Somewhat lost in the shuffle of convention news and G.I. Joe: Retaliation stuff is that everyone’s favorite Gun Runner, Marauder, Inc. has fired off another Kickstarter campaign! The funding of his next series of weapons was such a successful endeavor, he is using Kickstarter again, this time for a “Mark II” supplemental set.
This supplemental set includes items that were planned for possible “stretch goals” in the previous campaign, but done on their own, they can be had for a much more modest amount. These items should be familiar to all fans out there! We’ve got a “Pulse” modular accessory, a flashbang accessory, and a laser accessory. You can check out the mirrored images below.
Various different contributions will earn various different levels of these weapons, including multiple weapons in the package, and even painted versions of these guns! As you can see above these are some highly valued and very desirable accessories for all of you G.I. Joe fans out there.
Well there’s a nice surprise for your Monday afternoon!
The G.I. Joe Collectors Club has revealed their 2013 Membership Incentive figure. We already knew Iceberg was coming, but we hadn’t seen the actual figure yet. Now we have! The new head sculpt looks great, and could potentially work for a guy like Big Ben as well.
I believe the torso and fur collar is from Snow Serpent, with arms from the 30th Anniversary Airtight. The Spirit legs are a great idea with that fuzzy cuff around the boots, though the figure looks a little bit top heavy. Almost seems like he could have used a belt or something.
Probably the highlight of the figure, though, is the inclusion of many of the accessories only available with the canceled Rise of Cobra Arctic Duke. He’s got the wrapped machine gun, the snowboard, and what looks like the backpack as well. A pity they couldn’t find a way to get that elusive jacket included, too. Perhaps somewhere down the line we’ll see that one.
Once a day these updates are going to hit Twitziller’s Twitter feed, and once a day, I’m going to put them up here on GeneralsJoes, too. Momentum is building for G.I. Joe: Retaliation! A daily reminder of what to look forward to is never a bad thing.
G.I. Joe is certainly all about characters, but it’s also about the hardware. After all, the original G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero concept was sold as a vehicle idea with the figures simply being compliments to the military ordnance that accompanied them. It really speaks to Larry Hama’s characterizations that allowed the universe to thrive over the past 30 years.
The idea of “10 minutes in the future” for military hardware keeps things somewhat grounded, yet still science-fiction enough to be different from your standard 21st Century technology. The Ripsaw is an awesome way to touch both ideals, and manages to mesh with existing G.I. Joe concepts quite nicely.
Wow, nothing like a terrible pun to liven your Monday work day, huh?
So what’s with the HALO drop joke? Only the fact that Episode 73 of What’s on Joe Mind features an interview with the indelible Khary Payton, the voice of Ripcord from G.I. Joe: Renegades! Fans of quality animation will probably also recognize him as being the voice of Aqualad from the excellent Young Justice animated series as well. I may have fanboyed over him a bit about that. Keep in mind this interview was done a few months ago, before news of Young Justice’s cancellation broke, so this was a topic we did not bring up.
We also have the full audio from Hasbro’s G.I. Joe presentation at Toy Fair! You’ll feel like you were sitting right in the auditorium, especially as Gary has a stroke when he sees the Kre-On Snow Job. Check out this latest episode on our Podbean page, or also embedded below. As always, the show notes are after the jump.
Appearing on YouTube, two more International G.I. Joe: Retaliation promotional items have come to light thanks to Paramount International’s YouTube Channel. One of them being a full trailer, and the other being a shorter TV spot. There is a little bit of new footage in each, mostly focused on Lee Byung-Hun who is a superstar in Asia.
The most highlights are in the full trailer itself, which you can see directly below. The shorter, more compressed TV spot is at the bottom. I love the short added scene of Storm Shadow scraping his sword over the desk during the UN sequence. Pretty cool stuff.
With every image I saw of this guy I grew less and less impressed with him. A sub-standard rehash of the 25th Anniversary Wraith? Yeah, no thanks.
Well, color me surprised, once I got the figure in hand. The tooling works together a lot better than I initially suspected, the new head sculpt is great, and the paint deco is surprisingly effective. The mixture of dark, thick paint wipes and bright blue piping makes a great impression in person.