Q1 — What were the factors in the design process to redesign the original Night-Viper into "Jungle Assault" Jungle-Viper (Ed. Note: Many felt that the Jungle-Viper was heavily inspired by the Night-Viper)? Did you change the name and design just so it would fit in better with the Pursuit of Cobra "Jungle Assault" theme?
A1 — The Jungle Viper was never intended to be a redesign of the Night Viper. Originally, the Jungle Viper was envisioned to be a type of high-tech marksman wearing a Ghillie Suit which made it invisible. The theme was intended to be an "City Strike" mission. Once the design began to take shape in sculpting though, it become more celar that the long, fractal shapes of the JV's suit were best suited for the tropical foliage of a Jungle. The similarities in color came later in the design process, and they were done both as a nod to the original Night Viper, but also to "expand" the universe of the Cobra Army, to make the JV a fitting counterpart to a tactical team which might include both JV's and Night Vipers.
Q2 — Any chance the Skystriker sticker sheets might be revised in an upcoming shipment... it would be nice to have some white in the stickers so you have "red, white, and blue" instead of "red, grey, and blue." It would also help the tail fin stickers show up better on the black plastic if they had some white highlights/outlines to them. The character specific stickers need some white highlights/outlines as well. So in summary any chance we can get a revised sticker sheet in the future with some white in it.
A2 — We have no plans to release a revised sticker sheet at this time.
Q3 — Seeing that 2012 is the actual 30th anniversary and NOT 2011, will we actually see the 30th anniversary run THROUGH 2012 (Ed. Note: Aside from the couple waves of figures that are expected in 2012.), or will it be pushed aside for the G.I.Joe 2 move line? Could we expect to see classic figures and vehicles mixed into the new movie line possibly?
A3 — One of the reasons that we were so excited to start the 30th party early was because we knew that we would have limited time to capitalize on it before the movie. Right now the plan is to transition over to movie. Because there are some great classic characters in the movie, we hope that you might see some figures and vehicles that you'll recognize.
Round 4 2011 Q&A Round-up:
- ArticulatedDiscussion (ad-actionfigures.com)
- The Fighting 1:18th
- ToyMania.com (Raving Toy Maniac)
- The Tri-State G.I.Joe Collectors Forum (TriStateVipers.com)