An excellent look at the upcoming IDW Cobra Files Relaunch

I think most of us appreciate and understand the geek cred that USA Today writer Brian Truitt brings to the table, and today he’s giving us another gift in the form of an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming Cobra Files G.I. Joe comic.  Along with the flagship title and the emergence of G.I. Joe: Special Missions, IDW’s Cobra themed book is getting a new issue #1, but beyond that, not a whole lot is changing, according to writer Mike Costa.

He has a great interview with Brian Truitt and talks about the make up of the team (pretty much what we see already… Chameleon, Ronin, Flint, and Lady Jaye) and how he likes to play in his little corner of the world.

It sounds like more obscure Cobra characters are in the wings, something I’m exceptionally happy about.  I’ve been extremely pleased with pretty much every single thing that Costa and Fuso have done with the Cobra book ever since the beginning, and I’m thrilled that it’s maintaining status quo with this new thematic shift in the mainstream G.I. Joe universe.

Take a peek at this great interview and sneak preview over on USA Today, and to keep up to date with all the latest geek happenings, follow Brian Truitt on Twitter.

G.I. Joe Micro Force figures hitting retail now in blind-bagged form!

We haven’t heard much about the G.I. Joe Micro Force figures, but they are now rearing their tiny little itty bitty heads.  According to TheRealDubya on HissTank.com, he has found the Micro Force figures at a local Fred Meyer.  They clock in at $2.99 for a blind-bagged 2-pack.

Mirrored images are below, and you can see a gallery of the Micro Force figures from JoeCon at the bottom.  What do you think?  Any interest, or are you saving your cash for G.I. Joe: Retaliation stuff?

G.I. Joe Collectors Club members – FSS Jinx and Dice in Club store!

We knew from the start that there was a chance we might see extra Figure Subscription Service figures in the GIJCC Store…and that turns out to be true!  Any G.I. Joe Collectors Club members can now pick up both Jinx and Dice for $37.50, which falls right around going rate on eBay right now.

Click the links below to pick up the first two FSS offerings!

The following email also notifies us of this fact:

“Hello all!

Today we have put the single FSS 1.0 Wave One figures in the store.

These are very limited and for the first week, they are limited to one figure each per membership.

2012 3 3/4 Club Exclusive FSS 1.0 #1A GI Joe Ninja: Kim Arashikage Figure (1 pc) limited to 1 per membership $37.50 ea
 
2012 3 3/4 Club Exclusive FSS 1.0 #1B Cobra Ninja Commando: Dice Figure (1 pc) limited to 1 per membership $37.50 ea

For the 12″ fans we also have:

 
12″ Jungle Incursion Figure (1 pc) limited to 1 per membership $36 ea

Have a great week! Convention info coming very soon.

Brian”

Pre-Order G.I. Joe: Retaliation Wave 2 from Kokomo Toys for early February shipping

Site sponsor Kokomo Toys has posted G.I. Joe: Retaliation Wave 2 figures at very good prices for pre-order in their eBay store.  Anyone who pre-orders these figures will get them shipped on February 11th!  Check out all of the latest releases and get some great prices on Wave 1 figures at the Kokomo Toys eBay store.

Looking for cool vintage toys? Check out Dallas Vintage Toys online

Ah, the wonders of the Internet.  It used to be these cool vintage toy stores were land-locked to a specific location, and if folks didn’t live within a reasonable distance, we were SOL.  No longer!

The Dallas Vintage Toy store is located in Dallas, TX, but for folks like me who don’t exactly live within striking distance, they have a presence online as well at DallasVintageToys.com!  With G.I. Joe, Masters of the Universe, Transformers, and many more, this is a great toy store with an impressive inventory.

Check them out at DallasVintageToys.com and tell ’em that GeneralsJoes sent you.

Latest JDSO podcast dives deep into the toy industry with G Wayne Miller

JoeDeClassified SpecOps has posted a new episode of their excellent podcast, and this time brought in the services of none other than G. Wayne Miller.  For the uninitiated, G. Wayne Miller spent some time with both Hasbro and Mattel in the 90’s and wrote about the events in that time period in the fantastic book Toy Wars.  This is a must read book for toy fans in general and for G.I. Joe fans specifically as the book tells the story of Hasbro’s absorption of Kenner, an attempted buy out by Mattel, and the “evolution” of G.I. Joe from military toyline to the super hero-esque G.I. Joe Extreme.

It’s a fantastic read, and hearing Mr. Miller talk about his time in the industry on the podcast was equally entertaining.  This is something that every fan should listen to.

Hit up the episode right here, and check out JoeDeclassified.com for the images to go along with the story.