Electronic Arts tapping 45 years of history in production of The Rise of COBRA

Continuing their great coverage of the upcoming G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA video game, IGN has posted another production blog with one of the folks working on the project.  This time around it’s Matt Marsala, Senior Producer on the title.  He posts a nice long article, with several very cool vehicle images scattered throughout, including the very familiar Snowcat as well as a new up-and-coming vehicle called the Cougar!

Several very interesting quotes are also in the article, including:

It was at this point that Hasbro “opened the vault”, granting us access to reference not seen in a very long time. Once they understood what it was that we were trying to do, they were very accommodating in giving us access to the reference we needed, including some of the more obscure reference that we found almost by accident…”

The best quote, though, involves many of the potential characters we may see as playable characters or at least guest stars throughout the game:

Given endless time and budget, we could have done much more, but given the time constraints of being on shelves when the movie is released, I’m quite happy with the final character roster. In addition to the five core G.I. JOE characters from the film (Duke, Scarlett, Heavy Duty, Ripcord, and Snake Eyes), we also included four COBRA bosses (Storm Shadow included) that unlock as playable characters after you’ve defeated them. The rest of the character set is rounded out by some other classic characters, including Kamakura, Shipwreck, and Gung-Ho, among others. There are also about a dozen more supporting non-playable characters that will help keep the story moving along, provide you with support in sticky situations, and give you info on the enemies you’ll encounter along the way. This includes characters like General Hawk, Tunnel Rat, Breaker, and Wild Bill, to name a few.”

To the best of my knowledge, this is our first mention of Tunnel Rat, Shipwreck, and Kamakura as being even remotely linked to the video game.    The article also mentions vehicles, talking about the Armadillo/Armored Panther, the Snowcat, and HISS Tank!  Take some time and read the full article here, and also check out the various images mirrored below!

Every day I get more fired up for August…this is gonna be a great ride throughout the rest of the year.

GoldenLink Rise of COBRA Theatrical Promotion unveiled

GoldenLink, an International theater marketing and concession company has unveiled several promotional items related to G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA.  These items are generally things that theater owners can order for onsite promotions, giveaways, etc…  You can check out their website here or go directly to the PDF with all of the details here.   Of course, I’ve also mirrored all pertinent images below.

Huge thanks to friend of GeneralsJoes notpicard for the information!

Single panel preview from G.I. Joe Origins #5

IDW Editor Chris Ryall has posted a single page preview on his Ryalltime blog from G.I. Joe: Origins #5, featuring Rock n Roll and Roadblock Heavy Duty.  Posted as a tribute to Memorial Day, it’s a great image of the two G.I. Joe heavy machine gunners doing what they do best.  Check out the post here and the image below.

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New Rise of COBRA Combat Heroes images online

The Terror Drome has again come up with some new images of upcoming Rise of COBRA Combat Heroes that should hit retail with the movie release this year.  The coolest thing about these are some neat peeks at potential trooper types that we might see coming up, including a movie-styled Para-Viper and Arctic-Viper.  Check out the images below.

August Solicitation details for IDW releases

ComicsContinuum has posted the details (including cover art) for the August Solicitations from IDW Comics.

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G.I. Joe: Origins #6

Written by Chuck Dixon, art by Augustin Padilla, covers by Padilla and Tom Feister. The five-part series has become an ongoing, with rotating creative teams! On a mission to prevent a terrorist attack in a far-flung corner of the world, Scarlett’s former, civilian life and her new hard-ass life collide. Now, in the middle of a white-hot operation with the fate of millions in the balance, Scarlett decides which friend lives and which one dies.

32 pages, $3.99.

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G.I. Joe #8

Written by Chuck Dixon, art by SL Gallant, covers by Howard Chaykin and Robert Atkins.

No one holds the Baroness against her will… not even Destro. Scarlett remains on trial and the evidence is mounting. Mainframe and Snake Eyes on a roadtrip? The Joes invade the relocated Castle Destro only to find someone — or something — deadly at home.

32 pages, $3.99.

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G.I. Joe Special: Helix

Written by Brian Reed, art by Joe Suitor, covers by Suitor and David Williams.

Introducing a brand-new Joe! G.I. Joe is the best of the best. But that’s not good enough for Hawk. Enter Special Agent Helix: a deadly young woman who may well define the future of G.I. Joe’s combat operations — if Duke can keep her alive long enough. This special tale ties in with the new G.I. Joe videogame!

32 pages, $3.99.

Big thanks as always to Jeff Bohn for the info!

Notice anything strange in the Wal-Mart toy aisle?

Like the fact that it’s getting smaller?  HissCommander from The Terror Drome points out an interesting article on ToyDirectory.com which lays out some drastic changes that the largest retailer has been making in their toy departments nation wide.  A smaller overall size, reflecting in a 25% decrease in overall stock.  The writer hypothesizes that this will have some affect on the major manufacturers (such as Hasbro and Mattel), but will likely have severe, back-breaking impact on the smaller toy manufacturers.

Knowing Wal-Mart’s love of high profit, low-budget toys, one has to wonder whether G.I. Joe will be sacrificed in favor of the CORPS, or if the big budget movie will finally convince Wal-Mart that the Joe brand is a viable one going forward?  Interesting times ahead.

Check out the article here.

Very nice updated images of Pit Commando and COBRA Eel

With much thanks to HissCommander from The Terror Drome, some images have been uncovered of the upcoming G.I. Joe Pit Commando and movie-themed COBRA Eel.

The Pit Commando appears to come in at least two packaging variations, showcasing the different forms the soldier can take, and the sheer amount of gear he comes with is a customizing dream come true.  Check out the images of the Pit Commando below:

The COBRA Eel pictures so far have been grainy and undetailed, so these updated images are very nice to see.  I gotta say, while I’m not a huge fan of the styling of the movie Vipers and Neo-Vipers, I do really love how they’re taking a base template and tweaking it to make all of these different troop variations.  Even though I’m not loving the look, it’s a great concept, and this Eel has enough minor changes to really stand out.  He also has some color tweaks; enough to make him at least a bit of an homage to the original.  Check out those images below:

Entertainment Tonight talks with the cast of G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA

Entertainment Tonight spent some time with cast members Marlon Wayans, Channing Tatum, Rachel Nichols, and Sienna Miller, and captured the event on video. About five minutes along, it has some neat interactions between the cast members and little tidbits of information scattered throughout. They talk about their favorite weapons, crack jokes, and add a little insight as well. You can click here to see it, or just check out the embedded video below.