The Cobra Special Forces are spreading…

So after the bombshell that was the G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer last week, viewers were directed to CobraSpecialForces.com where you could take tests to determine where you ranked with the Cobra Special Forces.  There was also an opportunity to visit the Cobra Special Forces Facebook page.

Well, no landmark events have happened yet in regards to that, but a few images have cropped up, looking to be screen shots from the G.I. Joe: Retaliation motion picture.  Check out the mirrored images below, and make sure you hit up Cobra Special Forces to find out where you rank!

Amazon adds official images of upcoming G.I. Joe 4-Packs

Of course they had to wait until the Renegades set sold out, but hey, better late than never, right?  We now have official images of the upcoming G.I. Joe: Renegades and G.I. Joe: Retaliation 4-Packs, and man, that Renegades set is blowing me away.  That almost looks like all new tooling.

Craaaazy.  Take a look at the images below, and don’t forget to order!  Amazingly, the G.I. Joe: Renegades set is SOLD OUT currently.  This is awesome news and tells me that there is still a consumer audience out there for Renegades.  Fantastic.  Now that I see official images, I’m even more excited to get this set in hand.

I’m actually surprising myself here, too, and I’m coming around to that G.I. Joe: Retaliation 4-Pack.  It’s the small things like the movie accurate file cards, the webgear for Snake Eyes, and the better colored machine gun as well.  Cobra Commander is looking sharp in black, too.  ARGH.  Links for ordering are below.  Keep checking back for the Renegades set, I love that it’s already sold out!

Amazon.com Sneak Preview and Renegades 4-Packs are IN STOCK.

Happy Monday!

As I sit here Monday morning preparing to do some catch up posts I see that Amazon.com now has the G.I. Joe: Retaliation Sneak Preview 4-Pack and the G.I. Joe: Renegades 4-Pack in stock and ready to ship.

I will admit, though, the $40 price tag took me by surprise.  I’d think a benefit to buying a 4 pack is that maybe it would be cheaper than buying the 4 figures individually…  but not so much. That being said, I am ALL OVER that Renegades pack.  Click the links below to order ’em up!

I’m hoping these sell well and convince Amazon to continue doing stuff like this in the future.

Adding insult to injury – the origins of the G.I. Joe: Retaliation Swamp-Viper

As usual, notpicard has got a great eye for parts, unused or otherwise.  I posted images of the Fang Boat w/ Swamp-Viper last night, and today, notpicard left a comment referencing some old unused “Clutch” tooling.

It was a story that I posted some time ago, pointing back to the Facebook page of Matt Brouillard, who is apparently a freelance sculptor who did some work for Hasbro, including an incredibly awesome looking “Clutch” (a name Mr. Brouillard used).  This Clutch looked pretty futuristic, yet had a ton of amazing detail throughout…and guess what?

Yeah, that’s Swamp-Viper.  Only the figure looks considerably different once it’s tooled up with reduced detail and articulation.  There’s absolutely no doubt that the Clutch sculpt was the foundation of this figure, yet it’s downright depressing to see how much detail and design is lost through the articulation changes.  Ugh.  It’s not just missing joints, the entire figure just doesn’t look as sharp or as cool.  Check out the comparison image below:

Obviously the armor design and overall uniform design is the same, though there are some missing pouches around the waist, and with the t-crotch added, you loose the detail in the upper legs as well.  Some of the sculpting work on the gloves is not the same either, and overall, things just look a bit softer and less crisp.  It still looks like a very impressive design, but by reducing the articulation, the figure itself suffers in almost every way.

A real shame.  Again, big thanks and kudos to notpicard for picking up on this instantly.  He’s got a great eye.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation Pre-Orders are LIVE!

We all knew the day was coming… April 28th was the official explosion of G.I. Joe: Retaliation pre-orders for e-Tailers.  Turns out  many e-tailers did not waste any time!  Pre-Orders have gone live across the web.

Check out the various links below to pre-order now!

Big Bad Toy Store

Past Generation Toys

In hand images for G.I. Joe: Retaliation Fang Boat and Ninja 4 x 4

Kudos to gijoefrank from The Terror Drome, who has posted some very cool pictures of the upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation vehicles, the Fangboat w/ Swamp-Viper and the Ninja Commando 4 x 4 w/ Snake Eyes.

This is our first look at the overall design for the Swamp-Viper figure, and the lack of articulation becomes an even bigger, more crushing disappointment as the figure design is very nice.  I love the helmet, I love the uniform design…it looks really, really cool, and would be a selling point for this vehicle alone if he had normal articulation.

As it is, I’ll probably skip the Fang Boat entirely as I don’t especially need yet another Water Moccasin, and I have no need for this figure as it stands.  We’ll see.

You can check out the Fang Boat thread right here, and the Ninja Commando thread here.  I’ve mirrored a handful of images below, but you should check out the threads for even more images.

Even more press images and posters for G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Big thanks to The Terror Drome for digging up a nice wealth of press images and the character posters without that distracting text from Stark Industries!  I’ve gone ahead and mirrored them all below, and I’m loving them.  The character posters are especially cool without the text on the top of them.

Check out the gallery below, and again thanks to The Terror Drome for locating these.

New Korean “one sheet” poster with Lee Byung-Hun for G.I. Joe: Retaliation

We’ve seen most of the character-themed posters for the United States at this point, but with Lee Byung-Hun such a popular actor over in Korea, it only made sense for him to get a poster that focused on him for that region.

This actually brings up a really good point, in my opinion, with the casting of G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  You’ve got Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to appeal to the young movie goers… you’ve got Bruce Willis drawing in the older action movie fans.  And you’ve got Lee Byung-Hun who continues his rampage of popularity in Korea.  That’s a lot of big audiences that this cast is capturing.  Pretty smart moves from a marketing stand point.

Good old stand by Stark Industries came up with the image, you can check it out below.

This poster goes along with a previously released poster, too, originally revealed right here on GeneralsJoes:

Machinima interviews the cast of G.I. Joe: Retaliation

I should have known the news wouldn’t stop just because I was finishing a seminar in Kansas City and flying back home…  got some catch up posts to do tonight, so expect a mini barrage of catch up.

In celebration of the trailer’s launch Machinima sat down and spoke with the cast (and director) of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and interjected plenty of humorous outtakes as well.

Jon Chu does explain why there is no video game planned, and we learn all about DJ Cotrona’s hot crotch.  If that’s not a “must watch” I don’t know what is.

Check out the embedded video below.

G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals Brekhov from 2012 Con Set!

Wow!  I will admit I did not see this one coming, but I think they made a great choice!  Using what mostly looks like Rise of Cobra Destro parts, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has captured a great likeness of Colonel Brekhov, leader of the Oktober Guard!

Check it out at GIJoeCon.com or just take a peek at the mirrored image below.