Before we even knew it was announced, Hasbro’s new HasLab crowdfunding campaign succeeded. The G.I. Joe Classified Series Assault Copter Dragonfly (XH-1) surpassed its required 10,000 backers within about 24 hours from kickoff.
The updated version of the 1:12 scale Dragonfly will feature light-up instrument panels, a working spotlight, spinning rotor blades, and an exclusive Wild Bill Hardy figure! The colossal helicopter will measure 34″ wide, 13″ deep, and 11″ tall.
The Dragonfly will be highly customizable with several munitions load-outs, including:
- 2 Creeper missiles
- 2 70MM unguided rocket launchers
- 2 Jester Missile racks to hold 8 Jester Missiles
- Removable laser-guided stationary 160MM Cannon Pod with belt-fed ammo that connects to the port side of the chopper
Of course, the details aren’t just in the guns and cockpit. The G.I. Joe vehicle will also host several small details like functional access panels, stabilizers, gullwing doors, and stickers! It wouldn’t be a G.I. Joe toy without a decal sheet!
This is the second G.I. Joe Classified Series campaign to smash through funding goals at a rapid pace. The former is the awesome-looking COBRA H.I.S.S. tank.
Now, even though the Dragonfly has reached the necessary number of backers to start production, Hasbro still has three more stretch goal tiers open:
- 13,000 backers to unlock G.I. Joe Assault Copter Dragonfly (XH-1) Classified Recruit #1 – NIGHT FORCE RIP CORD
- 16,000 backers to unlock G.I. Joe Assault Copter Dragonfly (XH-1) Classified Recruit #2
- 19,000 backers to unlock G.I. Joe Assault Copter Dragonfly (XH-1) Classified Recruit #3
Considering how quickly the Dragonfly was funded, expect Hasbro to expand on the stretch goals within the next 40 days. The H.I.S.S. saw the addition of a classic Cobra Commander figure added at the end. How do you think Hasbro will top that?
I must stress that Hasbro tends to overpromise and underdeliver when it comes to crowdfunding campaigns. The Ghostbusters Proton Pack is a prime example. It has been months, and Hasbro still has not responded to us about the inaccurate decals and other issues with the $399 replica.
On a side note, it is infinitely entertaining that G.I. Joe vehicles are being funded while multiple Star Wars HasLab projects fell flat. However, if a Black Series Millenium Falcon were announced, it would blast through the funding barriers.[Source: Hasbro Pulse]
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