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I Have Good News and Bad News About the G.I. Joe Collectors Club Subscription

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It’s been quite a while, but Hasbro and the G.I. Hoe Collectors Club finally revealed what their deal is, e.g. the what’s, when’s, and how much’s. But let’s start with the good news; as revealed/rumored, the 6-month, 12-figure subscription will include new figures of (from left to right, starting with the top row) Jinx, Nano-B.A.T., Big Boa, Barrel Roll, Dice, Topside, Theodore N. Thomas (?), Cover Girl, Quarrel, Iron Klaw, Sure Fire and Grunt. These figures have a lot of original tooling, and obviously look great. Also: Big fucking Boa.

Now the bad news; this 12-figure sub will cost you either $294 or three installments of $98… without shipping. That works out to about $25 a figure… slightly less if you add in the “free” mystery 13th figures. It’s… it’s a lot. On the plus side, it’s probably the best news Mattel has had in a while, since they just raised their Masters of the Universe Classics figures to $25 each for next year, and they’re 6-inches tall (although they re-use a ton of parts among figures, and fewer paint apps, so in many ways they aren’t technically as nice as the Joe figures here). Anyways, you have until September 4th to decide if you want to join in. Or can afford it. Or exactly how much of $300 a new Big Boa figure is worth to you.

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