MCM returns to ExCeL London on the 28-30 October 2022 for an epic three-day celebration of all things pop culture and Hasbro revealed some new figures coming to the GI Joe Classified Series line in digital render and name only reveals! We saw digital render reveals of the female Cobra Trooper 2-Pack, Big Ben, and a new name only pipeline reveal of Shadow Tracker!
See the full list of GI Joe Classified Series name only pipeline reveals here:
Female Cobra Trooper 2-Pack
Update 11/10/2022: Digital Render Image released
Previously revealed at MCM, we got a very blurry look at the Femal Cobra Trooper 2-pack. Thanks to G.I.Joe Classified on Instagram, we got an official image release of the Female Cobra Trooper 2-Pack. Here we can see the bevy of weapons and accessories they come packed with. They each have back packs, one in tan and one in black. There are multiple blast effects, just like the ones that came with the Viper 3 Pack. Each trooper comes wth 2 side arm pistols, a knife, a rifle, and a machine gun, both with removeable cartridges. Plus, they are packed with removeable helmets and a face mask.
Hasbro revealed a new female Cobra Trooper 2-Pack with a a gaggle of weapons and blast effects! Their uniform is a deep Cobra blue with red and gold accents and we are sure this is going to be a sough after army builder!
Update 11/12/2022: Digital Render Image released
Previously revealed at MCM, we got a very blurry look at the digital render image for Big Ben. Thanks to G.I. ShArK on Instagram, we got an official image release of the Big Ben Here we can see the Big Ben and the tons of weapons and accessories he comes packed with. He includes a semi-automatic side arm pistol with silencer, a rifle, and a machine gun, both with removeable cartridges and a gas mask. Big Ben’s face paint camo looks amazing and the chest straps full of bullets completes his classic look!
This figure was a pipeline reveal from August 2022 and we finally get to see the Digital Render of Big Ben and he looks fantastic! He comes with a alternate head sculpt that has a gas mask and his signature weapons!
Big Ben History
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.
Shadow Tracker came from the GI Joe Pursuit of Cobra line in 2011 and he is a rather odd character choice but if his Classified Series sculpt is anything like his figure, he will be the most unique one on the line! His bio reads:
SHADOW TRACKER works for COBRA as a wilderness hunter and guide. Scorning conventional firearms, he uses traditional weapons from around the world. He tracks his prey using primal instinct: He hears the dark whispers of the jungle, senses distant footfalls in the earth and tastes his victim’s fear in the wind.
Generaljoesreborn has a fantastic review of Shadow Tracker and a nice summary of the new character that was added to the line:
First of all, Shadow Tracker has a distinct advantage…I love new characters, and Shadow Tracker is a new character. He’s a Cobra tracking specialist and jungle operative, which is something we’ve seen surprisingly little of in Cobra’s thirty year history. Now, within a couple of months we not only have the first mass release “Jungle Viper” but we also have a Cobra Tracker. But he’s not just a Cobra Tracker, he’s a completely bad ass looking Cobra tracker who oozes personality in a way that only the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero universe can provide. This is something that G.I. Joe has always been able to do, for whatever reason. The way Hasbro can perfectly meld a straight-line military line with a fantastical science fiction element never ceases to amaze me, and Shadow Tracker walks that line to perfection. But, none of this means anything if the figure isn’t any good, and trust me, this figure is great above and beyond his cool history.Shadow Tracker – General Joes Reborn
Regarding the figure:
Beyond the theory and mythology, though, you have a toy. And the fun value of that toy will impact the rest of it more than anything else…Shadow Tracker is quite simply an awesome toy. Even underneath all of that gear, Cobra’s Wilderness expert has some excellent detailing, incredibly smooth articulation and some insane paint apps. His elbow joints actually bend the full 90 degrees many figures cannot achieve, he’s got the great pivot wrists, and even though his legs are sculpted like one piece legs (without those joint disguising kneepads) his double-jointed knees work without flaw. And his head? His head sculpt is simply insane. The wild mane of dreadloks spirals from underneath a semi-translucent hockey mask which gives the character an absolutely evil, insidious look about him. The figure is obviously at least somewhat inspired by the Devils’ Due Skullbuster, I believe, but it takes that design aesthetic and totally runs with it. Upon first glance, it almost looks like his mask is removable, but take Twink Viper’s advice and don’t do it.Shadow Tracker – General Joes Reborn
Weapons and Accessories
He comes with a gaggle of weapons as well:
Like every other figure in the Wave 4 assortment, the accessories are really where it’s at, and Shadow Tracker is loaded. He comes with a pretty simple vest, nicely colored and detailed just right. His compound bow was first seen with the TRU Exclusive Spirit, and he comes with the quiver and extra arrow as well. Where Shadow Tracker excels is with the bladed weapons. As a Cobra “hunter” he comes fully equipped with some of the nastiest knives I’ve ever seen in the 3 3/4″ scale, and with his pivot wrists, he can hold them very nicely. If there is a downside to all of these accessories, it’s that he cannot hold them all, though he does have a great sheath on the back of his vest and a hole in the side of his leg where one of his knives can be stored.Shadow Tracker – General Joes Reborn
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