I pity da fool who doesn’t love the new A-Team van

Most folks who are thirty-something Joefans probably watched the A-Team back in the day…and while Galoob put out some horrible o-ring style A-Team figures way back when, BA, Hannibal, et al didn’t really get the action figure love they deserved.

Well, with the new movie coming out this summer, Jazwares picked up the license and is doing a very cool looking line of 4″ figures based on the film!  Granted, these guys won’t look exactly like their 80’s counterparts, but it’s close enough.  Of course, you could just forget about the figures and rejoice about the fact that THERE’S A  *@#$@%!  JOE SCALE A-TEAM VAN COMING OUT!

Seriously, pretty cool looking toys.  Decent articulation, and the van absolutely ROCKS.  Credit to the MTV Movie Blog.

Transformers: War for Cybertron continues to make me happy

So, I bit the bullet and pre-ordered this bad boy.  I don’t buy many video games.  At all.  I think the last  game I bought was Halo 3.  But yes, I have pre-ordered this one (and will pre-order Halo Reach eventually as well).

To say I’m impressed by the level of detail, immersion, and gameplay evident in all the videos I’ve seen would be a massive understatement, and the latest producer’s video only cements that fact.  There may be some minor spoilers in here.

I’m sorry, but this game looks amazing.  This is the exact right way to do our 80’s properties proud.  Pay some great homage to the vintage style, but reinvent and reinvigorate the brand in a new way for a new audience as well.

I think all we can hope for is that the Rise of Cobra sequel is powerful enough to warrant a game of this type for G.I. Joe, I think that would be a very cool thing.  But until then, I’ll live vicariously through the Transfans.

So, what is up with this G.I. Joe 2 Script?

Quite suddenly, over the past 24 hours, a rumored leaked script for the sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra has gotten quite a bit of focus, from many online sites like Collider, FilmDrunk, and Den of Geek.  It even started a Twitter war between FilmDrunk and elmayimbe from Latino Review.  So, you know this thing resonates with the geek film crowd out there.  Whether it’s due to the disappointment of the first film, or a love of the G.I. Joe franchise deep rooted in the 80’s, I’m not sure, but whatever the reason, it’s already sparked some debate.

So what caused the outcry?

Well, let me preface this by saying something…  I have read the script in question.  I received it a few weeks ago and ran it through some filters, and it certainly did not appear to be legit based on what I heard and saw.

That’s not to say it didn’t look legit on the surface.  In fact, I’ve read quite a few scripts in my day, and I’ve seen some fanboy dream scripts, and some authentic scripts, and on the surface, this script read like a real script.  It didn’t have much of the fanboy angle, it drew a lot of elements from the first film.

But at the same time, it also introduced many great elements from the cartoon and comic, and actually wove it into a pretty interesting, cool story.  But there are reasons I didn’t post anything about this mysterious script:

  1. If the fandom didn’t like it, we risk backlash against a film based on a script that might not be real
  2. If the fandom loved it, and it ended up being fake,  there could be backlash against Hasbro and Paramount for not using this script.

Either way, Hasbro/Paramount loses, in my mind, and based on the virulant reaction to The Rise of Cobra (much of it well deserved), that’s not a chance I really wanted to take.

So, before anyone asks…no, I will not be sharing the script.  I know there will be fans out there who claim Hollywood is muffling it because they don’t want people to know it’s real.  I don’t know the truth 100%, but I have strong suspicions that the script is not legit.  It is a very entertaining read, but ultimately I suspect it will not represent what we see on screen in 2012, so rather than get the fandom in an uproar over something that may not have any actual bearing on the final product, I’m going to keep a lid on it.