Check out the latest and greatest GI Joe Classified Series information and updates as we gear up for Hasbro Pulse Con 2022
UPDATE 9/15/22 Seperpentor Pack Out Image:
Thanks to G.I. ShArK on Instagram for posting this newly revealed image of the GI Joe Classified Series Serpentor and his complete pack out. Let’s take a look at all the goodies Serpentor comes packed with. First can see the production image of the amazing Air Chariot Serperntor comes packed with. It looks absolutely stunning with all it’s snake scale details and classic looking decals. This image looks to be more uniformly colored than the one we saw at SDCC, so it seems that perhaps they simplified the Air Chariot for production.
Serpentor comes packed with the following accessories:
- Pet cobra
- Extra Cobra Hood with helmet
- Cobra shaped staff
- Gold and silver sword
- Claw Wrist Gauntlets
UPDATE 9/12/2022: Hasbro Pulsecon is upon us, mark your calendars for Oct 1st!
It’s that time of year again and Hasbro Pulse Con is back in full force! The GI Joe panel has been set for October 1st and according to Emily from the Joe team:
Kick off your spooky season on October 1st with me, Lenny, Cory, and Tony as we talk all things GI Joe 😍 Who do you think is going to be the next name that we reveal for an upcoming 2023 character? Let me know your guess and then tune into the show to see if you’re right!Emily
GI Joe Classified Series Focused
To set expectations, Hasbro Pulse posted:
“Whether you’re team 💪 YO JOE 💪 or 🐍 COBRAAAA 🐍, #HasbroPulseCon2022 is bringing you the best from G.I. Joe! Make sure to tune in on Day 2 of #HasbroPulseCon, October 1st, to catch the team bringing you the latest in the Classified Series line, including some new product announcements, pipeline reveals, and even a special guest you don’t want to miss! Click the link in our bio to stay in the know on more #HasbroPulseCon2022 updates! 👆 Because after all, knowing is half the battle.”Hasbro Pulse
The keywords to pay attention to in Hasbro Pulse’s post are “Classified Series” and we are sure this will bum out the O-Ring collectors (us included) but it is nice to have our expectations set and not look forward to anything coming out for the O-Ring line.
Serpentor & 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?
As we know from the GI Joe mini-series Arise, Serpentor Arise, Serpentor was created by Cobra scientist Dr. Mindbender as part of a conspiracy within Cobra to create the perfect soldier but, in actuality, Mindbender and Destro were plotting to create a leader to supplant Cobra Commander. Raiding several tombs that contain history’s greatest warriors and their DNA, this would serve as the genetic blueprint for this super soldier. Possessing the acute military genius, courage, daring, charisma, political know how and fighting prowess of these historic leaders, what could go wrong???
Back on 7/27/22 get got official images thru Emily of the Hasbro GI Joe Team’s Instagram Page of Serpentor and his Air Chariot which is said to be an upcoming Pulse Con exclusive! Since we know that the GI Joe Panel is supposed to be on October 1st, we are expecting Serpentor to go up for preorder on October 1st with an expected release date by the end of the year. We have yet to see if that’s the case, but that is the expected release date. In any case, that is very exciting news! We first got to see Serpentor revealed at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.
Figure and Air Chariot
The Serpentor figure and Air Chariot look impressive! Rather than coming with a soft goods cape, it appears that he comes with a plastic green version that has snake skin texturing on it. In fact, there is snake skin texting all over him and is very subtle and well executed as to not to overwhelm the figure or the Air Chariot
You also get to see the inside of the Air Chariot with the handle bars and flight controls. The riveting details are a nice touch as it ads a meal look to the gold vehicle!
Special thanks to Fred E Rick and Ron Wilson from Facebook for posting these amazing images of Serpentor from the Hasbro Booth at SDCC 2022!
We got some additional amazing images thanks to SDCC 2022 Serpentor With Air Chariot G.I. Joe Classified and Retro – HissTank.com ,check them out below:
Box and Art
Serpentor’s box and art is beautiful and is in the same style as Dr. Mindbender’s deluxe style box! It features artwork of the Air Chariot plus the weapons and accessory pack out that Serpentor comes with in an amazing
The back of the box features places where Destro was collecting samples of DNA from the great villainous leaders in history! As we know from the GI Joe mini-series Arise, Serpentor Arise, Serpentor was created by Cobra scientist Dr. Mindbender as part of a conspiracy within Cobra to create the perfect soldier but, in actuality, Mindbender and Destro were plotting to create a leader to supplant Cobra Commander. Raiding several tombs that contain history’s greatest warriors and their DNA, this would serve as the genetic blueprint for this super soldier. Possessing the acute military genius, courage, daring, charisma, political know how and fighting prowess of these historic leaders, what could go wrong??? If you have not checked out our Deluxe GI Joe Classified Series Serpentor speculation video, please do so as we have fun thinking about the possibilities now they have become a reality!
The other box art for Serpentor features him and his throne sitting on the lap of the Lincoln memorial, which is so apropos! It also features an amazing scene of Cobra aircraft feeling the Cobra stronghold in victory! A funny scene has him punching the lights out of Cobra Commander, which is hilarious and very well illustrated!
The Next GI Joe Classified Series Wave
Thanks to chaztheguru for posting this image and summarizing the next wave of GI Joe Classified Series Figures that will be hitting in April 2023. This lines up with what the Joe Team said earlier in the year that they are moving to 5 figures per wave so let’s take a look at the next assortment of figures. Hopefully they have production figures and preorders for this wave. These figures were announced as part of Yo Joe June as part of the Joe Team’s first official YouTube livestream to kick off the month so it’s exciting to see progress on the wave.
We got an exciting new render reveal with Falcon! 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.
Barbecue Slaughter’s 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.
Again another repaint, this version of the BAT is in the Crimson Guard colored scheme. Tomat and Xamot “ordered” these for Cobra and numbered them. Cobra symbol on their chest plate. Will match Crimson red on Crimson guard and Crimson Twins.
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!
And the last render reveal we got today was Cover Girl! She has reddish brown 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.
Classified Series Pipline Reveal 2023 Announcements
Over the last few months, Hasbro has been adding to their name only reveals so expect to see more characters named at Pulse Con 2022. If you need a refresher, we not only have the names but we also included custom concepts so you can get an idea of what the figures could look like!
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.
Rock N Roll Version 2
Another possibility for Rock N Roll might be his Wave 8 1989 v2 version, which is a very popular way that Rock N Roll was portrayed in the cartoons, and comic books as well. This featured Rock N Roll in his beige-colored army shirt and green camo-colored pants! As you recall, this version of Rock N Roll came with those two huge Gatling guns and backpack! How rad with this be in a Classified version?
Below is an image of a GI Joe Rock N Roll version 2 custom by the ever so talented Stronox and although this custom is in 3 3/4″ scale, we loved the design and could definitely see a 6″ scaled figure that looked very similar to this. It would be amazing to see a Classified Series version of the Rock N Roll with twin Gatling guns, Stronox made his load a little lighter and just has him toting a single Gatling gun that feeds ammo via a backpack. Either version of Rock N Roll will be totally exciting!
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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