HissTank.com reviews Rise of COBRA Wave 1 Heavy Duty

Destro from HissTank has posted a review of the Wave 1 Heavy Duty from the upcoming Rise of COBRA toyline.  A pretty typical offering with a mixed bag of good and bad…I am warming up to the movie toys, but this was pretty high on my list until the review, now I’m not so sure.  I may just wait and get the uniformed one when he finally shows up:

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Kudos to Destro for getting his grubby mits on this thing early.  Nice to see some good pics and some insight!  Click here to check out the thread with a ton of new pictures.

Sideshow Storm Shadow Pre-Order information and picture Gallery posted

Sideshow Collectibles has posted a bunch of pertinent information regarding the pre-order for the Sideshow Storm Shadow debuting this Thursday at Midnight.  They have also shown off an impressive photo gallery which I have mirrored below.  This is the information regarding the pre-order:

Remember that the Priority Pre-Order event for our new G.I. Joe Storm Shadow 12-inch Figure begins Friday, February 27t, at 10:00 AM (Pacific Time). For those of you who can’t wait to see the full figure, we’re posting the product gallery and info a bit early (see below).

The Sideshow Exclusive edition of this figure is limited to only 1,000 pieces worldwide and will only be available direct from SideshowCollectibles.com. The Exclusive edition features an extra accessory: the Nunchucks Weapon! The Exclusive will be sold during the Priority Pre-Order event on a first come, first served basis so make sure you are qualified for Priority Pre-Order before Thursday, February 26th at 11:59 PM (PT).

A regular edition, without the exclusive accessory, will be available for Pre-Order immediately after the Exclusive edition sells through. (Please note, the Wait List feature for the Exclusive will not be available until after the ’streamlined’ ordering process is complete.) Plus, be sure to update all your Sideshow online account information, including your credit card information, and familiarize yourself with our user-friendly Streamlined Priority Pre-Ordering system before Friday: [Click Here]”

All of these details are also available at Sideshow’s site.

Storm Shadow is certainly following the trend set by Snake Eyes, COBRA Commander, and the COBRA Trooper.  A very impressive looking 12″ rendition of COBRA’s 1st Ninja Assassin.  Very cool.

BBTS News: GI Joe, Marvel, Star Wars, Batman & More

Hi – Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about a
variety of cool new preorders and more new arrivals.  There is a ton of
cool Hasbro stuff mentioned below – take a look:

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M.A.R.S. Trooper preview figure for sale on eBay

Overseas seller ws_toys comes through again, posting up a Rise of COBRA M.A.R.S. Industries Trooper figure to go along with the previously listed Officer.

I’ve also mirrored the pics below:

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I’m not one for jumping on these Asian early birds, but I snagged these two figures.  I can’t really explain it, but for some reason I find these two figures appealing, even in their never-ending grayness.  The Officer is considerably cooler than the Trooper with all of the layered armor on his arms and legs, but I really love the tooling of both figures.  The Trooper’s weapons are pretty much useless, but the figure itself is neat.  I think these make for some pretty cool preview figures, though I don’t see myself going overboard on the movie stuff in general.  Thanks to Hicks Royel of HissTank.com for the lead on this one.

G.I. Joe Q & A Sessions begin again!

Just in from Hasbro Public Relations…  the G.I. Joe Q & A Sessions will be resuming effective immediately!

The next round of questions will be due next Monday by noon, so start getting those brain cells firing.  In the past GeneralsJoes and JoeSightings have worked together to get a single 5-pack of questions answered, but starting in 2009, GeneralsJoes and JoeSightings will be able to submit separate entries to maximize the Joe fan’s “bang for your buck”.  Of course, this year it looks like the pool of questions has been reduced to “3” per outlet, but I think we still have the best opportunity to get our questions answered by splitting the coverage.

Please use the Comments in this thread to submit your questions, and I’ll pick and choose and we’ll try to uncover whatever info nuggets we can find.

Huge thanks to Hasbro for commiting to this very fan-friendly project for 2009!

EDIT – Just in case anyone didn’t notice above, the question limit for 2009 has been reduced to THREE per outlet.  Just something to keep in mind.

New pictures of Rise of COBRA Night Raven

Thanks as usual to TOMmy and cmdrinchief of the Coil Club.  Here are some new pics of the upcoming Rise of COBRA Night Raven (even if I’m the only one on the planet who likes it…  :shifty: ) …

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GamePro’s April Issue heavily features G.I. Joe: Rise of COBRA game

cover_thumbThe word from  GamePro.com is that their April, 2o09 issue will feature a G.I. Joe devoted cover (click the image to the left to enlarge) and lots of in depth coverage (including exclusive screen shots) for the upcoming Next Gen G.I. Joe: Rise of COBRA video game.

I’ve supplied a gallery of the images in the story below, credit to GamePro.com and henry.gomez of HissTank.com for the story.

Also, make sure to check out my previous article about the upcoming video game for a ton of details about the gameplay, characters, and lots of little tidbits about the game as we get even closer to a Rise of COBRA extravaganza leading up to the film’s release August 7th.

The game is slated to be released July 27th, 2009, and if you want to read all of my articles in regards to the game, check on the Video Game category.

Another item of note (courtesy of a comment from ggpike) is the GamePro site mentions the following tidbit:

“Huge details about G.I. Joe the video game (which picks up after the events of the upcoming film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) are revealed for the first time including an in-depth look at playable characters, gameplay details, as well as information on the new G.I. Joe graphic novel and animated show.”

So it looks like we may be hearing something about Resolute in this new issue of GamePro as well.  Thanks to George for the heads up!

G.I. Joe Extreme – Terrible toys, but not all bad

150px-gij_extremeI think it’s fairly well publicized that I’m a G.I. Joe fan who has found elements to like about pretty much every iteration of the brand since 1982.  I love A Real American Hero, I loved the collectors reissues since 1998, I enjoyed the new sculpt era, Sigma 6 rocked my world, and I’ve been pretty happy with the Anniversary stuff as well.  Where my interest wanes is in those middle years, with Sgt. Savage and G.I. Joe Extreme.  Those were such departures from the articulation and design style that we’d gotten used to over the years, I just couldn’t overcome the differences and pretty much wrote them out of my mind.  Sgt. Savage has remained out of my mind, and from a toy perspective, G.I. Joe Extreme has been the worst that Hasbro has produced for the brand since it first arrived.  However, the G.I. Joe Extreme universe itself has plenty of merits, and if you spend enough time on YouTube, you’ll find some nice hidden gems in the episodes and you’ll find a story that’s actually decent, especially for a toy-based cartoon.

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