G.I. Joe Classified launched in early 2020 and 2021 is kicking things off with a refresh of those wave 1 figures! When wave 1 dropped, a lot of folks thought that some of the figures had a bit too much bling going on, specifically Duke, Roadblock and Scarlett. They had a Fortnite / video game vibe with certain paint apps combined with the techy weapons.
Hasbro must have listened, because Scarlett and Roadblock were confirmed to be getting new streamlined paint jobs when they shipped in Wave 3 along with Zartan and Cobra Infantry. Then yesterday, Duke was confirmed to have a new less blingy deco too.
Today I got a box with some Wave 1 figures in it, expecting them to be the original Wave 1 decos, and Scarlett was actually the new 2021 refresh version. So Duke and Scarlett are in the wild now with the new paint, not necessarily coming from Wave 3 repacks. I’d bet Roadblock is floating around somewhere too.
All in all I dig the Scarlett, and from the promo pics of Roadblock and Duke, also dig those. I don’t need things to be 100% retro classic, and the original versions were not horrible or anything. These all are an improvement IMO, a better balance of modern upgrades and retro feels.
I’ve run Scarlett through a quick set of pics showing off the differences. You can see them after the break.
These come courtesy of Dorkside Toys. I can’t guarantee that if you order Roadblock, Scarlett or Duke that you will get any specific version. If you 100% want one or the other, please contact them first to verify!