GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #156

Okay, I’ll admit it up front.  I wasn’t real sure about this when I first heard about it.  Granted, I’ve got all sorts of faith in what Larry Hama can do with a pen when he puts his mind to it, but we were neck deep in the midst of IDW’s new continuity, did we really need to dip our toes back into the Marvel continuity well?

Honestly, I didn’t think so.

To avoid spoilers, though, I’ll continue this talk after the “jump”.

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G.I. Joe Q & A Answers Coming in

Although a few days late (mostly due to SDCC prep, I’d imagine) the latest round of Q & A answers are starting to come in.  This is what I received from the questions I asked:

1) During Botcon, Hasbro and the Transformers: Prime producers confirmed that the animated series might not be ready for The Hub’s debut in October.  Do you anticipate the same situation for G.I. Joe: Renegades?

A) The new series will launch in the fall around the same time as the Hub network launches, though it is still too early to give specific release dates.

2) Looking at G.I. Joe toys produced in the early 2000’s compared to what we have now, the differences are night and day.  What do you think are the core reasons for that?  Is it technology, a new philosophy, or simply new sculpting and design techniques that have evolved over the past eight years?  Has moving away from the o-ring format given you more flexibility in design and detail work?

A) Every year brings new innovations in design and every generation of G.I. Joe brings with it a new expectation for the level of detail and articulation.  When the team looks back even to the original release of the G.I. Joe 25th Anniversary figures in 2007 and compares them to the Pursuit of Cobra figures of today – it is clear that there are differences in the level of sculpted detail and the acuity of the articulation.  Certainly philosophy has played a part, but design in general is often influenced by the world we live in.  The design team doesn’t rest at any one style, they know that there is always room for improvement.  Technically speaking, the move away from the “o-ring” has allowed for a greater lever of flexibility and has allowed us to create details without having to worry about that detail hindering articulation. While we’re very pleased with the amazing figures the design team is delivering, as we look into the future, we know that the G.I. Joe line will only continue to improve in sculpting detail and design.

GeneralsJoes Reviews the GIJCC Adventure Team Commander

My “one review per day” promise continues full steam ahead…and today I bring you a review for the excellent Adventure Team Commander, offered from the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club.  Using modern era sculpting with a newly tooled head, this is a great 4″ representation of the 12″ iconic Adventure Team leader.  I love the way the Club is combining the Adventure Team and Real American Hero universes.

Anyway, I’ve linked the review in with the Exclusives and the GIJCC Section, or you can just check it out directly right here.

Video “review” of Pursuit of Cobra Ashiko w/ Cycle Armor

As an addendum to his excellent flurry of images, Gyre Viper has also posted a pair of YouTube videos showcasing this new Ashiko w/ Cycle Armor figure coming in early 2011 from Hasbro.  This gives us a great look at the actual operability of the figure and the armor and tells us more than pictures alone possibly could.  Check out the embedded videos below!