W1 of the S7 figures is supposed to drop this month, but the odds that they're going to hit a release date set roughly a year ago?... probably not. Haven't heard anything to the contrary, but.... Fingers crossed.
Yeah, BBQ got to man the base a lot, and when it came time for the Joes to experience a casualty, he was right behind Sgt Slaughter and Bazooka on the front lines. I hated his outfit within a military group, and I hated his nasally boston accent in the cartoon. Top it off, they depicted him having red hair. Eyesore yankee ginger? Yeah, you're my bullet sponge.
I hated that TFTM killed prime, but I disliked the annoying replacement '85 crowd so much (I should find that legendary rant in our archives) that I didn't mind that the '86 gang replaced them
. Enemy of my enemy... and all that. Plus, the movie was visually stunning and generally entertaining. Joe the movie couldn't really say either.
EDIT - here's my view on the TF S2 crowd
At least the non-earth modes made sense, as it was set in the "far" future of 2005, so you could imagine the alt modes being cybertronian or futuristic earth vehicles. But those S2 guys... they showed up from nowhere, without explanation, and completely replaced the ark crew.
At least the movie gave an in-story reason for replacing the previous characters, i.e. they got smoked, even if it was a shitty sales stunt. S2 didn't bother. We went from Jazz and Mirage doing cool stuff one episode to "Whiz, bang, pow" Warpath, psychopathic Red Alert, traitorous insubordinate british-prick Hoist, insufferable Powerglide, Hee-Haw Inferno, and hippie-dippy Beachcomber. Those assholes just took over the show without warning, like they thought we were too stupid to notice. They're the "Coy and Vance" of Transformers.
Yep, Beggar's Canyon does the repro cards and bubbles. I have all of my original Joes, and I collected a bunch 15 or so years ago to replace the ones that were worn out, broken, and too loved back in the day. Then I collected another full set for my son to have his own (just prior to 25th, and he never got into Joes), so I have a crapload of original o-ring figures to pick from for recarding purposes. Good thing I did it back then, as it seems vintage Joe prices are astronomical these days. I hadn't kept up with the aftermarket, who knew?
Regardless, I can fix up and recard the '82-'87 crowd for all the nostalgia I can handle. They even have cards for a lot of the vehicle drivers, mail-aways, etc that never had cards. Fortunately, when I sold off my MOC collection, I kept the MIB vehicles and the Japanese Joe collection, so I still have all of those to display with my recards. Should be pretty cool (after a lot of work!)