Breaking News! There will be swords in the new G.I. Joe movie!

Whenever you guys are getting sick of the snark, let me know.  I certainly don’t intend to make light of the sudden resurgence of G.I. Joe movie news, but as I plan to jump on every last ounce of news that’s out there, I can’t help but poke a little bit of fun at myself.

After all, a quick picture of a pair of swords that simply look like the same swords from the Rise of Cobra isn’t really news.   However, the fact that Jon Chu Tweeted the image along with the phrase “ninjas never die” certain qualifies.  At this point, we all knew that Storm Shadow as going to survive, so I don’t think that’s particularly news worthy, but the fact that the director of the film is already so engaged with the fandom is nothing but a good thing.

This could be very fun over the next year as Joe fans get a pretty unprecedented chance to communicate, interact, and interface with the movie makers…gotta love the wonders of Social Media.  If you want to see what Jon Chu says first hand, don’t forget to follow him on Twitter.

Storm Shadow to be “overhauled” for upcoming G.I. Joe sequel?

Well, I guess “overhauled” is what you call coming back from the dead?  One of the more controversial aspects of the original Rise of Cobra film was the decidedly final fate of Cobra ninja Storm Shadow, who was hacked up and dropped into the Arctic sea.

Considering we first heard news that Lee Byung-Hun would reprise his role as Storm Shadow over a year ago, that fate became less than final, and now according to Korean news site Starnews we have a few more details concerning Storm Shadow’s upcoming return to the Joe film franchise.  The original page is in Korean, but thanks to the wonders of Google Translate we have some clunky, broken English, and most likely completely inaccurate assumptions.  But hey, look, movie news!

I mean, after all, according to the article, “Lee is Storm Shadow is entirely dead, as described in Part 2 but emerged as a new look side, Snake Eyes, and is expected to spread even more intense confrontation.Lee is more powerful than characters haejyeo euroseon phase in Hollywood is expected to rise further.”  Go Google Translate, go!

In all seriousness, the article confirms reports that Lee, Park, and Tatum are pretty much the only cast members slated to return and that the Korean actor is returning stateside to promote his latest film and to prepare for filming of the G.I. Joe sequel.  Personally my favorite part of the article is that they refer to Lee as a “ninja” even outside the context of the film.  Take the article for what’s it worth, and get ready for 14 more months of this.  Yay!

Licensing Expo provides scant first glance at 2012 G.I. Joe logo

Well, lookie here.  The marketing and licensing blitz is already getting warmed up.

Now, I knew this licensing expo was going on, but I guess I didn’t necessarily expect anything G.I. Joe related to make an appearance.  Truth be told, it really didn’t, but there is apparently a sign present, and the sign indicates:

“A New Day.

A New Mission.

A New Joe.”

If that isn’t a way to try and coerce the viewing public to overlook that last G.I. Joe movie and give it another try, I don’t know what is.  The logo pulls elements from G.I. Joe: Renegades, so who knows for sure if this is anything final, but it’s there, and I’m talking about it.  Check out the mirrored image below (originally from ComingSoon.net), and a big thanks to Jay of Entertainment News International for the intel!

Episode Eight posted for Whats on Joe Mind Podcast!

Well, since Chuck gave me such a hard time about it (even after I front-paged his damn Low Light review) I am posting this update to the podcast IMMEDIATELY.  Leave me the hell alone, Chuck.

In all seriousness, this latest installment of What’s on Joe Mind is about a day early as we prepare for half our team to venture North towards Canada for the Canadian JoeCon this weekend.  We talk about the CJC, the news of the week, including the Joe Sequel, G.I. Joe: Renegades, and those awesome 6″ prototypes that were floating around.

We also give some more background on SK Omega and renew our plea for questions in preparation for the interview that is upcoming.

You can check out the show at our Podbean site, subscribe via iTunes, and also listen via the embedded player below.  Enjoy, and as always, we encourage and appreciate all feedback.

Sideshow Collectibles will debut Zartan at SDCC

Hoooo boy.  During a recent Whats on Joe Mind podcast, I reluctantly admitted that I had canceled my recent Sideshow Collectible pre-orders, just because I didn’t think I’d be able to swing the cash.  When you’re talking about $130 – $150, certain sacrifices must be made, and as I prepare my toy budget to withstand the onslaught of the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club subscription service, certain things gotta go.

So, sorry Stalker and Cobra Viper, at this moment, you will not be joining my collection.  And I can only hope that maybe… just maybe Zartan isn’t so cool that I feel the absolute compulsion to own him.  Apparently we’ll find out at SDCC.

Sideshow Collectibles answered some Q & A’s recently, and the one that caught my attention was this one:

“Q. When are we getting Zartan, and how soon are we gonna see any Drednoks?

A. Zartan is completely rad. This figure is by far our most ambitious Joe yet, and sports some really incredible armor and weaponry. The prototype is nearly done, and we appear to be on track for a big reveal by the time of San Diego Comic Con.”

Oh, just fantastic.  “Completely rad”?  “Incredible armor and weaponry”?

I’m screwed.  Check out the full Q & A right here.

And there was much rejoicing – NO LIPS ON SNAKE EYES!1!!one!

I’ve been taking it kind of tongue in cheek over the past few months when talking about the G.I. Joe Sequel (dammit I can’t call it “Cobra Strikes” any more)…making firm recommendations that they remove the lips from Snake Eyes’ mask.

Well, thanks to Rhett Rheese and HissTank.com we now have confirmation that SNAKE EYES WILL HAVE NO LIPS.

The movie is saved!

Carry on.