BriansToys Newsletter Update

We tried sending VGA-graded Videogames to customers using a series of
warp pipes and tanooki suits, but the hard acrylic cases created
transport problems.  I guess we could try wrapping them in
durable-denim overalls?  Otherwise, you will just have to get your NES
Super Mario Bros VGA 80+ and Metroid VGA 80 by FedEx Ground for free
by using code SHIP4FREE (Restrictions apply).

Oh, and SNARF SNARFFF!  The Lion-O Statue has made an appearance and
his Sword of Omens is ready to blast some ray of awesome in your life.

Finally, the new Legacy and Clone Wars Waves have been delayed for a
few more days.  Apologies for the inconvenience, we finally realized
our complex system of warp pipes has performed less than satisfactory.
Expect them to ship February 3rd at the latest.

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G.I. Joe Convention Set Reveal starts of slow, but VERY cool… the O-Ring RETURNS

So, those of us waiting with baited breath will have to wait just a touch longer as the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club has not yet debuted the brochure for the 2010 Convention in Providence.  However, they have thrown us a very nice bone!  The 2010 JoeCon Page has been updated with the following information:

– We know each of you are anxiously awaiting the posting of the GIJoeCon 2010 information
and registration forms. The forms have been finished since the first of this week but unfortunately, we have been
waiting on confirmation of a very special event at the convention, so we cannot post them just yet.

So, we have decided to give you a sneak preview at the 3 3/4″ Real American Hero convention set:

Our 2010 set features the return of the classic O-Ring style action figures. Our first exciting reveal is the mysterious COBRA INTERROGATOR. This unique and exclusive figure will have a brand new head sculpt that includes a removable helmet for the first time ever!”

And then they make me one happy Joefan.  While we’ve seen no confirmation yet of the Red Shadows, including Interrogator in the set just ROCKS.  Anyone who reads my dio-stories knows how much of a fan I am of The Interrogator, and having an updated version in classic o-ring format makes me very happy.  Taking one look at the filecard art as well, just confirms to me, too that this is a vintage style o-ring figure as well.  No doubt in my mind he’s using the torso from the 1991 Snake Eyes.  I really can’t wait to see more…if Hit & Run ends up in here anywhere, I may just plotz.

I did mirror the Interrogator image below, but please keep your eyes on GIJoeCon.com for the latest news and information on the 2010 G.I. Joe Collectors’ Convention!

Alexx Shorts Update – Toys “R” Us Doc!

Alexx continues on with his awesome “Alexx Shorts” reviews, this time around taking a look at the very recently released Toys “R” Us Exclusive Doc figure.  I know there’s been some outcry about his color scheme, but I think the figure looks really cool.  But then again, I loved the 90’s too, so what do I know, right?

Anyway, Alexx seems to love the figure as well, and shows it with a nice number of funny images…  see the original thread here, and the mirrored images below.

G.I. Joe 2010 Convention Brochure… is today the day?

So, over on the GIJCC Message Boards, staffmember The Commander reported that the Convention brochure for the 2010 convention would be revealed this week…and well, with today being Friday, one would have to assume that today is the day we find out what the exclusive set theme is and some more information about the Convention in Providence, Rhode Island.

At one point, this was the focus of everyone’s attention in the weeks leading up to the revelation, but it almost seems like in recent years it’s become a source of mockery and eye rolling, which is a shame.  I strongly believe this year’s set will be an old school O-Ring format, which has me almost giddy with anticipation.  Perhaps missing last year’s Convention (for the first time since 2003) has ramped up my enthusiasm for this year…or maybe it’s because there appears to be a LOT of  very cool stuff on the horizon.  Resolute, The Pursuit of Cobra, the potential for a film sequel, the upcoming animated series, and even the web-series Operation: HISS.  It seems like there is so much to be fired up about, I grow more and more disappointed that this enthusiasm isn’t shared by many other Joe fans out there.

Regardless, I’ll sit in my little corner and remain excited for the Convention this year and excited to see what’s in store for the 15 figure set…  in my opinion, I think it’ll be the Red Shadows, and I think we’ll see more O-Ring construction, both of which has me very excited.

But what characters?  What parts?  What tooling?  At this point that would almost be anyone’s guess.  Rumors of destroyed tooling throws this all into the wind, as there is really no way to tell what’s out there any more and what isn’t.

All I know, is hopefully we’ll be hearing some information today!  Keep checking GIJoeClub.com and GIJoeCon.com throughout the day to get the info!

Sideshow Collectibles Firefly wallpapers posted

Along with the release of the long-awaited Flint pre-order, the latest Sideshow Collectibles newsletter also debuted some very nice looking desktop wallpapers featuring their 12″ Firefly figure!  I’ve mirrored the images below, but be sure to check here for all different sizes.

Sideshow 12″ Flint Pre-Order is LIVE!

It’s up!  Haven’t gotten my newsletter yet, but apparently the pre-order is live.  Check ’em out below along with a pretty freaking awesome gallery of the figure:

Get ’em while they’re hot!!

Update on the Sideshow 12″ Flint Pre-Order

Yes, the pre-order is still happening today, just with the launch of the newsletter around 6:00 Pacific Time (which is 9:00 pm Eastern).  So, follow the action here on GeneralsJoes, we’ll post the second the newsletter hits and the pre-order goes live!  Click the way too familiar banner below, and big thanks to Mysterious Stranger and JustinX for calling Sideshow and getting the updated intel!

Flint 12-inch Figure

Toys “R” Us Exclusive Arctic Threat Doc available at TRU.com

So far no sign of Shipwreck, but astute JoeBattleLines member Dusty Ayers has uncovered a listing for the Doc (Arctic Threat) Toys “R” Us exclusive online at TRU.com!  Check it out right here.

G.I. Joe: Cobra II Issue #1 Reviews across the web

General reaction from the fandom as well as from the comics world at large is that the IDW G.I. Joe mythology is pretty slow, somewhat steady, and fairly non-exciting.  That is, with the exception of G.I. Joe: Cobra.  Across the board, G.I. Joe: Cobra has been getting absolutely rave reviews, with the latest installment, the G.I. Joe: Cobra Special winning an MTV Splash Page award.

Well, yesterday, the sequel to the ground-breaking mini-series arrived in comic stores everywhere, and folks across the web are already singing it’s praises.  Check out some reviews below.

Being the huge fan of G.I. Joe: Cobra that I am, I also read the book yesterday.  Yeah.  It rocked.

There wasn’t a whole lot of action, but it was chock-full of intrigue.  The art style is absolutely perfectly suited for a comic of this nature, the writing is excellent, and the character just oozes from the pages.  Croc Master, The Baroness, not to mention the obvious mystery of this newcomer who bares a striking resemblance to Jinx.  They’ve managed to get the Twins involved without them being ridiculous from day one, and to see their take on Croc Master and everything surrounding this new version of Cobra…well, it’s pretty damn thrilling.

It’s funny…I’m no big fan of the mainstream G.I. Joe book.  In fact, it’s left me fairly cold, with only a few injections of coolness.  But this Cobra book is almost making up for it.  They’re building Cobra up into such an awesome organization and mysterious entity that it has successfully MADE me care about the mainstream G.I. Joe book, even if that book hasn’t done it on its own.

The G.I. Joe: Cobra mini was fantastic.  The one-shot special was amazing.  The sequel, so far, twenty-two pages in, is keeping right up with the pace of the others, and I am loving it.