Down to 29 days and counting… reason 29 why G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be great

Can you feel the excitement?  Probably not quite as strong now, with 29 days to go as it will be when we get within 10 days… or 5.  I don’t know about you folks, but this daily countdown has been a blast, and I’m thrilled that Twitziller has been rocking it out, not missing a beat.

We have our 29th reason to look forward to G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and it immediately struck a chord with me.

#29:

Those four letters… VTOL.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I had never even heard of the VTOL concept until… well, until I was 10 years old.  Like so many other real world military ideas, I first learned about them through the lens of being a G.I. Joe fan.  VTOL, Vertical Take Off and Landing was initially introduced to me with the Skyhawk and the Rattler, years before words like “Harrier Jet” were even in the public vernacular.  Terminology like “Covert Operations”, “NATO and Warsaw Pact”, and even “Commando” were introduced thanks to the wonders of G.I. Joe in the 80’s.  Can you even imagine a toyline today using words like that on toys designed for 8 year old little boys?  I’m not sure I can.

The VTOL concept was used in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra as well with the Howler and to a limited extent with the Cobra Gunship, but it’s important to note how it’s carried forth here, too, both in the film and in the toys.  Fans made the immediate connection to the Howler (not to mention the Rattler) when viewing the footage you see the grab from above, and the Ghost Hawk II looks to be a great evolution of that vehicle from the first G.I. Joe film.  I love that these concepts that seemed so natural to us young boys still invade the public mind, and are very certainly being used in the film universe quite well.

To keep up to date on the 40 Reasons why G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be great, make sure you are following Twitziller on Twitter, and keeping it right here on GeneralsJoes as well.  The previous entries can be seen below.

Keep your eyes on those mailboxes… FSS Series 3 has landed!

It’s a G.I. Joe flood!  We’re getting pretty steady G.I. Joe: Retaliation product at retail, the Kre-O figures seem to be taking Toys “R” Us by storm, and now the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has sent out the third series of their Figure Subscription Service figures!

A few folks have reported receiving them already, and I will refrain from spoiling the contents here.  I’m hoping to get reviews done in time for the “Road to Retaliation” event over the next 30 days, so prepare yourselves.

Toys “R” Us Sale on Kre-O going on NOW. Buy 1 get 1 50% off

Been having trouble finding G.I. Joe Kre-O sets at your local Toys “R” Us?  Well, TRU.com can get you the hook up!  Both in store and online, Toys “R” Us is currently offering a Buy 1 Get 1 50% off sale on their entire stock of Kre-O product, including the brand new G.I. Joe items.

Combine that with Free Shipping for sales over $75, and you could grab the whole run of Kre-O items for a really good price.

Check out the TRU.com Kre-O section right here.  The figure packs are currently sold out, but many of the boxed sets are still available.

Acid Free Gallery Cobra prints go on sale at 12:30 Eastern today!

I’ve talked in the past about the awesome Acid Free Gallery prints, and now we’ve got a couple of new Cobra character posters to talk about.  Cobra Commander and Storm Shadow prints by Rhys Cooper will apparently be going on sale today at 12:30 Eastern time.

There are regular prints and variants.  The standard prints are $50 each, with variants clocking in at $65.  Check out AcidFreeGallery.com to pick these bad boys up!

GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: Retaliation “Tactical Ninja” Snake Eyes

As most of you hopefully remember, I got a chance to review two out of the three “Tactical Ninja” boxed set figures a few months ago.  Well, now that this set has finally hit retail, I was able to finally round off that three pack with Snake Eyes!

Snake Eyes is…well, sort of a conundrum.  He’s got a fantastic mix of different really great parts.  But when you bring all of those great parts together, the result isn’t especially captivating or cohesive.  You’ll have to check out my G.I. Joe: Retaliation Review page for the full details, or just click the link below.

As an added bonus, I also added some details to my Agent Mouse review now that the final version is out, there were some added pictures and information that I wanted to get into the review.  You can click that link below as well.

It’s the THIRTY DAY mark! Thirty days until G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Reason #30!

That’s right, G.I. Joe fans.  Thirty short days until G.I. Joe: Retaliation launches its attack on theaters across the United States.  This very exciting landmark is again emphasized by Twitziller’s next Reason Why G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be Great.  And you can see this reason below.

#30:

You can’t see it, but I’m giving ole Twitziller a slow golf clap right now.  Very good reason to look forward to G.I. Joe: Retaliation, for sure.  Yes, G.I. Joe has always had elements of fantasy in it, and in some cases, very strong elements of fantasy.  But the beauty of G.I. Joe has always been how well those fantastic elements blend into more real world situations.  One place where many folks felt like G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra fell down was scenes like the Paris Pursuit scene where wildly unrealistic (and somewhat visually unconvincing) Accelerator Suits tore through the streets of the European city.  That, to many folks, put the film way over the science-fiction edge, not just from a technology standpoint, but also because the obvious CGI really drew people out of their immersion in the film.

Director Jon Chu has stated several times that he wanted G.I. Joe: Retaliation to feel grittier and more realistic.  He wants viewers to see the dirt and feel the punches.  This is all done best with practical effects accentuating the real life action on screen, and not replacing the actors too obviously.  Certainly there will still be a healthy sample of computerized effects.  These days in an action film there almost has to be.  But from what we’ve seen of the trailers and footage so far, and from what Chu has said, when possible, the effects will be more practical and real world.  I welcome it.

Keep checking back with Twitziller on Twitter and GeneralsJoes for updates, and the previous entries can be seen below.

GeneralsJoes Reviews the G.I. Joe: Retaliation Ninja Combat Cruiser

We’re still in vehicle mode at the review desk here at GeneralsJoes, but we’ve gone up in scale!  Graduating from the Bravo level Tread Ripper tank from yesterday, today we jump into the Delta class with the Ninja Combat Cruiser!  Or if you choose to burn all of the Arashikage symbols instead of applying them, I suppose it could just be the “Combat Cruiser”.

Check out my G.I. Joe: Retaliation review page for the full review, or just tap the link below.

As the days count down, reason #31 that G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be great

Pushing on, closer and closer to March 29th, and Twitziller continues his own brand of countdown!  The next reason to look forward to G.I. Joe: Retaliation has been Tweeted!

#31:

It may sound funny, but there’s something about a rappelling assault that I really love.  The adrenaline rush in any military TV show or movie as the special operations troops come flying down their ziplines, unhooking their weapons and preparing to kick ass is unmatched.  I love that whole atmosphere.  Obviously most of the G.I. Joe: Retaliation “zipline” play features are built around the high altitude ninja mountain combat sequence, but speaking as someone who just got the Tactical Ninja 3-Pack with Agent Mouse, this concept is pretty neat as well.  Who didn’t love swinging their action figures by strings as a kid?!  I know I did.  Pretty cool to see director Jon Chu still playing with that mindset, just on a larger stage.

Keep checking Twitziller on Twitter and GeneralsJoes for the latest reasons to look forward to G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and check out the previous entries below.

GeneralsJoes reviews G.I. Joe: Retaliation Tread Ripper Tank w/ Clutch

So over the past 2 weeks I’ve been maintaining my “one review a day” grind as we work down the “Road to Retaliation”!  Well, after yesterday, I kind of had an issue.  I’d posted reviews of every single pack G.I. Joe: Retaliation figure released to date!

Have no fear…  now we have vehicles!  I’ll be covering the Tread Ripper today and the Ninja Combat Cruiser tomorrow, and then dipping back into the figures as we examine the Wave 2 3-Packs!  Plenty of material still left on the table.  Check out the latest review on my G.I. Joe: Retaliation Review Page, or the direct link below.

What’s on Joe Mind Special Edition #25 – Ladies Night Part 2!

Having missed the first edition of Ladies Night, I’ll be honest…I wasn’t sure what to expect with Ladie’s Night Part 2.  Even with Chuck chickening out having a family issue to deal with the show was an absolute blast.  The ladies rocked it out.

No real show notes this time around, just hit up Podbean for the latest episode, or check out the embedded players below!

By popular demand, it’s back!  It’s Ladies Night II!!  The WOJM crew assemble a panel of female collectors and wives of collectors to talk to us about their collecting, relationships AND answer your questions that you’ve sent in.  Rejoining us again in 2013 is Gary’s wife Debbie and Mo from Moderately Geeky.  New to the panel is the co-host of the Open Your Toys Cast, Mrs. McFavorite and the owner of our sponsor, Kokomo Toys, Amber.  This was one of our most popular episodes of 2012 and included the infamous Chuck meltdown that you voted on as your most favorite Chuck Moment of 2012.  If you missed it or never heard it, you need to hear it here first!   There isn’t much Joe discussed here and because of the nature of the program and how we know each other, there are a lot of inside and running jokes.  Bear with us, because the info contained herein is some good stuff.  It’s the one night we sort of relax and let the show be about the ladies and lots of fun.  There is no Chuck this year, but we have some flavor in the second half with our own Herb and spices added.  So suck in that gut gentlemen, comb your hair and tuck in your shirt because the ladies are joining us tonight!

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