GeneralsJoes reviews G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #201

The landmark 200th issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero was the big story what seems like just a few weeks ago, so I was surprised to see the next issue already slated for release this past Wednesday.  I was quite pleasantly surprised, I should say, simply because while I enjoyed issue #200, I didn’t feel like it presented an impactful closure to the current story, and I was hoping to see how things continued to evolve.

As it turns out, issue #201 seems like more of a set up issue, but it’s still a quite enjoyable one.  Check out the full review after the jump.

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What’s on Joe Mind Special Edition #39 – the Marauder “Task Force” Interview!

Special Edition #39 is up and rolling! We spend a quick hour speaking with MJ himself from Marauder “Gun-Runners” and Dave Proctor from Boss Fight Studio about the outstanding new Marauder “Task Force” Kickstarter Project!

There are only 7 short days left to help the Task Force, and with an anonymous donor matching all donations up to $5,000 now is the time! Listen to the interview and FUND THIS THING!

Check it out on Podbean.com or embedded below.

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Kokomo Toys Big Parts auction extraveganza!

Our good friends at Kokomo Toys have launched a barrage of huge parts auctions over on their eBay site hoping to clear out some inventory.  Prices on these auctions are fantastic, very “buyer friendly” and there are lots of great items available!

Check out the Kokomo Toys eBay store and hit up their big parts auctions, the fill in some of those vintage holes in your collection!

G.I. Joe comic news from WonderCon 2014

Well, sort of.  IDW Publishing held their panel at WonderCon today, and in attendance were John Barber and Carlos Guzman, who both have pitched in with editing duties for various G.I. Joe titles over the past few years.

Comic Book Resources was in attendance and there was quite a bit said about the upcoming Transformers and G.I. Joe title by Barber and Tom Scioli, mentioning the Free Comic Book Day issue hitting May 3rd.  They also reiterated that G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero will continue as normal.

The “big news” was that the main IDW continuity will pick up in September.  We’ve already seen a teaser image and heard the tagline “Fall of G.I. Joe”, so it sounds like this should hit us in September, so keep an eye out for those solicitations.

Check out the full article at Comic Book Resources.

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Marauder “Task Force” Kickstarter cruising right along!

I know with the flurry of JoeCon, I haven’t posted many updates about the Marauder “Task Force”, but I wanted to share some great news…  the stretch goal for “Carmen” was reached a couple of days ago, which means the green camouflage figure will be available!

This is awesome news for fans of that figure.  Marauder also posted some great new images and videos of the figures in action to give folks an idea of how these toys will work.  Check out the new images below, and make sure to hit up the Kickstarter Project itself to see the new functionality videos!

With a current pledge amount of $92,000 there have been a number of great stretch goals released already, and still more to come!  Go support the project now!

Marvel Infinite Wave 3 Pre-Orders Now Available!


Avengers Infinite Wave 3 Pre-Orders Now Available! Make Mine Marvel! From the Marvel Universe, this Marvel Infinite Action Figures Wave 3 Case brings you 12 individually packaged 3 3/4-inch scale plastic heroes and villains, ready to do battle with their awesome accessories.

This case of  action figures includes (subject to change):

  • Deathlok
  • Ares
  • Ant Man
  • Cyclops
  • Valkyrie
  • Omega Red

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2014 STAR WARS 6″ BLACK SERIES 02 CASE, SET
Wave 02 of 2014 includes previous releases Boba Fett and Stormtrooper, and new figures Anakin Skywalker and Clone Trooper. The Case of 4 is listed at $79.99; Anakin and the Clone Trooper are also listed as a Set for $49.99. Singles of the Stormtrooper and Boba Fett are each already listed, and are priced at $23.99 apiece.

TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS 2014 VOYAGER SERIES 02 REVISION 03 CASE, SET, SINGLE
The long-awaited next wave of Voyagers has been announced. This Case includes one each of returning favorite Springer and new sculpt Sky Byte, and two of new sculpt Roadbuster; this Case is priced at $89.99. Sky Byte and Roadbuster are also available as a Set for $57.99, and Roadbuster can be purchased singly at $27.99.

AVENGERS INFINITE 3.75″ FIGURE SERIES 03 – CASE, SET
The new wave reaches across the Marvel Universe for a variety of heroes and villains. The Case of 12 includes two each of Ares, Deathlok, Cyclops, Ant-Man, Valkryie and Omega Red, and is listed at $114.99. We also have them listed as a Set of 6 (one of each figure) for $59.99.

1/6 SCALE HOT TOYS “THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2″ FIGURE – SPIDER-MAN
This new version of Spidey comes with multiple pairs of hands, a new version of his costume as well as other clothing articles, a backpack, web strips and more. This figure is listed at $229.99.

COIN REPLICAS – GAME OF THRONES, WHEEL OF TIME
A number of new coin replicas from Shire Post Mint have been listed for pre-order. In addition to eleven new Game of Thrones coins, we also have two new coins from The Wheel of Time. Check all the new coins out at the link.

BMOG WEAPON / FIGURE SETS – TWO COLORWAYS
The new Bio-Mechanical Ordnance Gestalts consists of weapon-based parts that can be combined into animals, robots and just about anything else you’d like! They can fit with multiple toy lines, and the first two sets (each of which contains the parts to create both a bear and a manta ray, as well as a sticker sheet) ar priced at $24.99.

DARTH VADER LIFE-SIZE VINTAGE MONUMENT
This fantastic piece was scanned from an original 3.75″ figure and blown up to 6’9″ tall! It comes with a vinyl cape and telescoping lightsaber just like the original, and is listed at $2339.99, saving you $260 off of the MSRP.

MARVEL LEGENDS INFINITE SERIES – CAPTAIN AMERICA THE WINTER SOLDIER WAVE 02 REVISION 01 CASE, SET
The new case assortment consists of two each of Winter Soldier, Black Widow, Captain America and Marvel NOW Captain America. It is listed at $159.99, or you can opt for the Set of one of each figure, which is priced at $79.99.

E.T. STUNT PUPPET PROP REPLICA – DRESS UP
NECA is doing a limited run of the E.T. 3′ Stunt Puppet replica, complete with dress-up clothes. It is priced at $334.99, $65 off the MSRP, and once they are sold out, they’re gone forever.

EZRA AND CHOPPER 1/8 SCALE MAQUETTE
Ezra squats atop the astromech Chopper in this new Maquette featuring characters from the upcoming “Rebels” show. It is listed at $107.99, $12 off the MSRP.

JEAN GREY PREMIUM FORMAT STATUE
This statue of Jean Grey is done in 1/4 scale and features her in her Jim Lee-designed suit from the early 90′s, used in both the comics and the animated series. This piece is listed at $359.99.

SHANNA THE SHE-DEVIL STATUE
Shanna is dressed here in her jungle attire, dragging a small red dinosaur by the tongue and wielding a knife in her left hand. This piece is listed at $404.99, saving you $45 off of the MSRP.

MARVEL VILLAINS MAGNETO ZOMBIE 1/6 SCALE MINI BUST
This Magneto bust is of the character from the Marvel Zombies universe, and shows him after he is turned by the Avengers. It is listed at $88.99, $10 off the MSRP.

TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS 2014 SERIES 03 REVISION 01 CASE
This catch-up case of Deluxes includes one each of Scoop, the Minicon Three-Pack, Skywarp and Starscream, and two each of Tankor and Rattrap. It is listed at $114.99.

TRANSFORMERS SILK NARROW NECK TIES – 6 STYLES
This silk ties are done in subdued colors with either small Autobot or Decepticon Symbols, or line drawings of the two leaders against dark backgrounds. Each tie is listed at $59.99.

JOECON 2014 ZOMBIE INITIATIVE 3.75″ FIGURE BOX SET
This year’s new JoeCon Set includes T’Jbang, E.C.O. Force Commander Flint and 13 other figures with weapons and accessories. It is listed at $429.99.

STAR WARS FINE MOLDS MILLENNIUM FALCON 1/72 SCALE MODEL KIT REISSUE
Fine Molds is doing another run of this fantastic kit. We have it listed at $219.99, so be sure to get yours, because they are hinting that this may be the final run of this kit.

STAR WARS 2014 CLASS II ATTACK VEHICLE SERIES 01 REVISION CASE, SINGLES
This assortment includes Boba Fett’s Slave I, Episode II Anakin Starfighter and Episode III Obi-Wan Starfighter. They are available as a Case of 3 for $69.99, or singly at $24.99 – $29.99 each.

STAR WARS 3.75″ MISSION SERIES 03 SET
This assortment consists of Episode III Obi-Wan Kenobi Vs. General Grievous, Episode V Darth Vader Vs. Luke Skywalker and Episode II Yoda Vs. Darth Sidious. The Set of 3 Two-Packs is listed at $29.99.

NEW IMPORT EXCLUSIVES
Four new import exclusives have just been listed. The 1/100 Scale Master Grade Gelgoog Cannon kit in MSV colors is priced at $117.99; we also have two different One Piece Collections at $68.99 and $116.99 and Gundam StandART Series 21 at $88.99.

MLB SPORTSPICKS DEREK JETER COMMEMORATIVE TWO PACK
This new two-pack is made in honor of the all-star’s retirement. It includes Jeter in gray in a hitting pose and Jeter in Home pinstripes in a fielding pose, as well as 5 Championship trophies and 5 Silver Slugger Bats. We have it listed at $35.99.

1/6 SCALE WARRIOR – GREEK HOPLITE – 4 VERSIONS
ACI has announced a new 1/6 scale figure of the Greek Hoplite. It comes in four versions – bronze helmet, silver helmet, black helmet with J crest and black helmet with transverse crest. Each is listed singly at $179.99, or you can get the Set of 4 at $699.99. Each figure comes with a different tunic, as well as a cloak, sandals, a shield and weapons.

“THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2″ ELECTRONICS
We have a bunch of new electronics items listed. They include 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB Flash Drives at $39.99, $59.99 and $79.99, respectively. We also have a 6000mAh Power Bank priced at $59.99, an OTG Cable (Android Smart Phone, PC/Tablet) priced at $7.99 and a Dual Card Reader (Android Smart Phone, PC/Tablet, Smart TV) priced at $11.99.

SKELANIMAL ENCORE DELUXE BACKPACKS
Marcy the Monkey, Kit the Cat and Diego the Bat will soon be released in the Encore line of Skelanimal back packs. Each is priced at $29.99.

A-01 SOUNDMIXER
Soundmixer from Unique Toys has just arrived and is ready to ship! The figure stands around 16cm tall in robot mode and is listed at $74.99.

ROADBUSTER ES GOKIN TRANSFORMING ACTION FIGURE
This new release changes from a cute super deformed robot into an orange and green military vehicle. We have it listed at $64.99.

NEW JAPANESE ARRIVALS
We have a list of 20 new import figures and accessories that just arrived at our warehouse. It includes Tamashii Effect Kits in gray or beige at $17.99, D-Arts Noel vermillion at $51.99, Super Robot Chogokin Genesic Gao gai Gar at $97.99 and much more – take a look at the link for these fresh new releases!

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE CLASSICS 2014 BLADE
A small amount of this figure has arrived for the benefit of our international and other customers. He comes with swords and a whip, and is listed at $44.99.

Thanks for your interest in www.bigbadtoystore.com and be sure to check out some of the many cool new items shown above.

Thanks!

Joel & The BBTS Crew
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Is now the right time for G.I. Joe “Shattered Glass”?

Anyone who follows the Transformers Collectors Club has heard about the “Shattered Glass” phenomenon by now.  Essentially it’s a “mirror universe” situation where the good guys are bad guys and vice versa.  Based loosely off of the “Mirror, Mirror” episode of Star Trek, it is a very interesting storyline idea, and seems to have worked somewhat effectively for Transformers.

The question is, does it work the same way (or could it work the same way) for G.I. Joe?

Brian Savage posed that very question during the Collectors Club round table at the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention, and to my great surprise, the majority of people in attendance raised their hands in favor of a Shattered Glass element to the G.I. Joe Collectors Club toy offerings. So where is this coming from?  For folks who haven’t been reading the G.I. Joe Collectors Club newsletter, in the very fun Adventure Team comic by Todd Pleasant and Rod Whigham (yes, that Rod Whigham) has shown the Adventurers passing through the Bermuda triangle, and into a parallel universe where Cobra is the leading governmental entity, and has recruited some G.I. Joe operatives to serve under them (most notably Flint, Lady Jaye, and Wild Bill).  So the question comes up, does this formula work for the toys?

My opinion?  No, no it doesn’t.  At least not right now.

The Collectors Club has been finding a very successful formula recently for their exclusives and convention offerings.  They have been able to walk that line between paying homage to the vintage elements, pulling from other mythologies (Extreme, Action Force, and Adventure Team) and adding some neat new things to create a great synergy between all of those.  This year’s Convention set was a primary example.  We got some cool ECO Force vintage figures, new style Outback and Clutch figures, and a cool zombie storyline all woven together to create some really fun toys.  What happens when Shattered Glass gets injected into that?

Pete Sinclair with the Collectors Club was quick to say that Transformers fans were negative about Shattered Glass at first, but seem to have come around…but Transformers also has a myriad of other mainstream toy lines to collect.  If Transformers fans don’t like Shattered Glass, they can always just buy retail (or third party for that matter).  If G.I. Joe fans don’t like Shattered Glass, and the Club is devoting significant resources to Shattered Glass, those G.I. Joe fans are simply out of luck.

I realize that Hasbro and the Collectors Club have done a number of updates and hundreds of new toys under the G.I. Joe banner over the past several years, but they are still just scratching the surface.  There are still many more different paths the brand could take.  I just don’t believe, at this point, that Shattered Glass is among them.

What are your thoughts?  If you feel strongly one way or another, I strongly suggest you contact the Collectors Club.  Get them on Twitter, on Facebook, or on their forums at GIJoeClub.com.  Share your concerns (if you have them). The vote at the Convention seemed pretty clear to my eyes that the Club was preparing to move forward on this.  If you have strong feelings, please express them.  The Club needs to know one way or the other.

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