Good news, fans of G.I. Joe. The franchise has finally gotten the love of HasLab, starting with the Skystriker aka XP-14F from the G.I. Joe A Real American Hero cartoon series from the 1980s. If you are a fan, there is no need to detail what the Skystriker is. But if you don’t, all you need to know is, it is the good’ol days. That’s what it is.
The Skystriker is Joe’s main arsenal that was inspired by the flagship combat jet of the time, the Grumman F-14 Tomcat Naval Fighter. The most obvious feature borrowed from the Tomcat was the variable-sweep wing which, if I can be honest, is what made this fictional aircraft so freaking cool.
Anyhoo, so yes, Hasbro is reissuing the Skystriker under HasLab just in time for the 40th anniversary of G.I. Joe A Real American Hero in 2022. Well, “just in time” if only if the funding on HasLab is a success.
Unlike previous releases, this Skystriker promised to deliver a whole lot of details while remaining faithful to the original design. Right out of the box, it is display-worthy.
The aircraft is accompanied by two o-ring figures, Ace and Wayne Ruthel, with HasLab exclusive deco. Ace will be rocking the traditional deco as you have remembered while Ruthel has a deco designed to call back the original Skystriker packaging.
Hasbro G.I. Joe Skystriker is exciting for someone who grew up in the 80s watching the Joes. Even more exciting is, it will come with ultra retro packaging that looks so good that it will make you reconsider if you want to tear it out of the box. I mean, seriously, just look at the box:
Hasbro G.I. Joe Skystriker is currently being funded on HasLab where it is looking to get at least 10,000 backers to proceed with the production. Fans will have 42 days to do so. In the meantime, you can learn more HERE. Oh, wait. We forgot to mention the price. It will run you back at a cool US$229.99 if the product made it to production. If I am not wrong, this should be the most expensive G.I. Joe set ever.
All images courtesy of Hasbro.