The original Cross-Country and HAVOC were released together in 1986, this is the first time these two have been represented in the new figure style, commonly referred to as the "25th anniversary" format as this figure style started way back in 2007 with the launch of the 25th Anniversary celebration.
Since then we've seen countless reincarnations of classic characters and where Hasbro hasn't found opportunities to release figures, the Collector's Club has picked up the slack. Either through the annual convention sets, figure subscription services or the membership figure.
The vest accompanying a figure is common place with new Joe figures, as Hasbro uses the vest accessory as a way to bypass having to make new molds for the chest/torso/waist of each figure. It's worked out great for both Hasbro and collectors alike as it saves money for the company and in return for the customer, plus it gives customizers a standard base to work with on most figures.
The one downside to the vest accessory on most figures is that it rarely wants to stay fastened by the two tabs on the side.
All-in-all I'm really pleased with the choices the Collector's Club made in this year's membership figure/vehicle and suggest picking these guys up if you can. (Like in our store for instance...)
LIZ: I feel this guy's pain. That vest pic is a perfect example of how like ALL of my clothes fit. The zipper just doesn't quite make it all the way up. If he's anything like me he's probably going to keep that vest in his closet and try again on a day when he feels skinny, snapping on the one side of the vest, feeling pretty good and then looking to the other side which reveals itself again to be an impossible spread. No way is that boob gonna make it in this dress. I get it dude.