Hot Toys G.I. Joe: Retaliation Snake Eyes revealed, much to my wallet’s dismay

Hoooolyy wow.  I think that most of us when the G.I. Joe: Retaliation license was announced for Hot Toys, assumed that we’d be getting some pretty cool, high end 12″ figures, but assumptions are one thing, and seeing it in image form are quite another.  Good gravy.

Over on the official Hot Toys Facebook page, they have officially announced the first G.I. Joe: Retaliation 12″ figure as Snake Eyes and it is about 120 pounds of awesome in a 12″ package.  Check out the mirrored images below, but sit back a little bit, so you don’t get drool on your keyboard.

Now, only one question remains…

HOT TOYS WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME!?!?!?

This figure looks soooooo incredible.  How the hell am I going to validate the $200 cost for this thing in my head over the next few months…  the internal struggle begins!

12 for ’12 – GeneralsJoes Top 12 G.I. Joe toys of 2012

One would think this would be a pretty easy, straight-forward article, right?  I mean, we barely had a wave of figures released, and the vehicles were by and large unremarkable, so what is the point of this discussion?

Well, I kind of thought so, too, but then I started looking into what we got this year, and it became evident, that even with G.I. Joe: Retaliation’s short-lived shelf life, there was still plenty of topics to dissect and plenty to talk about in regards to 2012’s slate of G.I. Joe toys.

Now, a pair of items kind of had me in a quandry.  While technically the Slaughter’s Marauders and Dreadnoks 7-Packs were shipped in 2012, I still consider them 2011 product.  They were announced and solicited in 2011, and I received my sets in 2011, even though many folks got them in 2012.  For that reason I did not include them when considering this list.

Any thoughts from the peanut gallery on that?

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GeneralsJoes Reviews the D & J Toys Falcon and Viper Gliders

I’ve talked about D & J Toys on the site before, mostly focusing on their very cool Rise of Cobra PIT companion set, which took all of the cardboard pieces and reconstructed them into actual styrene components.

Now, I had a chance to get my hands on their Falcon and Viper Glider reconstructions, and came away really impressed.  These are very vintage in style, yet a lot more durable than you might be used to.

Check out the review in my Miscellaneous section, or just hit up the direct link below.  Good stuff from another great fan-based project!

It’s a Christmas Miracle! What’s on Joe Mind Episode 70 is online

And in the true Spirit of Christmas, join us while we talk about female body parts for a couple of hours…

In all seriousness, this was a homecoming of sorts as we all got back together to do a real live episode for the first time in well over a month, and we had a ton of news to cover!  If that’s not all, the rest of the crew (alongside YoJoe guru Terry Dizard) spoke with Bill Ratner, the voice of Flint in the Sunbow animated series.

Make sure you don’t miss me and Chuck throwing down about Michael Bay and the Transformers franchise…  it’s one for the ages!

Check out the latest episode on our Podbean page, or via the embedded players below.  Show notes are after the jump.

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12 for ’12 – GeneralsJoes Top 12 G.I. Joe news stories of 2012

Whatever you think about the state of G.I. Joe throughout 2012, I don’t think anyone can argue that it was a slow year for news.  Quite the opposite!  Going from nearly daily reports of movie updates, to the downward spiral of G.I. Joe: Retaliation confidence, and finally finding some middle ground with the great regional gatherings of Joe fans and the countless great independent projects.

It was quite the interesting year for G.I. Joe, and in celebration of 2012, I’m picking the top 12 news stories for the year.  They may be good, they may be bad, but the end result is a collection of events throughout 2012 that paints a pretty cool picture when we look back on it.  Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below for the run down.

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12 for ’12 – GeneralsJoes Top 12 What’s on Joe Mind Episodes of 2012

So did you think 2012 was a slow year for G.I. Joe?  While the fine folks behind the What’s on Joe Mind Podcast did drop down their recording schedule a bit to accommodate a slow trickle of Joe news, there were still many exciting G.I. Joe events to talk about.

From animated voice actors to movie news and toy reports, What’s on Joe Mind covered the gamut of G.I. Joe news and events for the year.

Even with a much slower recording schedule in the back half of 2012, it was tough to pick out 12 isolated episodes, but with Gary and Mike’s help, somehow I made due.

Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below for the full list!

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Happy Holidays from GeneralsJoes!

To toy fans, this can be a great time of the year, filled with memories of getting your favorite toys as a kid, and looking for just any excuse to buy other toys for yourselves, your kids, or those less fortunate than ourselves.  To those perhaps less materialistic than others, this is a time of celebration, family, reflection, and looking forward to the future.

For some lucky folks, you can do both.

As GeneralsJoes has evolved over the past several years, I consider myself exceptionally lucky.  Between the site, the podcast, and the interaction via social media, I’m very happy to be able to interact and communicate with all of the G.I. Joe fans out there.  As we look forward to what seems to be an exciting 2013, I’m very happy that I’ve been able to share this piece of my life with everyone, and continue to feel humbled from the response and comments I get from readers.

I would like to wish each and every one of you a very Happy Holiday season, and I cannot thank you all enough for your time and support of GeneralsJoes.com.  Here’s to many more!

The first two figures from the FSS, and why I haven’t talked about them… yet.

As everyone knows at this point, the first package from Wave 1 of the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club Figure Subscription Service (FSS) has been shipped, and has been received by more and more collectors throughout the world.

As everyone also knows at this point, the “surprise” of the two figures contained within lasted for all of about two hours before it was front-paged.  Thankfully the post was spoiler-warninged, so folks who didn’t want to know knew to avoid it, but I am reassuring you the same thing will happen here.

But first I want to talk a little bit about the concept of surprise and the vilification of the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club for continuing to support the idea of surprise with their product.  Is it a little silly for them to insist on surprising their fanbase when their fanbase doesn’t seem to want to be surprised?  Yeah, it probably is.  Does that mean they should stop doing it?  I don’t know…  I don’t think so.

Try and remember for a second what we’re talking about here.  This is toy collecting.  Buying action figures.  Yes, we are adult collectors and I know its “serious business” but doesn’t any small part of you long to go back in time to when we were kids?  I’m not sure about anyone else, but one of the clearest memories I have of buying G.I. Joe figures back in the day was walking into a Rich’s Department Store in New Hampshire and finding the ’85 figures on the pegs.  The feeling you get as your eyes focus on the blisters, just trying to see if there’s anything new there, or if it’s just the same old thing you’ve seen several times before.  As kids, we walked into those aisles having absolutely no clue what we were going to find…and the feeling when we did find something was fantastic.  Scooping that Flint, Snake Eyes, and Quick Kick off those pegs when 10 minutes sooner I had absolutely no idea they even existed was one of the biggest thrills of my young collecting life.  Is it so bad to at least relive some of that today?

I know the Internet drives us all to immediate gratification and the feeling that we are owed something.  We are owed answers as soon as we demand them, and there is no place left for surprise.

Screw that.  Sometimes it’s more fun being a kid, and looking forward to the unknown.  Sometimes toy collecting doesn’t have to be “serious business”.  Sometimes, it just should be stupid fun.  Yeah, I know I’m in the minority there, but I think I can live with that.  ;)

For you instant gratification folks, the first two FSS figures are listed after the jump.  If you’re trying to avoid spoilers, continue on…

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Larry Hama guest stars on Robot Chicken Christmas episode!

Toy fans of all ages at this point are familiar with the exploits of Robot Chicken, and in this special Christmas episode we get an awesome cameo by the man himself, Larry Hama!  It’s a pretty funny episode with some NSFW language, so continue at your own risk.  Find it on AdultSwim.com or embedded below.

IDW G.I. Joe Solicitations for March, 2013

IWD Publishing has released their solicitation list for March, 2013, and of course we’ve got the G.I. Joe titles listed here.  G.I. Joe: Special Missions kicks off in March, with the Cobra Files coming in April.

I’m loving the cover of the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero book, too… Torpedo FTW.

Check out the full solicitation list after the jump.

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