I was pretty surprised about that .50 cal round also, Jesse, but they talked about it in the Q&A and it was on display if you check the accessory photo that I posted.
Other than Duke with his new backpack weapon, I don't think I saw a new figure that I won't buy. Hasbro took their game up. One thing they mentioned is that Joe always had top articulation and they felt they'd fallen behind so they stepped it up. I think some of the articulation that the SW team manged to get on the new CW Clones maybe sparked a rivalry and the Joe team wanted to get back on top.
I also think that with Maurader John on the scene the team has stepped up their game also. I mean, that .20mm gun that the Jungle Viper is coming with? I've never even heard of it before so big props to the Hasbro team for discovering that piece of weaponry.
I have most of my update about the Hassenfeld presentation and the Hasbro tour written up and I'll get it posted when I get home tomorrow. I have some cool photos of original artwork, protos and turnarounds of new product, some more carded photos (that other show of Snow Job for example) and some info on the cancelled product that I just have to verify. I also have some shots of the Club exclusive AT figs and some excellent Joe Customs figures that blew me away. Oh, and all the diorama stuff as well.