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Re: Pursuit of Cobra Figures & Vehicles Uk release cancelled

Postby seyms » 25 Mar 2010 17:28

Thundershot wrote:Same as the 60's really, G.I.joe was considered too American sounding...I like & prefer the idea of :AFLogo: being an international force rapid reaction force. Even the movie tried to be more like that, I guess Hollywood thought that idea would appeal & sell better to the rest of the world too...did this approach put off any U.S. fans?


Yeh this approach sure did put off a lot of US fans. Some of the US Joe fora in the run up to the movie release contained so many vile comments regarding GI Joe depicted as no longer a solely American team. Add to that several thinly-veiled racist remarks regarding Breaker's nationality. Quite sickening to read, really.
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Re: Pursuit of Cobra Figures & Vehicles Uk release cancelled

Postby Sundance » 25 Mar 2010 17:32

GI Joe's been international since 1988 or so when Taurus, Backstop and Skymate appeared...
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Re: Pursuit of Cobra Figures & Vehicles Uk release cancelled

Postby The Baron » 25 Mar 2010 17:38

seyms wrote:
Thundershot wrote:Same as the 60's really, G.I.joe was considered too American sounding...I like & prefer the idea of :AFLogo: being an international force rapid reaction force. Even the movie tried to be more like that, I guess Hollywood thought that idea would appeal & sell better to the rest of the world too...did this approach put off any U.S. fans?


Yeh this approach sure did put off a lot of US fans. Some of the US Joe fora in the run up to the movie release contained so many vile comments regarding GI Joe depicted as no longer a solely American team. Add to that several thinly-veiled racist remarks regarding Breaker's nationality. Quite sickening to read, really.

I hope the moderators took action? Racism is unacceptable behaviour.
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Re: Pursuit of Cobra Figures & Vehicles Uk release cancelled

Postby SteveD » 25 Mar 2010 17:49

Was Breaker listed as from Munich in the Joe World? If so I can guess at the type of racism.

Munich is, however, an absolutely beautiful city - one of my favourites I've been to. And the Hoffbrauhouse is just awesome! Sad to think of the hatred that was stirred up there, but now it's an ace, friendly place to enjoy several Steins. Last time I was there I had a very memorable night with me and the intended Mrs D being plied with copious amounts of schnapps as chasers to our strong Bavarian beer by a German Hen Party! :-D Happy days!!
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Re: Pursuit of Cobra Figures & Vehicles Uk release cancelled

Postby Sundance » 25 Mar 2010 17:52

ARAH Breaker's a Yank. Movie Breaker is a French-Morroccan. I imagine it was the Franco-Arab part that caused much 'hilarious' racism.
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Postby seyms » 25 Mar 2010 17:52

SteveD wrote:Munich is, however, an absolutely beautiful city - one of my favourites I've been to. And the Hoffbrauhouse is just awesome! Sad to think of the hatred that was stirred up there, but now it's an ace, friendly place to enjoy several Steins. Last time I was there I had a very memorable night with me and the intended Mrs D being plied with copious amounts of schnapps as chasers to our strong Bavarian beer by a German Hen Party! :-D Happy days!!


Hehe sounds like a great time was had!
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Re: Pursuit of Cobra Figures & Vehicles Uk release cancelled

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Re: Pursuit of Cobra Figures & Vehicles Uk release cancelled

Postby action-figure-supplies » 26 Mar 2010 13:19

Completely agree with Dave Tree. Hasbro and Tesco did the exact same thing with the new Action Man range, half price at launch and now they're shelf warming at 25% RRP. There were only 4 or 5 items in the range as well which didn't help either.
However £8 is still far too much for a 3 3/4" action figure, especially for an under promoted film. Star Wars can kinda get away with it though as they have the adult collector base whereas Joe hasn't got such a large base. I know I've basically contradicted myself there but it seems like Hasbro UK had resigned themselves to the fact the Joe stuff wouldn't sell before it was even released and just tried to sell as much as they could instead of actually promoting the line with large in store displays and TV ads.

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