More evidence of G.I. Joe: Retaliation figures hitting retail

Now, it’s all focused on a single retail outlet, Meijer’s, and all sightings seem to be in the Indiana and Kentucky areas, but we’ve got some more evidence of figures being found in the wild.

First and foremost, long time friend of GeneralsJoes and one of the admins of JoeBattleLines, Scott “MadMac” found a Wave 1 Roadblock and was kind enough to take some pictures.  He also took some initiative and swapped out Roadblock’s hands with the 7-Pack Red Dog.  The results are quite nice!  Check out the images below.

Also, fellow co-host of the What’s on Joe Mind podcast Gary discovered them at his local Meijer’s as well…so guess we’ll have some good stuff to talk about next week!  Check out the image for proof below.

Those of you with local Meijer’s stores, gas up those cars and get driving!  I’ll just sit back with my bears and wait for those pesky e-tailers.

Mike Costa reassures G.I. Joe fans – He’s not going anywhere

Since yesterday the G.I. Joe fandom has been buzzing about the rumor that IDW is “streamlining” their G.I. Joe comic releases, and one Twitter use ComixAce even mentioned the fact that they would be trimming down to a single title.

Obviously lots of concern was immediately voiced, specifically about G.I. Joe: Cobra, which many fans consider the best of the current running comics, to say nothing about its ties to G.I. Joe.  Cobra writer Mike Costa has evidently heard the concern, and voiced some reassurances via his Twitter page:

“Everyone’s concern has really been a huge compliment to me, but I want to assuage your fears: I am not leaving the Joe franchise”

What does this mean in the grand scheme of things?  Seems pretty unlikely that the Cobra title would remain the only G.I. Joe themed comic that IDW does, so my first guess is that this issue has been somewhat overblown.

While there is no doubt that some streamlining is likely taking place, my guess is that it’s not as serious as some folks are making it out to be.  Time will tell, and hopefully we’ll get some sort of formal announcement at C2E2.

UPDATE – Thanks to Troynos from the ComixVerse who reached out to John Barber and got even better clarification about IDW’s statements.  Check them out here, and also quoted below.

“I think Dirk (Wood, IDW’s VP Of Marketing) was actually talking in vaguer terms than any concrete plan; the basic gist is that we’re aware that (in general terms) there are a lot of groups of titles from a lot of publishers where there are a LOT of titles (like Avengers or X-Men or whatever). We’re aware of overburdening the market with a lot of anything–Joe, Turtles, X-Men, anything, no matter how popular–can have an overall negative effect on sales. Plus, I’ve got to admit that the GI JOE trade paperback numbering and the several-times renumbering of series like Cobra over the years is pretty confusing… and we’re trying to not be confusing going forward. What exactly that means, we’re not sure (other than I don’t want to have a GI JOE: COBRA: COBRA CIVIL WAR: VOL 2 and a GI JOE: COBRA CIVIL WAR: VOL 2 book and have them be different books…). But it’s not really any paring back on anything. It was more about assuring retailers we’re not going to flood the market with confusing material. We had a month or two with the movie-tie-in series plus some specials where there was a TON of Joe comics out the same month; we’ll try to spread the wealth more over a longer period of time.

So there’s still going to be plenty of GI Joe; D&D has never had more than one ongoing and a limited series; Magic’s never been more than one series at a time.”

Big props to Troy for reaching out and getting clarification.  Glad to hear this was misinterpreted.

The Evolution of a Toy Room – Part One

Starting today I’m going to be doing a little feature documenting the construction of my new toy room that’s happening along with the construction of my new house, scheduled to be complete this June.

Some posts will be more about my own history, some posts will just be a look at some images.

I’m not sure exactly where I’m going with this, but I figured I’d take this opportunity to try and do something interesting and document the process of my toy room coming together.  Take it or leave it.  Check out Part 1 after the jump.

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New G.I. Joe: Retaliation image shows a little Flint vs. Ninja action

This latest image from G.I. Joe: Retaliation comes courtesy of StarkIndustries.ru, which is apparently a Russian film site, but I’ll be damned if I know where they got it from.  I know with the last series of Retaliation press images, a Russian site was ahead of the American press by a day or two for whatever reason.

The awesome looking image features G.I. Joe member Flint (D.J. Cotrona) facing off against the infamous Cobra Ninja Storm Shadow (Byung Hun Lee).  It’s a pretty neat image and shows us that from all appearances, Storm Shadow will look very similar to his Rise of Cobra appearance in his leather trenchcoat.  Check out the mirrored image below.

Big thanks to NFC JD for the heads up!

Potential variant or running change G.I. Joe: Retaliation Cobra Commander?

Thanks to GeneralsJoes Twitter buddy Twitziller who reports that a strange version of the G.I. Joe: Retaliation Cobra Commander has emerged on eBay.  This particular figure is in various shades of black instead of blue, but otherwise appears to be the same figure as the single packed version.

This could lead to some hypothesis that there are other G.I. Joe: Retaliation figures that we have yet to see…perhaps this is part of some store exclusive set or later release this year?  Check out the eBay auction here, and the mirrored image is below.

Have G.I. Joe: Retaliation figures hit retail?!?

According to HissTank.com poster seanbratton they have!

The poster reports in this thread that a local Meijer store in Fort Wayne, Indiana has G.I. Joe: Retaliation figures in stock!  He has even posted images of the figures as evidence, which are mirrored below.

Let the hunt BEGIN!!

G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club Membership Figures are IN THE MAIL!!

Well isn’t this a fine Friday morning surprise?

An email received from the G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals that they have started shipping their membership exclusive figures for 2012!  For us 3 3/4″ Real American Hero fans, that means Footloose should be in hand within the next few weeks!  Woo hoo!

The letter also provides some instructions for renewing memberships within the new Club online store system.  Check out the full email below!

Here are the latest updates from the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club:

SURPRISE! This week we started mailing the FREE membership figures for 2012!  We were able to get these manufactured much earlier this year, so off they go to you!  It will take several weeks for them to reach all of the membership, so please be patient.  If you don’t receive your figure by the end of May, please let us know.

In your April issue of the Club Magazine, you will find a letter that offers:  credit card fraud counseling; instructions on how to place a credit alert on your accounts; and a free one-year subscription to a Credit Monitoring and Identity Theft Recovery Service that we have purchased on your behalf.

If you have received any evidence of fraud on your credit cards, please call and make a report with the 800 number listed in the letter for the recovery services.

If you desire to take advantage of the Credit Monitoring and Identity Theft Recovery Service, your letter contains an individually assigned certificate number that will allow you to activate the service.  Do not share this certificate number with anyone as it is a one-time use certificate.  In addition, you will need to activate your service by June 15, 2012.  This service will last for 12 months once you activate it.  Again, we apologize for any issues this problem has caused our membership.

Please note that your Club Magazine will be approximately 2 weeks later than normal as we wanted to give you time to check your mailing addresses in the new Club Store before we used it for the first mailing.  You should receive your issue by May 4th. Please contact us after that date if you have not received your magazine.

Next week we will have the memberships back in the store.  If you need to renew, all you have to do is put a credit card on file before your billing date (see My Account when you log in).  The system will bill your renewal on that date.  If you expire, you will need to go to the store, select the membership of your choice and check out.  Then you will start again with the next mailing.

Finally, we are still working on getting all of our software and process back to normal.  We hope to have registration available for G.I. Joe Con soon.  We will send out an email when this is online.

Thanks for your support!

Brian

RUMOR ALERT – Early screening of G.I. Joe: Retaliation yields potential review?

Okay, take this with a watermelon-sized grain of salt…  but movie site Nuke The Fridge has received a message from someone who reports that they saw an early screening of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and they provided a very positive early review of the film.

This review involves a few spoilers, so I will post the review itself after the jump.

As for the validity of this?  Well, normally I wouldn’t put much stock in it, especially considering the fact that the “spoilers” the reviewer reveals are mostly things that could be ascertained from the trailers, and if they’re not, they good just be their own hypothesis based on what we know so far.  But combine this report with the rumors that two endings are being screened and it gets just a bit more credible.

Then there’s John Chu’s mysterious Tweet that came through over night as this news was breaking.  Yes, it’s practically nothing, but he posted a Tweet that simply said “Soooo0….”.  On it’s own, this is totally innocuous, but combined with all of these early screening rumors…I don’t know.  Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but seems like there could be some meat there.

Now there are also some reasons to be very dubious of this.  Even though the news is just “getting out there” now, this review was posted on Nuke The Fridge on April 6th.  Jon Chu has Tweeted on April 11th that he is still “making important editing decisions” and he Tweeted on April 10th that he was working with Jackman on the score.  So obviously the film isn’t yet in a finished state.  I know these early screenings are often done with unfinished films, so perhaps that is meaningless, but something to think about at any rate.

Of course it could also be that Chu is making some changes based on reactions they got at the screening…anyway, take it all for what it’s worth, and check out the review text itself after the jump.

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