Hasbro Press Release for San Diego ComicCon events

I think most of us figured that San Diego ComicCon might not be chock full of G.I. Joe goodness, and the  Hasbro Press Release more or less confirms that.  Still, for Joe fans heading to San Diego, they will apparently have the G.I. Joe: Retaliation product there for gazing as well as some movie props!

Do not expect to see the Concept Case, though, we were told at JoeCon that was a JoeCon only event.

Check out the important (IE, the G.I. Joe related) portions of the Press Release below:

G.I. JOE

From action figures and animated series to movie and video games, the G.I. JOE brand from Hasbro has been an enduring pop culture icon for generations of fans. At Comic-Con, the Hasbro booth will provide G.I. JOE enthusiasts with an up close look at the entire upcoming G.I. JOE: RETALIATION line including newly announced items revealed at the G.I. JOE convention as well as the recently announced G.I. JOE MICRO FORCE line. The Hasbro booth at Comic-Con will be an opportunity for fans to see them in person before they hit shelves in the spring of 2013. The G.I. JOE: RETALIATION movie from Paramount Pictures is scheduled to hit theaters on March 29th, 2013 in 3D and starsDwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, Adrianne Palickiand more. As G.I. JOE fans know (and knowing is half the battle), the vehicles and costumes featured in the G.I. JOE vs. COBRA saga are just as important as the characters. As a special opportunity for fans, Hasbro will have props from the movie on display including the FIREFLY character’s motorcycle and the COBRA COMMANDER character’s iconic helmet.

Hasbro and the G.I. JOE publishers at IDW will also be celebrating the ongoing legacy and heritage of G.I. JOE comics by welcoming G.I. JOE comics legend, Larry Hama to its booth for an autograph session on Saturday, July 14 from 1:00-2:00pm. Tickets for the autograph session will be available at the Hasbro booth on Saturday morning beginning at 9:00am and G.I. JOE comics are available for purchase at the IDW booth (#2643).”

The full Press Release can be found right here.  Within the text of the Press Release you can also see when the IDW Panel is happening, for the latest comic news.  Larry Hama will be present and it’s just about the only G.I. Joe themed panel out there:

“IDW & Hasbro; Thursday, July 12 at 10:00-11:00am in Room 9

Join IDW Senior Editor John Barber (Transformers: Robots in Disguise), editor Carlos Guzman, and Hasbro’s Director of Global Publishing Michael Kelly as they reveal secrets and upcoming plans for Transformers, G.I. Joe, Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, and more! A new Transformers series will be announced—as will a new license! All this and special guests Larry Hama (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero), Chris Metzen (Transformers: Autocracy), Flint Dille (Transformers: Autocracy), Livio Ramondelli (Transformers: Autocracy), Andrew Griffith (Transformers: Robots in Disguise), Brendan Cahill (Transformers: Robots in Disguise), Mike Costa (G.I. Joe: Cobra) and surprise guests!”

The Canadian JoeCon reveals ANOTHER exclusive – the HATE Scout!

The Canadian JoeCon started a fury a couple of years back when they launched the HATE Tank, a chromed version of the infamous Cobra HISS.  Well, history is repeating itself, as the JoeCanuck guys just revealed the HATE Scout!

Apparently a partner to the HATE Tank, the Scout has the same reflective armor capabilities as its bigger brother, and looks just as cool.

Check out the mirrored image below, and keep watching CanadianJoeCon.com for info on the show.

Jumping back and forth a hassle for the Concept Case survey? Try this tool.

Twitter friend of GeneralsJoes Twitziller has provided an awesome service to folks who are pounding through the Concept Case survey I posted this morning!  I’ve been hearing folks complain a bit about having to check an image, go back to the Survey, navigate through the gallery…

Well, Twitziller designed an entire Excel Spreadsheet with embedded mouse-over images, and sent it along for GeneralsJoes readers!  This will hopefully make it even easier for folks to compare images and document the rankings before answering the survey questions.

A huge thanks to Twitziller and check out the Spreadsheet below.  Use the Download link to grab it for yourself!

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Canadian JoeCon reveals third Convention Exclusive figure – Retrofit!

The guys over at JoeCanuck and the Canadian JoeCon continue to reveal their exclusive figures every few days leading up to their show in August!  Today, we get Retrofit.  This guy really looks like a vehicle driver to me, and is made up of a lot of HISS Driver parts… could there be another vehicle on the horizon?

The Canadian JoeCon fans have been so vocal, they are actually revealing the next item TODAY at 3:00pm Eastern!  We most certainly do not want to miss that.  Meanwhile, check out Retrofit below, and make sure to hit up CanadianJoeCon.com for the latest information about the event!

GeneralsJoes Concept Case Top 10 – Number 10

So in conjunction with the launch of the Survey that will hopefully gather some good data from G.I. Joe fans throughout the internet, I figured I would have a series of articles covering my own personal top 10 figures from the now infamous G.I. Joe Convention “Concept Case”.

Since the survey is running for two weeks, I’ve elected to feature one entry per day, Monday through Friday until the first round of the survey is done.  This is not designed to sway anyone to my particular viewpoint, just to show how I’m thinking and why.

Out of the vast number of great looking figures we saw on display, I narrowed my favorites down to ten.  Let’s kick this off.

10 – G.I. Joe: Renegades Scrap Iron

Everyone knows by now that I’m a huge G.I. Joe: Renegades mark, but I will admit that the figure showings in the concept case for G.I. Joe: Renegades were pretty underwhelming.  Sure, the unmasked Storm Shadow was pretty fantastic, but beyond him we had a preposed Duke and Snake Eyes (who were vehicle drivers in case you were not aware) and a random masked trooper alongside what appeared to be Duke in a Blast Suit.  No Roadblock, no Destro, no Baroness…

However, we did get a Scrap Iron!  It’s obvious this Scrap Iron was shown incomplete, as he was initially supposed to have a heavy armored vest by the looks of the figure.  Even without that component, though, this figure rocked.  Large, armor-covered arms and legs, great articulation as well as a new and different design, all topped off by a fantastic new head sculpt, appropriately scarred.  In all honesty, the figure itself was neat enough, but I was totally swayed by seeing a new character in G.I. Joe: Renegades form.  I still weep a little inside when I think about what might have been for G.I. Joe: Renegades, and this figure managed to twist that knife just a little bit deeper.

Check out the images below.

G.I. Joe fans – let your voice be heard! The Concept Case survey starts here!

That’s right!  With a huge thanks from GeneralsJoes reader Chris, who greatly assisted in setting this up, we have launched a SurveyMonkey survey based on what Hasbro showed in the Concept Case at the G.I. Joe Convention last weekend.

Please keep in mind, this is not a Hasbro sanctioned poll or an official data gathering system!  This is all being done by GeneralsJoes, and is simply a way of gathering some empirical data to send off to  Hasbro.  According to Marketing Director Joe DelRegno, Hasbro will likely be launching their own online polling system as well, but rather than wait for that to be coded (I believe they only made the decision to do it last weekend, based on the overwhelming response from G.I. Joe fans) we figured we’d get a leg up and start this sucker early.

As we’ve seen many times in the past, toy collecting is very much a “what have you done for me lately” scenario, and with a desire to strike while the iron is hot, GeneralsJoes is doing their own survey while emotions are raw and at the surface.  You can either click the banner above to check out the survey page, or click right here.

Linked on the survey page is also a very easy to follow gallery of all of the unproduced items shown with clear identification.  Chris and myself worked hard to make this as simple and straight forward as possible.  Please check it out, and please take a few minutes to answer.  I know this isn’t official, but the data from this survey will be gathered and sent to Hasbro, so there WILL be a voice.  Let it be yours!