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

Hi – Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about our
latest sale and a few new items

15% OFF SALE!
From now until Friday – save 15% on everything except ‘New’ and ‘Preorder
/ Backorder’ items.   Thousands of items are in stock and the sale applies
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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.

G.I. Joe: Hearts and Minds Previews posted online

On the eve of the next upcoming IDW G.I. Joe limited series, G.I. Joe: Hearts and Minds, a couple of sites have posted various previews for pages of the upcoming book.  iFanboy has posted a very in depth preview featuring many pages of the Major Bludd side of the story, while Newsarama has posted a very nice five-page preview featuring pages from the Spirit side of the story.

Check them out mirrored below.  This great looking limited series will hit comic stores tomorrow.

iFanboy

Newsarama

G.I. Joe: Hearts and Minds is written by best selling author Max Brooks and drawn by comics legend Howard Chaykin, and hits comic stores tomorrow!  I’m looking forward to it.