Hot Toys G.I. Joe: Retaliation Snake Eyes pre-order at Sideshow Collectibles

Along with BBTS, Sideshow Collectibles has also launched their pre-order for the insane Hot Toys G.I. Joe: Retaliation Snake Eyes.  Check out the link below to grab it there, and I’ll be honest, I get a financial kick back for every item I sell through Sideshow Collectibles, so hey, use the Affiliate link and support the site!

Thanks as always!

Check out some insane images below!

Hot Toys Snake Eyes Pre-Order and more from BBTS Newsletter

The main thing catching my eye with the latest newsletter from Big Bad Toy Store is obviously the already legendary Hot Toys G.I. Joe: Retaliation Snake Eyes figure!  The pre-order is listed at a hefty $184.99, but that’s still ten bucks off MSRP.  Check out the pre-order info below, and click the Read the Rest of the Story link for the full newsletter.  It also includes the latest Sideshow Premium Format “Classic” Baroness figure!

HOT TOYS MOVIE MASTERPIECE – GI JOE – SNAKE EYES 
We’ve just listed the new Hot Toys Snake Eyes Sixth Scale Collectible Figure from the upcoming film, G.I. JOE Retaliation. The movie-accurate collectible is specially crafted based on the appearance of Snake Eyes in his black ‘military ninja’ bodysuit, highlighting the character’s likeness, highly detailed costume and weapons. Preorders listed $10 below MSRP at $184.99

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G.I. Joe: The Price of Peace fanfic now available at Smashwords.com

I’m not sure how many of you are even aware of the fanfic I wrote, entitled G.I. Joe: The Price of Peace…I wrote it a loong time ago, probably going on ten years.  This was before Devils’ Due, way before IDW, and even before Hasbro announced that G.I. Joe would be coming back to retail full-force.  This was written in a G.I. Joe fiction vacuum, with the assumptions that any continuation of the G.I. Joe universe had to be a product of one’s own imagination.

I kind of surprised myself when it was all said and done, and the story clocked in at over 300 pages, but it’s probably one of the things that I am most proud of in my online G.I. Joe history.  The story (to me) felt organic, natural, and really kind of told itself as it trucked along, and yeah, to a point I think it holds up today.

Certain things happen within the confines of the story that may have influenced other media at the time, though I have no clear proof of that, of course.  Perhaps it’s just something I like to believe to make myself feel better.  :)

I’ve had the fanfic posted to my Fanfic page all along, but I know the html formatting is kind of a nightmare, the navigation isn’t great, and especially if you’re reading a 300+ page monster, I would think you’d like it as cohesive and readable as possible.

Enter: Smashwords.

I was introduced to Smashwords by fellow G.I. Joe nerd Don, who has already posted his great Tales From Castle Destro books there, and decided I wanted to get my stuff up there as well.  It’s a terrific self-publishing source that allows you to essentially publish your own books.  I’ve got mine listed for free, for obvious reasons, as making money off of the Hasbro brand is…well…  sorta illegal.  The great thing about Smashwords is that it auto-formats the book for web viewing, as a downloadable PDF, or even converted to formats friendly to e-readers!  It will, hopefully, make the fanfic a lot more accessible to a lot more people.  Not only did Don tell me about Smashwords, but he spent a lot of his own personal time assisting in the formatting of my story for Smashwords and really went out of his way to help get it posted.  I owe him a huge debt of thanks for that.

Keep in mind this book was written a long time ago, so you probably want to go in the “way back machine” to what the G.I. Joe universe was like back then.  It was also the genesis of my Dio-Story universe, so fans of that storyline can certainly brush up on the history there as well.

Check out G.I. Joe: The Price of Peace right here.  I would imagine the (much shorter) follow up, The Cost of War will be up shortly as well.

Sigma 6 Adventure Team Dusty pre-production item hits eBay

This may very well be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for any Sigma 6 collectors out there.  As Sigma 6 aficionados know, the Adventure Team series of figures was canceled after the first wave, but some very low quantities of the Dusty pre-production sample have been found in the wild.  By “very low”, I mean three.  Out of those three, one of them has been listed on eBay.

Check out the auction right here.  This is a great, very rare and limited pre-production item.  Check it out.

This is not my auction, by the way, just bringing some attention to a great Sigma 6 historical item that might appeal to some folks out there.

More details revealed about 2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation Hot Toys releases

Even as my heart fell in love and my wallet screamed out in agony with the news of the Hot Toys G.I. Joe: Retaliation Snake Eyes reveal, Jay over at Entertainment News International was reaching out to Hot Toys to get more information, and he got it!

Word from Hot Toys to ENewsI is that there are three other Hot Toys releases planned for 2013, to include Joe Colton, Roadblock, and Storm Shadow!  My first reaction is BOOOO no Cobra Commander, but my second reaction is YAY 12″ Bruce Willis!  If these are popular, I’d expect more to follow, and hopefully those more include folks like Cobra Commander, Lady Jaye, Flint, and Firefly at the least.

I’m very interested to see how these end up… will Joe Colton be in combat togs, or in his fancy Secret Service suit?  I imagine Storm Shadow will come with an unmasked and a masked head, will he come with his awesome white leather trench?  So many questions…can’t wait to find out the answers.  Check out Entertainment News International for the info.