Among all of Hasbro’s 2013 SDCC exclusive reveals today is their latest G.I. Joe/Transformers crossover set. And this year’s is a doozy! This years set features a repainted G.I. Joe V.A.M.P. Jeep made to look like the Autobot Hound and a Skystriker repainted to look like Autobot Jetfire. The set also includes figures of Snake-Eyes with an Autobot logo on his chest, the Baroness with Ravage (complete with chain around his neck for her to hold on to), Decepticon Buldgeon reimagined as a robotic Samurai warrior (3.75″), and Blaster with cassettes in boombox form. Wow! Talk about one heck of a set.
What you expect that to cost? What if I told you it’s going to cost $99.99! It might seem steep to some, but considering everything this comes with, I personally think it’s a great deal. And like with previous G.I. Joe/Transformers crossover sets, the packaging on this one pays homage to the old G.I. Joe/Transformers crossover mini-series that was released by Marvel in the 80s.
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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.
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.
Considering that the previous G.I. Joe/Transformers crossover sets came with less than this and cost more, I’m quite pleasantly surprised with this reveal, and the price. Now I just have to hope I can get my hands on one! What about you? Are you planning to get this year’s 2013 SDCC exclusive G.I. Joe/Transformers crossover set? Let me know in the comments!