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G.I. Joe Resolute
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BBTS News: Star Wars, Transformers, GI Joe, Sideshow, Neca & More!

Hi – Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about
another great round of new arrivals and more awesome new preorders!

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NEW ARRIVALS
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GI JOE RESOLUTE BOX SETS
Our shipment of GI Joe Resolute box sets has arrived.  These sets give the
figures new articulation while keeping the vintage look of the characters.
The GI Joe set includes (Arctic) Duke, Scarlett, Snake Eyes, Stalker,
Roadblock, Beachhead and Flint, while the COBRA set includes Cobra
Commander, Destro, the Baroness, Firefly, Storm Shadow, an Alley Viper and
Zartan.  The box sets are priced at $44.99 each, or you can opt for the
set of two, priced at $79.99.  We’ve also got them available as a case
containing 3 of each box set, and that is priced at $219.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu.aspx?menu=2335&category=6527

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Latest Operation: HISS Animated Features are online now

Sure, it’s not G.I. Joe: Resolute, but part of me still enjoys the rampant cheesiness and the total “made low budget just for kids” mentality of these Operation: HISS webisodes.  Hasbro’s Monkeybar TV has uploaded two more featurettes to continue the Rise of Cobra storyline.

First and foremost, Episode 6 has been posted, and you can check it out right here.  You can check out some screen shots mirrored below.

But there’s also a Zartan related profile episode that’s been posted here, with a nice little cameo of everyone’s favorite G.I. Joe Marine near the end.

New carded Pursuit of Cobra images make a good day even better

So I got my new Droid yesterday…and I’m in love with it.  It’s Friday.  My boss bought coffee this morning.  Could the day get any better?

Turns out, yes, yet it can.  Thanks to The Terror Drome for passing along the word that ACToys forum member zartan扎坦 has posted some carded images of the upcoming second wave of Pursuit of Cobra single-packed figures, and of course, they’re freaking gorgeous.  I love these toys.

Check out the mirrored images below.

GeneralsJoes Exclusive Review-A-Rama Special Feature

So when I kicked off this nearly month-long review fest, I posted a public plea for any guest reviewers who wanted to pitch in…and someone has stepped up in a big way.

Although not a traditional review necessarily, Gyre-Viper took this opportunity to do something very cool.  Through his time as a Joe fan, he’s made some connections, and one of those connections was with Bill Merklein.  Bill Merklein is probably not a name most folks know, but believe me, you absolutely know his work.  This is the man who sculpted somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 2-ups of some of the most treasured figures and characters in the vintage G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero line up.

Probably one of his most infamous works, though, was a sculpt that he did for Rocky Balboa, another planned mail away exclusive that never came to pass.

Well, just for GeneralsJoes, Gyre-Viper called up Bill Merklein and spoke with him about his experience with Hasbro, and specifically his experience with the Rocky Balboa project, and he has decided to share this with the audience here.  A very, very cool move, and one that I’m happy to be able to spread the word about.

Sometimes I don’t feel like there is enough appreciation of the “time gone by” and the history of G.I. Joe or the people involved.  It is so awesome to get a behind the scenes look like this, and I really want to thank Gyre-Viper for making it happen.  Click the “Read the Rest of this Entry” link below to check it all out, YouTube links and all.  Just as a note, the YouTube videos are audio only, but still crammed with very cool information.

I could listen to this over and over…a huge thanks to Gyre-Viper and especially to Bill Merklein for not only taking the time here, but for lending his awesome talents to sculpting and designing some legendary toys that have created a devoted following nearly three decades later.

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