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Jeff:
In case you guys haven't seen them yet...  Hasbro Comic-Con exclusives @ USA Today.

- VAMP painted up like Hound
- Skystriker painted up like Jetfire (complete with booster rockets)
- Baroness with Ravage
- Snake Eyes with Blaster boombox and tapes accessories
- robot samurai thingy inspired by Bludgeon?  (wth? )


--- Quote ---G.I. Joe/Transformers

Iconic cartoon/toy/comic franchises over the last 30 years, G.I. Joe and Transformers are two franchises that have recently hit Hollywood but are always favorites at Comic-Con among those who grew up with them and younger folks getting to know the real American heroes and transforming alien robots.

Putting them together, though? That's like the ultimate peanut butter and jelly sandwich for children of the '80s.

This year's G.I. Joe/Transformers exclusive ($99.99) is the third and final installment in a special series of annual mash-ups, and while the two previous exclusives focused on Decepticons a Skystriker jet with a Starscream paint job, and a Shockwave deco on a G.I. Joe Retaliation movie H.I.S.S. Tank the 2013 edition focuses on the good guys.

"What better way to go out with a bang than with the Autobots coming to save the day?" says design manager John Warden.

Paying homage to a G.I. Joe/Transformers comic-book miniseries in the '80s, the set includes a Skystriker in the colors of the Autobot Jetfire and a G.I. Joe V.A.M.P. vehicle retooled to reflect Hound, a cult favorite whose original automobile form was that of an Army Jeep.

"We look to these two brands in particular to make a big statement," DePriest says.

The comic medium has been the experimental forum to prove a very high concept: that these universes of characters can go together. But we've just never put them together in toy form."

To pair with the vehicles, the set stars the Cobra femme fatale Baroness with the Decepticon character Ravage, G.I. Joe ninja Snake Eyes with an Autobot logo on his outfit, the Autobot Blaster in his boom-box form and his tapes, and a robotic samurai warrior with a skeleton head in the colors of the Decepticon Bludgeon.

"John's wanted to do a samurai for years," DePriest quips.

"He appeals not only to the original '80s fans but also late '80s and '90s," Warden says. "That's another big piece of Comic-Con: It's appealing to all generations."/quote]
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efranks:
I don't know how I'm going to get my hands on this set, but, gotta have it.

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inadvertent imitation:
Bet this'll be $250-300 on eBay. And I'll pay it. Glad it seems to be the last one.

Qui-Gon Jim:
Harmony Gold is gonna sue!

efranks:
So, did you have the inside scoop on the Harmony Gold lawsuit? 

Anyone else pick up this set?  I hedged my bets, even before the lawsuit, and went to eBay for it.  Paid out the ass but I wanted to lock it in and it's probably a good thing since Hasbro never posted it on HTS.  I see the eBay prices have dropped a little since then, but I didn't want to end up not having the set.
 
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