Ray Stevenson talks (briefly) about his role in G.I. Joe: Retaliation

For whatever reason, G.I. Joe: Retaliation news has been missing in action over the past several weeks, so at this point we’ll chomp on any little bite we can get.  The Coventry Telegraph spoke with Ray Stevenson, who plays Firefly in the G.I. Joe sequel, and he spoke a little bit about filming in New Orleans.

While much of the interview focuses on Thor and Stevenson’s most recent release Kill the Irishman, he does speak a bit about the transition from Thor to G.I. Joe: Retaliation:

YOU DIDN’T HAVE MUCH OF A GAP BETWEEN SHOOTING THAT AND GI JOE 2: RETALIATION, IN WHICH YOU PLAY FIREFLY?
We did the last scene in the movie, which we finished at 2am one Saturday morning, and at 12.30 that afternoon I took a flight down to New Orleans to start on GI Joe 2. Literally out of the frying pan into the fire. I get to beat up The Rock twice, or I try to, and I get to play this cool, gnarly pyrotechnic guy.”

So, apparently we’re at least getting a couple of Roadblock vs. Firefly battles, and Firefly pulls a bit from his Renegades persona as a pyrotechnic specialist.  A bit of insight, anyway.

Check out the Coventry Telegraph for the full interview.

G.I. Joe: Pursuit of Cobra Crimson HISS in stock and on the way!

Well, apparently Waves 1, 2, and the first wave of Bravo vehicles isn’t quite enough G.I. Joe stuff to hit retail all at once.  I just got notification from Big Bad Toy Store that my pre-order for the Pursuit of Cobra Crimson HISS is now processing.  Not only that, but it’s showing on Big Bad Toy Store as in stock.

While the HISS has already gotten two releases over the past 12 months (in the standard black and early release brown versions), this Crimson color is a pretty nice looking shade, and I absolutely love the “Crimson Horseman” HISS driver.

Check it out at BBTS right here, and expect a review when I get it in my grubby hands.

AWESOME Rise of Cobra era packaging art revealed in greater detail

While it takes only a few minutes for your average Joe fan to wander into Wal-Mart and scoop up a G.I. Joe figure, many of us forget the amount of preparation, planning, and work that goes into designing and producing every single figure.  Yes, even Arctic Destro.

From inputs to package art, pen and paper artists are just as important to the design process as the sculptors and figure painters.  One of those artists has seen fit to reveal some of his work on G.I. Joe packaging from the past few years, and we’re all glad he did.  His name is Mike Thompson, and you can find his WordPress blog right here.

He’s already posted four separate introspectives about package design, including the Star-Viper, the Sand-Viper, Night Force Outback, and Arctic Threat Storm Shadow.

Love the detail in this art, and a huge thanks to Mr. Thompson for sharing it.  If you want to keep up to date on any more of his postings, follow him on Twitter.  Also a big thanks to GeekIJoe on Twitter and Greg from What’s on Joe Mind for directing us to this awesome site.

I’ve mirrored one image of Outback below, but lots of great other pictures and details at the site itself.  Check it out.

Add Larry Houston to my list of personal heroes

If you’ve been watching cartoons for any length of time, chances are the name Larry Houston at least looks familiar.  He’s had his hands in several epic animated series throughout the past three decades including X-Men, COPS n Crooks, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman: The Animated Series, Exosquad… yeah, the list is huge.

So what makes him such a hero all of a sudden?

Just this:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMVlIz_opBM

Yes, according to a panel at this past weekend’s PowerCon, Larry Houston was the storyboard artist who designed the entire opening sequence to G.I. Joe: The Movie.  Widely regarded as perhaps the greatest three minutes in G.I. Joe animated history, Mr. Houston was apparently surprised and very pleased that the final animated version came back so close to his storyboard.

I think it’s safe to assume all G.I. Joe fans are just as pleased.  A big thanks to the Twitter account of Joe A Day for relaying this cool bit of information.