Remember the day – Memorial Day

As Americans around the country take time to “celebrate” Memorial Day, it’s important to remember exactly what the holiday means and try to find the best way to honor the memories of those who inspired our country, and thus, inspired the world.

I’m one of those folks who actually doesn’t know anyone personally who died in a war, though, like all Americans, my life was profoundly affected by their sacrifice.

Let’s all take at least a few moments today to remember what the day is really about.

And to all of those currently serving our country, no matter where you are or what capacity, all I can say is “thank you”.

Missing Alpha vehicles from The Rise of Cobra found North of the Border!

With a huge thanks to friend of GeneralsJoes and member of Stealth Viper for reporting that the third wave of Alpha vehicles from the G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra have started hitting retail at various Wal-Marts in Canada!

The sighting was first reported here by akpayne, and several other JoeCanuck members have chimed in, including images!

This is finally confirmation that these have hit mainstream retail somewhere, and will fill some holes in many Joe fans’ collections!  Check out the sighting thread here, and if you’re in Canada, or know someone who lives there, start cashing in those favors.

G.I. Joe Q & A Tidbits and Notes

So the answers have all pretty much trickled in for the latest round of the Q & A, which I’ve archived much of right here.  Honestly, it seemed like a somewhat drab round, without a whole lot of info.  I know many of you will say that’s no surprise, but in the last round, I thought we got some great news nuggets, especially considering how close we were to Toy Fair.

This round there wasn’t much to get riled up about, but we did get some interesting information gleaned from the sites around the ‘net.  These were some of the more interesting things discussed, in my opinion…click the “Read the rest of this entry” link below for the full run down.

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City Strike and Resolute Firefly images

When images from the Pursuit of Cobra were first shown from JoeCon in 2009, while most folks raved about Shadow Tracker and Jungle-Viper, I was secretly drooling over the City Strike Firefly.  That freaky looking helmet, and futuristic design all really appealed to me and it was one of the figures I was most looking forward to.  As the months have gone on, my love for the figure has waned, but just a bit.

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m not quite as fond of the figure, or if all of the other Pursuit of Cobra figures just look so much more bad ass than they did even six months ago, but whatever the reason, Firefly hasn’t retained his “rock star” status, at least from preliminary pictures.  His vest makes him look a bit bulky, I’m not sure exactly what the detail is underneath the vest, and his sewn-in elbow pads are giving me some unfortunate flashbacks to the Rise of Cobra troopers.

But who knows…I don’t have the figure in hand yet, so I should try to reel in my early judgements at least somewhat.  It’s quite possible I’ll be surprised.  I still absolutely love that helmet, love his machine guns, love the suction cup backpack.  Ah, who am I kidding, everyone who reads this page knows I’ll probably gush about it anyway…

Regardless of all that, Gyre-Viper has supplied a healthy helping of Pursuit of Cobra Firefly pictures over at HissTank, and I’m mirroring a bunch below.  As some added bonuses we’ve also got some Resolute Firefly and Zartan thrown in for good measure.  The start of 2010 has been pretty slow from a product standpoint, but damn, once August hits, it’ll be like 2009 all over again.  Only this time the product is all going to be great.  At least from early glimpses…

Check out the images below.

The Pursuit of Cobra HISS Tank blows my mind

Why?  Why did it take so long to get this idea right?  And why, right when the G.I. Joe design team is absolutely kicking ass, will we be migrating back over to yet another G.I. Joe theme with G.I. Joe: Renegades in 2011?

I mean, seriously.  The Pursuit of Cobra is like the essence of everything that is awesome about G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.  Real world, gritty military action, mixed with futuristic science fiction, yet fantasy that’s not too separated from the realm of reality.  It’s nearly a perfect mixture of military and fantasy.  I know we’ve already seen a healthy helping of images of the upcoming Cobra HISS Tank from the Pursuit of Cobra line, but for some reason these new images from AC Toys just make me all the giddier about it.  The sleek, armored “speedster” look, the fully multifunction upper body with the multitude of cannon turrets and twin canopies.  This thing is INSANE.

I’m not a huge fan of the brown, and that HISS Driver does absolutely nothing for me, but the vehicle itself is one of the coolest toys I’ve seen in a long, long time.

BBTS News: 15% Off Sale, DC Universe 13, Sideshow & More

Hi – Here is a quick update from about our
latest sale and a few new items

From now until Friday – save 15% on everything except ‘New’ and ‘Preorder
/ Backorder’ items.   Thousands of items are in stock and the sale applies
to all Toys, Graphic Novels, Vintage Items, Statues, Busts, and other
Collectibles.    Simply browse through your favorite menus on the site to
take advantage of this limited time sale pricing.

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G.I. Joe: Hearts and Minds #1 Reviewed

Tomorrow, IDW releases the first issue of their latest G.I. Joe series, Hearts and Minds.  Written by nationally acclaimed author Max Brooks (best selling author of World War Z) and using Howard Chaykin (Major Bludd) and Antonio Fuso (Spirit) on the art duties, IDW promises a more introspective look at the characters deeply rooted in the G.I. Joe mythology.

Brooks eschews action for a more solemn, personal look at Major Bludd and Spirit, really digging into their personalities and character.

In all fairness, I can see some readers getting at least a bit irked at this premise.  In the first issue, we get a lot of text, a lot of detail, and not a whole lot of action to speak of.  But the great thing is, the dialog and plot are so seamless and fun to read the lack of action does not seem glaring at all.

Brooks draws some very interesting perspective on Spirit especially, likening his heightened senses to a genetic disorder (sensory integration dysfunction) which gives him extremely sensitive senses and makes him a perfect tracker.  It’s amazing, with only about twelve pages to tell a story, Brooks weaves a fascinating history of G.I. Joe’s infamous Native American character.

With a few neat twists and turns, even in a non-action packed story, Max Brooks has told an in depth and amazing tale with a very small canvas to work with.  It makes me very excited to see what else Mr. Brooks has planned for us.

Pursuit of Cobra Spirit and Quick Kick images unleashed

The Toys “R” Us exclusive figures have been somewhat hit or miss over the past twelve months.  While opinion was generally quite favorable over Firefly, Bench Press and the Snow Serpent Officer, I don’t think the fans were exactly wild about Barbecue, Doc, or Arctic Shipwreck.  However, with the upcoming Pursuit of Cobra line, I think Hasbro really took out the stops, and we’re getting  a pair of exclusives that are awesome homages to not only the vintage characters, but also plenty of other 80’s themes!

Spirit is pulled straight from the movie classic Predator, while Quick Kick is infused with a combination of Bruce Lee and the Karate Kid.  As he usually does, HissTank forum member Gyre-Viper showcases both figures in a unique way.  Check them in this thread, or mirrored below.

New Mega Man, DC, Thundercats, A-Team, Star Wars & more at Past Generation Toys!

There’s so much new stuff this week! On the DC Comics side of things, we’ve got the recently announced DC Universe Classics Wave 15 available for preorder. If you like your DC Comics figures a little weirder, then check out all our new DC Direct Blammoids preorders.

And for all you classic TV and video game enthusiasts, we’ve got a triple threat of new preorders this week: Mega Man, A-Team, and Thundercats.

Last but not least, we’ve got new Gentle Giant statues up for preorder, like the D’an mini-bust and the Bantha & Tuskan Raider statue.

Check out the Past Generation Toys Blog this week too, which has lots of new posts and a brand new review style you’re sure to enjoy.