Zarana The Enemy!

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Zarana The Enemy!

Last year I was able to obtain the SDCC exclusive Sgt. Slaughter action figure through a Twitter pal. This year, that same pal tried and was unable to retrieve this year’s exclusive. (Thanks for trying, buddy! I appreciate the effort!) Never fear, ebay came to the rescue and I have continued to keep up with getting all the exclusives I want thus far, save one (Dial Tone…grumble…grumble).

I want to post a few pics of Zarana and showoff this new acquisition, but allow me the chance to gripe a bit here about these exclusive. I hate them. Hate. Them. I don’t hate Sarge or Zarana, but I hate the hoops that I have to put people through or go through to get them. It seems like such a backwards way of doing these things to reward fans. Attention all fans of this toy line! Thanks for collecting our figures. Our way of thanking you is by making a small number of high demand figures and selling them at one location hundreds of miles away from most of you.


Seriously? Whatever happened to the days of mail in figures? Collect six proofs of purchase and send in some money for shipping and get a cool figure. I loved mail-in figures as a kid. That’s how I got Sarge in the first place. I’ve purchased way more of these G.I. Joes than I had intended. Surely I’ve picked up enough proofs of purchase for something to be stuck in the mail and sent my way as a thanks for my undying love of G.I. Joe.

Or…you know what…don’t thank me. Don’t do mail ins, but don’t do exclusives either. Just keep making toys I’d like to buy and figure out ways to get them into stores so I can buy them. Easy. Well, it sounds easy. Maybe it’s not.

Anyway, this Zarana figure is nifty and I’m glad Cobra has another gal on the shelf. (I guess that’s my full review.)


By | 2017-03-17T00:52:51+00:00 August 4th, 2011|Categories: Article|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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  1. Jack February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Hey, amigo! I've looked at this a few times, and on the surface, it doesn't relate to me, but I just wanted to check in and give you some moral support. I don't collect these figures, and I feel your outrage. Here's a guy who has supported this product line, and the corporate entity that profits from it, for his whole life, and do they include him in a "special" offer? Oh, no! Don't reward one of the people who's helped to make you rich, no, sell your special items in a place that less than 1% of those who are truly interested can get to. That way, some unwashed cretin who has no interest in the product, but happens to live three miles from ComicCon can buy a wheelbarrow full of them, and put them on e-bay for $100 apiece. Good to see you rewarding somebody, Hasbro; too bad it isn't the people who've supported you for decades…

    You know, it isn't just action figures; other things have similarly flawed marketing gimmicks that reward exactly the wrong people. We're the ones with the money these companies want. There ought to be some way to change their habits by withholding it.

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