The year 2007 (MMVII) was the 25th anniversary of the A Real American Hero brand, and the final year for Sigma 6.
The smaller Joe line's 25th anniversary began quietly. Amid rumors of special releases, the "Sigma 6" name was dropped from the 8" figures, establishing that this would be the G.I. Joe identity from now on.
In January, Hasbro announced they would be celebrating with the Real American Hero 25th Anniversary Collection: an assortment of 25 figures, to be released throughout the summer, updating classic characters. Anticipation was high, and as summer was ending, the toys finally came.
Released widely in stores and available at HasbroToyShop and countless other places online, single packs and fancily-packaged five-figure sets were difficult to find. Stores had underestimated demand, based on the dwindling sales of Valor vs. Venom and the DTC figures. However, the 25th Anniversary toys proved wildly popular, and many stores had trouble keeping them in stock.
The fan reaction was not lost on Hasbro, who wasted no time in announcing the line's expansion. Instead of just the original 25 figures, the Anniversary Collection would be expanded into an ongoing line, with series planned at least into 2008.
One thing was missing this year: vehicles. For the first time, Joe would have a figures-only year aside from a few convention exclusives.
Figures released with the Anniversary theme had the old-style yellow filecards and assignment-first arrangement of information. The packages had a silver-foil border, in honor of 25 years of ARAH. The figures would have a new construction this year, slightly larger (more accurately characterized as 4" figures) and therefore unable to fit in some of the older vehicles. Yet they were also heavily articulated, intricately detailed, and made entirely from new molds.
Sigma 6 drew to an end this year, after broadening its scope to include several "Adventure Team" sets, featuring the familiar characters doing things like capturing animals in the jungle or exploring ancient tombs. Several sets were shown off at Toy Fair, but were ultimately unreleased.
In October, the CBS television program NCIS paid homage to G.I. Joe in the episode "Identity Crisis," naming many of the guest stars and incidental characters after Joes. The characters referenced include Doc, Scarlett, Cover Girl, Roadblock, Grunt, Grand Slam and Mainframe.
Toys - A Real American Hero
25th Anniversary figures
25th Anniversary sets
G.I. Joe Battle Pack
Cobra Battle Pack
Collector's Club Exclusives
- "Pimp Daddy" Destro (silver mask)
- "Pimp Daddy" Destro (gold mask)
- Edward "Starduster" Skylar
- Ralph "Steeler" Pulaski
- Rip It
- Rowdy Roddy Piper
- Tanks for the Memories
- G.I. Joe Doc
- Lance "Clutch" Steinberg
- Craig "Rock 'n Roll" McConnel
- Grand Slam
- Rafael "Zap" Melendez
- Robert "Grunt" Graves
- Sgt. Flash
- Alex "Sparks" Verdi
- Lt. Clay Moore
- Night Stalkers Commander
- Night Stalkers Shock Troops (blonde) (x2)
- Night Stalkers Shock Troops (brunette) (x2)
- Night Stalkers Shock Troops (redhead) (x2)
Toys - Sigma 6 scale
Commando Series 6
Soldier Series 5
Commando Series 7
Soldier Series 6
Commando Series 8
Soldier Series 7
Commando Series 9
Land, Sea & Air
Issues 19-30 of America's Elite was released, as well as issues 1-7 (the entire series) of G.I. Joe: Storm Shadow, Special Missions Brazil and The Enemy, issues 2 and 3 of Dreadnoks: Declassified, and G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers: Black Horizon.
The second part of season two of G.I. Joe: Sigma 6 is released.