GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: Retaliation Film (SPOILER FREE)

I’m going to be doing two different reviews for G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  The spoiler free version is being posted right now, with the spoiler version coming probably tomorrow.  I wanted to get my thoughts out there as quickly and as knee-jerk as I could, but I understand not everyone is seeing the film right away.

So please check out my Spoiler Free review of G.I. Joe: Retaliation to hear my thoughts on this film.  It’s also hosted on my G.I. Joe: Retaliation Review page.

Then check back later for the spoiler version, where I’ll get into who lives, who dies, specific plot points and take a much deeper dive into the event that was G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

This has been a fun ride, G.I. Joe fans.  A really fun ride.  I greatly hope it’s simply one of many more to come.

Regal Cinema exclusive GIJoe Retaliation promotional poster!

I’m posting this from my theater seat,c waiting for G.I. Joe Retaliation to start, and wanted to let Joe fans know that there appears to be an exclusive poster for the premier.

Check out the image below. It’s pretty awesome.


IDW Publishing “Tales From the Cobra Wars” now available as an e-book

Word comes from Open Road Media that G.I. Joe: Tales From the Cobra Wars is now available as an e-book!  This exciting prose novel based in the G.I. Joe universe is a captivating read for all G.I. Joe fans, and now it’s even more accessible:

Tales from the Cobra Wars: A G.I. JOE Anthology edited by Max Brooks is now available as an ebook – just in time for the new film

Tales from the Cobra Wars is a compilation of high-energy stories and novellas, about the global convert conflict between G.I. JOE and COBRA. The stories are written by top crime and thriller writers, and edited by Max Brooks, author of World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide, and the graphic novel mini-series, G.I. JOE: Hearts & Minds.

“Great collection of G.I. JOE stories. They should have done this 20 years ago.” –Goodreads Review

“If you love G.I. JOE pick up this book.” –Amazon Review

In these eight short stories and novellas, all the favorite JOE heroes and villains are featured: Flint, Scarlett, Snake Eyes, Hawk, Dial Tone, and Destro and the Baroness, accompanied by commanding illustrations by Michael Montenat.  One of the best reviews of this book I’ve seen is from

With the movie only a few days away, Tales from the Cobra Wars is the perfect book to read while you wait for the wider release.   Check out the full details, or purchase the book yourself right here! and GeneralsJoes G.I. Joe: Retaliation Box Office Challenge!

Way back in 2009, Josh over at did a contest to guess the Box Office for G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra… and guess what?  He’s doing it again for G.I. Joe: Retaliation!

This is the way it works:

G.I. Joe: Retaliation – Guess the Opening Weekend Box Office Challenge

The closest guess without going over will be the winner.

Make your guess count (twice, if you want, one guess at each website is allowed) .  You can guess at the forum over on, or comment in this thread to make your guess.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday April 3rd.
Sponsored by & Yo & Paramount Pictures

Prizes Include:
1 G.I. Joe backpack
1 G.I. Joe hat
1 G.I. Joe sweatshirt
1 G.I. Joe: Retaliation movie poster
1 GI Joe IDW GI Joe Retaliation Prequel Trade Paper Back
1 Tactical Ninja Team set
1 Cobra Invasion Team set


Guidelines & Rules:
The Opening Box Office Gross (OBOG), US DOMESTIC ONLY, is determined by the amount of money ($$) that the GI Joe: Retaliation movie earns from tickets sold between Friday, March 29th and Sunday, March 31st ONLY. (This $$ value DOES include midnight screenings starting on 12:00 AM of the 29th).
For the purposes of this contest, the final OBOG will be determined by the box office numbers published on the website Box Office Mojo G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) – Box Office Mojo.

On Wed, April 3rd, the contest will announce its winner based on those $$ numbers that are current for the weekend of March 29th-31st. If Box Office Mojo changes their numbers after Wed the 3rd, the contest will not adjust its winner. As of noon Pacific Time on April 3rd, what Box Office Mojo has as their weekend $$ numbers for GI Joe are the final numbers for this contest.

All OBOG guesses must be submitted correctly at or Any guesses placed after Thursday, March 28th 11:59 PM will be considered invalid.

In order to post your OBOG guess at either of these websites, you must first become a forum member. Membership sign up for Yo Joe is here & GeneralsJoes. Both are free.

The winning OBOG $$ value guess cannot exceed the final OBOG amount.

If there are screenings on Thursday, March 28th or prior to that their box office gross does not count towards this contest’s $$ value, only Fri to Sun is valid.
Guesses are to the dollar value only, if your guess contains cents, it will be rounded up to the next dollar value, no cents are involved.

In the case of an exact tie, the winner is determined by who voted first on the forums (by date first then time, which forum doesn’t matter). Guesses placed in incorrect topics on incorrect forums on incorrect websites will not be counted. Be sure to guess at or

Any edited guesses after the contest is closed will be considered invalid. A guesser IS ALLOWED to make a separate guess in each website’s forum.

In order to verify that your guess has been counted correctly, a PDF will be posted and made available on Tuesday April 2nd for verification. The winner will be notified by their site administrator and arrangements for delivery of the prize pack will be made after Wed, April 3rd. If by the end of Friday, April 5th, the winner has not responded the next closest guess will become the winner by default.
Yo Joe!

GeneralsJoes Reviews discount store “running change” Cobra Commander

First of all, a big thanks to Chief over at for the Cobra Commander hook up!  I was running towards the end of this daily review trend leading up to G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and this figure arrived just in the nick of time!  Then my hands were so jittery from the excitement of seeing G.I. Joe: Retaliation tonight I could barely type.

Oh, the humanity!

Regardless, the review is done and posted in the 30th Anniversary section, or you can hit the direct link below.  Thus wraps up my Discount Store “Running Change” versions of these figures.  NEXT!

The goal line is in sight! Reason #3 to see G.I. Joe: Retaliation!

In some places in the world (including one of my local theaters… YAY!) G.I. Joe: Retaliation is actually debuting tonight.  But still rolling with the official release date, Twitziller posts the latest update today, focusing on filming techniques.


Considering so many of the trailers and TV spots include shots in the dead of night with explosions and gunfire, it’s pretty evident that lighting is going to play a large role in the way G.I. Joe: Retaliation effectively portrays battle.  In fact, even as we see Firefly rolling up on his motorcycle and unleashing his robotic explosive drones the importance of lighting cannot be understated.

It’s always a challenge to show a dark environment, yet allow enough vision so the viewer knows what they’re seeing.  From all appearances, G.I. Joe: Retaliation has accomplished this.

Follow Twitziller on Twitter, or keep it on GeneralsJoes for the latest.  Previous entries are below.

Characters I’m most looking forward to seeing in G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Larry Hama has always established that G.I. Joe isn’t necessarily about war, action, ninjas, or gun battle…at its core, it is about the characters.  It is the personality of the characters that keeps them alive and keeps them viable throughout the years.

I would maintain that this remains true in Hollywood as well, and that the translation of these characters into film is equally important for the movie to remain timeless.  After all, we don’t all remember the fantastic Aliens movie because of the gun fights, right?  We remember it because of characters like Hicks, Ripley, and Hudson.  THEY are what made that film, not splattering acid blood all over the place.

So now that things are starting to take shape around G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which characters am I most looking forward to seeing in action?  Let’s break it down after the jump:

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation premieres in the Philippines in style!

I’ve showcased the great guys over at TS118 before, and they really pulled out all of the stops for the premiere of G.I. Joe: Retaliation!  They were able to coordinate with a local movie distributor to feature their unique and excellently crafted diorama sets at various locations in conjunction with the movie premiere.

Imagine going into your local theater to see G.I. Joe: Retaliation and seeing a full blown G.I. Joe battle scene right in the lobby.  Pretty cool stuff right there.

Click the read the rest of this entry link below to check out the full details and a bunch of great images!

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Celebrate G.I. Joe: Retaliation’s release with an epic Twitter prize package!

G.I. Joe: Retaliation is getting primed to explode all over the place, and to celebrate the release of the film, Paramount has kindly supplied a generous prize package to give out to one lucky GeneralsJoes  Follower!

Yes…the key term is “Follower”..  you must be a GeneralsJoes Twitter follower to be entered into this contest.  The key to this challenge is to see if we can get the #GIJoe hashtag propagating throughout the online community.  Paramount has generously supplied the following prizes to the lucky winner:

  • Paramount Messenger Bag/Backpack
  • Wristbands
  • Headband
  • Sweatshirt
  • T-Shirt
  • Hat

The contest will run the entirety of Tuesday, March 26th, and the process is simple:

Step 1 – Follow GeneralsJoes on Twitter

Step 2 – Copy and Paste the following into Twitter: RT @GeneralsJoes EPIC #GIJoe Prize Package!  RT to win and RT if you’re going to rock #GIJoeRetaliation this week!

I will filter through the RT’s and choose one lucky winner to win the above prize package!  RT on Twitter to win!

G.I. Joe: Retaliation will hit theaters on March 28th!


In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. The film stars D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum with Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. Directed Jon M. Chu, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonventura and Brian Goldner, from screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick based on Hasbro’s G.I Joe characters.

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