HISS Tank boards member notpicard has posted images of 2 canceled GI Joe 6 Inch Figures. While it’s currently unknown when these figures were planned for release, the evidence presented may indicate that these were actually planned for 2001. Notpicard has included images comparing these figures with the 2002 GI Joe VS Cobra versions of Duke and Cobra Commander. He also mentioned that Draxhall Jump‘s design for Duke at the time is much closer to the 6″ figure posted, than the 3-3/4″ Duke which was released for GI Joe VS Cobra in 2002.
By 2001, 6″ figures were becoming more common, as Toy Biz had started making waves with their Spiderman Classics line, and of course, the venerable Marvel Legends. During the heyday of Marvel Legends, some fans were busy at work, making GI Joe Legends customs. Then, once Hasbro obtained the license, it seemed like fans’ wishes for GI Joe Legends figures might finally come true.
Fast forward to now, 2011, and this has yet to happen. Yet is it a possibility? Furthermore, would the fandom embrace fully articulated 6″ GI Joe figures, on par with the best of the best of Marvel Legends?
In any case, check out a blast from the past after the jump, check out the 6″ GI Joes that never made it to retail shelves!