Insanely cool and detailed article online about CGI Effects in the Rise of COBRA

With much thanks to Dave Thornton for the link, The CGSociety has posted an absolutely exhaustive look at the myriad of special effects and CGI work that went into G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA, and posted their feature right here.  Granted a lot of the information is based on the various different pieces of software and technical expertise required for such an endeavor, but there are some pretty cool images and details mixed in that are quite interesting to those of us out of the CGI “loop”.

Once again, check out the article here.

New Alpha Class vehicles on Walmart.com

With thanks to kennywr22 on HissTank.com, apparently Wal-Mart’s online site now has the following Alpha Class Rise of COBRA vehicles available for order:

While the Snarler Cycle utilizes new tooling, both the Mantis and the Skysweeper use existing molds (though the Skysweeper at least modified the Firebat somewhat), and all figures are repaints of previous releases.  Ironically, Rollbar uses the parts from the 25th Anniversary Airborne, yet doesn’t use his name, and the “Air Raid” figure that comes with the Skysweeper uses Airborne’s filecard information (including his file name) but has a different code name.  For a quick peek at these vehicles, check out the gallery below, and of course, for all release information, hit up the Rise of COBRA SuperPage.

The Five Reasons to buy the Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe (2nd Edition) – #3

#3 – The pictures.

What good is a reference guide and price guide without decent pictures?  While the images in the first edition of the Ultimate G.I. Joe Guide were certainly servicable, there were a number that had some lighting issues, layout issues, or other minor composition issues that just limited how effective the pictures were.

Well, the second edition changes all of that in a big way.  Unhappy with images in the previous volume himself, Mr. Bellomo enlisted the aid of a professional photographer to go through every single one of his G.I. Joe toys and shoot with the proper lighting and arrangement to really bring the pictures to the next level.  The end result is a book that is infinitely more functional and feature-filled than the previous edition.  There is an absolute world of difference between volume one and this second edition, and you’ll see it on every page.

Order the book now from Amazon.com or see how you can win one for free here.

BBTS News: Sale, DCU 13, Gundam, Hasbro, Dvd’s, Imports & More!

Hi – Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about a
variety of new preorders, more new arrivals, and our latest sale!

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GeneralsJoes Reviews Marauder IDS Battle Stands

A scant few years ago, Marauder “Gun Runners” redefined the accessory world for 1:18th scale action figures.  Weapons, distribution of M & C diorama accessories, and reaching out to the fans for ideas are things that other companies just hadn’t grasped.  I would even argue that Marauder’s excellent weapon alternatives has pushed Hasbro harder to reinvent their own concepts for accesorization and has made the toy world better as a whole.

Now, a few years later, Marauder has done it again, this time with Battle Stands.  Hasbro obviously understands the appeal of these items, including them with nearly every single Anniversary figure and Rise of COBRA figure out there, but it took Marauder to do them right.  With an absolutely amazingly simple, yet effective design scheme, and some real world collector sensibility behind it, the IDS Battle Stands were born.

Read the review right here!

Have you seen this girl?

01G.I. Joe fan in good standing ChariJoe from The Terror Drome and HissTank.com has some disturbing news…  a friend of hers has apparently gone missing…the following is a direct post that she posted in a couple of different places:

“My friend is missing. She is my best friends little sister and she is 18 years old, she boarded a bus from Ohio to come back to Florida and got off of the bus somewhere near London, Kentucky and no one has spoken to her since Saturday. On Saturday she made a string of eerie phone calls to family members about how much she loved them and she was sorry and such and everyone is very worried about her that she might be suicidal because she has had severe problems in the past.

Her name is Emily Eileen Patterson

She is 18 years old, 5′ 1″, 120 lbs. with black hair that is chin length.

She has tattoos of the word “faith” on her right wrist, a red star with the letter “B” inside on her right hip. and Cherry blossom flowers going up her ribcage.

She is always in contact with her family and this is very out of charachter and especially after the strange phone calls everyone is VERY worried. So please, if you know anyone in Kentucky that you could forward this too, please do so for me.

They’ve already contacted the police in London, Kentucky, and in Ohio. and filed a missing persons report.

Again, please guys, if you are in Kentucky or have any friends up there, please forward this to them. Or if you have any info contact they London Police Department at (606) 878-7004.

Thank you for taking the time to look at this for me.”

WildWeasel over on The Terror Drome was also kind enough to put together a flyer in PDF form.  Please, if any Joe fans in the Ohio or Kentucky area see this girl or have any information, don’t hesitate to contact the appropriate folks.  Check out the images below.