In a perfect world… the opening sequence to the next G.I. Joe film

Yes, yes, I know…the temporary body of G.I. Joe: Retaliation isn’t even cold yet, and already we’re looking ahead.  Or at least I’m looking ahead.

I will admit right off the bat that I quite often roll my eyes at fans who declare basic military movies to be the “perfect G.I. Joe film”.  To me, G.I. Joe is about so much more than simple military action.  There is so much more to it than Squad A infiltrates building and kills evil terrorists.  There is a certain spirit, and a certain je ne sais quoi that it seems many people can’t grasp (especially based on what we’re seeing and hearing from Hollywood).

So it’s pretty rare that I’ll see a film or TV show that is wholly unrelated to G.I. Joe and think that it would be perfectly suited to represent the brand that I’ve known and loved for 30 years.

Consider this that rare moment.

Below I have embedded an Official Ghost Recon: Alpha “mini movie” that is apparently an official production of UbiSoft.  No, there are no G.I. Joe characters within, but in my opinion, this is as close to a perfect “G.I. Joe” film sequence as I have ever seen.  Make the uniforms a bit more distinct and representative of certain characters…dress the evil terrorists in trademark Cobra blue, and inject a bit more character into each player…and this IS G.I. Joe.

The perfect blend of military action and future-tech.  Heavy on the firepower, heavy on the drama, but not overtly in your face violent.  It’s not often that I see an unrelated video and immediately think it would fit G.I. Joe, but this is one of those times.  I won’t spoil it for you, but there is even something that shows up 3/4 of the way through the film that almost seems like a too perfect Cobra weapon.  This has to be seen to be believed, but it’s not family friendly, so wait for the kids to hit the sack.  Big thanks to John Uy for bringing this to my attention.

Hey, Paramount, you watching this?  This is how it’s done.*

For more information on this and how this film leads into Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, check out this feature on G4.

*This is not to insinuate that G.I. Joe: Retaliation isn’t also “how it’s done”…haven’t seen it yet, so I can’t judge, but this 23 minute film blew my socks off. ;)

G.I. Joe Convention NON-ATTENDING Registration is now ONLINE!

While the folks who are attending the 2012 G.I. Joe Convention in New Orleans have been jumping up and down over the past few days, folks who are not able to attend (but still want the Convention boxed set) have been eagerly sitting on their hands waiting to register.

The wait is over.  The following email just came through from the G.I. Joe Collectors Club:

Hello all!

NON-ATTENDING Registration is now live.  

WE ARE LIMITING EVERYONE (per household/per member, duplicate accounts for the same person don’t count) TO ONE SET DURING THE FIRST 24 HOURS.  After that time period we will entertain potential second sets.  If you choose more than one set we may cancel your entire order.


Use the email link at in the menu on the left if you need to contact us. 

In addition, the attending sets left in stock are now reserved for people who have not ordered a set AND you will be limited to ONE.

Please take your time in the registration system to ensure you don’t make any mistakes. 

Go to and click on Registration.

See you in NOLA!


When you are registering, remember to enter the CAPTCHA information and then just press “Enter” to process through to the registration page.


More solid analysis about the G.I. Joe: Retaliation release date move

We’ve obviously been seeing a lot of talk online about the date move for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but most of it from the mainstream sites has just been a mention, and then moving on.  Patrick Goldstein from the LA Times’ “Big Picture” actually put out some very nice and detailed analysis of the move.

So far his opinions are coming pretty close to mirroring mine.  In fact, he thinks much the same way I do in that this isn’t just Battleship’s fault, you need to look further back to John Carter of Mars as well, in setting a precedent for failure that major studios are suddenly growing very skittish of.

Check out the post right here.  It’s a great read.

Love What’s on Joe Mind? Check out these other great podcasts!

So as we push on towards JoeCon, Gary and Mike are making their own promotional push…they’re appearing regularly on other podcasts to help promote JoeCon, and of course, talk up the What’s on Joe Mind podcast a little bit.

Here are some recent shows you can catch them on:

  • Open Your Toys Episode 73 – Join Slick McFavorite and Mrs. McFavorite as they talk to Mike and Gary on this great toy-themed podcast that has been a mainstay on my personal playlist for a while now.
  • Geek Cast Radio Network  JoeCon Special – Gary and Mike join Steve and Mike on GCRN to talk up JoeCon and get into all of your favorite geek topics.  A couple of very well established podcasting pro’s talking Joe, where can you go wrong?
  • Star Joes Episode 70 – Old podcast buddies Chuck and Ryan bring Mike and Gary on this episode, once again, to talk a little bit about JoeCon and the G.I. Joe hobby in general.  One of our favorite G.I. Joe themed podcasts out there, don’t miss this one!

More to come!  Enjoy.

Carded SDCC Jinx images posted online at The Toy Verse

The G.I. Joe: Retaliation film is delayed and the toys aisles are likely to be somewhat vacant this year as well…  but there is still some very cool stuff coming our way this year, and tops on that list are the SDCC Exclusive Jinx figures.

Troy from The Toy Verse managed to get his hands on these figures, and has posted an awesome gallery for them right here.  I’ve mirrored just a couple of the images below, but you should definitely check out The Toy Verse to take a peek at the full gallery.

What’s on Joe Mind Episode 56 is online now

Did you ever want to go back in time?  Back to the simpler times…  back to the times before we found out G.I. Joe: Retaliation was delayed for nine months?

Now you can!  Hot on the heels of the biggest G.I. Joe story in years, we give you Episode 56 of What’s on Joe Mind where we discuss none of it!  In our defense, we have valid reasons for that, considering we recorded it before the news hit.  Regardless, there were still plenty of great things to discuss this episode, as we bring on Gary “Gyre-Viper” Head from the JoeDeclassified SpecOps Podcast to talk a little bit about the JoeDeClassified project and what convention attendees might expect to see at the booth.

Arune Singh from Marvel Comics joins us as well as we continue our pushed towards JoeCon and G.I. Joe: Retaliation… err… crap.  As always, hit up our Podbean Page, or just check out the embedded player below.  Show Notes as usual are after the jump.



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GeneralsJoes Reviews Dollar Store Exclusive Cobra Commander, Trooper & Storm Shadow

The figures currently available at Dollar General stores nationwide are causing quite a stir in the community.  Hot demand combined with low quantities, and amplified by rumors of a recall (which I believe are totally false, for the record) has all jettisoned these figures towards the top of many fans’ want list.

But how are they really?  Once you look past the insane demand, how successfully are these as G.I. Joe figures?

GeneralsJoes gets to the bottom of it!  I’ve started with the bad guys first and will review the good guys tomorrow.

First, I do have to say I hope you all accept my apologies…I am still in mid-move, so as a result, my review station isn’t quite as optimal as it has been in reviews past.  I’m forced to use the Flash a lot more as I’m having trouble finding consistent lighting sources.  The result is that some images are washed out a little more than I would prefer.  Also, most of my figures are packed in storage, which has greatly limited my ability to do comparison shots.  I’m hoping once I’m settled at the beginning of July, I can straighten things out again and get my reviews back to the level you all expect, but I appreciate your patience until that happens.

Check out the first three reviews on my 30th Anniversary Review page, or linked below!

Advanced Preview of IDW’s Snake Eyes #13

This is the day!  Robert Atkins brings his talents back to the pages of IDW’s G.I. Joe universe with the 13th issue of Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow.  Apparently going back to their roots in a way, the book takes an apparent look back at the early days of the Arashikage sword brothers’ relationship.

Looks like a “must read” book for the IDW universe.  Check out the advanced preview below, and pick up the issue this week in comic stores everywhere!