G.I. Joe: Retaliation Cobra cycle and G.I. Joe dune buggy featured on Powerblock

I will admit, I’m not entirely sure what a “Powerblock” is, but apparently it’s a TV series on Spike geared towards fans of motorsports.  Last week the show aired a segment going behind the scenes of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and had some considerable content on not only the transforming Cobra motorcycle that we’ve seen in several clips, but also with what looks to be a G.I. Joe themed military dune buggy.

According to PowerblockTV.com it looks as if certain segments air online after airing on television, so there is a good chance we’ll get to see this segment, but for now, we rely on press photos courtesy of Comic Book Movie.

Check out the mirrored images and the episode synopsis below.

“This weekend on PowerBlock, we go behind the scenes of G.I. Joe: Retaliation slated to hit movie theaters in Spring 2013. Our sponsor Royal Purple has a role in this sequel to “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra,” and Courtney gives you an advanced look at some of the vehicles including a 17’ combat dune buggy armed with a 50 caliber machine gun and a radically transformed 796 Ducati attack bike. The buggy weighs nearly 6000 pounds and has 450 horsepower. You’ll meet the builder and Picture Car Coordinator, Bill Barillaro, responsible for the buggy and 22-ton, 16′ tall Hiss Tank. Bill started his career in the movie “Speed” as a bus mechanic. Courtney also welcomes the man who arms all the vehicles and the actors, Kevin McCullough. Check it out on PowerBlock June 23 & 24. For more go to GIJoemovie.com or RoyalPurple.com”

Channing Tatum responds (as only Channing Tatum can) to rumors of more Duke

It seems like forever since we all expected G.I. Joe: Retaliation to hit theaters on Friday, and we celebrate this week with an Aint It Cool News interview with Channing Tatum.  A big rumor surrounding the delay of the film was that Tatum was going to be brought back to life considering his recent surge in popularity.

If Duke is indeed getting better from his rumored demise, it certainly seems like Tatum is the last to know.  Either that, or the production has enough existing footage to shoot around the events.  Aint it Cool News’ Capone spoke with Tatum about Magic Mike, and thankfully managed to squeak in some G.I. Joe questions among all the male stripper talk.

“Capone: Before I let you go, because I’ve got to ask, can you shed any light on what is going on with this G.I. JOE sequel right now?

CT: You know what? I would love to, and this is the honest answer, they haven’t talked to me about anything. I haven’t even seen the movie, so I don’t know anything.

Capone: I keep hearing they’re going to bring you back in to do some reshoots.

CT: They haven’t called me. Everybody sends me the Deadline reports, all of my friends and even my representation. They’re just kind of like, “Has anybody called you?” I’m like “No,” then they’re like “Well they haven’t called us.” So I don’t really know. I have no idea.

Capone: All right, well I had to ask.

[Both Laugh]

CT: We’ll see, though, very shortly I’m guessing.

Capone: They’ve got a lot of time to play with.

CT: Yeah, exactly. More than enough, right?

Capone: Yeah.

CT: Which is interesting. I’m intrigued to see what their plan is. [G.I. JOE: RETALIATION Producer] Lorenzo di Bonaventura, he’s also a producer on BITTER PILL. So I’m going to see him very shortly here, and I’m going to be like, “What’s up, dude?” [Laughs] “What’s the deal?”

Rumors have already been floating around out there that Channing Tatum had already come back for potential reshoots a number of months ago, and even more rumors suggested that multiple endings had been shown in test screenings, which may have partially resulted in the decision to delay the film.  My guess is yes, there will be plot tweaks to the film to remove Duke’s death, but it is also quite possible that no reshoots will be required on Tatum’s end.

Time will tell.  Check out the full interview on AICN, and thanks to Dolemite from HissTank.com for the information.

Canadian JoeCon will be celebrating a Happy Canada Day July 1st!

As we all gear up for the G.I. Joe Con in New Orleans notification arrives from the Canadian JoeCon that we should all be looking forward to Canada Day, which arrives on July 1st.  The fine folks at JoeCanuck.com and the Canadian JoeCon will be using that day to debut the first figure from their 2012 exclusive Canadian JoeCon Convention set!

The full details can be seen below!

“July 1st, 2012 (Canada Day), www.canadianjoecon.com will debut the first
figure from their 2012 Canadian G.I. Joe Convention Set.

July 10th, 2012 – a small amount of sets will be available for pre-order
(Attendee only), as well as T-Shirt pre-orders (available worldwide).

More information will be posted at www.joecanuck.com,
www.canadianjoecon.com and their Facebook pages.”

Not only do the figures and vehicles from these sets fetch big money on the secondary market, but they’re pretty damn cool, too.  We should all look forward to seeing what’s in store on July 1st!

Early look and review of the stellar Sideshow Collectibles SDCC Lt. Falcon

If this figure ends up half as amazing as it looks, Sideshow Collectibles G.I. Joe fans should be extremely happy.

In recent years, Sideshow has pretty much gone the repaint route when it comes to their SDCC Exclusives.  From the Jungle themed Red Ninja to the Crimson Cobra Commander, while they’ve added some awesome new accessories, most of the figure has just been a repeat of one already done.

While technically the same is true of this Lt. Falcon figure, the end result is…well, almost breathtaking.  This is a modern militarized update to a classic G.I. Joe figure and a picture perfect example of how redesigns should be done.  Sideshow Collectibles takes mostly existing parts from previous G.I. Joe releases, but combines them with some added new accessories and the end result is a stellar update to one of my favorite characters, Lt. Falcon.

Gone are the days where a Don Johnson voiced “gold-plated goof off” took a beloved character (to me) and almost ruined him.  Sideshow Collectibles has taken the character, totally resuscitated him and catapulted him into the 21st Century.  That new “battle hardened” head sculpt is amazingly cool.  Many folks have noted a slight resemblance to Channing Tatum, and yes, I can see that, too…and if you subscribe to the notion that Falcon is Duke’s half-brother, I find absolutely nothing wrong that that tribute.  It’s not overly obvious, and in my opinion it does nothing to negate any of the coolness of this figure.

A huge kudos goes out to Now Back to G.I. Joe as well, who was able to partner with Sideshow Collectibles to bring a full blown in hand review of this excellent figure to the masses before SDCC even hit.  A ton of fantastic pictures and some great written details…they knocked this one out of the park.

Check out the review right here.  I’ve mirrored just a couple of images below, but the review has a ton more that you will want to check out for yourself.  Also, be sure to follow Now Back to G.I. Joe on Twitter as well as Jose G. to stay nice and up to date with some terrific G.I. Joe content.

This is good stuff.

Also make sure you stay tuned to Sideshow’s SDCC Page so you can pre-order this guy when  he becomes available.  Even if you’re not going to SDCC, you can still place the order!

New in hand images of G.I. Joe: Retaliation Wave 2 at AC Toys

Call me crazy but I actually really love the play feature of that Wave 2 Firefly.  Yes, it looks like it results in some reduced arm/wrist articulation, but the light up forearms and the long motorized sled are actually pretty damn cool, I think.  At some point we have to think about the children!

Over on ACToys.com Small Evil has posted a wealth of G.I. Joe: Retaliation Wave 2 images including Roadblock, Snake Eyes, Flint, Storm Shadow, and the aforementioned Firefly.  Check out Roadblock and carded images here, and the Firefly images here, and I’ve also mirrored the images below.

Thanks to HissTank.com for the info.