New concepts for an American Hero

New T’Gin-Zu

The 1997-2002 era of G.I. Joe was not the only time straight repainted figures became new characters. Ninja Force included T’Gin-Zu, the operator of the Pile Driver vehicle and repainted Storm Shadow. This variation makes him more unique, muting the bright colors and mixing the ninja style with a more typical G.I. Joe driver design.

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Another of the “clone” action figures released in The Real American Hero Collection of 1997-2002, Vypra has appeared a few times since, always as a Jinx repaint. That includes a 2015 release. Here, some earlier Vypra elements remain, but most ninja elements are gone.

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New Rumbler

Wow, two updates in two days! Today’s concept is for an obscure character that came with the remote control Crossfire vehicle, Rumbler. I don’t think he ever showed up in any stories (the Marvel comic incorrectly used his code name for Armadillo instead), and he’s just a cobbled together figure. This is somewhat inspired by Rumbler being the latest Joe featured at GIJOE365.com. This new Rumbler is based on a NASCAR driver, combining those colorful logo-covered outfits with some military details.

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Soldier Serpentor

Now for a sort of random concept. What if Serpentor spent more time on the battlefield and dressed in something more appropriate than his snake “costume”? Here, Serpentor is dressed more like a modern soldier but adds some ancient Roman-style armor and weapons, so he can fight alongside his troops.

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IDW’s Hard Drive

IDW has introduced new variations on a number of characters. Hard Drive, a sometimes overlooked character from the Valor vs. Venom toy line, reappeared as a female character in “Season 2” of IDW’s G.I. Joe and appeared prominently in their Special Missions series. This is one of several uniforms she appeared in.

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New Beach Head

An updated version of Beach Head, this time ditching the balaclava and giving him a Ranger beret. no special theme here, just “new Beach Head.”

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Marcy Malone

Here is a character many have never seen. A while back, cartoonist Ryan Dunlavey provided alternate covers for some of IDW’s G.I. Joe series chronicling the story of Marcy Malone: Intern of Cobra! The only person to join Cobra for the college credits. Click here to see the whole story.

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