Don’t have G.I. Joe: Retaliation yet? Take advantage of this deal from Amazon!

I would think most diehard G.I. Joe fans would own G.I. Joe: Retaliation on Blu-Ray at this point, but if you don’t have it, now is your chance.

Amazon.com has the Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack for EIGHT BUCKS.  Yep, just $7.99.  Hit the banner below and go get it!

Don’t go to the stores! Online e-tailers offer some great Black Friday deals

Yes, I know, G.I. Joe is dead at retail, but that doesn’t mean there’s no hope of some toy goodness on this Black Friday.  Several online e-tailers are bringing some great deals to the table today.

Kokomo Toys – If you do want to go into a store, and you live in the Kokomo, Indiana region, hit the Kokomo Toys store and save 25% off the entire stock of items in store!  If you want to take advantage of their eBay store, you can still take 10% off every item there.  It’s a win-win!

Nerd Rage Toys – Having a fantastic Black Friday/Cyber Monday monster toy sale on many of their in stock items!

Amazon.com– Always with some fantastic Black Friday deals, including Boys Toys
please consider hitting up my Amazon Affiliate link to do some holiday shopping and support the site!  While you’re there, pick up Pacific Rim on Blu-Ray
for $7.99 for yourself!

Entertainment Earth – A huge amount of toys and goodies and Black Friday week is bringing even more great savings!

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Big Bad Toy Store – This huge online retailer has been a haven for G.I. Joe fans in recent years, and they still have a number of G.I. Joe items as well as other items in stock and on sale!  Go get ’em!

You don’t have to leave your house to enjoy some great Black Friday deals…so fire up that keyboard, and get yourself and your friends & family some great new toys.

Black Friday special from IDW Artist Tom Feister

It’s not just the big box stores and retail outlets that have Black Friday specials!  Comic artist Tom Feister is blowing out some G.I. Joe prints himself today at a terrific bargain.

Over on Facebook, Mr. Feister is offering all six of his G.I. Joe prints, signed to the buyer, for $25!  That is an insanely good deal for a set of terrific looking prints, taken from the covers of G.I. Joe: Origins by IDW Publishing.

Hit up his Facebook page to grab a set before they’re gone.

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Big thanks to HISSTank.com for the info!

 

Happy Thanksgiving from GeneralsJoes

Can you even believe we’re approaching the end of the year and the holiday season already?  I know this year feels a little different, at least from a G.I. Joe fan perspective, as the shelves are (mostly) bare, but perhaps that gives us time to stop and reflect on some more important things in life.

Take some time and spend it doing something you love, whether that’s spending time with family, or just appreciate what you already have instead of what isn’t available to buy.

Whatever you’re doing this time of year, give thanks.  I feel the need to give thanks to all of you for continuing to stop by the site, continuing to inflate my ego with your nice words, listening to the Podcast, and just generally joining me to celebrate the best toyline that ever existed.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Nerd Rage Toys – Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale!

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Its that time of year again. A time when the masses form outside, in the cold, for several hours to score the best deals of the year.

I don’t know about you, but I would rather stay in the comfort of my own home with a nice cup of coffee, and grab some awesome deals with the click of a mouse.

If you’re looking for some of the hottest toys with the best prices, then look no further! Starting at 12pm EST on Black Friday, and continuing through the weekend up through Cyber Monday, we’ll be offering some of the best deals we’ve ever had.

Door-buster deals will include GI Joe, Star Wars, Marvel Legends, TMNT, Ghostbusters, Transformers, Thundercats, Barnyard Commandos, Food Fighters, Visionaries, and MORE!

The deals start at 12pm EST Black Friday (November 29th) through Cyber Monday (December 1st). The savings will knock your socks off! 

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Preview for IDW Publishing G.I. Joe Special Missions #9

New comic day tomorrow, which means a new G.I. Joe comic, and this week we’ve got the latest installment in the Special Missions series!  Check out the preview below.

G.I. Joe: Special Missions #9

Chuck Dixon (w) • Jamal Igle (a) • Igle, Paul Gulacy (c)

BILDOCKER’S DAY OFF! The Special Mission Unit’s expert conniver and master scrounger wants to prove he’s got as much right to be G.I. JOE as anyone else. BILDOCKER and DIAL-TONE take off on a road trip to the Florida Everglades to cut a deal with one of his shady contacts. But what they find out in the swamp is a weapon of mass destruction auction run by COBRA! Can BILDOCKER talk himself and DIAL-TONE out of becoming gator bait?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • The SPECIAL MISSIONS team heads to the Everglades!
  • Variant cover by S L Gallant!

Amazon Pre-Black Friday Video Game Deals in abundance

We’re closing in on Christmas, and while I try not to do the “Support my Amazon Affiliate” thing very often, I make some exceptions around Christmas time.  Mainly because Amazon offers some insanely good deals at Christmas on a lot of stuff that guys in the toy collecting scene are into.

Unfortunately there likely won’t be any new G.I. Joe related product to get excited about, but they are starting some killer video game deals even before Black Friday.

If you are so inclined, check out my Amazon Affiliate link below and pick some stuff up using it.  It helps us both.  :)

A big one here is Batman: Arkham City, which is a title I’ve been watching. No, it’s not the brand new “Arkham Origins” but if you’re like me and are only 16% of the way through Arkham Asylum, now’s a good time to get the next installment!

Latest Operation: Takedown event brings Oktober Guard to the G.I. Joe Battleground universe!

There wasn’t much of a warning this time around, but G.I. Joe: Battleground has launched their latest event tonight, another round of their “Operation: Takedown” theme.  For the first time ever, we see the Oktober Guard in the G.I. Joe: Battleground universe, each with their own special bonus against the Takedown boss… Darklon!

I know folks have their questions about the game, but every time I see new artwork, I fall a little bit more in love with that aspect of the game.  I really love how the folks from DeNA are using so much source material from the G.I. Joe Collectors Club designs, which run rampant through this entire event.  Very cool.

Check out some screen caps below.

Download G.I. JOE: BATTLEGROUND for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices for free at: http://mobage.com/games/g-i-joe-battleground

Win an IDW Limited G.I. Joe Complete Collection Volume 1 from YoJoe.com!

It’s a book every G.I. Joe Marvel Comics fan won’t want to be without…the G.I. Joe Complete Collection has been a fantastic release by Mark Bellomo, collecting all of the Marvel issues with color corrections and some great insight by Larry Hama himself.

IDW Limited is taking these Complete Collections and wrapping them into their fantastic deluxe hardcover offerings, many with exclusive artwork just for that volume.

YoJoe.com is proud to be able to offer one of the “Red Label” Volume 1 IDW Limited collections to one lucky G.I. Joe collector!  We have launched the YoJoe CobraThon Contests and the first prize is this terrific installment from IDW Limited.  There are many ways to get your “name in the hat” but only one lucky collector will win.

Check out the CobraThon Contest Round 1 and enter now!

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Early seeds of “Rise of the Robots” G.I. Joe theme from 2005 revealed

There are pluses and minuses to the social media explosion throughout the Internet, but when it comes to getting access to industry insiders and hearing some great behind the scenes intel, I can think of no better resource than a place like Facebook or Twitter where you can get direct access to these people.

In many cases its merely a side conversation between a few industry guys, as what happened between animation veterans Will Meugniot and David McDermott, who apparently were involved in some early production work for the G.I. Joe animated series “Rise of the Robots” that never got produced.  Those of us who were around and active during the new sculpt era have fond memories of the “Robot Rebellion” title (which apparently was a derivation of Rise of The Robots), a theme that was supposedly slated to take off after Valor Vs. Venom’s departure.  Let’s not forget back then G.I. Joe was much more solidly built around a specific story.  Each year’s line was complimented by a direct to DVD animated feature, and figures were a mixture of new concepts and really new versions of old characters.

As many folks now know, the seeds of The Rise of the Robots” were sewn into what would eventually become Sigma 6, much to many G.I. Joe fan’s chagrin.  I know I’m exceedingly vocal about my love for Sigma 6, and it’s going to be one of my favorite era’s of G.I. Joe for the rest of my life, I imagine, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t have also wanted to see what would have come through The Rise of the Robots.

Well, both Will and David were just having one of those awesome “hey, remember when Hasbro trashed that animated series we spent months developing?” conversations, and some great images and details emerged about the beginning of The Rise of the Robots, and ergo, Sigma 6.  Some rough art was shown, which looks very much like Sigma 6, but also with some great new elements as well (Jinx FTW!).  It’s really cool to see this, especially for many folks who have spent years hypothesizing what “might have been” after Valor Vs. Venom.  Certainly the Direct To Consumer line took some of those elements (namely the Rhino, ROCC, and HISS Tank vehicles) but a lot of the central themes of this new iteration ended up in an 8″ scale.

Check  out the mirrored images below, and if you’re on Facebook, take a peek at Will Meugniot’s photo album where he reveals some neat details surrounding the doomed animated series.  Big kudos to Andrew Franks for sharing this in the G.I. Joe Discussion Group over on Facebook.