Another awesome custom diorama playset template from the MS GiJoe Collectors’ Club

The guys over at the MS G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club have made splashes in the past with their free downloadable templates for a “make your own” custom playset, and they’ve really outdone themselves this time around!

A massively scaled playset designed to incorporate numerous recent additions to the G.I. Joe universe has been uploaded to their forums!

Based off of some of your favorite classic cardboard playsets from back in the day, the deco and styles have been updated a bit to reflect a more modern G.I. Joe-friendly feel.  While I can’t host the crazy, high quality files that they’ve got over on the forums, I will share some of the completed pictures that have been posted in their Facebook profile.

This thing looks amazing!

G.I. Joe: Renegades panel confirmed for San Diego ComicCon

With the reveals of every Pursuit of Cobra figure through spring, 2011, some folks (myself included) were questioning just what Hasbro would talk about during the San Diego ComicCon.  Well, that question has been answered.

Comic-Con.org has posted an updated schedule of events and featured on the Thursday block is the following panel information:

“1:00-2:00 Hasbro GI Joe— The Hasbro design and marketing teams and representatives from Hasbro Studios — including Derryl DePriest (Hasbro Marketing),John Warden (Hasbro Design), Aaron Archer (Hasbro Brand IP Development), Jeff Kline (executive producer, G.I. Joe Renegades), and Michael Vogel (Hasbro Studios) — discuss new initiatives for Hasbro’s G.I. Joe brand. Fans won’t want to miss details from the showrunner and members of the creative team for the new G.I. Joe Renegadesanimated television series coming to The Hub network this fall! Also includes Q&A time. Room 25ABC
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With John Warden in attendance, there will no doubt be some Pursuit of Cobra talk as well, but I think everyone is waiting to hear more about Renegades, which could prove to be G.I. Joe’s resurgence into television animation after nearly two decades of obscurity.  No, Sigma 6 does not count (as much as I hate to admit it).

4th of July Sale at Past Generation Toys! Sale Ends Soon!

Head over to Past Generation Toys as soon as you can to check out our great savings in honor of the 4th of July! We’ve got Star Wars, Transformers, GI Joes, Masters of the Universe, and practically everything else on the site marked 10% off, so you can save big time! And no coupon codes are needed, qualifying items will have the discount taken at checkout. Don’t miss this opportunity!

And as always, check out the Past Generation Toys Blog, PGT on Facebook, and PGT on Twitter for updates on the world of toys and collectibles!

Sideshow Collectibles Zartan vs. Flint diorama Pre-Order is up!

Sideshow Collectibles has been holding their own personal 31 Days of San Diego ComicCon event, and day eight of this event features the first reveal of their next diorama…one that all Joe fans should be excited to see, Zartan Vs. Flint!

Featuring both venerable Real American Hero characters in their familiar garb, the two adversaries face off in an unmentioned swampland.  Awesome sculpting, a very dynamic pose, and some very cool easter eggs give us our first glimpse at a Sideshow version of the Cobra Master of Disguise!  Not only is this item first revealed right here, but it is also available for pre-order now!

Check out the full details at SideshowCollectibles.com.

As if I wasn’t fired up enough for Pursuit of Cobra – new Shadow Tracker and Night Fox images

Gyre-Viper strikes again, this time getting us some great images of a Pursuit of Cobra Shadow Tracker test shot as well as the upcoming Alpha class vehicle AWE Striker w/ Night Fox.  I’m not quite so enamored with the AWE Striker itself, but hot damn if that  Night Fox isn’t one sexy bitch.

The Shadow Tracker we see in the images below is an uncolored test shot, so obviously this won’t be the final deco, but in some ways that adds to the appeal.  With the black and white colors, you can really pick out the detail work, and I love the focus on the wrist articulation here.  Look at all that freaking gear, too.  What a fantastic looking figure.

Night Fox is a bit of a surprise, as I thought it was pretty much a frankensteined mis-matched mess…updated images a month or so ago changed my mind.  And Gyre-Viper’s pictures even further pushed me over the edge.  What a great looking combination of parts and new webgear.  A very cool looking new character.

Check out the huge gallery mirrored below.

Kick ass… dioramas? Or animation? G.I. Joe YouTube awesomeness!

A GeneralsJoes commentor earlier this week pointed out an awesome YouTube user who has built some amazing dioramas and is using them to make incredible stop-motion animated features with G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra figures (amongst others).

He is a YouTube user named VisorHUNgary, and his channel can be found right here.  There are a few videos showcasing the dioramas themselves, but the stop motion playlist is where it’s at.

I’ve mirrored G.I. Joe: Cobra below, but definitely check out his channel to see more details!  This is some very cool stuff.  Wish I had the patience to do something like this.  A big thanks to commentor FredPerri for the info!

Back in the game – Alley-Viper Arsenal Attacks!

After a July 4th extended weekend vacation, I’m back in the G.I. Joe news game just in time for more Pursuit of Cobra product sightings…Bravo vehicles and Mech Suits are filtering out amongst e-tailers and even some brick and mortar stores, all leading up to the inevitable full-fledged action figure launch.  Can’t wait for it.

To further whet our appetites, GeneralsJoes contributor Hawkwinter sends along an array of images featuring the fan favorite Pursuit of Cobra Alley-Viper!  But no, not just one Alley-Viper, but a whole squad of them!  Awesomeness.  Cannot wait to get my mits of a handful of these bad boys!

Also, he points out a very cool arctic-themed insert that came with his Snow Job, and I don’t believe it’s something that anyone else has revealed yet (though I could be wrong).  Check that out below as well.