For real this time!! G.I. Joe: Battleground now available for iOS!!

Yes, yesterday it was a false start, but today it’s the real deal!  Mobile game G.I. Joe: Battleground is now available for iOS at the US App Store!  I am currently downloading it to my iPad as I type.

Featuring a combination card battle and strategy game, G.I. Joe: Battleground from Mobage and DeNA features amazing artwork from all of your favorite era’s of G.I. Joe.  Collect cards, battle your friends, and compete for worldwide events.

Also make sure you pre-register at GIJoeBattleground.com and enter the code yojoe! to get your free rare Dr. Mindbender card.  Check out the press release and associated information below, as well as a gallery of screen shots found on Facebook!

Following the successful initiative with Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) on the release of TRANSFORMERS: LEGENDS, DeNA Co., Ltd. (Tokyo: 2432) announced today it is collaborating with Hasbro on two new free-to-play mobile games tied to the company’s popular intellectual properties G.I. JOE and the Wizards of the Coast LLC. brand Dungeons & Dragons.

In G.I. JOE: BATTLEGROUND players lead and assemble teams of iconic G.I. JOE heroes and COBRA villains to battle against each other. Arena of War puts players in the Forgotten Realms for a battle roleplaying game that combines questing, character leveling, and small team collaboration with the most engaging mobile game mechanics on the market, such as in-game events and massive multiplayer competitions. Both mobile games are being developed and published by DeNA and they will be available on the company’s Mobage™ mobile social games platform later this year for Android, iPhone and iPad devices.

“Dungeons & Dragons and G.I. JOE are legendary IPs that have permeated popular culture,” said Clive Downie, CEO for DeNA West.  “Both properties offer our development teams unique opportunities to create fun, interactive entertainment experiences that we believe will appeal to the franchises’ dedicated fan bases as well as casual mobile game players.”

“DeNA brings an unprecedented amount of experience integrating social elements with immersive mobile gameplay, which is a natural fit for the expansion of the G.I. JOE and Dungeons & Dragons brands on mobile devices,” said Mark Blecher, Senior Vice President of Digital Gaming at Hasbro.

FEATURES

★ Take charge of G.I. JOE’s finest soldiers or rule the Cobra organization with an iron fist
★ Customize and upgrade your squads with combat skills and powerful vehicle attacks
★ Over 100 unique characters from the G.I. JOE universe (and growing!) to collect and train
★ Compete against the world in special events featuring massive boss fights and player vs player combat
★ Gorgeous character art from the talented artists behind G.I. JOE based comics and action figures
★ Featuring characters from Real American Hero to G.I. JOE: Renegades and every series in between

G.I. JOE: BATTLEGROUND is powered by Mobage, the best, free social game network.

Fascinating details revealed about the 2-Up manufacturing process and phantom limbs

Anyone who has been around the block for more than a few years generally has a good grasp on the design and manufacturing process that surrounds these wonderful toys that captured our childhood the way they did.  But even if many of us know the process, there are precious few actual historians who celebrate the work and the wonderful aesthetic process that was undertaken every single time one of these action figures was produced.

One of the most interesting aspects of the design and manufacturing process involves the “2-Up”.  Back in the 80’s and 90’s, “2-Ups” were used to sculpt the figures in wax at twice the normal scale, then resin copies are reproduced at the correct scale before the figure parts are tooled for production.  These 2-Ups were generally one of a kind, which is why they are in such hot demand for particular pre-production collectors.

In recent years, information about the 2-Ups, the standard “Buck”, and other manufacturing terminology has started to get out there, mostly due to growing connections between G.I. Joe fans, collectors, and the wonderful Hasbro designers who worked back in the glory days of action figure manufacturing.  But you don’t often see a really exhaustive explanation of a part of the production process.

Well, over on JoeCustoms, Gyre-Viper dropped an awesome knowledge bomb, with some terrific images and written details about 2-Ups, “bucks”, and phantom limbs, which is a really cool, introspective look at G.I. Joe history.  Big kudos to Gyre-Viper for presenting these images and details, and huge thanks to collectors like Chris Murray, Kevin Watts, and Brian Kauffman for letting him show some of these images and reveal some of these great details.

Any G.I. Joe fan will hopefully have some appreciation for these behind-the-scenes glimpses.  Check out the full article on JoeCustoms.com!

For more details on the pre-production process, I strongly advise everyone to check out JoeIntel.com… lots of awesome tidbits and information there!

The best custom project ever? Oreobuilder presents “Battle Corps Month”!

I think by now everyone knows how much I love the 90’s era of G.I. Joe, and that certainly includes Battle Corps.  Even with their sometimes bright colors, the designs meshed military realism with futuristic technology beautifully and are an almost perfect example of what I look for in G.I. Joe.  Figures like Stalker, Lifeline, the Cobra Viper, and many others throughout those last two years of G.I. Joe’s life deserve far more credit than they generally get.

So imagine my excitement when Oreobuilder, a customizer who I have some love for already, kicks off “Battle Corps Month” where he’s tackling the wide ranging Battle Corps cast of characters in modern era custom form.  This is going to be fantastic.

He started this project off on the Oreobuilder’s Blog and JoeCustoms.com and already has Lifeline, Stalker, Shipwreck, and Duke wrapped up and promises many more updates throughout the month.  I am on pins and needles waiting to see the rest.  Big kudos to Oreobuilder for jumping into this neglected part of G.I. Joe history, and giving it some genuine street cred with his awesome customs.

Keep up with Battle Corps Month on JoeCustoms.com and Oreobuilder’s Blog.