this one! He even integrated a sleeping back into his backpack, which is present on the vintage figure but yojoearah made it stand out by applying a tan paint app to it.
June 22, 2022: Scrap Iron and Grunt
A favorite of Michael’s growing up, Scrap Iron was introduced into the line in 1984 and I think we would consider this a deluxe figure by today’s standards. He appeared with a black helmet and visor, a blue shirt with open collar, blue pants, a dark red vest, a belt, holster, and boots. He has black gloves and kneepads and a red Cobra insignia on right shoulder! Scrap Iron’s pack out makes him unique as he came with a six-piece black missile launcher with 2 supports, a pivot, a box top and bottom, and activation switch with cord. To top it off, two red finned missiles fit snugly in the missile launcher and of course, they had to be red given how outlandish Cobra Commander is! If that wasn’t enough, he also came with a black RAR pistol.
Scrap Iron was verbally revealed to be coming to the GI Joe Classified Series in 2023 during the Instagram Live Stream on June 22, 2022 so we are providing some concepts, again, from Stronox! Using the GI Joe Classified Series Cobra Island Firefly as the base for the figure, he created a new head sculpt and used the classic red, blue, and black paint scheme that we all grew up with. Although this version was made with a rocket launcher, we could very well see some of these types of updates done as a deluxe figure for the Classified Series. The technique that Stronox uses really makes the figure pop and weapons look like actual metal.
The only figure so far to be specifically called out as a deluxe figure, Lenny said it was “Scrap Iron and drone” so this could be a modification to his classic rocket launcher! We are drawing inspiration again from Stronox customs as he has already reimagined what a modern version of Scrap Iron could look like. This cersion, albeit in 3 3/4″ scale, gives us a look at what a missile drone could look like. The jury is out whether this is a rolling or flying drone, we can’t wait to see how Hasbro reimagines Scrap Iron for the Classified Series.
Going back to the original green shirts from 1982, they also said that Grunt would be joining the line in 2023. Introduced to the line in 1982, Grunt was one of the more basic looking figures as he has brown hair, a dark green shirt with brown straps and light green pockets on shoulders. Continuing with the drab color scheme, he also came with dark green pants with brown boots. He came with a dark green helmet, a small, dark green pouch backpack, and a black M-16 assault rifle.
Grunt was also announced and we could see this figure look very much like Breaker as he was an original green shirt! This custom concept you see below comes from mureview.net and here is what they had to say about why they created him:
“Made a little more Classified style with colors that really pop, and a perfect head for the job if I say so myself. Thank you as always to my awesome wife, for letting me buy parts, and then for painting them to make them look like my favorite Joes from my child hood, like magic!”mureview.net: Custom GI Joe Classified Series Grunt
As we know, it takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears to make these customs so here are the ingrediants and recipe that was used to create this figure!
- Marvel Legends S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Body
- Fortnite Rifle (I think…)
- Head from a Marvel Legends Punisher
- Cap / Peggy 2-Pack Cap helmet
- 2 Duke shoulder straps
- Green Acrylic Paint
- Brown Acrylic Paint
- Head swap to the punisher head
- Paint the base body green
- Paint the trimmings brown / helmet brown
- cut and glue on the shoulder straps
- Quick, easy, to awesome effect. Grunt! The Green Shirt that every Joe army must have, and a fun custom that wasn’t a ton of work! I LOVE how this turned out!!
June 30, 2022: Dreadnock Ripper and Updated Firefly
According to Toy News International via the Full Force Podcast, Emily and Lenny from the GI Joe Hasbro team revealed at a round table event today, June 30, 2022, that two more pipeline characters are coming to GI Joe Classified in 2023. We are going to get the Dreadnock Ripper and an updated version of Firefly in 2023!
Ripper is one of the coolest of the Dreadnocks and we can’t be more excited about him joining the Classified series! He will join the ranks of Zartan and Zarana! Hopefully we get more Dreadnocks, but this is a great start! Ripper is the coolest of the Dreadnocks, sporting a mohock and and attitude!
According to Ripper’s file card:
Code Name : Ripper : File Name: Harry Nod : Place of Birth: Cape grim, Tasmania
There are devils in Tasmania and RIpper is probably the meanest of them all. Was expelled from nursery school for extorting candy from his schoolmates and spent most of his adult life in various correctional institutions. He is a professional criminal motivated by greed and a malignant dislike for niceties of civilization.
Specialty and M.O: Edged weapons and cutting tools. Is known throughout the swamps for using his blade like a cross between a fireman’s axe and a can opener to unlock gates and crack safes.
Below are some amazing images of a customs by Stronox Custom Figures, and gives us a great look at what a Classifed Dreadnock Ripper may look like! And how cool would it be to get a motorcycle like a hog style (something other than a Ram Cycle!) for Ripper to ride around on!
We already have Firefly for the GI Joe Classified Series, but sonething about him just never sat right with all the collectors. He really wasnt the classic Firefly we were all waiting for. Some how he was too stylized with that huge chest armor and just never looked right. Well, now is Hasbro’s second chance to do Firefly right! And let’s hope we get a more classic looking version with little green wakie talkie phone and all!
Below is another amazing custom by Stronox Custom Figures, and gives us a great look at what an updated Classifed Firefly may look like! He has a much more elaborate grey, black and white camo pattern and of course his signature grenade chest straps! This represents what a great classic Firefly should be!
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