SDCC Preview Night shows much, but reveals little

I think we all had some idea that G.I. Joe wouldn’t have a strong showing at SDCC, and if Preview Night is any indication, that will be the case this year.  That’s not to say that there is nothing cool to see, however.  G.I. Joe was a pretty heavy presence throughout a chunk of Preview Night, just not much stuff that hasn’t already been revealed.

With big thanks to for providing some swift on-the-spot photographs, there are some great Sideshow Collectibles images as well as a very cool diorama of a vintage USS Flagg littered with Pursuit of Cobra figures.

Check out the original threads over on, and I’ve also mirrored some images below:

USS Flagg Diorama (Courtesy of HissTank and

Hasbro Booth (Courtesy of HissTank)

Sideshow Collectibles 12″, Premium Format, and Statues (Courtesy of HissTank)

Some items of note to talk about:

  • Hasbro is using a vintage USS Flagg as a display piece.  No it does not mean they are considering re-releasing or releasing a Flagg.  Sorry.
  • Many of the 30th Anniversary and Renegades figures are now sporting “Spring, 2012” release dates on the placards.  Grrr.  Generally a “Spring” release date means anywhere from the holidays of the previous year through Easter.  Makes me a bit concerned to see how they’re going to get this all out before the big migration to sequel movie product.  Time will tell.
  • There doesn’t appear to be any new product (at least not yet).  I wouldn’t sweat this.  It is still Preview Night.  Something tells me there are still some new items to see throughout the weekend, hopefully starting tomorrow.  Hasbro keeps talking about these mysterious “7-Packs” during their Q & A sessions…I’m still holding out some hope for those.  Not to mention the GIJCC, who I’m hoping uses this as an opportunity to reveal some juicy details about their subscription service.
  • Damn it all, those Sideshow figures and environments look awesome.
Keep your eyes peeled to GeneralsJoes throughout the weekend, while I’m not on the ground in San Diego, I will endeavor to track and detail as much information as humanly possible.  Slow start, but I suspect things will pick up.

What’s on Joe Mind Episode 13 is Online

In spite of Gary’s unreasonable superstition, What’s on Joe Mind Episode 13 has now been posted online!  We welcome a guest contributor from Fwooshcast, Craig, and take some time to talk to Terry Dizard, admin of

We also discuss the latest round of Sideshow announcements, Episode 25 of G.I. Joe: Renegades and attempt to have an intervention for Chuck, who has clearly lost his mind.

All of this and more on What’s on Joe Mind!  Check it out as usual on our Podbean page, subscribe through iTunes, or listen to the embedded player below.

G.I. Joe 2 – “Cobra” no longer “Strikes”? Is Arnold Vosloo returning?

This great G.I. Joe sequel related scoop comes from down under, as Mercer, usually hanging out at JoeBattleLines tosses me a link to a MovieHole article.  In the article, someone who is auditioning for a role in the G.I. Joe Sequel reports what all of us who follow Rhett Reese on Twitter already know.  G.I. Joe 2 is no longer called “Cobra Strikes”.

But what we didn’t know previously is that the new working title is apparently G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation.  Also, from the sounds of it, Arnold Vosloo will be returning to his role as Zartan, the Cobra Master of Disguise!  This is terrific news in my mind.

Of course, this should all be taken with a grain of salt until confirmed…the text of the report is below, courtesy of MovieHole:

Hey Clint,

I went up for “G.I Joe 2″ this week. Now firstly, I believe they’ve changed the name of the film from “G.I Joe 2 : Coba Strikes” to “G.I Joe 2 : Retaliation”.

The part I was chasing was Ibrahim, a presidential advisor to India’s leader. He tries to talk the president out of getting involved in a very suss rescue mission and consequently backing up the united states on something… that might not be totally legit.

And we all know who the president is now, right? Who is running the country? Zartan, played by Arnold Vosloo. He’s got the world leaders all under his thumb, war heads headed towards innocent populaces, and some new heavies on the payroll to keep G.I Joe at bay.

One of the first scenes to be shot is a flashback sequence with young Storm Shadow and young Snake Eyes which will cronicle how they became what they are and their relationship. Those parts have already been cast I think now they’re just working on the smaller roles – presidents of every country; security guards; ‘Mouse’, etc.

Anyway, thought you’d like to know about the title change and all that.”

Excellent intel, and it’s great to have Mercer reporting movie scoops again!