The G.I. Joe Collectors Club presents… 2014 Convention Exclusive OZONE!

Another notch in the E.C.O. Force belt was revealed today by the G.I. Joe Collectors Club!  Along with the previously revealed Flint, today we get my personal childhood favorite ECO Warriors character, Ozone.

Unfortunately they elected to only show a helmeted image for now, as I’m really dying to see what his head sculpt looks like, but the parts choice is relatively solid.  Color matching is pretty much dead on.

He looks to be using RoC Flash/Resolute Zartan arms, which is great, and PoC Snake Eyes legs, which is… not so great.  Sure the lower legs show off a bit of an armored look, and perhaps I just don’t like them because they were attached to one of my least favorite figures in the PoC era.  Tucked underneath there appears to be the torso from Retaliation “Ninja Duel” Snake Eyes as well. Whatever the case, the entire figure ends up looking really nice and really captures the original’s spirit well.  That Retaliation Cobra Trooper webgear sets it off nicely, too.

Check out the figure at GIJoeCon.com and see the image mirrored below.

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Episode 89 of What’s on Joe Mind drops some Hot Toys goodness!

Among many other things…

Quite awhile ago, we had the unique opportunity to interview a couple of the guys from the Hot Toys Podcast, and while it took us a little while to get this posted (apologies Jim and Eamon) with G.I. Joe: Retaliation Roadblock on the precipice of release, it seems apt to get this out there now.

Along with talking with those fine folks, we cover all of the G.I. Joe news and information, and even touch on the big “NO JOES in 2014″ topic that seems to be rearing it’s ugly head over the past week.

As always, hit up Podbean or check out the embedded player below, and show notes are after the jump.

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Conan O’Brien pawns G.I. Joe figure at LA pawn store

This great little nugget showed up in my mailbox this morning courtesy of the fine folks at TeamCoco.com and it involves the one and only Conan O’Brien visiting an Armenian pawn shop in Los Angeles, trying to sell some memorabilia.

Among these items is an awesome 12″ customized Conan O’Brien G.I. Joe figure, which the host is quick to point out has knee pads, a quite embarrassing side note to O’Brien for obvious reasons.

It’s a really funny segment, check it out at TeamCoco.com, just watch out for the masterbating bear!

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Larry Hama and Mark Cheng’s new collaborative film project – Ghost Source Zero

If you follow me on Facebook and Twitter, I’ve been promoting a Kickstarter Campaign for this new independent film project, but I hadn’t posted anything about it here on GeneralsJoes yet.  Well, that’s gonna change now.

As many of you should recall, Mark Cheng worked on a G.I. Joe fanfilm, Operation: Red Retrieval a while ago, and managed to impress many viewers.  One key viewer who he impressed was none other than Larry Hama himself.  Thus began a collaboration that is now resulting in a Kickstarter Campaign for an independent “micro budget” film project Ghost Source Zero.

Today, the monster YouTube channel Machinima posted the pilot episode of Ghost Source Zero, which features the first 4.5 – 5 minutes of the project.  It’s a look into a future where artificial intelligence and cybernetics run wild, and a cyber crime unit is tasked with investigating  a particularly interesting case.  It’s definitely got a Larry Hama flair, and judging purely by the first four minute sequence, there are some impressive production values involved as well.  Please consider supporting the project on Kickstarter so we can get the next 11 parts to go along with the pilot.  It looks like a very, very fun project.  Check out the Pilot embedded (from YouTube) below, and again, hit up Kickstarter to show your support.

Entertainment Earth G.I. Joe Products in stock now!

Typically they only sell by the case, but Entertainment Earth has some single figures available from recent G.I. Joe: Retaliation releases!

Check the links below to see what’s left.

Go hit ’em up!

GeneralsJoes Dio-Story Sections Rearranged

I’ve now been on this WordPress platform for nearly five years, and meanwhile the Dio-Story and Review sections have kind of been tagging along in static pages, not nearly as integrated with the rest of the site as I’d like them to be.

Well, the Reviews are still pending some integration within the YoJoe framework, but the Dio-Stories are now part of my GeneralsJoes WordPress Content Management System.

What does that mean for the reader?  Honestly, not a whole lot.  The pages have been slightly reformatted, with some cosmetic navigation differences, but the essence of the stories are the same.

The Drop Down Menu above has been re-coded to reflect the change, so if it’s been a while since you’ve checked out the dio-stories, you may want to consider diving back in.

And as some might suspect, the reasons for doing this are not just to help the current configuration, but also to prepare for new content, so consider this a confirmation that my latest Dio-Story “Darkness Falls” will indeed launch this year.

My current vision is to try and have it rolling by summer, and perhaps even earlier, if everything falls into place.  In a perfect world, I’d start the ball rolling at JoeCon, but realizing that event grows nearer every day and I still have a lot of work to do, I’m not sure that’s reasonable.

I’ll try to keep everyone in the loop as progress is made, but meanwhile, hit up the GeneralsJoes Dio-Story section to play some catch up, and check out the Miscellaneous Dio-Story section as well, where I’ve collected a number of smaller stories I’ve done throughout the years.

Also, don’t forget about Self Modifier’s fantastic G.I. Joe vs. Transformers Dio-Story which is a must read for Joe fans and Transformers fans alike!  Thanks as always for all of your support, I know this has been a long time coming, I really hope it’s worth the wait.

I really want to thank Mike and his work on the fantastic WordPress “WebComic” Plug in…it’s an awesome plug in right out of the box, and he’s offered some really great support along the way, too.  If you’re looking for a nice, quick way to host webcomics on a WordPress platform, you should definitely check it out.

Huge thanks, too, to Brad for his assistance in getting things polished up and ready for launch.  I owe ya one!

GeneralsJoes Miscellaneous Dio-Story Page

Hey, listen… I loves me some dio-stories!  I love them so much that sometimes I do them just for the heck of it, even when they don’t really fit into my “continuity”.  I’ve done them for reviews and, well… just for fun.  Check out some of my miscellaneous just “for the hell of it” dio-stories below.

Sigma Six – First StrikeSideshow 12″ DukeRise of Cobra Mini-Sode
POC RAM w/ SandstormPoC Spirit Iron-KnifeG.I. Joe: Retaliation Cyber-Viper