G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Network television premier

USA is going to air the network television premier of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra February 4th at 8:00pm Eastern, and they’ve aired a television promo for the showing, which promptly made it to YouTube.

Interesting perspective!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0EhxocIL6k

Thanks to Phil from YoJoe for the info!

BBTS News: Marvel, DC, Bandai, Transformers, Statues & More

Hi – Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about new
arrivals and a bunch of great new preorders!

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NEW PREORDERS
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HOT TOYS MOVIE MASTERPIECE IRON MAN MARK I VERSION 2.0
Hot Toys’ new version of Tony Stark’s original armor comes complete with
the ragtag detailing seen in the movie, as well as the flamethrower with
flames Tony used to escape the terrorists.  This figure also includes
light-up parts, interchangeable hands, a working missile launcher a figure
base and even a raisable faceplate revealing Tony Stark’s head underneath.
We have this new figure listed at $199.99, saving you $20 off of the
MSRP.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=HOT10377&mode=retail

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Some great sneak preview pages from Real American Hero Annual

With big thanks to IDW Editor Chris Ryall’s “RyallTime Blog” for giving us a GREAT look at some upcoming art for not just the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Annual, but also the cover for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #177.

Going totally old school with artistic geniuses Ron Frenz, Sal Buscema, Ron Wagner, and Herb Trimpe, even these few pages are like an awesome walk down memory lane.  Such great retro art that really suits the G.I. Joe classic universe nicely.

Check out the Ryalltime Blog to see all of these great images, I’ve mirrored only a couple of them below.

Some tasty tidbits from What’s on Joe Mind interview of Jason Marsden

Folks who follow myself or the rest of the What’s on Joe Mind crew on Twitter discovered last night that we had a very cool guest during that recording.  We had a chance to speak with Jason Marsden, who is none other than Duke in G.I. Joe: Renegades!

To say this was a pleasure for me would be a drastic understatement, and as Gary deals with the editing process there were some neat details that I wanted to reveal to some folks, just because I think they’re cool talking points, and also because they add some interesting insight.

First and foremost, Jason Marsden actually found out that G.I. Joe: Renegades would be going on “hiatus” before the show even began airing.  This is pretty stunning to me, and is a perfect example of the mismanagement of this property on Hasbro’s part.  Mr. Marsden did confirm that the show was pulled in order to bring something more in line with the G.I. Joe: Retaliation film, and he actually sited Duke’s “removal” as a component of that.  Is this confirmation of Duke’s death in the film?  Not necessarily, but an interesting point of discussion.

Marsden also revealed that G.I. Joe: Renegades actually had terrific ratings and it was one of The Hub’s top rated shows during it’s run.  He suspects that they weren’t sure it would be so well-received, but by the time it began receiving critical and audience acclaim, the ship had sailed.  He believes there are still some very strong supporters of G.I. Joe: Renegades at The Hub who are fighting to bring it back in some form, but wasn’t sure where it stood currently, and he hadn’t heard anything specific about it.

One of the coolest things he did share with us was that he had read some early stuff about Season 2, and apparently Duke was going to go to “a pretty dark place”, and seemed to have a personal vendetta against Cobra Commander.  This sounds like an awesome twist, and only served to make me more depressed that we’ve seen all of what we’re likely to see from the series.

For the record, he was lukewarm on the treatment of Duke from Channing Tatum in the Rise of Cobra film, but he is extremely excited to see G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  He immediately recognized the ties to the Renegades series and can understand (to a degree) what motivated Hasbro to rethink things a bit.

All things told, it was a fantastic interview.  I loved every minute of recording it, and I think you guys will love listening to it.  It should be posted later this week, so keep your eyes peeled here and at our Podbean Page to listen to the entire interview in it’s 60 minute glory.  You won’t be disappointed.

More evidence that Channing Tatum has a smaller role in G.I. Joe: Retaliation

I’m going to start sounding like a broken record.  Through this blog and the What’s on Joe Mind podcast, I’ve been pretty adamant that Channing Tatum (and thus Duke) was going to likely have a smaller role in G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  With both Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Bruce Willis making a splash with the film sequel, it seemed like there would be less and less room for another headliner.

That seemed even further confirmed by Tatum’s desire for a full reboot.

Now, he has spoken with the folks at Crave Online, and while he doesn’t come out and reveal anything specifically, he maintains that he was absent for a lot of the New Orleans shooting, and didn’t really interact with folks like Elodie Young, Johnson, or Bruce Willis.  Actually, when asked about Elodie specifically, he says:

“She’s insanely beautiful in her movements, just elegant like I don’t even know. I wish I would’ve stayed to get to watch her fight though, do her scenes. She’s a very good athlete for sure.”

Which confirms my suspicions earlier that he wasn’t even in New Orleans for much of the shooting.  Crave also asked him about transitioning the “lead” to some other big name stars, and his response was that he was “…very, very happy with the arrangement for sure”.

What does that say to me?  Just further confirmation that Channing Tatum is definitely stepping away from the G.I. Joe motion picture franchise, and if the trailer is any indication, the character of Duke may be going with him.  Definitely something to watch.

Thanks to Crave Online and HissTank.com for the heads up.

 

GeneralsJoes Reviews IDW’s G.I. Joe: Cobra #9

Pretty much since day one, IDW’s Cobra title has been very unique among the other G.I. Joe titles.  It had a very distinct writing style and an even more unique art style, which immediately brought it out of the “high octane” action world and into a crime noir episodic world.

So what was going to happen when IDW brought Cobra into the more mainstream style?  Well, it loses some of its unique charm, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad issue.  Click the Read the Rest of this Entry link below for the details.

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