Sideshow Collectibles’ Cobra Viper armament revealed!

Well, we’ve seen the pictures already, but now Sideshow Collectibles has really given an in depth look at the weapon that the upcoming Cobra Viper comes equipped with!  The Magpul Masada is apparently the weapon of choice of Cobra’s “Tip of the Spear”.

An absolutely awesome look at the high tech weaponry.  Check it out right here, or view the mirrored images below.  I gotta be honest, these pics are making me want to buy a second one.  RESIST!

GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra Sky Sweeper

So, having a lull in product means I jump in my way back machine!  This time around, I’m reviewing the G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Skysweeper Jet w/ Air Raid.  A Firebat repaint and retool, this little plane packs a big punch.

Check out the review on my Rise of Cobra Review Page, or just click here.

Stay tuned, because I’ll be doing quite a few more “old school” reviews over the next little while as we wait for more new product to hit.

Some cast changes in the wings for G.I. Joe sequel

So, some further information about the Jon M. Chu hire comes from Heat Vision, part of the Hollywood Reporter.

First and foremost, they confirm reports that Chu as the director is pretty much a done deal, but they also start talking about the potential for returning cast members.  To no one’s surprise, Joseph Gordon-Leavitt is likely out, mostly due to his dance card being full after being thrust into the limelight with Inception.

They also specifically mention Sienna Miller and say that she doesn’t look hopeful to return as The Baroness, and that in fact, the role may end up “being recast or perhaps divided into a couple of new characters.”

Interesting.  Sounds to me like they’re trying to separate themselves a bit from the whole Baroness/Duke/Cobra Commander triangle, which was one of the things I totally disliked about the original film.  They also mention that the first priority is getting Channing Tatum back for Duke, which honestly, was probably the thing I disliked second most.  But he is a larger draw these days and he could put butts in seats.

So, not a big fan of the director, but I have some faith in the writing team, and some of the writing is on the wall that the folks behind this film understand what went wrong with the first film, and steps may be taken to try to craft something a bit more recognizable this time around.  Let’s all hope.

So yeah, that whole Thundercats cartoon

Apparently the trailer debuted on Cartoon Network last night.

Ummm…  yeah.  Wow.

Looks very fantasy based, and so far, a lot of stuff taking place on Thundera, and not so much Third Earth.  Animation looks smooth and nicely done.  Bring it on.

Jon M. Chu in line to direct G.I. Joe sequel

So, according to Deadline.com it’s all but a done deal and Jon M. Chu will be the next director in the G.I. Joe motion picture franchise.  So, what does this mean, in the grand scheme of things?  Eh, who knows?  All I know is the only Hollywood motion pictures Chu has directed were Step Up 3D and Never Say Never starring Justin Bieber, which leaves me with little confidence that he can handle a potential big budget action blockbuster.

Does that mean he can’t do it?  No.  It just leaves me with little confidence.  I really struggle to figure out how Paramount thinks a director who has spent much of his career filming song and dance videos and films is the right guy for a fast-paced action film, but hey, maybe they know something I don’t.

Now I won’t sit here and say this film now has no hope.  I feel good about the writing team.  I feel good that (unlike the first film) there is actually a cohesive writing process, instead of dealing with a writer’s strike and making things up on the fly.

There was also a quick little interaction at JoeCon last year between Alan Hassenfeld and one of the media directors during the Hassenfeld presentation, where it was abundantly clear that Hassenfeld wasn’t especially happy with how the Joe brand had been perceived post Rise of Cobra, and that we should all expect (and deserve) better.

Time will tell…we now have an official starting point and probably a good two years of build up before we find out what the pay off is.  Hopefully it’s worth the wait.  Thanks to Mysterious Stranger for passing the information along.

Sideshow Collectibles Presents… ZARTAN.

So I spent the last 24 hours salivating over a Sideshow Collectibles product (the Cobra Viper) and the fact that Zartan was going to make a re-appearance in G.I. Joe: Renegades.  Come in from snowblowing tonight, and all of a sudden it all comes crashing together!

Sideshow has released a “Production Peek” which just happens to feature a look at our favorite Master of Disguise.  And it’s a hell of a look.

If that ain’t about the coolest thing…  very reminiscent of the classic Zartan, but even more angular and updated.  This could be another winner.

GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: The Pursuit of Cobra Black H.I.S.S.

Well, it’s kind of a review.  Since there wasn’t much that changed (other than the color) I didn’t necessarily go real deep into it, but I did talk about some of the differences of the two and of course included a bunch of pictures.

Check out the Pursuit of Cobra Review Page, or just check out the review directly right here.

Zartan returns to G.I. Joe: Renegades on March 18th

Everyone set your DVR’s!

By and large, many folks have been complaining about Zartan’s first appearance in the G.I. Joe: Renegades universe…but it looks like the Renegades writers are looking to make it right, with Episode 14 – “Knock Offs”.  According to TVGuide.com, the infamous Cobra Master of Disguise may finally get a recognizable look:

“Lady Jaye and Flint use Zartan to track the Joes. Meanwhile, the Baroness tries to sneak a camouflage suit to Cobra”

Excellent.  According to Zartan’s official bio, he steals the camouflage suit, and something tells me, he will end up looking a lot more like the Zartan we know and love.  Can’t wait.

GeneralsJoes Reviews IDW’s G.I. Joe #27

So last month when I reviewed Issue #26, I praised the art and the overall story, but was disappointed that this particular story was put where it was.  A cool and fun tale, but it didn’t serve well as the culminating issue of a two-year long story arc.

I agreed to give Dixon one more chance to surprise me, and with Issue #27 hitting this week, it’s time to say whether he pulled it off.

Click the “Read the Rest of this Entry” link below for the full review.

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Sponsorship News from Past Generation Toys!

This week @ PastGenerationToys.com

Lots of preorder listed this week!  We have Thor Movie Action Figures, Captain America Movie Action Figures, GI Joe Pursuit of Cobra, Marvel Universe and Star Wars Saga Legends!  Check them out below!

Thor Movie Action Figures – Series 1 through 4 are listed as PreOrders!

Captain America Movie Action Figures – Series 1 and 2 are listed as PreOrders!

GI Joe: Pursuit of Cobra – These PreOrders include: Blowtorch, General Hawk, Steel Brigrade, Cobra (The Enemy), Cobra Commander, Jungle B.A.T., Snake-Eyes (Temple Guardian), Crazy Legs, Croc Master, Rock Viper, Viper, and Iron Grenadier

Marvel Universe Action Figures – Series 13 through 14 are listed as PreOrders!

Series 13 includes Cable with Baby, 1st Appearance Wolverine, Apocalypse, Gladiator, and Cyclops

Series 14 includes Doctor Strange, Falcon, Scarlet Spider-Man, Dr. Doom, and Skarr

Comic 2-Packs: Wolverine & Silver Samurai and Deadpool & Taskmaster

Star Wars Saga Legends Action FiguresThese PreOrders include: SL24 Obi-Wan EPIII, SL25 Stormtrooper, SL27 Death Star Trooper, SL28 Super Battle Droid EPIII, SL29 Mace Windu EPIII, SL30 Boba Fett EpVI, SL31 Destroyer Droid, and SL32 Spacetrooper