UK G.I. Joe and Transformers Fan – Roll Out Roll Call us around the corner!

Why haven’t I talked about this sooner?

Folks following the What’s on Joe Mind podcast no doubt know that we are the official podcast of Roll Out Roll Call, which is a UK-based G.I. Joe and Transformers convention threatening to take the world by storm.

Whether you’re a Joe fan, a Transformers fan, or an Action Force fan, there will be a LOT to love about this upcoming convention.  Great guests include Larry Hama, Robert Atkins, Simon Furman, Andrew Wildman, and many, many others!  Robert Atkins will be doing an exclusive Action Force print, and there will even be some very nice convention exclusive toys available.

This is a show you do not want to miss.  What’s on Joe Mind will be representing at the show, thanks to Gary, but even those of us who are stuck in the US for Visa or parole related reasons (I’m looking at you, Chuck) have a lot to look forward to.  For all of the nitty gritty details, keep hitting up All The Cool Stuff which will provide any and all updates leading to the March Convention.  You can also click the Read the Rest of the Story link below for more convention details.

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G.I. Joe Operation: Red Retrieval reloads with commentary and deleted scenes!

As someone who has spoken one on one with director Mark Cheng, I can speak honestly about his enthusiasm and excitement for the G.I. Joe property and for this project specifically.  Funding this fan film purely with his own blood, sweat, and tears, he crafted a 25 minute film that bordered on professional in the effects department and the presentation was excellent.

Well, apparently Mr. Cheng wasn’t satisfied to just release the film online, he also has now released a special director’s commentary as well as some deleted scenes which didn’t make the final cut.

Check out G.I. Joe: Operation Red Retrieval again for the first time!  And please, keep up to date with this project and potential future projects at, and the Operation Red Retrieval Facebook page.  Yo Joe!

If you like what you see here, make sure you check out Mark Cheng (and Mack “Zartan” Kuhr) on Episode 32 of What’s on Joe Mind!

Adrianne Palicki talks G.I. Joe: Retaliation with MTV

The well of G.I. Joe: Retaliation news has been a bit dry over the past few weeks since the trailer, so undoubtedly I want to jump on every little tidbit I see.  The folks over at MTV had a chance to talk with Adrianne Palicki, who is playing Lady Jaye in the upcoming G.I. Joe motion picture sequel, and she seems pretty jazzed about being the middle of the G.I. Joe fracas.

Speaking about the G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer, Ms. Palicki says

“It was a pleasant surprise, because this is a reboot. It’s scary going into the shoes that have already been worn. We wanted to do something really unique and special. With such an amazing group of talented actors, you don’t want it to fall flat. How many people reached out, it’s unbelievable to hear the comments that they’re so excited, that the trailer is better than the first movie was. Just really cool reactions that you’re going, “OK, hopefully we don’t let you down.” I really don’t think we will. I think it’s going to be a really fun ride for everybody.”

Well, technically it’s not a reboot, but we’ll give her a pass on that one.  If anyone had any doubts about the enthusiasm and energy that Jon Chu brought to the table, Palicki puts those to rest as well:

“Jon Chu, he’s this genius. The thing that’s so special about him is that he might be the biggest G.I. Joe fan on the planet, so that really came in our favor. He’s young and interesting and full of ambition. We really did things that were super exciting and super scary, and I really feel everything’s going to come out really, really well.”

I’m very impressed with how the cast members appear to be handling this film.  For The Rise of Cobra, there seemed to be many allusions to a more “goofy” era of G.I. Joe, but I sense a bit more hard-edged and gritty realism here.  Much more of a traditional action film.  I think that’s a good place to be as we come in on the good side of six months from the film’s debut.

Check out these comments and many more over at  G.I. Joe: Retaliation hits US theaters June 29th, 2012.

GeneralsJoes Reviews Shout! Factory G.I. Joe Series 2 Season 1

Rejoice, G.I. Joe fans!  DiC has arrived!

Yes, the infamous DiC series of G.I. Joe animation is widely panned from a critical perspective, and doesn’t match up with the Sunbow stuff, but the fact remains those of us who are long time Joe fans have been without a reliable source of DiC animation ever since it debuted.  And yes, even though it has its share of quirks, there is some indelible charm with DiC’s offerings, even if it’s just smiling at all the 90’s characters who fans have rarely seen on their TV screens.

Well, Shout! Factory has now released Season 1 from the DiC era and it is marvelously goofy.  I’m not sure what’s better, watching Sandstorm knock over a rock mountain that takes out a Desert Scorpion, or later in that episode, watching Sandstorm again hang-gliding from the roof of a Cobra castle.

Yes, Sandstorm as in Dusty’s coyote.


Check out my review of the DiC Season 1 DVD set right here.  Priced very affordably at $19.99, it’s worth your time, goofy or not.


Five Page Previews for IDW Cobra Annual 2012, Snake Eyes 9, and RAH 174

Gonna be a big week for G.I. Joe titles from IDW!

We don’t have 1, not 2…but THREE 5-page previews for G.I. Joe related issues hitting Wednesday.  Included in this barrage is G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #174, Snake Eyes #9, and Cobra Annual 2012 featuring the history of the new Cobra Commander.  Excellent.

Click the Read the Rest of this Entry link below to check out the three previews.

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