A great way to end the day…

So I’m toiling away at work, putzing around one of our small “drop sites” as I wait for Comcast and a local wiring contractor to finish some work so we can get this little office online and connected to our central database server.  I’m sure this sounds like a thrilling occupation, but hey, it pays the bills.

Anyway, late in the afternoon, I catch this post on HissTank.com…  eh?  Wow.  Obviously those boys are doing something right…  then there’s this post on UGO about Destros “final masked look being revealed” which is, of course, rediculously out of date and old news to the Joe fandom, but more curious was the fact that they had also apparently received some large magic box.

Finally, just before wrapping up, MTV.com joined in the fray with this article.

Hrmph.  Now I’ve been a Joe fan for twenty-five years, and I’ve been deeply involved in the online Joe fandom for ten of those years…how do these guys get these magic boxes of goodies and I don’t??

Well, I got my answer when I pulled in my driveway…

I know it’s easy to sing one’s praises when you’ve got a freshly opened box of free crap sitting in your living room, but I just wanted to extend a big thanks to not just Hasbro, but Hasbro’s invaluable PR Agency, who has been more in touch with the fandom than I ever remember in my ten years in this “business”.  From the Q & A’s to the special Collectors Events at Toy Fair and San Diego ComicCon, these guys bust their humps and bend over backwards and sideways for all of us.  Newcomers to the hobby may not realize what it was like even 5 years ago, but this is something to not take for granted.  It wasn’t always like this.

Just wanted to send that thanks along…  although now that I’ve got this huge box of stuff, I gotta figure out how the hell to start doing reviews…  the nursery can wait, I guess…I’ve still got a few weeks.  :shifty:

G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA panel schedule confirmed for ComicCon

Comic-Con.org is reporting their Thursday schedule for the upcoming San Diego ComicCon, and announces that Hasbro has a panel on that day covering The Rise of COBRA.  Full details are as follows:

11:30-12:30 Hasbro: G.I. Joe— The Hasbro design and marketing teams—Aaron Archer and Michelino Paolino (Hasbro Design), and Jeff Labovitz (Hasbro Marketing), discuss the upcoming release of the G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra movie, the new toy line hitting shelves, the new video game, and much more! This panel will include special guests that you won’t want to miss, plus Q&A time. Room 7AB

Click here to check out the full Thursday schedule.

New G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA toy commercial now online!

I’ve heard mention around the ‘net of a new toy commercial for the G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA action figures and vehicles, but no one seemed able to provide a link to actual viewable video.  Well, that’s all changed!  Thanks to the guys over at The Terror Drome for pointing out that this brand-spanking new toy commercial is now posted up on YouTube!  Check out the embedded coolness below:

G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA Score details revealed, including track listing

Scoring Sessions has revealed some details about the upcoming orchestral score for G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA, composed by Alan Silvestri.  They’ve even got some neat behind the scenes images of the process of making the score, which is pretty fasincating.  Most interesting quote is as follows:

“Conducting a 90-piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony, Silvestri’s music contains strong heroic brass themes, big and epic moments, driving action, and even some contemporary rock elements with electric guitar, percussion and synths. The orchestral percussion was so loud that most of the time they had to record them separately from the orchestra, with different passes for the various instrumental groups. Eight French horns, two pianos and two harps added to the walloping soundscape.”

The Examiner also has come through with a track listing, which I’ll reveal after the “jump”:

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Hasbro to host charity screening for G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA

Any Rhode Islanders who are in the audience may want to think about their plans for August 3rd…

Hasbro has announced that they are holding a charity screening of G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA to interested parties who pay a $75 donation to Hasbro Children’s Hospital…the full press release (including how to order) is after the jump.

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Five Page preview for G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA Movie Adaptation #3

Phil over at JoeReloaded comes through again, this time with a five-page preview for the upcoming third issue of the G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA movie adaptation.

BE WARNED!  There are major spoilers in this 5-page preview!  As such, I’m posting the actual images after the “jump”, or you can also check them out here.

I will say, I enjoyed the first issue of the adaptation, and the second two are looking really good as well.  I’ve already been spoiled on the events in the film, but the way IDW is fleshing them out in comic form works really nicely.

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G.I. Joe: Origins #5 reviews around the web

The first arc of G.I. Joe: Origins has come and gone, and with the release of the fifth issue yesterday we apparently get some resolution and some progression into the formation of the G.I. Joe team.  A couple of reviews have already hit the web, you can check them out below:

I wasn’t too high on this series when it first kicked off, but each issue has been an improvement over the last, and I really look forward to seeing how it all wraps up in Issue #5.

New screenshots from G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA console game

GameSpy.com has posted four new screenshots from the upcoming Rise of COBRA video game for Playstation3.  You can check out the full article here, and also view the mirrored images below.

Personally I think these screenshots look a LOT more refined and polished than some of the previous ones.  We’ll see how it looks in hand, but I for one will be pre-ordering this one and picking it up on launch day.  My expectations aren’t real high, but any opportunity to dive into this new universe is one that I will definitely take!

G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA in stock at Hasbro Toy Shop

Not sure if this has been reported yet, but for anyone interested (who doesn’t have retail establishments nearby) may want to check out HasbroToyShop for the new Rise of COBRA merchandise.  They have a good chunk of stuff from the first two waves available, and with gijoe10 you can save 10%!  If you buy enough stuff, that could easily cancel out the shipping charges.

Check it out here, and thanks to JBYRDD from JoeCustoms.com for the info!