New G.I. Joe site debuts… GIJoeGraphy.com

G.I. Joe has been around for three decades, and the online community has been thriving for over twelve years, so it’s amazing to think that in all that time there are still some very cool new concepts to explore in the G.I. Joe mythology.

GeneralsJoes Twitter friend Dan Uthman announces that he has launched GIJoeGraphy.com a site devoted to the history of the G.I. Joe characters we all know and love.  Where did they come from?  He includes a massive map outlining the birthplaces of your favorite Joe characters, and also dives into some key places that should be familiar to all of us.

Check out GIJoeGraphy.com, it’s sure to be a really fun resource for G.I. Joe intel.  Big thanks to Dan for the heads up, and be sure to catch his announcement on the Flag Points podcast.

Epic series of G.I. Joe comic covers taking shape at Robert Atkins blog

The whole concept of a scene that spans multiple covers is something that I’ve really loved.  I can only imagine the challenge involved for an artist in making that kind of scene work.  It’s because of this that I find what Robert Atkins is doing over on his blog so fascinating.

He’s really laying out step-by-step what is going into his work on the covers for the series of G.I. Joe and Cobra issues soon to be released from IDW.  He is building a very cool looking scenario featuring a number of different characters in a number of different situations, yet making it all blend together quite nicely.

Check out his progress post right here (where he goes through the first two covers) and make sure you keep checking back as I’m sure he’ll post cover #3 as soon as he is able.  Very cool stuff from Robert Atkins.

Weeping in the toy aisles? Don’t forget about Sideshow Collectibles!

I know there has been an obvious G.I. Joe vacuum at retail, but don’t forget…all is not lost in G.I. Joe toy land.  Those great folks over at Sideshow Collectibles still have tons of G.I. Joe products in stock and ready to ship!

Excellent figures like the Crimson Guard, General Hawk, Cobra Viper, Zartan, Rock n Roll, and many other great dioramas and statues are in stock at Sideshow Collectibles, so satisfy your G.I. Joe itch with some 12″ goodness.

Click the banner below to see what they’ve got in stock and use some of that “mad money” for some really cool conversation pieces for your G.I. Joe collection.

G.I. Joe items IN STOCK NOW!

What’s on Joe Mind Episode 67 is online you FOC’s!

Any episode that features Chuck and Kevin talking about tasteful nudity is bound to be a legendary one, and this episode delivers.  The guys talk to Jim Sorenson, author of the fantastic G.I. Joe Field Manual, and then proceed to put him through a miserable 2 hours of off topic rambling, Gangnam Style free-style rapping, and yes, tasteful nudity.

Jim took it like a champ, and the episode ends up running the gamut, talking about the New Jersey Collectors Convention, Kevin’s excellent Metalhead figure, as well as the G.I. Joe Field Manual and the latest and greatest G.I. Joe news.

Hit up our Podbean page, or listen via the embedded players below.  Don’t forget to check the show notes after the jump.

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Marauder “Gun Runners” launches Kickstarter campaign to fund future releases!

For going several years now I’ve been saying good things about Marauder “Gun Runners”, not just for the excellent product they release, but their outstanding customer service, willingness to accept fan input, and outstanding communication has created a strong and intense fan following.

Now those fans need to step up.

Marauder “Gun Runners” has been receiving lots of customer requests for new product, to the point where they can’t logistically produce their excellent items on a time frame to meet demand.  So Marauder John has announced via Facebook that they are launching an exciting Kickstarter Campaign to fund future releases!

Their current goal is $17,000, which would allow them to fund production for 10 ALL NEW items for their “Gun Runners” business, and that includes unpainted weapons as well as pre-painted versions as well.

There will be several “stretch goals” as well, which means for a certain amount over their $17,000 goal, they will add more NEW ITEMS to this assortment.  This is our chance, Joe fans.  Marauder “Gun Runners” has done amazing stuff for us over the past seven years, we NEED to step up and kick in some funds to help get this new assortment into the production chain.  It will only benefit all of us with great new gear and accessories for our favorite 1:18 scale figures.

Hit up the Kickstarter project RIGHT HERE!

GeneralsJoes reviews G.I. Joe: Renegades Complete First Season on Blu-Ray

Who cares about The Avengers?!?  G.I. Joe: Renegades the Complete First Season is hitting store shelves from Shout! Factory TODAY.

All 26 episodes of this landmark G.I. Joe animated series complete and in high definition…and it looks glorious.  With big thanks from Shout! Factory for providing a review sample, so I had a chance to dissect this thing before release, and now I’ve posted my review right here.

Check it out in my Miscellaneous section, or the direct link below.  And even better, if you want to buy it, consider using my Amazon link and help support the site!  Enjoy.

Transforming Collections Kickstarter enters final week

I don’t talk much about Transformers here, but when a buddy of mine fires up a Kickstarter to focus on some terrific third party Transformers product, I feel like I should let some folks know.

Transforming Collections is a great book focusing on third party items, something that Hasbro isn’t wild about, but many fans are extremely interested in.   Philip Reed runs Battlegrip.com which does some great toy reviews and reports on toy news, and he has tons of real world experience, so I’m expecting to see a great book.

Transforming Collections has reached its Kickstarter goal, but Phil is trying to hit a new stretch goal allowing the book to be produced in hardcover.  There is still a ways to go, but Phil’s done great stuff for the toy world, so I figured I would repay some of his hard work with a little publicity for his Transforming Collections book.  You can also follow Philip on Twitter as well.

Check out the Kickstarter page right here!

IDW Previews for Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow 17 and ARAH 182

Wednesday is now on the horizon, which means more new G.I. Joe comics from IDW Publishing.  Tomorrow brings us new issues of Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow, and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #182.

Check out the previews for these two issues below.

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #182

Larry Hama (w) • Ron Frenz and Sal Buscema (a) • Ron Frenz and Sal Buscema (c)

DARKLON IS ON THE LOOSE! G.I. JOE has lost their prisoner, and it’s up to Outback and his team to recover the dangerous villain. Meanwhile, Zartan and COBRA COMMANDER formulate a plan that would move COBRA HQ to another coast. The villains take center stage in this issue of G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant cover:

Variant Larry Hama sketch cover

Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow #17

Chuck Dixon (w) • Atilio Rojo (a) • Ken Loh (c)

Is SNAKE EYES an asset to the Arashikage Clan or a liability? That’s a question that STORM SHADOW is asking himself as the wrath of Serpentor is turned upon them and SNAKE EYES becomes a target for the G.I. JOEs! Blistering ninja action and intrigue! Nothing is what it seems and loyalties are questioned as the life of the most dangerous JOE takes a turn!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant cover:

Variant Robert Atkins cover!

Bullet points:

  • Ninja commando action that never lets up!

Roll Out Roll Call 2013 reveals awesome vintage style Baron Ironblood exclusive!

The end of 2012 is slowly marching towards us, which means preparations for 2013 conventions is now under way!  Dave Tree from the Roll Out Roll Call show over in the UK has debuted a fantastic looking vintage style 12″ Baron Ironblood figure they are selling exclusively at the show!

Keep watching the Roll Out Roll Call website as well as their Facebook page to stay up to date with all announcements, and check out the mirrored image below.

GeneralsJoes reviews upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation “Tactical Ninja” Agent Mouse!

G.I. Joe fans seemed to really latch onto the first wave of G.I. Joe: Retaliation 3 Packs which offered many familiar characters but with some great additional accessories that really added some value to the figures.  From the looks of it, Wave two is going to be even better, giving us brand new characters with some awesome previously unreleased accessories.

One of my favorite looking figures from the early pictures we’ve seen was Agent Mouse.

I managed to get my hands on the figure, and have reviewed it in my G.I. Joe: Retaliation section, or you can check out the direct link below.