Last minute Marauder “Task Force” backers – Maybe this will help

GeneralsJoes reader and Marauder “Task Force” enthusiast Ben sent along a spreadsheet to help calculate the best configuration for your pledge based on what figures you’re looking for and in what quantities.  Sorry I’m so late getting this posted, but I just barely got to my email again.

The Excel Spreadsheet is hosted right here, and the instructions for using it are below.  Use it wisely, and let’s get this thing through the roof!  We’re SO CLOSE to Logan level.  I can smell that red Command-Ops unit!

Instructions for the Task Force Spreadsheet (Download it here)

Everything on the left in WHITE is meant to be changed, anything with a color background has formulas, they will auto-update (The Julie/white figure section is white, but it also obviously has formulas) so don’t change any of those.

You can change the “required” to whatever comes with the level you’re on, and then change the “choice” to whatever your choices are. So if you’re at the level where you get 2 free of each goal, change those first (and adjust your required figures of the first three). Then you can change the numbers in the “choice” column and the gear will update on the right.

Note the stretch figures are separate from the accessory stretch goals for clarity.

You can also put your total dollars spent in the white box on the bottom left and it will update the per fig cost below. One box is only figures, the other is if you count figures and stretch sets separately.

I have it set up for the 50 fig level.

Support it here!

Aim High – Can we push the “Logan” stretch goal for Marauder Task Force?

Okay, maybe I’m hoping for too much here… but we are within about 13 hours of the Marauder “Task Force” wrapping up its funding and currently it sits at just above $180,000.  That is absolutely amazing and fantastic.

The “Julie” stretch goal just unlocked, which is a cool sounding arctic themed figure.

But…  there’s still a figure goal out there that might be attainable, depending on how much we can push this.  At the $210,000 level the “Logan” stretch goal will be unlocked, which features “a Commando-Ops Marauder Gaming figure.  Red deco figure molded in color with factory applied paint.  Figure includes “Balaclava” head sculpt, “Half-Shell” helmet, and “modular Armor” vest with interchangeable pockets and accessories”.

Now maybe I’m being greedy, but personally I think a red deco figure sounds pretty bad ass and I’d love to see that stretch goal unlocked.  But is it realistic?  $30,000 in the final 13 hours seems like a very lofty goal, but the Marauder “Task Force” Kickstarter has been breaking those goals for 29 days and 11 hours.  Why stop now?

If you’re on the fence, NOW IS THE TIME.  Go hit it, and let’s do this!

Mea Culpa – 2014 G.I. Joe Convention Outback

When you’re pounding through 20 something reviews in 10 days, some times there are some details that get missed, and unfortunately it’s been pointed out to me that  complaints about Outback’s arm articulation were likely because I had his left arm positioned backwards throughout most of the review.

That is a true point, though it doesn’t help the movement issues in his right arm, but hey, if you’re cool with Outback being left-handed then he can hold and position his weapons a LOT better than I indicated in my review.

So I do apologize, and from now on in my universe, ole Outback is a south paw.  :)

I’ve added the images and a little clarification text to my Outback review as well.  Thanks to the folks who pointed this out to me.

Bandai, Hot Toys, Batman, Acid Rain, Assassin’s Creed, Transformers, GI Joe & More!

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NEW AND RETURNING BANDAI OFFERINGS
We have a new list of pre-orders from Bandai. Returning items include the Metal Build Freedom Gundam at $144.99, Robot Spirits Doreamon at $33.99, Saint Cloth Myth EX Libra Dohko at $89.99 and Robot Damashii L-Gaim Mark II at $56.99. New items include S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Hibiki at $48.99, S.H> Figuarts Sailor Saturn at $43.99, Saint Cloth Myth Cygnus Hyoga at $84.99 and more – check out the list for more information.

ARES – TFC-03 CONABUS FIGURE
Conabus can transform from robot to rhino, and also becomes a leg for the Ares combiner figure. Conabus is priced at $99.99, and should arrive around the middle of May.

TW-H03 SWAMPER
Toyworld has announced a new figure. Swamper changes from alligator to robot, and has a trainer figure that changes into a head for Swamper’s robot mode, and can ride in a spot on Swamper’s back in alligator mode. This figure is listed at $99.99, $10 off the MSRP.

BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS 1/4 SCALE ACTION FIGURE
We just wanted to mention that this figure is open for pre-orders again. It is wearing the costume from the popular video game, and is listed at $99.99, saving you $20 off of the MSRP. He comes with a Grapnel Gun and Batarang, as well as a fabric cape.

ASSASSIN’S CREED SAGA SERIES 03 – SET, SINGLES
McFarlane Toys’ newest assortment from the Assassin’s Creed saga includes Altair Ibn-La’Ahad, Ezio Auditore Da Firenze, Ah Tabai and a Secret Assassin Figure from the upcoming AC chapter. These figures are priced at $12.99 each, or as a Set of 4 for $49.99.

FINAL FANTASY PLAY ARTS KAI – BAHAMUT
This large dragon is done in black and red with gold highlights and includes a display stand. He is listed at $249.99.

MARVEL MOLDED 16 OZ. CERAMIC MUGS
These new mugs are shaped as the heads of some of Marvel’s greatest heroes and villains. They include Iron Man, Thor, Venom, Deadpool, Hulk, Spider-Man, Captain America, the Black Widow and Loki. Each is listed at $14.99.

TRANSFORMERS MP-22 MASTERPECE ULTRA MAGNUS WITH COLLECTOR COIN
In addition to the regular release, we will also be able to bring in a small quantity of MP-22 Collector Coins for those who are interested. The MP-22 with Coin is listed at $204.99.

TRANSFORMERS EXPO EXCLUSIVE SLAG, IMPORT EXCLUSIVE MICRONS
Five new import exclusive Transformers are on the way. The Movie Slag is being done in G1 colors for the Transformers Expo, and we have a small quantity of them on the way at $109.99 each. Also, the four recent Generations Legends Minicon helpers Roller, Blazemaster, Waspinator and Chopshop are being release as Japanese exclusives in clear plastics. They are named Micron Silver Roller (white and gray), Micron Jolt (red), Micron Buzzsaw (yellow and light blue) and Micron Beatchop (Blue), and are priced at $29.99 each.

NEW IMPORT EXCLUSIVES
Another bunch of exclusives has gone up for pre-order. They include S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider figures, Robot Spirits Unicorn Gundam and Vifam, Medicom Kamen Rider and Kikaider figures and much more. We also have S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla Effect and Weapons Effect part sets listed at $31.99 and $32.99, respectively, now that we have found out they will be released domestically as well.

POP HEROES DEATHSTROKE PX EXCLUSIVES – REGULAR, METALLIC, SDCC EXCLUSIVE UNMASKED
Diamond is releasing the POP! Deathstroke in three exclusive versions. The Regular and MEtallic versions are listed at $11.99 each, as is the SDCC Exclusive Unmasked version.

DOCTOR WHO – THE EIGHTH DOCTOR’S SONIC SCREWDRIVER
This Doctor made two video appearances – his intro in the 1996 film “Doctor Who” and his exit in the webisode “The Night of the Doctor”, but has many book adventures in between. His Sonic Screwdriver will be released for the first time soon, and we have it priced at $19.99, $5 off the MSRP.

DOCTOR WHO – THE FIFTH DOCTOR’S SONIC SCREWDRIVER
The Fifth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver has been announced. This version includes sound effects and is priced at $19.99, $5 off of the MSRP.

REVOLTECH MICRO FIGURE RM002 – SUGURU KINNIKU
The lead character in the Kinnikuman franchise is the next to get a new Revoltech Micro figure. He comes with optional hands and a display base, as well as a tool to adjust his eyes, and stands just over 4″ tall. He is listed at $32.99.

“DESPICABLE ME 2″ MINION FINGER PUPPETS – SINGLE, BOX
These cute little guys come in at least 10 different styles and poses. We have them listed as a Random Single at $4.99, or as a Box of 20 Random Figures at $79.99.

MOVIE MASTERPIECE 1/6 SCALE BATMAN CLASSIC (1966 FILM)
Hot Toys has released the first of their Classic Batman movie figures with the title hero. He comes with alternate hands, a batarang, bat-shark repellant, a bat-radio and more. He is priced at $204.99.

ACID RAIN ST-01 STRONGHOLD 4 EYES – SAND, MARINE
This transforming military vehicle goes from tank-like crawler to mech unit, and comes in two color styles. Each has a unique weathering pattern and can hold a 1/18 scale driver. They also come with a new set of tank treads (must be assembled), and each is listed at $139.99.

12″ STORM SHADOW
Sideshow’s 12″ Storm Shadow comes dressed in winter camo and includes a bow with arrows, tonfas, alternate hands, gauntlets, shin guards and much more. It is listed at $179.99.

1/4 SCALE PREMIUM FORMAT BATMAN STATUE RESTOCK
This Batman piece is shown standing atop a gargoyle sculpture, wearing his black and gray outfit. It stands 25″ tall and is listed at $399.99.

KNIFEHEAD 17″ STATUE
This “Pacific Rim” kaiju has four sets of claws and a fierce visage highlighted in light blue. The body also has bright green detailing, and he stands atop a base of crashing waves, with a small boat caught in the destruction. This piece is listed at $379.99.

BREAKING BAD 6″ WALTER WHITE AS HEISENBERG ACTION FIGURE
The first of two Breaking Bad releases this week, this figure shows Walter White Dressed up as his Heisenberg persona. He comes with money, blue crystals, and a removable hat and glasses. He is priced at $16.99, $3 off the MSRP.

BREAKING BAD 6″ WALTER WHITE BOBBLEHEAD
This super deformed bobblehead has Walter in his yellow hazmat suit. He is priced at $14.99.

TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS TITANS SERIES METROPLEX WITH AUTOBOT SCAMPER
This tallest ever Transformer has finally been restocked. He changes from robot to vehicular battle station to city and has lights and sounds; he comes with Scamper, a small black car that transforms into a robot, as well as a large red gun. The package is listed at $149.99.

TRANSFORMERS MP-13B MASTERPIECE SOUNDBLASTER WITH RATBAT RESTOCK
This popular figure has also been restocked. Soundblaster comes with the double-deep door for storing two cassettes, Masterpiece Ratbat and more, and is listed at $159.99.

SAILOR MOON KEYCHAIN GASHAPON FIGURE – BAG OF 40, RANDOM SINGLE
Sailor Moon and her friends are now available as these gashapon keychain figures. They are available as a random single at $4.49, or as a Bag of 40 random figures for $149.99.

CAPATIN ACTION FIGURE, COSTUME RESTOCKS
We have restocked our supply of Captain Action products. They include the Codename: Action figure, Loki and Thor Deluxe Costume Sets, and Iron Man and Wolverine Costume Sets, which are available singly or as a Set of the two.

IDW Publishing G.I. Joe #15 Preview

Tomorrow marks the final issue in the latest run of IDW’s main G.I. Joe title, with a promised relaunch coming this fall entitled (unironically) “The Fall of G.I. Joe”.  It’s not a rebooting of continuity, though, in my understanding, simply the next stage in IDW’s G.I. Joe mythology.

Until then, check out the preview for G.I. Joe #15, which hits stores tomorrow.

G.I. Joe #15

Paul Allor (w) • Steve Kurth (a & c)

THE SEARCH FOR SIREN! The G.I. Joe team is on the hunt for the mysterious COBRA operative codenamed SIREN—but is her song luring them to their doom?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Hashtag stands alone—but will she fall?
  • Variant Cover by Freddie Williams III!

July, 2014 Solicitations for IDW’s G.I. Joe titles

While many of the G.I. Joe centric comics are taking a summer vacation, there are still some entries on IDW’s Solicitations list for July, 2014.

Check out the details below!

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Transformers VS G.I. JOE #1—SPOTLIGHT

Tom Scioli & John Barber (w) • Scioli (a & c)

SPACE WAR I! Earth makes contact with an alien race—and G.I. JOE is on the front lines of first contact! But when the TRANSFORMERS arrive—their version of “peace” does not match our own…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Variant cover by Rob Liefeld!
  • Launching out of the smash-hit FREE COMIC BOOK DAY comic!
  • ALL NEW STORY, ALL NEW ART!
  • You’ve never seen TRANSFORMERS or G.I. JOE like this!
  • Nothing you do can prepare you for the final page!

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Transformers VS G.I. JOE #1—Special Order Variant

Tom Scioli & John Barber (w) • Scioli (a) • N/A (c)

Special order a TRANSFORMERS VS G.I. JOE blank sketch cover, and get your favorite artist to draw you a cover! Or, draw one yourself!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Transformers VS G.I. JOE #1—Subscription Variant

Tom Scioli & John Barber (w) • Scioli (a) • James Stokoe (c)

For subscription customers only, a special variant cover by James Stokoe!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #204

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

TORPEDO leads a dangerous G.I. JOE rescue mission in Olliestan, and the odds are stacked against the team—will they make the evac in time before they get overwhelmed? A tense game of cat-and-mouse continues in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #204!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Variant cover by Larry Hama!

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G.I. JOE, Vol. 3: Siren’s Song

Paul Allor (w) • Alex Cal, S L Gallant, Atilio Rojo, Nicole Virella, Robert Atkins, Chris Evenhuis, Steve Kurth (a) • Steve Kurth (c)

In the aftermath of COBRA’s New York attack, BARONESS leads a new up-and-coming officer called SIREN around the world—and into the past uncovering secrets about the previous Cobra Commander while coming face-to-face with the ruthless current one!

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-012-4

Bullet points:

• Collects issues #12–15.

Offered Again!

G.I. JOE, Vol. 1: Homefront  • FC • $19.99 • ISBN: 978-1-61377-705-3

G.I. JOE, Vol. 2: Threat Matrix  • FC • $19.99 • ISBN: 978-1-61377-866-1

Nerd Rage Toys – MOTU Day Sale! 10% OFF ALL MOTU ITEMS!


Happy MOTU Day 10% Off Sale! Join the celebration and stock up on some awesome figures from both the vintage and Classics lines!

This sale is TODAY ONLY, so you wont want to miss out on some great deals!.

GeneralsJoes Reviews the 2014 Convention Set “Zombie Initiative”

First and foremost, a HUGE thanks to long time Joe friend and fellow website admin Fred from JoeBattleLines.  For folks who don’t follow me on Twitter, you may not know this, but during my trip to JoeCon, my beloved Fuji digital camera got destroyed in transit.  That’s one of the reasons why my pictures from JoeCon were all of the less-than-optimal smart phone variety.  So, fresh off an expensive JoeCon trip, I was faced with the distinct possibility of replacing my camera.

Well, Fred heard my dilemma and without hesitation, sent a loaner in the mail to me at his own expense.  It was that camera that I used to take all of the pictures for these reviews, so make sure you thank Fred for his quick generosity.  It’s quite possible these reviews may not have happened nearly as quickly without his help.  While you’re at it, check out JoeBattleLines.com or on Facebook or Twitter to see his Joe reviews and general geekery.

Now, on to the review talk..

The questions generally start coming in about a day or two after I return from the Convention…  “when are you going to post the Convention Set reviews?!”

In previous years I had sort of combined all of the individual pieces into one review, but it was getting arduous and lengthy, and I felt like each individual part of the set was not getting its due scrutiny.  So starting last year I broke everything out into individual reviews, all linked to one central “Set Review”.  Is the format perfect?  Nope, probably not.  And really, in my opinion, there’s no way to slam out 20 reviews in 2 weeks time without some of it sounding repetitive.  Hopefully I do these toys justice, because there are some fantastic ones in here.

You can hit up the G.I. Joe Collectors Club Review page, or just click the link below for this monster.  This will hopefully be a good way to kill a couple of hours on a busy Monday.

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Darkness Falls Episode 2 “Plans and Promises” is online

It’s Sunday, which means another update to the latest GeneralsJoes Dio-Story, Darkness Falls!  Check out the link below to see the latest episode.

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