The Development of Stiletto…
Last November the G.I. Joe fans voted through the Hasbro Pulse to choose a brand-new figure for the 2016 lineup based on three eligible characters from the fan-created stories available on Kindle Worlds. There are over 100 unique fan-authored G.I. Joe stories available on Kindle Worlds, and the character Stiletto (from Bill Nedrow’s G.I. Joe: Body Count) was the fan-voted winner.
Senior designer John Violette took the character description from Nedrow’s story and got to work. We knew the Stiletto figure would be unmistakeable facially, with a white stripe of hair in her braided ponytail and a diagonal scar running across her mouth and left eye. Well-known G.I. Joe artist Robert Atkins prepared the initial pencil sketches for Stiletto, which were adapted into the original head sculpt. Brand writers started building her filecard, and an illustrator designed her overall image.
With the head sculpted, an initial deco mock-up was created. While the first concept celebrated Stiletto’s heritage with traditional Thai colors, the overall look felt more ninja-influenced and didn’t give off a strong enough tactical vibe. A simple arm-swap improved the feel of the figure, and a new deco treatment was created as well. You can sneak a peek on the finished artwork that appears on the filecard.
Stiletto will be available this November at Toys ‘R Us and online through Entertainment Earth. Stay tuned to the Hasbro Pulse for more G.I. Joe news and notes, and we will look forward to seeing you in June at JoeCon 2016!