Just an FYI about recent Credit Card issues and Fun Publications

I am posting this merely as an advisory, so please don’t take it as a strict word of warning.  Over the past few weeks, several folks who have made purchases through the Transformers Collectors’ Club have had some security issues with their credit cards following the purchases.  In some cases, these purchases were recent, in other cases they went back a little while.

To this point, these issues had not impacted the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club side of the house, until recently.  We have heard from a smattering of individuals that they have noticed mysterious charges on their credit cards, from many of the same shady vendors as folks are seeing on the Transformers side of the house.

At this point it is unknown what the source of these issues are.  I do not post this to incite panic, but just to remind everyone to keep a careful watch on your credit card statements at all times and be very vigilant with any purchases that are made online.  I think folks in the G.I. Joe community should be aware of these issues and just pay some extra attention to your statements.

At least one GeneralsJoes reader has written in with almost $600 in unauthorized charges.  While the credit card companies are generally able to assist with these issues, it’s up to you to be diligent in checking your statements and reporting issues to the proper individuals.

To read the Transformers Collectors’ Club statement on the matter, click here.

RUMOR ALERT – G.I. Joe: Renegades follow up in the works?

Put this firmly in the rumor mill category at the moment, but as we’ve been discussing throughout the day, Rich from ARealAmericanHero.com is reporting that a “very trusted source” has confided to him that a follow up for the G.I. Joe: Renegades animated series is currently in the works.

The full text of the article is below:

“Great news Renegades fans! We’ve received word from a trusted source that a follow-up to the Hub’s G.I. Joe: Renegades animated series is in the works. While we can’t confirm if the season/series is in preliminary discussions or in development, we can verify aspirations to establish the new season/series as a continuation to the first season of Renegades and the plan to continue using Clément Sauvé’s animation style. Despite some reports that Renegades underperformed, our source (who our twitter friend @twitzilleris jokingly referring to as Deep-Six Throat) says Renegades actually did quite well.

Coincidentally, we see some possible similarities with the transitions of Renegades and the second season of the A Real American Hero animated series. If you recall, the first season of A Real American Hero centered around Duke and Scarlet as the lead characters, while season two shifted focus bringing Flint and Lady Jaye to the forefront. Could this changing of the guard be reprised 30 years later? While it’s only a hypothetical scenario, it is an interesting possibility since Hasbro claims to have putRenegades on hiatus to explore ways to continue the G.I. Joe: Retaliation story through animation. We’ll have more information as it becomes available.”

As I said, this must be considered very deep in rumor territory, but I do know from various conversations I’ve had with cast members that ratings were indeed very good and the feeling among folks at The Hub was that the series was a raging success.  News of its cancellation (which came to most folks before the series had even aired) was a great shock, and knowing the solid foundation they had in place, this news does not necessarily surprise me.

Normally I wouldn’t post something like this that was in such rumor territory, but I do trust Rich, and based on my own personal conversations with some folks involved in the series, it’s quite possible this is back on the table.

Granted, if the first steps are just being taken now, we likely won’t have any kind of product until 2013 at the earliest, but it’s nice to know that there might be the beginnings of something here.  Let’s all cross our fingers.  Thanks to Rich from ARealAmericanHero.com for relaying this intel.  That is, of course, if this rumor pans out.  Time will tell.

DJ Cotrona and Adrianne Palicki profess love for girls toys in Moviefone interview

Another day, another great interview from Mike Ryan of the Huffington Post (which is then posted on Moviefone, who is owned by AOL…  uhhh..  I give up).

Corporate weirdness aside, Mike Ryan has not been ashamed of his nerdy backgrounds throughout Toy Fair weekend, which is great for us, because I think he’s managed to get the best interviews of G.I. Joe: Retaliation cast and crew.

Unfortunately this interview apparently “wraps up” the Toy Fair coverage, but it’s another great one, as DJ Cotrona admits his feelings for the initial Rise of Cobra film, and name drops Larry Hama.

Adrianne Palicki is apparently more familiar with Jem and the Holograms than she is with Lady Jaye, but she’s a girl, we’ll let that slide.  Meanwhile, you have to check out the latest interview right here, it’s another good one, and even without any real break through information, it immediately makes me once again feel good about the direction of this film and how the stars feel about it.

Check it out here.

How much will Cobra Commander be “reinvented” in G.I. Joe: Retaliation?

That’s been a bone of contention among fans for quite a while now…just how threatening IS Cobra Commander?  If you can get past his numerous bodyguards, mercenaries, ninjas, and leather clad females, is he ripe for the taking?  So far, the answer has really been “yes”.  Sure, he had his trusty battle armor in 1987, but you figure anyone who needs layers of titanium and kevlar to fight back just might be a bit of a wuss.

Well, that may not be the case in G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  Cobra Commander just might be a mastermind, and a powerhouse.  MTV spoke with Dwyane “The Rock” Johnson, who referenced “Cobra” a few times during the interview.  Of course, it’s uncertain whether he was talking about Cobra Commander specifically, or more likely Cobra themselves as a whole.  Check out that interview here, or embedded below.

Along with The Rock, MTV also interviewed Jon Chu, who had several things to say about reinventing Cobra Commander.  It sounds like the production team behind the G.I. Joe sequel certainly understands the importance of a well done Cobra Commander to the franchise and chose to essentially rebuild the character from scratch.  It certainly sounds like they’ve got some interesting ideas with his voice, too..  check it out right here, or embedded below.

G.I. Joe: Renegades rumors are swirling… help uncover the mystery!

So I’ve been an unabashed fan of G.I. Joe: Renegades since day one, and my love affair with it continues on now.  I own every episode in HD through iTunes and watch them regularly.  The story, plot, and character development was awesome, and the character design, which was a sore spot early in the show’s creation, really started to come along as Season 1 drew to a close.

Since I have such a love affair for the property, my interest was obviously tweaked by a Tweet from Rich of ARealAmericanHero.com earlier today.  He reported that he had some big news about a potential G.I. Joe: Renegades event, but had to clear it with some folks first.

I’ve known Rich for a while now, and I met him face-to-face finally at Toy Fair this past weekend, and knowing him like I do, when he says he has news, and he says he has a source, I believe him.  So, I really think there is some validity to this rumor, or I wouldn’t be talking about it here.

Rich now has clearance to talk about it…but he wants to put us through the ringer first.  ;)

Rich has put out the challenge…if his Facebook page can get 100 likes, he will reveal this mysterious G.I. Joe: Renegades related rumor.  Folks, this shouldn’t be hard.  His site his great, the Facebook page is great, every Joe fan should be all over it anyway, and he’s already got 92 likes for crying out loud.  Let’s step up, let’s like his page (which is awesome anyway) so we can hear what’s possibly next for G.I. Joe: Renegades.

Not only that, but he’s also got some great images and coverage of his Toy Fair visit, too.  So, hit Facebook, click “Like”, check out his Toy Fair pics, and hopefully in just a short while we’ll have some G.I. Joe: Renegades rumors to drool over.

Hit it up!

G.I. Joe: Retaliation French trailer hits the web without subtitles

This has come out online as a “new” G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer, and technically it is…but it appears to be pretty much the same as the French trailer we saw a little while ago, just without the pesky subtitles, and in a bit better quality.

You can find it on MSN, or embedded below.

Video: G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation – Trailer 2