G.I. Joe Concept artists from Massive Black display their work

Originally found by an eagle eyed member of JoeDios.com, a website for concept art company Massive Black has been unveiled, and along with it, a bunch of great looking concept pieces for potential use in the G.I. Joe line.

Actually if you look, a lot of these ideas were borrowed for G.I. Joe throughout the Pursuit of Cobra, G.I. Joe: Renegades, and even the Ghost Hawk II has some strong elements from the VTOL in this artwork.  Some of this stuff looks fantastic.

For obvious safety and cost reasons, Hasbro cannot make toys with this many hard edges and details, but for sure the inspiration was there for the HISS, the Black Dragon, and the Ghost Hawk II.  The stuff that wasn’t used like the APC and the Tank wasn’t used for pretty obvious reasons, in my mind, as they are very evocative of similar vehicles from Aliens and HALO.  While G.I. Joe has clearly pulled some inspiration from those properties in the past, those two examples strike me as being extremely blatant.

To me the biggest loss is the incredible concept for The Baroness, a much more combat ready soldier looking version of that character.  Amazing looking figure there.  Pretty neat to see some of the steps taken towards our retail offerings.  Check out the gallery below, and hit up the site itself, too.

Dollar General G.I. Joe Update – There is NO RECALL

Last week quite a stir was created when Rescuer over on the JoeCustoms message boards mentioned that a Dollar General manager reported to him that the new G.I. Joe figures we were all searching for in stores had, in fact, been recalled.

I was a bit dubious about this, and I did some searching of my own, with thanks to a few friends of the site, and in all conversations I had with Dollar General folks or people connected to the chain, there had been no recall brought to their attention.

Well, Wednesday, Rescuer kindly returned to JoeCustoms to elaborate on his post, and he typed the following:

DG recall Update:

After a busy week at the fire station, I finally got to go to the local DG myself. I spoke with Linda, the Manager, (my wife’s friend is only an Asst Manager I found out) myself in regards to the recall that they received. They did receive a recall notice on a pallet that did contain GI Joe toys. HOWEVER, the recall was due to the pallet sustaining damage in transit, and several boxes of Joe toys were crushed, along with some Corps figures, large Power Rangers, and Batman figures. The recall was from their distribution warehouse, NOT Hasbro! The Joe toys were a few of the new sculpt o-ring figures, and the small Joe combat heroes. They were told not to put them on the shelf and return for replacements. There were NONE of the new Joe single cards in the recall! They unfortunately did not receive any more of the new figures in as of the last shipment delivery. I wanted to get this clarified for everyone that is still in search of these figures. KEEP LOOKING!! If anyone is able to, please forward this info to General’sJoes to update his site as well.
Thanks,
Rescuer”

So that’s that.  There is NO RECALL for Dollar General stores.  Granted, these figures are quite hard to find at the moment, but I suspect they will get more common place as time goes on.  For the moment, though, no need to panic.

Thanks to Rescuer for following up and bringing this to my attention!

Robert Atkins to draw the cover for the Canadian JoeCon Comic!

One annual standard of the Canadian JoeCon is the excellent comic that goes along with it, and this year we get a great surprise with it!  IDW artist Robert Atkins will be drawing the cover for this year’s Canadian JoeCon comic!

The details are below:

Robert Atkins to illustrate the 2012 Canadian Joe Con Comic book cover! A limited amount of these comics will be available online and at the con itself. Don’t forget to email Robert Atkins today via our “GUESTS” link to the left and order your own art to be picked up at the con! Plan early to get into the con faster by booking your tickets at the link below! All purchased tickets via BrownPaperTickets will get you into Friday night for FREE!

Tickets will only be available online until July 10th.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/245185

August 10th and 11th at the Sheraton Toronto, and make sure you keep your eyes on CanadianJoeCon.com for the latest details and information about the Canadian JoeCon!

From the archives – awesome concept art from unproduced G.I. Joe transport

Kevin Watts has gotten a lot of love from GeneralsJoes, mostly due to his excellent custom work, but not only does Kevin do great customs, but he’s also been a fan of the property and collecting for a long time, and he has a lot of items in his personal collection that have never seen the light of day.  He collects pre-production items, concept art, and has a veritable museum of incredible collectibles.

Thankfully, he has gotten his own website rolling, the 788th Armored Division, and has used it as a platform to showcase a fantastic piece of concept art for a vehicle that has never been released.  Designed apparently as an armored transport, this vehicle looks like it was slated to be released in 1986 and has some shared concepts with the Rolling Thunder, which was released in 1988.

Out of respect for Kevin, I’m not mirroring the images here, but you should definitely check out the 788th Armored Division to see these images.  They are worth your time.

UPDATE – Kevin has kindly given me permission to mirror a few images, so check them out below.  More are available at his site.  Thanks, Kevin!