Large images of G.I. Joe: Retaliation calendar – the Special Ops mystery revealed!

The 2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation calendar went on sale last week, and GeneralsJoes has received it in the mail!  While all of the months images have been revealed in the past, I’ve got some much larger images presented in this post.  The character selection is odd to say the least with no Duke or Flint, but we did get Mouse, Clutch, and the mysterious “Special Ops”.

Many of us were wondering who this “Special Ops” character was, and I believe I’ve got the answer.  One look at this image and it certainly seems to be Ryan Hansen underneath the camouflage body armor.  Hansen was previously rumored to be playing Grunt in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, so either the Grunt character got re-named (which isn’t a surprise, I seem to remember there being some trademark issues with the generic “Grunt” code name) or they just decided to use this “Special Ops” moniker as a way around it.

Regardless, I’ve mirrored a number of the month images below, including the aforementioned Special Ops, Mouse (played by Joseph Mazzello) and Clutch (reportedly played by Jim Palmer, according to IMDB).

GeneralsJoes 2012 Holiday Buying Guide

I will preface this article by stating first and foremost, that I have recently joined the Amazon Affiliate program, so please realize that any links on this page will support the site and help in my endeavors to broaden the scope and impact of GeneralsJoes into 2013 and beyond.  As we’ve all noticed, G.I. Joe content has been in a low period over the past several months, and as I look into ways to enhance the scope of the site (at least while nothing G.I. Joe-worthy is going on…I will never sacrifice G.I. Joe-centric content) any way to earn some funds to dip into other geek topics will be put right back into the site.

I’m open for any ideas.

Along those lines, I am designing this Holiday Buying Guide to show Joe fans what’s out there in one easy-to-find place.  And please, if you know of a place or an item that is not on this list, PLEASE let me know.  I’m not trying to be exclusive, just trying to offer some choices for geeks and geek families. Check out all of the helpful links below:

G.I. Joe

Kokomo Toys – A fantastic vintage and current toy buying site with G.I. Joe product and most anything else you’re looking for.

Nerd Rage Toys – Another great toy site who recently celebrated their one year anniversary, with vintage, modern, and all sorts of great toys in between.

Small Joes – Specializing in 3 3/4″ and 4″ figures from all brands, Small Joes is an established name who has been around forever.

Past Generation Toys – From G.I. Joe to Star Wars and Transformers, they carry all of your favorite toylines in one place.

Big Bad Toy Store – One of the largest and most established online toy retailers around.  They carry anything and everything, but do not focus on G.I. Joe specifically.

Marauder “Gun Runners” – Manufacturer and retailer for the best 1:18 scale weapons and accessories on the Internet

JoeArmory – A long standing vintage toy retailer with a specialization in G.I. Joe, but plenty of other brands as well

Yetibrew Design – Custom vehicle parts and accessories courtesy of Ian and Shapeways 3D printing services

Amazon

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero – The Complete First Series

G.I. Joe Renegades: Season One [Blu-ray]

G.I. Joe Renegades 3.75 inch Figure 4 pack

G.I. Joe: Retaliation Toys

G.I. Joe: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1

G.I. Joe Comics and TPB by IDW Publishing

G.I. Joe and toy books by Mark Bellomo

G.I. JOE: Field Manual Volume 1 (G. I. Joe (Graphic Novels))

DVD’s and Blu-Ray from Shout! Factory

Real American Hero Collection Guide by James Kavanaugh, Jr.

Sideshow Collectibles

12″ Zartan

12″ Rock n Roll

12″ Crimson Guard

12″ General Hawk

All Sideshow Collectible G.I. Joe Items

IDW G.I. Joe Solicitations for February, 2013

The next evolution of G.I. Joe comics is upon us, and the solicitations for February, 2013 reflect this new shift.  With no new monthly Cobra or Snake Eyes titles, the IDW universe officially moves on to 2013 and beyond with the first issues of  Special Missions and the Cobra Files hitting in March and April respectively.

Check out what we can expect from the new G.I. Joe #1 as well as G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #187 after the jump.

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