Fwooshcast Sigma 6 special edition Part 2 is online

I mentioned a few days ago that I had teamed up with my old friend Craig from the Fwooshcast to give it a heavy dose of some Sigma 6 love!  We talked about the toyline for so darn long that it had to be broken up into three separate episodes!

Part Two has now been uploaded and you can find it right here.

Relive the “good old days” of 2005 before the times of San Diego ComicCon exclusives, before Hasbro Toy Shop, and before G.I. Joe made the Hollywood leap.  It was a simpler time.  :)

Part 3 is still to come…

G.I. Joe Collectors Club officially reveals Quarrel and says more info on the way

Hot on the heels of G.I. Joe: Retaliation news, I would say that inquiries about the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club subscription service are on top of every Joe fan’s minds these days.  With still no ideas on price, release schedule, specific figures, or other details, many fans are salivating at the idea of this service, without really knowing what to even expect.

By the looks of it, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club is starting to get things together, and hopefully we should be hearing some details soon.  Over on their Facebook Page, the GIJCC has officially revealed Quarrel.  Now, we’ve seen this figure  before for the most part, but this is apparently an actual sample, complete with accessories.

They promise the Nano-Bat will be shown next week, and are saying more subscription details should emerge in the next “week or two”.  Check out their Facebook Page to keep up to date, and peek at the mirrored image below.

I love how she comes with an apparent motorcycle helmet.  She will look really damn nice on the convention Silver Mirage repaint from 2010.  Good stuff.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation casting rumors offers chance for questions and answers

Over the past 24 hours, the Joe community has, of course, pretty much exploded over io9’s “casting call” report, which has since been dismissed by Rhett Reese.  Of course, the immediate question I have is how does this happen?  How does a site like io9 get this info and spread incorrect content across the internet?

Obviously casting calls are most likely not generated from actual script material, but exactly what goes into them?

Well, I’m lucky enough to be friends with a Joe fan who just happened to be deeply involved in production of the original G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra film, and has an extensive background in Hollywood production.  Upon reading the article, he immediately chimed in with some very valuable information that might help enlighten some folks.

“What I bet those descriptions are come from the casting director themselves.  Of course the casting director gets one of the first drafts and generally every version after until the movie is fully casted.  Most casting directors will write up summaries of characters similar to what is posted based off the current version of the script and from the director comments on what look of the character he is thinking about. This type of info generally isn’t in a script, it is just made up by the director to help guide the casting process. They do this for 3 reasons, first and for most to give the actor a general idea of the character they are auditioning for ie if they are a bad ass they will act like a bad ass.  And second to help shape the scene they are auditioning for if they are doing group auditions ie 3 actors in one scene auditioning at the same time.  Third, when they send out the submissions to the agents, managers the film audition world will also have an idea of the characters. “

So, the skinny is that this information is probably pulled from very early drafts, and is not based on actual events in the film script itself.  It is possible these characters may appear in some form or another, but the events listed in the casting call article are not to be taken as gospel.

Obviously the information relayed has already been established as false, but maybe this will help shed some light on the whole process.

Expect some real life hardware from G.I. Joe: Retaliation

The Twitter updates keep on hitting.  While there is no new information necessarily, Jon Chu has posted an Instagram photo of him and Dwayne Johnson sporting some really sweet hardware, in the form of the FN SCAR assault rifle, which can be seen on World Guns.  This seems to be a far cry from the semi futuristic weapons we saw in the original film (though still based on real hardware, the F2000). Maybe I just prefer the traditional machine gun style over the bullpup configuration, but for whatever reason, I’m really loving these weapon shots.  Between the SCAR, the M249, and the Glock, things are looking awesome.

Check out the mirrored image below, and of course, make sure to follow Jon Chu on Twitter for more G.I. Joe: Retaliation related updates.

G.I. Joe 30th Anniversary and Renegades items could be here sooner than we think

So nearly all online stores who are taking pre-orders have tagged August or September as potential release dates for the next run of G.I. Joe figures and vehicles.

Well, we’re hearing from some overseas sources that the day for the 30th Anniversary stuff may be near.  In fact, I’ve been given a precise date of August 16th as a potential arrival date for American outlets.

Of course, take this with a large grain of salt, as this information remains unconfirmed, but it came from a decent enough source that I feel comfortable reporting it.  We’ll see if it rings true within a week.


Ryan Hansen joining G.I. Joe: Retaliation cast

While we’re not sure what role he’ll be playing, Ryan Hansen Tweets that he is on his way to New Orleans to join the production of G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  Best known (at least by me) as Dick Casablancas in Veronica Mars, he’s also had several other roles throughout the past few years.  This is his exact Tweet:

“Headed to New Orleans to become a freaking G.I. Joe! #childhoodfantasycomingtrue”

Obviously it sounds like he is going to be fighting on the side of good, but at this point we’re still not sure what role he is playing.  Stay tuned for more info, and check out IMDB for more info about Mr. Hansen.

Rhett Reese confirms leaked character and plot details are “far, far, far off”

As I suspected yesterday, don’t put any credence into io9’s report yesterday about potential characters or plot details for G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

Once again, Twitter saves the day, as Rhett Reese posted early this morning:

“The new article circulating about GI Joe plot/characters is far, far, far off.”

Hopefully that will help smother some fan rage.  Listen, the movie is on its way, there will be plenty of stuff for folks to find to complain about, let’s reserve some of that energy for stuff that is actually in the film.  Thanks to Rhett Reese on Twitter for the update.