Friday, February 20, 2009

G.I. Joe and Transformers Mighty Muggs News

Today The Blot has some good news and some bad news. The good news is that I finally found Destro and the Baroness Mighty Muggs in Houston! Destro is hands down my new favorite Mighty Mugg and I just can’t get enough of his metallic shiny head! I am so glad they decided to make it metallic and not just a silver color.

G.I. Joe Mighty Muggs Wave 2
Destro and the Baroness Mighty Muggs

G.I. Joe Mighty Muggs Wave 2 - Destro and The Baroness Mighty Muggs
The bad news is something I’ve been sitting on for a few weeks while I’ve been trying to gather more information. Sadly everything I’ve found points to the same conclusion, that both the G.I. Joe and Transformers Mighty Muggs toy lines have been canceled. This is really surprising on a few fronts. I know the economy is bad and everyone is taking a hit, but with G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen coming out in less than six months I can't believe Hasbro jumped the gun and canceled these fledgling toy lines.

The Canceled Transformers Mighty Muggs Wave 3
Shockwave and Jazz

Transformers Mighty Muggs Wave 3 - Shockwave & Jazz
I would guess that based on how the live action G.I. Joe movie does will dictate if the G.I. Joe Mighty Muggs line is given a second chance. Transformers, on the other hand, is more perplexing. The first Transformers movie did amazing business, so there is no reason to think the second won’t do equally as well. This combined with the popularity of Transformers Animated and its many toy lines would make you think a Transformers Mighty Muggs line could also be successful.

I guess pre-orders on the first two waves were underwhelming, but don’t give up all hope on eventually seeing the Mighty Muggs Wave 3 figures above. While Wave 3 (which was to include Shockwave, Jazz, Megatron and Starscream) has been canceled, I still think there is a chance it is re-solicited closer to Transformers 2’s release this summer. Here's hoping we also eventually see the rumored Serpentor Mighty Mugg figure as well! Maybe we'll at least get one of these three figures as a San Diego Comic Con Exclusive this summer (along with the long rumored SDCC exclusive X-Men Origins: Wolverine Mighty Muggs).

The Blot will be sure to post any updates on this somewhat frustrating development as they become available.
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