Yesterday we started off with Budo and Kwinn, and the G.I. Joe: Retaliation Wave 3.5 reviews continue full steam ahead with the Crimson Guard! While I like the Crimson Guard quite a bit, I have a very well defined purpose in my head for them, and I wasn’t sure this new figure would fit that purpose.
You know what, though? It ended up working much better than I thought it might. Check out the review on my G.I. Joe: Retaliation Review Page or the direct link below.
After the past few months, I’m sure it felt to many folks like this drought of G.I. Joe product might never end. But according to several sources, that drought is officially over!
I reported yesterday that Big Bad Toy Store had begun processing pre-orders, and no sooner had I posted that than Shin-Gouki and Naked_Snake found remnants of Wave 3.5 at their respective local Toys “R” Us stores in Texas and Arizona.
But wait, that’s not all. Over on Twitter, Flag Points is reporting that a friend of theirs found the new G.I. Joe Kre-O Ghoststriker at a local Toys “R” Us in California!
So on the same day as this monster DVD/Blu-Ray release, the toys supporting that release are starting to hit stores. Hopefully it all comes together right and this blitz can capture some more new G.I. Joe buyers and fans in its wake. Great news!
We heard about this last week, and now we have it all on video, and uploaded it to YouTube. It’s unknown whether that’s truly Ray Park under the mask (though I seriously doubt it), but man… Snake Eyes can pitch with some style, and he’s apparently a Southpaw! Check it out below.
Some additional details:
Paramount has confirmed (as well as several social media sites) that Ray Park was actually the one in the uniform throwing out the first pitch, which is awesome. Big ups to Ray for doing that! We also have some great images of the event below the video.
I meant to get this up yesterday, but unfortunately the crazy G.I. Joe: Retaliation Blu-Ray release chaos slipped this down the priority list a little bit. Never let it be said that I don’t try to get the word out about IDW’s Real American Hero title, though… best comic on the market right now! Here is a preview for issue #192, which hits your local comic shops today.
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #192
Larry Hama (w) • Sergio Cariello (a) S L Gallant (c)
G.I. JOE has held the upper hand for too long… now, it’s COBRA’s turn! COBRA COMMANDER is ready to launch an offensive strike that will bring G.I. JOE to its knees. The mighty shall fall and COBRA will rise again in G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #192!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Larry Hama variant sketch cover!
The news just broke today that G.I. Joe: Retaliation Wave 3.5 pre-orders are shipping from certain online retailers, but here at GeneralsJoes we’re getting a jump on things early. Big thanks to Glumby for hooking me up with some early samples of these upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation figures, and I’ve posted two new reviews to the G.I. Joe: Retaliation Review Page.
You can also check out the links directly below.
Got the email notification about five minutes ago (ironically, just after I returned back from picking up the G.I. Joe: Retaliation Steelbook at my local Wal-Mart)… pre-orders are now processing for Wave 3.5 of G.I. Joe: Retaliation figures. They’re on their way!
The full assortment can be seen below:
1x Crimson Guard
1x Snake Eyes
1x Storm Shadow
1x Cobra Commander
1x Combat Ninja
1x Budo Samurai Warrior
1x Data Viper
A few days ago, I had a unique opportunity to speak with G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu and I really wanted to talk to him a bit about the Extended Action Cut, and of course also slide in some G.I. Joe 3 related questions. This is a very short interview, but it gives some really nice insight into the thought process of the Extended Action Cut and also explained why some of the deleted scenes were not included even in the Extended Cut. We also talk a bit about Scarlett and what might be in the works for G.I. Joe 3.
The interview is posted over on YoJoe.com go check it out!
I’m not entirely sure why, but the topic of this post popped into my head rather suddenly as I really started thinking about the home release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation. And in fact, I suppose it was the trailer that really did it. I grabbed the trailer off of YouTube to embed it in my previous post about the release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation on Blu-Ray and DVD tomorrow, and it started playing…
…that first few seconds of music and The Rock’s little speech? Yeah, it took me back. I think I must have heard those words from him at least a hundred times as I watched the trailer over and over again and did screen caps, and just basked in the wonder of the G.I. Joe sequel, still not entirely sure it was really happening.
And then it wasn’t happening.
That got me to thinking about the last 24 months and what a crazy roller coaster ride the G.I. Joe fandom has been on since then. True ups and downs, and pretty much every single emotion in between. I thought it might be fun to take a little ride down memory lane and peek at what it’s been like for the past two years and maybe, just maybe appreciate the exciting road we’ve been on, even if it wasn’t always that fun. Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below to check it out.
Can you believe it?
How is this possible? When the film was delayed for 9 months it felt like the end of the G.I. Joe fandom at large…but instead the film rebounded strongly and ended up grossing nearly $400 million worldwide.
Now we stand on the precipice of the home release, and any one of us will be able to watch G.I. Joe: Retaliation any time we want. But that’s not all. For folks who are interested in such a thing, the Best Buy exclusive “Extended Action Cut” will feature nearly 13 minutes of additional footage, giving many G.I. Joe fans the G.I. Joe: Retaliation film they were expecting in theaters.
One might think that 13 minutes of a 90 minute film really doesn’t make much of a difference. I respectfully disagree. I think most folks will find that the additional footage spent on sequences building up the major plot points of the film really help the film feel more cohesive.
Yes, G.I. Joe fans, the film hits all of your local stores tomorrow. Are you excited?
Expect some interesting reflections and commentary once the film hits, as I dive head first into the Extended Action Cut and give my opinions on the changes and what the end result means for us and for the upcoming sequel.
I couldn’t be more excited! Bring it on.
Meanwhile, make sure you check out the DVD/Blu-Ray Buyer’s Guide to figure out which version you’re picking up tomorrow. Or in my case, which versionS. Also, check out the review of the Blu-Ray theatrical cut with all special features right here on GeneralsJoes.
A short while ago, we were given the unique opportunity to send some questions along to G.I. Joe: Battleground producer David Phan, and he responded with some terrific answers about the recently released mobile game. He answered questions about characters, game mechanics, and revealed some very nice tidbits of what we can expect from the game going forward.
It was a terrific discussion. Check out the full interview after the jump.