Well, consider the unfortunate news confirmed. I spoke with Public Relations at The Hub, and they have confirmed that G.I. Joe: Renegades will cease airing original episodes after the summer. They have declared the series “On Hiatus” in anticipation of the upcoming film sequel.
This sounds remarkably similar to the situation with Transformers: Animated after the third season, as it was phased out in favor for a style closer to the live action Transformers films. Considering how much stronger fan support Renegades seem to generate, especially when compared to the Rise of Cobra film, this is a disappointing turn of events, to say the least.
Let’s all hope that the next live action film franchise is closer to the spirit of A Real American Hero than the previous film was, so the animation doesn’t potentially suffer for it. The entire text of the communication from The Hub is below.
“…we’re very pleased with the performance of G.I. JOE RENEGADES on The Hub. The series will go on hiatus at the end of season one while the second installment of the G.I. Joe movie franchise is being produced so Hasbro and Hasbro Studios can ensure the creative and storyline continuity that fans of the films and the series expect. We’ll have original episodes into the summer and we envision resuming new animation following the movie.”
I do thank PR at The Hub for their quick confirmation, though I do wish the news was better, for sure. Regardless of the future of G.I. Joe: Renegades, you can count on GeneralsJoes to continue updating the episode guide, spreading the news, and enjoying the hell out of G.I. Joe: Renegades while it lasts.
Yo Joe, I guess.
Well, I promised some days back that The Hub was holding one of their “Upfront” sessions in New York City today, and we should possibly get some information about the future of G.I. Joe: Renegades. Well, the press release has been sent out, and the news for G.I. Joe: Renegades does not look good.
While not specifically said or mentioned by name, G.I. Joe: Renegades was absent from a list of returning series for The Hub in 2011/2012, a list which included Transformers: Prime, My Little Pony, RL Stine’s the Haunting Hours, and more.
I’m hitting the pavement to see if I can get some confirmation, but at this point, it sounds like perhaps the Renegades mythology will end after 26 episodes. That would be a shame if it’s true. Still, I don’t want to hold the funeral too soon. Hopefully we’ll get some final details shortly.
Until then, read the full Press Release after the jump.
With JoeCon right around the corner, and the Canadian G.I. Joe Convention close behind, another issue of the awesome Canadian G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club Newsletter has hit the internet! While my recent change in job schedule has unfortunately precluded me from participating in the recent issues, I enjoy reading them every month, and am on pins and needles waiting for the official reveal of the Con exclusive figures. The latest newsletter does feature some awesome artwork for the upcoming figures, including Mudslinger, who looks…well… amazing.
Check out the newsletter, and then don’t forget to post some feedback on JoeCanuck.com.
A guest editorial by Monte Williams
The man whom Poe Ghostal once suggested might be the world’s biggest Sigma 6 fan recently made a bold statement: Pursuit of Cobra is a better G.I. Joe series than Sigma 6.
But this in no way means that I’ve lost my love of Sigma 6. And so it was that I asked Justin if I might takeover Generals Joes for a moment—only fitting, since Justin has always been arguably even more enthusiastic about Sigma 6 than I am—to plea for one last shot at glory for the second-greatest toyline of all time.
Ten Sigma 6 Figures That Should be Resurrected in the PoC Scale and Style
Before we begin, I would like to give an Honorable Mention nod to the three most haunting action figures in my personal toy-collecting history:
- Sigma 6 Short-Fuze (unproduced).
- Adventure Team Joe Colton (unproduced).
- Sigma 6 Zanzibar (unproduced).
Anyone who has seen photos of these three figures—and their unproduced plastic peers Scarlett, Wrecking Ball, Wetsuit, and others—can attest to how awesome they are… or would have been, had they seen release. Short-Fuze in particular might be the greatest Sigma-style figure Hasbro ever produced… or opted not to produce, as it turns out.
And a separate Honorable Mention for Zartan, who captured the spirit of the original Real American Hero Zartan figure better than any Anniversary figure.
The rest of this list will be rattled off after the jump…
A big thanks to GeneralsJoes commentor notpicard for pointing out that the Dynamo Development Labs website I directed folks to a couple of days ago actually has another link on their site which directs to a different site. This different site apparently belongs to freelance designer Brian Hitmar, who obviously did the design work on a lot of the Sigma 6 product.
This, of course, means he has a bunch of images on his site for concept work that were initially drawn up for the Sigma 6 line…this concept art also includes the never produced Scarlett!
Now, Mr Hitmar requests on his site that his images not be reproduced, so I’m complying with that, and will just link to it. Trust me, you will love what you see. Check out his website right here.
Over the past few weeks we’ve been treated to some great pre-orders on upcoming Sideshow releases…but how about some current stuff that is pretty damn good in its own right?
Sideshow Collectibles currently has Beachhead figures on wait list, and I have posted a review for this excellent figure right here! Check it out!