G.I. Joe fans rejoice – Tomax and Xamot will not be 6 year old little girls

Kind of a shame it came to this, but I’m glad that not only is Rhett Reese on Twitter, but he takes some time to ease some crazed Joe fans minds about casting news that emerged over the past 24 hours.

Over on HissTank.com it was reported that a casting call had gone out for “African-American twin girls, aged 6 – 9.”

So, of course, G.I. Joe fans as reasonable as we are immediately assumed that Tomax and Xamot would be played by 8 year old little girls and the internet exploded.

Well, thanks to the aforementioned Rhett Reese, those deep-rooted and well-thought out concerns can now be put to rest:

“Xamot and Tomax aren’t in the movie.”

Good news?  Tomax and Xamot won’t be corporate movers and shakers who control one of the largest corporations in the world as 6 year old girls.  The bad news, no Tomax and Xamot whatsoever.

Better than the alternative.  Thanks again to Rhett Reese for setting the record straight.

EDIT – Hmmm…  Mr. Reese has since deleted or removed his Tweet.  I saved a screenshot of it and posted it below, but invariably the fact that he deleted the Tweet will be interpreted as confirmation that the Twins ARE in the movie, and they WILL be 6 year old girls.  Ah, well.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation audition videos provide insight… hilarity.

A big thanks to Mercer and Comic Book Movie for digging up some great audition videos for various roles that may or may not still be in the G.I. Joe movie sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  There is an assortment of embedded videos below that present a series of actors and actresses auditioning for various roles.

The name “Mouse” is one we know…and another character name “Cross” is one who was rumored at one point, but later denied by script writer Rhett Reese.  We also see someone named “HAVOC” and the Doctor. At this point it’s tough to tell how many of these scenes (if any) will appear in the final film, but it’s still a very interesting look at some behind the scenes stuff for the Joe sequel.  And some of it is flat out hilarious as well.

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SDCC Intel still trickling in… Sideshow Collectibles news and intel

So I’m still digging through Mysterious Stranger’s awesome reports straight from San Diego, and one his final reports involved a great conversation with the guys at Sideshow Collectibles that I will recap some of right here.  Actually, forget recapping, I’ll just relay exactly what Chris sent along to me:

“I had the opportunity to speak with Matt Bischof who is part of the Sideshow Collectibles 1/6 scale design team.  He provided some great insight and information regarding the G.I. Joe line and I’ve got the highlights for you right here.

First, the line is doing very well.  Some figures have sold better than others but Sideshow is very happy with how it has been doing thus far and are working to continue that success.
One of the big questions I had was regarding female figures.  This is something that Sideshow has been mentioning in their Q&A sessions but not much info has been revealed.  I didn’t get many details but I did get an update.  They are fine tuning their female body and working to get the proportions just right.  The issue that was brought up was the way the body looks with and without armor.  I’m taking that to be in reference to a Baroness figure because I can’t think of any other Joe female that wears body armor.  They are making progress and as soon as the body is ready we can expect to hear some more news on female characters being introduced to the line.
Also in regards to the female figures I asked about how hair would be done, rooted or sculpted.  They are going with sculpted hair because it gives them more options for styles and the ability to swap out hairpieces for different looks (i.e. windswept, ponytails, etc).  Personally I think this is the smart way to go.  Rooted hair on female figures seems to be an industry standard in the 12″ scale but I find it to be too doll-like and the very few figures I have with rooted hair never look as good as the promotional photos.  With sculpted hair it allows for more detail and texture to be applied.  I’m glad they are going this way and I think its the right decision.
The other big piece of news I got was that they still have Destro in development.  As with the female figures they are working to get the body right.  They are developing a new muscular body for Destro similar to the Hot Toys large muscle body and once that is ready they’ll get to work one putting him together.
Something that was brought up in our conversation that I hadn’t even considered was the possibility of small vehicles.  The example discussed was the Trouble Bubble and the fact that they are even thinking about vehicles blew my mind.  I brought up the RAM Cycle and while there wasn’t any confirmation they would consider it, it is about the size they are thinking.  But 12″ scale Trouble Bubble!!! Wow!
In speaking about the dioramas, I confirmed that the Condition Red: Urban Threat diorama featured in their display case is indeed coming out in Q1 2012 and should be up for preorder soon if it isn’t already.  Unfortunately that will most likely be the last diorama for the near future.  They are giving them (and collectors wallets) a bit of a rest for now to concentrate on the figures.
There aren’t any previously announced upcoming releases that weren’t on display.  However the Desert Cobra Officer and Sniper production figures were shown in the same display with Dusty and both should be available by the end of the year.  There is also another Cobra trooper that is coming out later this year that they are very excited about.  They want to focus on and play up the sci-fi aspect of G.I. Joe as well as keep that military aspect and we’ll be seeing more Cobras coming out down the line.  The intention is to make figures that are unique and not just have this be another line of military figures.  Along those same lines, they also want to focus more on environment specific Joes that have unique looks so instead of an alpine unit of soldiers there would be just the one alpine specialist.  (I know I shouldn’t read anything into the use of the example being “alpine” but I’d like to think the Joe mountaineer should be on the short list).  This is something that I think will really help this line grow in the long run.  While the original 3 3/4″ G.I. Joe figures were essentially super-articulated green army men the line developed into a team of the best specialists from all across the military.  Reflecting that in the 1/6 line is a great way to keep this as G.I. Joe and not “Sideshows military line”.

The design team has been learning a lot from working on this line and applying what they’ve learned to future releases.  Some examples of this are the use of thinner fabrics to allow for more realistic folds and seams in the clothing as well as applying a stone washing technique to soften up some of the camo coloring and make it look more worn.  The first figure to use this new stone washing technique is Hawk and it has been applied to his pants.  Having seen the figure on display at the show I can say the technique works really well.  An example of the newer fabrics in use are the Cobra ninjas.  When you look at Storm Shadow and then the Red Ninja and Ninja Viper you can see more elaborate folds in the clothing as well as more wraps and straps with better seams and stitching.  They are planning to put out another Storm Shadow at some point using the new fabric but there was no timeline given or any indication what version of the character might be released.

Speaking of characters being redone, Snake-eyes is another figure that is on the list to be issued again.  This time they’ll be going with a sculpted portrait rather than the cloth mask.  The intention is to be able to include the commando head in addition to the visor head and possibly release him as a deluxe figure that way collectors can use the commando head on the first figure and display them both.  Personally I’m all for the sculpted mask.  Seeing how well the Firefly and Storm Shadows head sculpts came out makes Snake-eyes look dated in comparison.  I’m  very glad to hear they are planning on something to remedy this.

When the subject turned to the upcoming Viper the exclusive alternate portrait came up.  The reasoning for including the alternate head is to answer the question about why the Viper has goggles on his helmet.  The goggles are made to work with that alternate portrait and finally give a logical explanation for why a full face helmet has goggles on it.  The intention is that the Viper would keep the goggles on his helmet and pull them off for use when he has his helmet off.  You can see how this looks in the photos of the figure on Sideshow’s site.  I think this explanation is perfectly logical and I can’t figure out why I hadn’t heard this theory before.  Regardless it works and shows the kind of thought and attention to detail going into this line.

With the DC license being awarded to Sideshow and the intent to put out 1/6 scale DC figures we might be seeing a decrease in the number of G.I. Joe figures released to possibly 1 every quarter.  With Star Wars, G.I. Joe and now DC entering the 1/6 world they want collectors that want to buy from all three lines to be able to afford to do so without having to choose between one or the other.  They recognize that these are expensive figures and want to do what they can to help collectors get everything they want.  As someone who has seen 3 G.I. Joe figures (Stalker, Dusty and Ninja Viper) as well as 2 Star Wars releases come out in the last 4-6 weeks I can completely understand this logic.  While I’d like to see them release as many G.I. Joe figures as possible I also understand that some restraint is necessary to keep the line healthy and continue to perform well and perform well it has.

Overall the Sideshow G.I. Joe 1/6 scale figure line is in great hands and I’m very excited about what is coming down the line.”

I want to once again give Chris “Mysterious Stranger” a big thanks for gathering all of this intel for the site…he worked long and hard during a “vacation” time in San Diego, and I owe him a lot for his work.  Kudos, Chris.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation early release date gets more legs

We’ve been hearing the rumors for a while now that it was possible that the G.I. Joe movie sequel might move into Star Trek’s time slot in 2012 if they can’t get production rolling on the next Trek film.

Well, reputable online source Deadline.com is confirming that we should expect G.I. Joe: Retaliation to hit theaters June 29th, 2012.  Jon Chu has also linked to this news through Twitter, which I would imagine serves to validate it further.

So suddenly, we’ve gone from being 13 months out from the Joe sequel to less than a year.  Wow.  Hopefully things should start ramping up even more.  Sounds like we could be looking at another Super Bowl trailer debut.  Mark those calendars!

Whats on Joe Mind Episode 14 now online

Well, the HasbroToyShop fiasco is behind us, SDCC has come and gone, and the guys from What’s on Joe Mind reflect on the weekend of apparent non-activity in their own unique way.  We also take some time to speak with Gary “Gyre-Viper” Head about our close knit community,  run through a great SK Omega update in preparation for next week’s interview, and have a G.I. Joe party for 2 hours.

Size doesn’t matter?  Ridiculous!  Check out the episode at Podbean.com, subscribe via iTunes, or listen via the embedded player below:

G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation has found its muse… errr… Mouse

Yeah, still not too sure about this whole “Mouse” thing, especially if its simply a vehicle to drive girls into the theaters, but if they’re going to cast a younger actor in the film as a supposed main character, I guess I can’t complain a whole lot about Joe Mazzello.

A pretty young face, Mazzello already has a rich pedigree with roles in Jurassic Park, The Social Network, and HBO’s Emmy winning mini-series The Pacific.  Frankly, I haven’t seen him in much (well, of course I saw him as the young boy in Jurassic Park, but that hardly counts) but he’s got a pretty nice looking resume, so we’ll see where this goes.

As long as “Mouse” is a credible character who moves the story and is not just a “girl magnet” I’ll keep an open mind.

Information comes courtesy of Deadline.com.

The next generation of custom parts production is now!

Anyone who pays attention to the hobby at this point has heard about the wonders of 3D printing.  The idea that you can design something in CAD, and actually model it and print it in 3 Dimensions.  Previously restricted to very high end production processes, these 3D printers are becoming more common place.

With this in mind, GeneralsJoes is very proud to introduce the latest sponsor to the site Yetibrew Design, who works with Shapeways to produce manufactured 3 dimensional components for G.I. Joe vehicles!

Their first item is a “Dragonfly Upgrade” kit of sorts, which includes two fins for the side of the copter, as well as a replacement chin gun, both of which harken back to a bit more realistic “Huey Cobra” design aesthetic.  These items are hard plastic, clean cut, and fit very nicely into the vehicle they’re designed for.  No cutting, no trimming, no worries, just plug ’em in slap some paint on ’em and enjoy!

The coolest thing here, too, is that the proprietor of Yetibrew Design is also a fan, and wants to make items with a fan appeal.

Please check out his site at Yetibrew Design and take a peek at what he’s done so far, but best of all keep in mind everything that could be coming down the pipe.  Some great potential here.  I have a set of the Dragonfly parts in hand, and they are extremely well produced.  A full review is coming, but for now, enjoy the images of these great items:

Sponsorship Info from Past Generation Toys!

The new Past Generation Toys website is here!  Lots of preorders listed, new items and best seller!  Check out the site today! PastGenerationToys.com

PreOrders

Check out the Action Figure PreOrders including products from DC Direct, DC Universe Classics, Masters of the Universe Classics, Bowen Designs, Gentle Giant, GI Joe, Marvel Universe, Star Wars, Thor, Transformers, Living Dead Dolls, Mezits and lots of video games related toys!

New Items

Hasbro

Captain America Action Figures

GI Joe Wave 5 & 6 Action Figures

Star Wars Saga Legends Action Figures

Transformers Dark of the Moon Action Figures

Botcon 2011 Exclusive Action Figures

Thor

Mattel

Green Lantern Movie Action Figures

Masters of the Universe Classics Action Figures

WWE Action Figures

Statues and Busts

Bowen Designs

Gentle Giant

Don’t forget to check out the PGT Blog now being written by R. Ticulation and to follow Past Generation Toys on Twitter, @pastgentoys, and/or “Like” Past Generation Toys on Facebook!

G.I. Joe: Renegades Episode 26 Added to the Episode Guide

Well, I’m going to go off on a long tangent here, so if you just want to read the review and entry for Episode 26, then hit up the Episode Guide, or click the link below:

So…now that that’s out of the way…I always get a little flack when I talk about G.I. Joe: Renegades being canceled.  A lot of folks out there really believe that the hiatus is just a hiatus and we’ll see the series come back after the movie.  As everyone has probably guessed by now, I’m not convinced.  Click the “Read the Rest of the Story” link below to read my diatribe.

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More SDCC Tidbits and the truth about HTS availability?

As I was getting ready to travel back North yesterday, I received a few messages from the guys at Fighting 118th, who have posted some more information related to SDCC.  The first bit of intel comes from their Hasbro Booth Update and includes some contradictory information from what was being passed around earlier.  Contrary to earlier reports that the Data-Viper might make a later assortment, according to Hasbro reps at SDCC, he is definitely “cancelled, no ifs, ands, or buts”.

Also going against previous reports, apparently the Spring, 2012 date on the placard may in fact be the truth.  At least according to Fighting 118th.

One of the issues you run into with so many reps at the Con is that you sometimes get some contradictory information.  Guess we’ll have to hold tight to find out which one was right.

Last, but not least, they also passed along a report about Hasbro Toy Shop, the timeline for getting things posted, and how “rare” these SDCC exclusives truly are.  You can read that enlightening report right here as you prepare for your morning post-SDCC ritual of F5’s while you wait for Zarana and Starscream at HasbroToyShop.

Thanks again to Paul from Fighting 118th for the heads up.