Amazon.com offers pre-orders and cover images for Renegades TPB’s

With cross-marketing in mind, Hasbro and The Hub obviously plan a blitz of G.I. Joe: Renegades items once the show starts picking up steam, and apparently high on their list of items to produce are comic books.  Now, the IDW October Solicitations list mentioned a first issue of G.I. Joe: Renegades as part of their shipping schedule that month, but issues of Previews since then have curiously ommitted the title.

Evidently something is still planned, however, as Amazon.com has two pre-orders posted for the first two volumes of what appear to be G.I. Joe: Renegades Trade Paperback collections of those comics.  With posted release dates of February, 2011, you would think the comic should still be slated to hit shortly, but who knows for sure at this point?

Along with the pre-orders, Amazon has also posted a pair of cover images, one featuring the Snake Eyes art we’ve seen before, and a second featuring the familiar Arashikage Clan symbol, which will evidently play a major role in the cartoon series.  Check out the pre-orders and the mirrored images below:

Big thanks to GeneralsJoes reader Captain N.  for the information!

A must read article for action figure fans at JoeIntel.com

This isn’t a new article by any stretch…  written by noted Star Wars and G.I. Joe collector Shane Turgeon it’s an article that I just recently rediscovered a feel compelled to pass along to my readers, because it is chock full of awesome insight and information about toy design and production.

If anyone has ever wondered exactly what goes into producing even one action figure, Shane’s article over on JoeIntel.com is an absolutely fascinating read.  In fact, there’s a lot of info on JoeIntel that toy fans in general should be very interested in.

Check out the article right here.  I just want to say thanks to Shane for sharing this great information, and I really hope that folks reading this take some time to learn exactly what it took to make a toy back in the 80’s.  Processes are somewhat different know, mostly due to technology changes, but the core concepts are much the same.  It really is amazing at what steps are involved.

G.I. Joe vs. The Avengers!

Yeah, yeah, I’m still talking about Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.  DisneyXD has been posting new microsodes every day, and I’ve been pretty much in love with every single one of them.  With G.I. Joe: Renegades apparently not debuting October 11th, the 20th is now the date I’m most looking forward to next month.

That being said, I was giving my readers a bit of a break from it, because nothing puts a focus on a lack of Joe news like hitting my site and seeing back-to-back-to-back-to-back Avengers updates.  However…yesterday’s episode featuring The Hulk forced my hand, when I saw this:

Yes, that is a helicopter pilot for The Hulkbusters, and yes he speaks with a thick Southern drawl, and yes, he parachutes out of the helicopter just in the nick of time when the Hulk brings it down.  Freaking awesome.  As cool as this little cameo is, I really geeked out when I saw the following pictures:

You see, while many folks will say Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, or Wolverine got them into comic books, for me it was Hawkeye.  Sure I was buying G.I. Joe comics back in the day, but I hadn’t broken into super heroes until I stumbled upon the Hawkeye limited series way back in the 80’s.  I had been fascinated with archery at the time, and a super hero who just used a bow and arrow was absolutely awesome to me.  I hadn’t yet been exposed to Green Arrow (and only would be about a year later when I got into the Super Powers toys) so Hawkeye was the man.  Sure, he was in that horrible 90’s Avengers cartoon, but here he seems to be done right.  I’m fired up.  Cannot wait to see this cartoon in full bloom.

Check out the Avengers Microsodes right here!

HubWorld offers plenty of coolness for old school fans, too

So most of the focus on HubWorld.com has been G.I. Joe: Renegades and Transformers: Prime…  however what some folks don’t know is that HubWorld also ported over a lot of the videos from Hasbro’s MonkeyBarTV site, which means full online versions of many of the Sunbow cartoons as well as some of the CGI features from 2003 – 2005 (including the fun Valor Vs. Venom).  This is a very cool added feature and something that Joefans of all genres can appreciate.

Check out their video episodes section right here.

Catch Past Generation Toys at the Big Apple Comic Con!

Last second decision… we WILL be exhibiting at the Big Apple Comic Con this weekend (Oct 1, 2 and 3).  Stop by Booth 320 and say hello!

We are running a special throughout the weekend on the Transformers SDCC Exclusive Jetfire Bust.  You can have for your very own for $24.95 plus shipping!  Supplies Limited

For you Star Wars collectors we have listed the newest Wal-Mart Exclusives: Destroy Malevolence, Rising Malevolence, and Shadow of Malevolence.

If you missed the GI Joe Convention from earlier this year we still some of the exclusives left and just lowered the price on the Red Shadows Staff Car (which is repaint of the Indiana Jones troop car).

Have you seen the new Lego Mini Figures?  Series 1 is a very popular and Series 2 should be arriving late this week!

Fans of 80’s cartoons will want to check out the new Thundercats Cheetara Statue!  Its looks great and we only have a few left!

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

G.I. Joe: Renegades will NOT debut October 10th

In a somewhat disappointing bit of bad news, it turns out that according to a recently distributed Press Release from The Hub, G.I. Joe: Renegades in fact will NOT be launching October 10th, contrary to many listings found in various online sources.

According to this press release, the Hub will present a “Sneak Peek Sunday” giving viewers a sneak peek at the various series’ and specials that will be broadcast, however, G.I. Joe: Renegades and Transformers: Prime do not appear to be part of that schedule:

10:00 AM: “The Twisted Whiskers Show”
10:30 AM: “Dennis And Gnasher”
11:00 AM: “Cosmic Quantum Ray”
11:30 AM: “Atomic Betty”
12:00 PM: Hub Family Movie: Garfield
2:00 PM: “Pound Puppies”
2:30 PM: “My Little Pony Friendship is Magic”
3:00 PM: “Strawberry Shortcake Berry Bitty Adventures”
3:30 PM: “Fraggle Rock”
4:00 PM: “Cosmic Quantum Ray”
4:30 PM: “Deltora Quest”
5:00 PM: “Men In Black”
5:30 PM: “Batman Beyond”
6:00 PM: “Meerkat Manor”
6:30 PM: “The Twisted Whiskers Show”
7:00 PM: “Family Game Night”
8:00 PM: Hub Family Movie: Garfield

However, the press release also states that on October 4th, the Hub’s full programming schedule will be revealed, and their normal slate of programming will begin Monday, October 11th.  There is no indication that either Renegades or Prime will be part of that slate from the get-go.

To read the full Press Release click the “Read the Rest of this Entry” link below.  Somewhat disappointing news, but all should be revealed on October 4th.

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Five-Page Previews for G.I. Joe: Cobra Special II and Hearts & Minds

Tomorrow is new comic day, and IDW is gracing us with a pair of G.I. Joe related books in the form of the second G.I. Joe: Cobra Special, this time featuring Chameleon.  The second book is the fifth issue of G.I. Joe: Hearts & Minds with a look at the Cobra Trooper and G.I. Joe member Blowtorch.  Check out the five-page previews for both below.

G.I. Joe: Cobra Special #2

Mike Costa (w) • Antonio Fuso (a & c)

Her name is Chameleon, and she is the Joe’s newest recruit in COBRA II. Now we see the rest of her story—her recruitment, her first mission, and her mysterious connection to… well, you only THINK you know who we’re talking about, as Mike Costa and Antonio Fuso attempt to outdo their previous, critically celebrated Special.

This extra-length Special features an all-new G.I. Joe prose story from the upcoming G.I. Joe: The Cobra War prose anthology!

FC • 40 pages • $4.99

G.I. Joe: Hearts and Minds #5 (of 5)

Max Brooks (w) • Howard Chaykin, Antonio Fuso (a) • Chaykin, Fuso (c)

From Max Brooks, New York Times best-selling author of WORLD WAR Z, and masterful artists Howard Chaykin and Antonio Fuso comes the next generation of G.I. JOE and COBRA.

“We are the nameless, faceless legion, but once, we were human beings.”—COBRA RECRUITS

“I destroy darkness. I create fire.”—BLOWTORCH

*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. Joe: Renegades SuperPage updated with revamped Character Bio information

As Hubworld went live, I started slightly revamping my own character bio pages, giving them the official Hub images and transferring the text descriptions to the SuperPage bio’s as well.  I now have three separate sections over on the Renegades SuperPage featuring G.I. Joe, Cobra Industries, and Government Agents.  Check them all out, or just check out the SuperPage itself right here!

Some images and additional information from the Hubworld launch

The main Hubworld page still does not look fully live yet, however the G.I. Joe: Renegades page has been uploaded with some new content.  Not a whole lot yet, but it looks like more is coming.

In glancing through the source code for the website, several lines are “commented out” and as such, are not uploaded yet, but definitely look to be coming.  Among those commented items are an Episode Guide, Videos, and Games.  So while there isn’t anything posted for these items yet, expect some stuff to be coming very soon.

Also, an assortment of other images were posted as well, and I’ve mirrored them below.  Keep your eyes peeled to the HubWorld G.I. Joe: Renegades page for more information!

G.I. Joe: Renegades page at HubWorld is LIVE!

While I’m not seeing a widespread change at HubWorld.com as of yet, the G.I. Joe: Renegades page has been uploaded right here!  Featuring images and character bios to start, I’m sure more great stuff is on the way.

Check it out right here!