Newsrama posts exclusive preview for G.I. Joe #155 1/2

At free comic day coming up in a couple of months, IDW has promised to launch a new book based on the Marvel continuity after it ended with issue #155.  With the immortal Larry Hama penning the book, it sounded like a dream come true for Marvel fans, and now Newsrama has posted a very nice 5-page preview.

I’ve been hopping around online and I’m already seeing some serious negative buzz.  I really don’t get it.  Have people already forgotten how campy and over-the-top the Marvel series was at the point of it’s end?  I dunno…  I wasn’t bowled over by the 5-page preview at all, but I do think it definitely continued the tone of the Marvel series as it came to its end.  Certainly I would prefer it to come back down a bit and be a bit more serious as the series goes on, but this does seem pretty faithful to the 90’s era Marvel book.  We’ll see how it all goes.  I’ve mirrored the preview below.

Another reason to hit JoeCon… exclusive fan made Lt. Stone figure! W00t!

Every year for the past few years, JoeCustoms member Kamakura has gone above and beyond the normal fan interaction, and has actually produced a convention exclusive figure that he sells on his own at the annual convention.  Restricted mainly to JoeCustoms members, they retail for $30.00 and sell out FAST.

This year we’re getting a special treat…with a very nice 3 3/4″ version of everyone’s favorite Sigma 6 character, Lt. Stone!  The final version will have a semi-translucent green robotic arm, and while the parts choices are not something you’d typically think of, they work very nicely together.

Check out the image below, and if you’re a JoeCustoms member, hit up this thread to stake your claim!  I can’t wait.

Cobra announces CobraCon 2010 in Providence, Rhode Island

Cobra Island – February 26, 2010 – Today, Cobra Commander has announced that Cobracon 2010 will be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island from April 29th to May 2nd. Cobra wants to make sure that the fans of Cobra do not confuse this show with GIJoecon 2010, also being held in Providence, Rhode Island from April 29th to May 2nd. No, CobraCon will be FAR more exciting!!!

Unlike last year’s convention (apologies again for the unexpected exposure of mind control gas at the Saturday Night Dinner event), this year’s CobraCon promises a smooth and relatively danger free show, complete with a special appearance by Black Major and his trusty comrades, the Red Shadows. Along with special guests, art contests, an invasion of Hasbro’s headquarters, panels and seminars featuring Hasbro and other Cobra supporters, this year’s convention is THE show to attend!

So what are you waiting for! Just head on over to our convention site now and sign up for the Cobra event of a lifetime. NOW! Cobraaaaaaaaaaa! www.CobraCon.com. Be sure to click the page to see our latest CobraCon video!

About COBRA

For over 25 years, Cobra has been the leading international criminal organization, offering the whole of humanity the finest in criminal espionage, homicidal clones, doomsday scenarios and an alternative to the decadent and foolish governance of so-called ‘democracy.’ Located on Cobra Island and any number of small towns near you, Cobra reaches more people than any rival organization; with attacks on G.I. Joe and the many countries they help defend such as Japan, Great Britain, Brazil, Australia and Canada. For more information visit our convention site. To view our competitors site (which we recently “acquired”) visit www.gijoeclub.com. Comments? Please direct email to Tomax.

Sideshow Collectibles update – Beachhead preview! Snake Eyes/Red Ninja Pre-Order!

The latest Sideshow Collectibles newsletter has been sent out, and there’s some exciting news for G.I. Joe fans!  Check out all the news tidbits below:

  • A special preview of Beachhead has been posted!  He will go for pre-order with the March 4th newsletter, so get yourself on that mailing list now!
  • Snake Eyes vs. the Red Ninjas statue is up for pre-order.  You can currently order both the Sideshow Exclusive or the Standard Release.  The Sideshow Exclusive comes with an exclusive swappable “Commando” style head!
  • The Sideshow 12″ Flint figure has been given the QTVR treatment, meaning you can do a full 360 degree turnaround and zoom of the figure and his gear.  Check him out in full detail, then decide whether you want to pick up the in stock standard version or get on the wait list for the Sideshow Exclusive.

Snake Eyes Vs Ninjas Diorama

Flint 12-inch Figure

GI Joe Collectors’ Club Winter Sale

March specials in the Club Store, check it out!

Shortpacked! Volume 3 Collection has a distinctively G.I. Joe influence…

Like most toy fans who are on the ‘net, I’m a big fan of David Willis’ Shortpacked! comic strip.  Written and drawn by a devout Transformers fan, he has the ability to look into the very soul of the 21st Century toy fan…for better or worse.  :shifty:

Well, along with Transformers, David is obviously a toy fan of other types as well, including G.I. Joe, and the cover of his third volume of collected strips shows some love…so to speak.

Check out the images below.  I know it might ruffle some feathers out there, but I think it’s hilarious, and very well drawn to boot.  Thanks to Jeff Bohn for the info!

TeeFury.com offers G.I. Joe themed t-shirt

TeeFury.com, well known for their 24 hour limited edition specialty t-shirts has posted a shirt featuring Cobra Commander!  Retailing for a very reasonable $9.00, check it out at TeeFury.com!  If you want it, grab it now, it’s only available for 24 hours.  I’ve also mirrored some images of the design below…

Operation: HISS by IDW looking more like it…

Yeah, we all saw the 3-minute Operation: HISS animation that was…well…  not so great.  Obviously somewhat chopped together on a low budget and made for the lowest common denominator, there wasn’t really much to write home about.

The Operation: HISS comic from IDW, on the other hand…that’s definitely showing some promise.  While it didn’t get rave reviews from IGN, the reviewers from HissTank and The Terror Drome both saw something to look forward to, and the image of the variant cover to issue #2 is absolutely kicking my ass.  Major Bludd in reactive armor?  Sweetness.  Love the repurposed NATO armored vehicles as Cobra tanks is great, too.

So for folks out there who are interested in reading a bit more about the Rise of Cobra universe (like me) this is a nice surprise.  Click the links below to check out the reviews:

G.I. Joe Review Episode 034

The guys review G.I. Joe Special Missions #3.

You can direct download Episode 034 at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/gijoereview/GIJoeReview034.mp3

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Email address is: GIJoeReview@gmail.com

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Pursuit of Cobra “Arctic Threat” Destro reviewed!

I’m a little behind the eight ball with this one…he hit the mailbox just before Toy Fair, so got caught up in all of that, but here’s the review.  You can hit it up on the Pursuit of Cobra Review Page or just read it directly right here!