Hi – Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about
another great batch of new preorders, and more new arrivals:
Amongst the several people around the country who apparently saw an advance screening of G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA, Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub from renowned movie site, Collider.com got some time in a theater seat and shared his thoughts here.
According to Weintraub, this film is like a cartoon come to life, only with more action. How can you go wrong. In fact, you could almost say he raves about the film, with quotes like “The action scenes are really well done and there are a lot of them. While some expensive action films make it impossible to follow what’s going on, “G.I. Joe” is easy to follow. I never lost track of who was where or what they were doing. This is in stark contrast to a film like “Quantum of Solace” which was all over the place. That opening car chase looked like it was shot and edited by Stevie Wonder. By contrast, you always know what’s happening in “G.I. Joe””.
He goes on to say “The movie is cheesy but fun. Yeah, the dialogue is corny and everyone was either a good or a bad guy, but that’s the cartoon. Also, it never went for the really cheap joke or any bathroom humor. Sorry Bay, but you could learn from Stephen Sommers on this one.“
Awesome. Freaking awesome. This is exactly what I’ve been hoping to hear, and so far, the reviews are 4 for 4 what I’ve been expecting and hoping for all along. To read the full review, click here, or check out the “Full Story” link below. I’m really fired up over this early response!
Times Online posts a short article in regards to the upcoming film, mostly concentrating on the science side of things, but the most interesting thing is a video from DailyMotion.com that seems to possibly be some viral marketing in regards to the G.I. Joe film. It involves someone in what looks like an Accelerator Suit skateboarding, then leaping into the air and grabbing a familiar black helicopter, that looks to be the same copter seen on the beach.
Am I off target? It’s kind of tough to tell, and there’s no obvious indication. Check it out for yourself below.
Please read the following press release from Hasbro in regards to this fantastic looking special edition book. Support a great cause and get some kick ass toy pictures to boot! Sample images are below, and hit the “Read More” link to read this full press release.
HASBRO ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF INSIGHT: A SPECIAL EDITION BOOK FEATURING THE IMAGES OF ARTIST AND ACTION FIGURE PHOTOGRAPHER GIANNI LOPERGOLO
Sales Of Book Featuring Images Of G.I. JOE, MARVEL and STAR WARS Action Figures To Benefit ALS Foundations And Family Of Innovative Artist And Hasbro Employee Battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease
Pawtucket, RI – July 15, 2009 – Hasbro, Inc. and friends of Gianni Lopergolo, a Hasbro employee living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, are introducing Insight:, a book of Mr. Lopergolo’s stunning and unique photography of Hasbro’s G.I. JOE, MARVEL and STAR WARS action figures.
Spanning Mr. Lopergolo’s eight year career at Hasbro, the book features over 90 images of action figures posed and photographed at Hasbro’s internal creative studios. Using simple props and a creative use of lighting and imagination, Mr. Lopergolo revolutionized how the toy maker photographs its beloved action figures. He captures in his photography a tangible world of fantasy and adventure, portraying scenes evocative of childhood imagination where action figures become real characters. His images reach deep into the human psyche, extracting the wonderment and imagination inherent to children lost in a world of play. His ability to portray the essence of this wonderment transcends simple product images and elevated the photography of action figures featured on packaging to a true art form. This one of a kind collection includes such well known characters as DUKE, BARONESS and COBRA COMMANDER from Hasbro’s G.I. JOE brand as well as CAPTAIN AMERICA and SPIDER-MAN from its MARVEL line and LUKE SKYWALKER and DARTH VADER action figures from its STAR WARS line.
Apparently, Cartoon Network is currently airing commercials regarding a contest that they are running for G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA. Evidently, for folks who watch Cartoon Network Friday night from 8:00pm – 9:00pm will get details on what you have to do to enter. Grand prize appears to be an “Ultimate G.I. Joe Prize Pack” as well as $1,000.
Details seem to be sparse, but keep your eyes peeled on CN this Friday starting at 8:00pm!
WorthPlaying.com has posted a new installment in the developers diary from Double Helix, this time talking about the production of the Nintendo DS version of G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA. Click here to see what Associate Producer Nick Pavlich had to say about this version of the upcoming game, or you can simply click the “Full Story” link below.
It would appear that Kansas City is where the advanced screening was, and Latino Review reader “P Ben” chimes in with his review. While many folks will probably already start screaming “PLANT!!”, this review was extremely positive! The reviewer loved the film and indicated that the audience overall did as well. I’ll take this one with a bit of a grain of salt (as I would if it were overly negative), but I’ve gotta say this is sounding like a potentially good thing.
Both articles mentioned that the final film seems to be a lot better than early negative buzz was indicating… Click the “Full Article” link below to read the entirety of the review.
It occurs to me that I neglected to post about the review update I did yesterday, and I’ve got one posted today, too…so over the past 48 hours, I’ve posted the following reviews for you to peruse:
- Duke (Reactive Armor)
- Cobra Commander
- Duke (Accelerator Suit)
- Ripcord (Reactive Armor)
- Rex “The Doctor” Lewis
The Rise of COBRA reviews page is posted with all links right here.
My buddies over at One-18th.com have posted another review from the Rise of COBRA, this time for Zartan, in his Military Policeman disguise. This is one figure that I haven’t picked up yet, and I’m honestly not certain if I will. I absolutely LOVE his weapons, but I’m just not convinced I want to drop $8.00 just for those. Still tempting, though.
See what Smokescreen thinks right here, and a few of the images are mirrored below.