According to Emily from the GI Joe marketing team, the GI Joe Retro Cardbacks will be getting an upgrade with a thicker cardstock! This is great news for collectors as the Mickey Mouse Cobra Commander from the HasLab HISS Tank and the HasLab Skystriker O-Ring figures will be getting an upgrade!
In her IG post that accompanied the digital render reveal of the Micky Mouse Cobra Commander, she added “And for those asking – we will be upgrading the cardstock on this figure to make it thicker than our current retro cardback figures. We are doing the same with the carded figures that come with the Skystriker.”
Thicker Cardstock and Return of the White Border
Since the release of the GI Joe Retro Collection, the figure cardbacks have been plagued with substandard cardstock that is flimsy and easily bendable, which was not great news for mint on card collectors. The biggest draw for the Walmart Retro Collection, the O-Ring Hasbro Pulse exclusives, and the GI Joe Classified Series retro cardback line was the card itself. With the flimsy cardstock that was used since its inception, collectors have gone MAD taking to Instagram to post their trashed and thrashed cardbacks. If you weren’t looking carefully at the Hasbro Pulse booth at SDCC 2022, you might have missed the return of the white border to the O-Ring figures that are part of the HasLab Skystriker! With the additional thickness of the cardbacks, they are sure to survive the trip from the factory to your door. If you recall, the Snake Eyes / Storm Shadow O-Ring 2-pack did not fair well during shipping as those cards warped in the shipper box.
Retro Cardback Figures Trashed
Due to the flimsy cardstock and Walmart’s shipping practices, the GI Joe Classified Series Retro figures did not stand a chance. Here are a few examples of figures that ended up in collector’s hands and there are hundreds more like this on Instagram!
Even with thicker cardstock, these figures did not stand a chance!
Will Future Retro Cardback Figures Get an Upgrade?
Given the slew of trashed GI Joe Classified Series Retro cardback figures we’ve seen on Instagram, we ware hoping that they will be producing figures with thicker cardstocks in the future. We are hoping this applies to the upcoming releases of Zartan and Storm Shadow but only time will tell!
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