The first major ones we’ve spotted? Hasbro’s G.I. Joe and Transformers toy lines, which will bring a total of six convention-only action figures in a $99.99 box set to the west coast next month, according to HissTank.com.
The ‘G.I. Joe’/'Transformers’ mash-up set includes a G.I. Joe V.A.M.P. vehicle in the colors and deco of the Autobot cult favorite, Hound, recently announced to be appearing in Michael Bay’s Transformers 4.
This year’s G.I. Joe/Transformers exclusive 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.
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,” Hasbro said. “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.
Hasbro also rolled out a slate of other action figures available exclusively at Comic-Con, that one featuring such brands as Marvel Comics, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Jem and the Holograms.