With G.I. Joe, it takes a lot to make you go “woah”

So for a while I was talking up this fantastic gathering of fellow geek bloggers who had all joined together to form The League of Extraordinary Bloggers, with big thanks to Cool and Collected for headlining the whole thing.  Unfortunately the past few weeks have kind of been a whirlwind, especially with the Retaliation figure reveals, so I’d missed out on submitting my tale with the rest of the League.  I was a bit bummed, but once I saw this week’s topic, I just knew I had to contribute.

The topic of this week’s League mission is the following:

What media announcement had you throwing fist pumps and doing roundhouse kicks in the air? Did the final result live up to your dreams?”

Now, as usual, I’ve got a distinct G.I. Joe twist to this one.  Click the “Read the Rest of the Story” link below to check it out.

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Yetibrew releases modified HISS Tank canopy with clear windows

A short while ago I talked up Yetibrew Design’s awesome custom HISS Tank canopies that many collectors seemed eager to get in their hot little hands.  Well, Ian over at Yetibrew has been listening to some feedback, and invariably people were asking for an updated HISS canopy that the driver could see through!

Here it is!

The great thing about a small operation is that they take all customer feedback to heart, and Ian did a great job turning this item around so quickly.  Check out a small gallery of this new canopy below and hit up Yetibrew to grab yourselves some!  The full updated information is quoted below:

“Late last month I was approached by someone who wanted their canopy to have clear windows so I have created two options for collectors who would prefer to have windows instead of the armored look.  The first option pertains to the material choices available for the original canopies on Shapeways. Users can now select from several transparent and frosted materials that will allow users to paint around the windows to match color of their tanks.  The second option is a two part assembly where the windows are a separate piece which is ordered separately from the canopy frame.  As of yesterday, canopy frames are available for both the RAH and 25th Anniversary HISS tanks and the window insert is universal. “

Very cool.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson talks Roadblock with IGN

Big thanks to GeneralsJoes Twitter followers LtHowlett and Skot who both pretty much simultaneously let me know that IGN has posted a great video of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson hyping up Roadblock in G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

It doesn’t reveal a whole lot of new information, but it certainly showcases The Rock’s personality and his enthusiasm when tackling this character.  He speaks a bit about Roadblock’s “bond” with Snake Eyes, the “gun Kata” fighting style, and how the character remains skilled in the culinary arts and enjoys quoting a little poetry.

I will say it’s interesting how The Rock talks about Roadblock evolving into a “leader”, almost looking like he’s saying something he shouldn’t…  does this confirm Duke’s exit from the film mythology?  We’ll see in a few short months!

Check out IGN.com for the video, or hit it up embedded below!