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Street Fighter II was a 1993 subline of the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline based on the Capcom video game series of the same title. Though the subline didn't have any canon connections to mainline G.I. Joe toyline, it made strong usage of past G.I. Joe toys in the way of retooled figures and redecoed vehicles. The toys' packaging did, however, include the G.I. Joe logo.

Toys

Action Figures

  • Ryu: A retool of Slice, featuring a newly molded head. A redeco of Ryu was included with the Dragon Fortress.
  • Edmond Honda: E. Honda was one of three figures that were completely original molds. He was made to include a martial arts attack; squeezing the legs together caused E. Honda to perform a headbutt.
  • Blanka: A retool of Road Pig, including a newly molded head. A redeco of Blanka was also included with the Beast Blaster vehicle.
  • Guile: A combination of a new head, Road Pig's chest, the arms of the 1991 version of Dusty, and the waist and legs of the 1986 version of Roadblock. A redeco of Guile was included with the Sonic Boom vehicle.
  • Ken Masters: A retool of Ninja Force Storm Shadow, featuring a new head. A redeco of Ken Masters was also included with the Dragon Fortress.
  • Chun Li: A retool of Ninja Force Scarlett with a new head. A Chun Li redeco was included with the Beast Blaster vehicle.
  • Zangief: A combination of a new head, the chest and arms of Gnawgahyde, and the waist and legs of the 1991 version of the B.A.T. figure.
  • Dhalsim: Another original mold made for the Street Fighter II subline. The figure was constructed with a spring-loaded right arm, allowing it to perform an uppercut punch.
  • Balrog: A retool of Big Boa featuring a new head.
  • Vega: A retool of Ninja Force Banzai with a newly made head.
  • Sagat: The third original mold in the SFII subline. Sagat has a built-in martial arts move; by pulling the right arm back and releasing it, the left arm rises up and comes down in a chop attack.
  • M. Bison: A combination of an original head, the chest and arms of Hardball, and the waist and legs of the 1992 version of Destro. A redeco of M. Bison was packaged with the Crimson Cruiser.

Vehicles and playset

  • Dragon Fortress: A retool of the Cobra Toxo-Lab playset, featuring a trampoline launcher, a double-barrel spring-loaded missile launcher, and two attack targets.
  • Crimson Cruiser: A redeco of the G.I. Joe Badger.

Trivia

  • Ken's last name was created for this toy line in order to avoid a trademark dispute with Mattel, who used the name for Barbie's boyfriend. The full name "Ken Masters" became canon in later games.
  • The G.I. Joe/Street Fighter II collaboration would be referenced in later Street Fighter related media.
    • A promotional pamphlet for Street Fighter EX, a 3D spinoff of Street Fighter II, depicts the packaging of a fictional Skullomania action figure. The packaging is clearly patterned after the cardbacks used for the G.I. Joe action figures.[1]
    • A story in a Street Fighter II manga anthology drawn by Hirofumi Ichikawa depicts the G.I. Joe toy version of Zangief as an alternate universe version of the character who's been modified to be a cyborg by Shadaloo (as the figure itself reused legs from a B.A.T.). Ishikawa would later produced a Street Fighter II fancomic titled Patchworks, which starred the G.I. Joe version of Chun-Li.[2] Incidentally, Ichikawa, also wrote the backstory for the Transformers Binaltech toyline, which featured Iron Klaw and General Blitz as key characters.
  • In 1994, Hasbro released the Street Fighter: Official Movie Edition toyline. While this toyline also made heavy use of molds from G.I. Joe, it did not include any references to G.I. Joe on its packaging. It is thus not listed here. See here for more information.
  • Also in 1994, Hasbro released the Mortal Kombat action figure line, based on another martial arts based video game franchise. The following year saw another set of figures released under the Mortal Kombat: Special Movie Edition name. Like the two Street Fighter series, these toylines used many preexisting G.I. Joe molds. As was the case with the Street Fighter movie figures, no references to G.I. Joe were made on the packaging. See here for more information. Interestingly, the Movie Edition Shang Tsung figure used a previously unreleased mold that had been developed as Ninja Commando Budo. See here for more information.

References


External Links

Street Fighter series information at Wikipedia

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