Put the kids to bed – uncensored Kevin Michael Richardson interview posted!

A short while ago, myself and my compatriots with the What’s on Joe Mind podcast had the unquestionable pleasure to sit down and interview Kevin Michael Richardson.  Fans of animation know this fellow’s work very well.  His recent role as Roadblock in G.I. Joe: Renegades is of course what brought him to our podcast, but he currently provides voices for Panthro in Thundercats, Bulkhead in Transformers: Prime, Kilowog in Green Lantern, as well as Cleveland Jr. on the Cleveland Show.  This guy is literally in everything.

As usual when we talk to folks in the industry, we don’t always know what to expect…  but I can say without hesitation that Mr. Richardson was one of the funniest and nicest guys we’ve ever had a chance to speak with, and we’ve spoken to a lot of folks over the past year.

But he also has the mouth of a sailor!  We loved it, and had an absolute blast during the interview, but feel it necessary to warn those with sensitive ears that he’s not afraid to drop some bombs.  We will be posting a more family friendly edited version along with episode 48 very shortly, but this guy was so hilarious that we just had to get an unedited version of the interview up, too, because we knew many fans would love it.  So, big props to Gary for getting this posted on a Friday afternoon, and without further hesitation, hit up our Facebook Page or click the link below to have a listen.  We guarantee you don’t want to miss this one!

In hand images of G.I. Joe Trooper from G.I. Joe: Retaliation

We’ve seen scattered pictures on eBay, and of course from Toy Fair itself, but overseas message board ACToys has posted what appear to be the first in hand pictures of a release-ready G.I. Joe Trooper.  At least assumption is this is a release ready figure.  The images also have pictures of the packaging as well as the figure itself.

Of note is the fact that there isn’t a filecard on the package, which I did mention in Toy Fair reporting…but this fact caused Kevin to go into a wild nerd rage spasm during our last What’s on Joe Mind recording.  A moment to look forward to for sure.

For now, though, simply revel in the images of the G.I. Joe Trooper, which actually make the figure look really nice.  Instead of the cloth blue cape that we saw before (which was confusing everyone as to its purpose), this version of the Trooper has a plastic molded cape closer in color to the figure itself, which frankly makes a big difference.  That blue looked pretty out of place.  Now I’m not a massive fan of the idea of G.I. Joe Troop builders, but I’ll be damned if this isn’t a pretty nice looking figure.  Also of note, he has double-jointed knees and appears to have those glorious rocker ankles, too.  Excellent.

Check out the images at ACToys, and also mirrored below.

Thanks to HissTank.com for the heads up!

G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club April Newsletter Sneak Preview!

With both the March and April newsletters running behind schedule, the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club has posted a terrific sneak preview of their upcoming April issue on GIJoeClub.com!

I’ve gone on record saying that the newsletter has been hugely improved as of late, mostly pointing to the excellent comic contained within, featuring very cool cameos by many familiar GIJCC universe characters.  Looks like this continues on in April, where we see a great preview page of the comic featuring Nano-BAT, Footloose, Jammer, Gaucho, Quarrel, and Sparta!  An awesome selection of GIJCC themed designs, and I love seeing them in comic book form.  This is pretty much what I envisioned when I produced the dio comics for the newsletter a few years ago, but unfortunately my own schedule prevented me from continuing past 3 story arcs.  I commend the folks doing this comic for doing some great work here.

Check out the sneak preview on GIJoeClub.com!

Past Generation Toys Sponsorship Update – 03/29/2012

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DC Direct  Batman preOrders

We just listed the new statues and busts for the new Batman Dark Knight Rises Movie.  Busts and statues are coming for Batman, Catwoman, and Bane!  Also listed are the Killer Croc and Mr. Freeze Arkham City Deluxe Action Figures!

Star Wars Vintage Collection Action Figure preOrders

We have Darth Vader, Darth Malgus, Anakin Skywalker, Dr. Evazan Cornelius, Kithaba, 501st Clone Trooper, Luke Skywlaker Hoth Gear and Imperial Navy Commander

Star Wars Clone Wars Action Figure preOrders

Recently posted Republic Commando Boss, Super Battle Droid, Obi-Wan (Season 4), Ahoska Tano Scuba Gear and the new Class II Attack Vehicles

Star Wars Saga Legeds Action Figure preOrders

Two new figures coming in May; Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot and ESB Darth Vader

Marvel Universe Comic Book 2 Pack preOrders

Silver Centurion Iron Man and Mandarin Marvel Universe Comic Book Action Figure 2-Pack

Colossus and Juggernaut Warlock Marvel Universe Comic Book Action Figure 2 Pack

Wolverine and Hulk Marvel Universe Comic Book Action Figure 2 Pack

Transformers Bot Shots, Cyberverse Commander, Prime Deluxe and Voyager preOrders

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Guest Review – Sideshow Collectibles 12″ Rock N Roll

Big props to GeneralsJoes Twitter friend Chad Lawless who has come through in a big way and sent along a very thorough review of the recently released Sideshow Collectibles 12″ Rock N Roll.  Featuring a set of new muscular arms, some fantastic accessories, and a great design, Rock N Roll is a terrific addition to the Sideshow Collectibles’ G.I. Joe team.

Check out the link below to see this great guest review, and  follow Chad Lawless on Twitter for more G.I. Joe insight as it happens.

Guest Article from Twitziller – Fewer Poses May Require Hand Support

When I saw GeneralsJoes friend Twitziller post about an experiment using specialized magnets to post and display his G.I. Joe figures, I knew immediately that I wanted to showcase this information on GeneralsJoes.

An ingenious idea, and I’m very happy that he has taken the time to write this guest article for the site.  Big thanks to Twitziller, if you don’t already follow him on Twitter, you definitely should, he’s funny and he supplies some great G.I. Joe conversation.  Check this great article out below.

Fewer Poses May Require Hand Support

Stand by Me

G.I. Joe fan loves to display their figures and, since 1983, we’ve been able to do so with the assistance of Hasbro’s display stands. First available in the Battle Gear Accessory Packs of the 1980s ARAH line, the first stand was a simple rounded rectangle of plastic featuring one peg that fit tightly into the peg hole in the heel of almost every figure. This stand then became a standard accessory for single-packed figures from the early 1990s through the early 2000s, before being retired during the “New-Sculpt Era”…

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Latest Sponsorship news from Big Bad Toy Store

The latest newsletter from GeneralsJoes sponsor Big Bad Toy Store has arrived, and you can check it out after the jump.  For G.I. Joe fans there are a couple interesting items in this particular newsletter…for customizers especially you may want to check out the “Blank Alpha” 3.75″ template figure, which looks like a great base for customs:

  • BLANX ALPHA 3.75″ CUSTOMIZING BUCK 
    Go Native’s first release is the introduction of a new line of 3.75″ customizable figures. This blank body is cast in gray with flesh-tone and gray parts, like three pairs of hands and two different heads. We have these figures listed at $8.99 each, or $189.99 for a case of 24, saving you $26.
Again, check the rest of the newsletter after the jump.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews IDW’s Snake Eyes #11

As Cobra Command has surged along at a high rate of speed, I’m struggling a little bit to keep up, but trying my best!  Cobra #11 was released today featuring the conclusion to Cobra Command, but I figured I can’t very well tackle a review of that one until I get last week’s installment off the table.

I’ve found myself surprisingly happy with the unfolding events in Nanzhao, even as some things that I’m normally not a huge fan of transpire around it.  I was a bit discouraged to see the super human B.A.T.s become such a major component, though they were pretty quickly wiped off the map with the detonation of the nuclear device.

Speaking of which… click the read the rest of the story link for the full review.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: Retaliation #3

Call me an addict if you want, but dammit I need my G.I. Joe: Retaliation fix!!  It seemed for a while there like we were getting some stuff from G.I. Joe: Retaliation on a weekly basis, but it’s dropped off somewhat (beyond the press photos).  My hunger for Retaliation news pretty much forced me to jump on and immediately consume issue #3 of the G.I. Joe: Retaliation movie prequel by John Warden, Salvadore Navarro, and Atilio Rojo…I’m really glad I did.

No mere movie adaptation here, Barber has elected to travel backwards in time a little bit and tell us some real origins of some of the Retaliation crew.  Click the read the rest of the story link below for the full review.

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Fun Publications Security Update

A little late in posting this, but the following email came through last night:

“Here is the latest update on the credit card security investigation.

The firm we have hired to analyze our former ecommerce server and software has preliminarily determined that we did incur a SQL injection code attack sometime before Christmas. Our ISP did have a commercial product installed that was supposed to defeat these types of attacks, but apparently it failed.

This allowed the hackers access to our order information. While it is still unknown exactly what data they were able to harvest (investigation continues) we need to assume that they were able to extract all of our order information. The security firm thinks that this attack has allowed the hackers to come back periodically and harvest more information. However, once the old server was taken out of service (around February 21st) there was nothing left for them to access.

Once this information was stolen, (no matter if it was back before Christmas) there is no time frame as to when the thieves may sell or try to use the information to purport credit card theft.

What does this mean to me?

We are asking again that anyone who has used a credit card in our old online systems in the past year (NOT THE NEW STORE) to get your card replaced immediately. If you have done this already, there is no action required on your part.

We apologize for the inconvenience, we know this whole thing is a pain, but it is better to replace the cards than have to deal with any issues that may result from this theft of data. Even though the amount of fraud has greatly declined, we are still receiving a customer report every few days of someone else (who hasn’t replaced their cards) getting hit. We strongly encourage you to take this step immediately if you have not done so already. Again, this DOES NOT pertain to any cards that have been used in the new store.

What is the plan?

We are still working on all of the issues and are several weeks away from a final resolution. Our new store is currently offline while we complete the entries and audit the data from the renewals we received last week. Just to reiterate, this new store is a totally different piece of software, at a totally different hosting site. There are hundreds of other retailers using this same software as it is hosted by the software creators.

We hope to have the store online and registration system back online sometime next week. When the store comes back online, we will be adding products slowly so it will take some time to have everything back in the store.

Thank you for your patience and support during this trying issue.

Brian”

Speaking as someone with an IT background and as the security officer for an agency that must comply with HIPAA security regulations, I’m pretty discouraged that it was a SQL injection account that was able to generate all of this hassle.  That’s a pretty baseline hacking tool that is fairly easily defended against, so if the fault lies with their ISP, I dearly hope Fun Publications is taking them to task over this.

The good news is, the audit is complete and hopefully things will get rolling on the new site soon.  Looking forward to moving on and getting ready for JoeCon and the FSS!