Some of the ARAH molds were used in the early 2000s. There were releasing "new sculpt" O-Ring style figures but often older figures would appear re-released and often Frankenjoe'd, which was assumed at the time that various pieces were missing. So someone would show up with new legs, or a different torso piece or whatever.canprime wrote: ↑Mon Oct 25, 2021 9:36 pmHas there been any somewhat concrete info about the state of molds for ARAH in recent years?W.O.M. wrote: ↑Mon Oct 25, 2021 4:50 pmI've understood and accepted since the 1997 Toys R Us exclusives that the tooling/mold for V2 Snake Eyes was long gone. But I really hoped that at this point with technology that they would find away to recreate the figure, especially for something like this with that price tag. Had it included a complete V2 Snakes repro, I would have ordered 2 sets at least.
Obviously the vehicles have had some updates, and/or maintenance since we see the same vehicles over and over again. However when was the last time we saw the O-Ring figures? I thought I heard that Hasbro had decided to destroy most of the old molds due to cost.
In 2007 when the 25th line started, all those O-Ring figures stopped.
The last time Hasbro officially ran any ARAH sculpts was the 2008 GI Joe Club Con figures. But those has a hodgepodge of pieces in them. As an example, they did a "vintage" Cobra BAT, but it featured BAT v.2 torso and waist, original BAT head and lower arms, with completely different shoulders and legs from some other figure.
Was the tooling not available? Did the Club not have the cash to pay for them to be cleaned up and ran? Hard to say for sure, but supposedly lots of pieces were missing, destroyed, etc through the years.
And that's been over a decade ago.
But there are 3rd party people who have been making bootleg Joes for years. One wonders if they have copies of Hasbro's old molds. It wouldn't be that hard for Hasbro to replicate that process if they wanted to.
O-Ring is back because it's the one big market that's exploded in recent years and Hasbro has shown no interest in doing anything with. After the success of several Kickstarters, third party figures and other lines, I suspect Hasbro decided to finally cash in.