With the family out for a Girl Scout field trip, I had a chance to get jumping right on Episode Nine of G.I. Joe: Renegades tonight, and with Zartan being the focus of the show, I was happy to be able to do that.
While a considerable departure from what we know, we get a pretty fresh, interesting, and new take on the Master of Disguise. You can check out my review either in the Episode Guide or directly right here!
The name popped up on the screen for a mere second or two, and a smile immediately came to my face.
For anyone who has been a part of the G.I. Joe online fandom for a long time, the name Eugene Son is immediately recognizable. Eugene was one of the more prolific early members of the online G.I. Joe community and in fact was one of the founders of G.I. Joe super archive YoJoe.com. Anything that YoJoe currently is, is due to the major influence that Eugene had over the site while a part of the online community.
A few years ago, Eugene faded away from the community some, and decided to pursue a career in the animation industry as a writer. He has written for some fantastic properties over the years, including Ben10 and Marvel Superhero Squad (among many others). Imagine my surprise, however, to see his name pop up in the credits for Episode Nine of G.I. Joe: Renegades. Zartan and the Dreadnoks’ origin within the G.I. Joe: Renegades universe was penned by one of us. How cool is that?
Things do have a way of coming full circle, so let me just take a moment to give Eugene a little applause, some congratulations, and here’s hoping he gets to put pen to paper for many more Renegades episodes in the future! Yo Joe indeed.
Didn’t take Gyre-Viper long… just mere hours after posting images for the HISS Scout, he’s also gotten some images online at HissTank.com for the Wave 2 Mech, the Cobra Minotaur. The highlight of the Minotaur for most folks is probably the Desert Scorpion, and there are certainly plenty of images of the figure as well. A surprisingly effective figure based on the limited parts choices available.
Check out the mirrored images below. The current release status of the Wave 2 Mechs is unknown. The reason I say that for the Mechs and the Alphas is twofold… first of all, I believe Gyre-Viper was told by his Asian contact that these samples were for “canceled product”. Not only that, but I don’t see much sense in rushing out the release of the figures, then staggering the vehicle releases back another 2 months, with no figures to compliment them.
It’s highly possible that these will see the light of day at some point, but personally, I don’t have a real good feeling about it. Alpha’s have been sort of clogging shelves, and judging by the fact that PoC Vehicles are already abundant in ROSS stores doesn’t speak well for the future of PoC vehicle releases at mainstream retail.
Time will tell. Hopefully we’ll get some intel in New York in February.