Fascinating insight into Hasbro’s model shop on Gizmodo

Last week Gizmodo posted a very cool video about the design and construction of Transformers, but I didn’t post it, just because…well, it was Transformers.  However, today, they’ve followed up that video with another video, this time a peek into Hasbro’s model shop.

This is where some of the magic happens, folks.  Figure sculpting, paint, construction…a lot of that happens in the Model Shop.  For folks who went on tour at Hasbro in 2010 during JoeCon, we got a very quick walk through and it was some of the most interesting stuff we saw in the entire process.  The way industrial design, artistic flair, and electronics all merge together into one fascinating department of toy magic.  Pretty awesome.

There are many steps before a toy gets to this point, from concept work, input drawings, etc…  but the Model Shop is awesome in its own right as well.  Check out the video on Gizmodo, or embedded below.  Watch for a Storm Shadow cameo!

And for good measure, here’s last week’s Transformers video as well, now that some of my butt hurt has worn off:

GeneralsJoes Reviews the 2013 Nocturnal Fire Convention Set!

The time has come!  We are just about two weeks removed from the 2013 G.I. Joe Convention in Indianapolis, and I finally have everything together to post the review.  I’m doing something a little different this year, rather than a single combined review, I actually separated everything into a whopping eighteen separate reviews.

Yes, eighteen.

In times past I’ve pushed the reviews out a day or two at a time, but I think this set is so intertwined, it would be very tough to do that.  All of the reviews are cross referenced in a single hub page for the overall look and feel of the Convention Set.  Check out the main hub review at the link below, and the other reviews are linked as well:

These reviews will, of course, also be linked at the G.I. Joe Collectors Club exclusives page as well.  Enjoy!

G.I. Joe: Retaliation continues worldwide domination – cruises past $320M

Even now, in it’s fourth week of release, G.I. Joe: Retaliation continues to dominate International markets, mostly thanks to its debut in China this past week.  According to The Wrap, the film generated nearly $40M in International revenue, boosted by China’s whopping $33M contribution for the debut.  That amount actually puts it as the number 1 film worldwide, with Oblivion coming in a close second.

Over on the domestic side, G.I. Joe: Retaliation has now topped $111M, with a combined International and American total of $322M.  This has catapulted the sequel past the original G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and considering the budget was significantly less, this is obviously good news, especially considering Japan hasn’t even opened yet.

Check Box Office Mojo for the latest numbers.  Great news continues to emerge for the G.I. Joe film franchise, let’s hope it’s not too little too late for toys at retail.  Thanks to SkotAlderman on Twitter for the heads up.