More than just a key to the city – COBRA IS EVERYWHERE!

Somehow, some way, Cobra Commander wormed his way into the Mayor of Springfield Illinois’ good graces…  now will the mayor regret it?

Video proof has emerged…  Cobra is EVERYWHERE.

Where is this all going?  Find out more at GIJoeCon.com!

G.I. Joe Comes to Blocksworld!

Linden Labs games for iPad has a history of working with Hasbro on licensed characters for their building-block based Blocksworld game, and we can now add G.I. Joe to the list of characters available in game.

Six new games are available in Blocksworld starting now, and along with the new games, iconic characters and vehicles from the G.I. Joe universe are now a part of the game, too!  Upon watching the promo video they’ve posted, I have only three words:

Rolling.  Freaking.  Thunder.

Check out the video below and the press release after that.

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Heroes Will Be Made…with Blocks! G.I. JOE® Comes to Blocksworld®

Players Can Create Their Own Interactive G.I. JOE Worlds

SAN FRANCISCO – March 12, 2015 Linden Lab®, best known as the creator of the virtual world Second Life®, and Hasbro, Inc., today announced that the iconic G.I. JOE brand will be coming to Blocksworld, the popular build-and-play game for iPad.

Blocksworld lets players of all ages create fun 3D games, interactive scenarios, unique memes, models, and more, using a huge variety of blocks and a simple but powerful visual programming system. Blocksworld builders share their playable worlds in a global community and earn coins redeemable in an in-app Shop as their creations are ‘liked’ by other players. Players have already more than 2.3 million worlds in the community, from great games to impressive interactive models, and there’s always something new to play with.

Through the relationship with Hasbro, six fun new G.I. JOE games will be available for all Blocksworld players. The games present an exciting new storyline in the conflict between G.I. JOE and COBRA that ends in a cliffhanger, and Blocksworldplayers will be challenged to create and share their own interactive endings to the narrative.

Additionally, new G.I. JOE building sets available for purchase in the in-app Shop will include everything Blocksworld players need to create classic G.I. JOE and COBRA characters like ROADBLOCK, COBRA COMMANDER, and DESTRO; awesome vehicles like the RATTLER, SKY HAWK, and WOLVERINE; unique weapons, and more. Guided step-by-step building games make it easy for players to make playable G.I. JOE content that they can then use in any worlds they create.

“Kids love playing and creating in Blocksworld,” said Michelle Vuckovich, Linden Lab’s Director of Product for Blocksworld. “While having fun creating anything they can imagine, they’re also learning to think like programmers, game designers, and engineers – something parents and teachers can appreciate. Blocksworld’s physics and programming system are great for lasers, explosions, and all kinds of vehicles, and G.I. JOE is a perfect fit for those capabilities and our players’ interests.Blocksworld players will love the exciting new G.I. JOE games, and we can’t wait to see the creations they share to complete the storyline.”

 

Previously, the relationship with Hasbro, Inc., enabled Linden Lab to add TRANSFORMERS and MY LITTLE PONY content to Blocksworld.

 

G.I. JOE and its associated characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2015 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

 

About Linden Lab

Founded in 1999, Linden Lab is best known as the maker of Second Life, the largest-ever 3D virtual world filled entirely by the creations of its users. In 2013, the company expanded its product portfolio with Blocksworld, a lighthearted build-and-play system on the iPad for kids and grownups alike. Additionally, Linden Lab is currently developing the next-generation platform for virtual experiences, in the spirit of Second Life. For more about Linden Lab, its products, and career opportunities please visit LindenLab.com.

 

About Hasbro

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company’s world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company’s Hasbro Studios is responsible for entertainment brand-driven storytelling around Hasbro brands across television, film, commercial productions and short-form. Through the company’s deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens.” Learn more at www.hasbro.com and follow us on Twitter (@HasbroNews).

The next generation of the Star Wars cinematic universe is taking shape

We’ve already seen trailers and gathered details about Star Wars: Episode VII – the Force Awakens, but what about those promised future Star Wars movies on the horizon?

At a shareholder meeting today, Bob Iger, Disney chairman and CEO revealed the next stage of plans for the Star Wars film universe.

The first Star Wars stand-alone film will be called Rogue One, and it’s slated to be directed by Gareth Edwards and star Felicity Jones. Meanwhile, Rian Johnson is set to write and direct Episode VIII, which arrives in theaters May 26, 2017.

Check out the full details over at StarWars.com.

New GI JOE listings, new Marvel Universe, and more!

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Hi folks! Welcome to the brand new SMALLJOES.COM newsletter. We hope you you find it informative and useful. We have some new listings in the GI JOE, Marvel Universe/Legends categories, Soldier Story, and more. Take a look and thank you for your interest.

We recently procured a large collection of vintage and new GI JOE product. Listed so far is a lot of Rise of Cobra, Pursuit of Cobra, 30th Anniversary, and 25th Anniversary items. Be sure to take a look as all were single-piece items and will go quickly. Also, this is the right time of year to grab single-piece quantities from the Collector Club’s FSS 3.0 figure subscription service.

Wave 1 (2015) Marvel Legends 6″ figures have arrived. This set of 7 figures is available for $149.99 and includes Scarlett Witch, Iron Fist, Thor, Hawkeye, Sentry, Capt. Marvel, and Machine Man. This assortment features Built-A-Figure Odin – The Allfather.

Wave 1 (2015) Marvel Universe 4″ figures are still available for pre-order. We’re expecting this assortment to arrive this month. The set of 9 figures is priced at $119.99 and consists of Bishop, Sandman, Sandman (sand form), Big Time Spider-Man, Black Cat, Hawkeye, Beast, Beast (1st appearance), and Daredevil.

The latest ultra-high quality 1:6 scale (12″) offering from Soldier Story Toy is here – French Special Forces. Figure includes a large selection of theme-appropriate weapons and tactical gear.

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We recently added a couple of new category offerings for Star Wars and Transformers. Check out some nice prices on these assortments from the 4th quarter 2014.

We have in the clearance aisle a lot of cool stuff at low prices. GI JOE Retaliation, Marvel 4″ figures, GI JOE t-shirts, Gears of War 3 4″ figures, 1:6 scale figures, and much much more!

G.I. Joe and the history of Springfield

It’s interesting to poke fun at the city of Springfield, Illinois giving Cobra Commander the key to their fine city, but the truth is there is a long, established connection between Springfield and Cobra that goes all the way back to the first year of A Real American Hero, 1982.

Interestingly, when Larry Hama chose this mythical “Springfield” as Cobra’s hometown base of operations, he did so for much the same reasons as the Simpsons chose it several years later as their imaginary home town.

I plan on speaking with Larry Hama about G.I. Joe’s relationship with Springfield, and will post that next week, but for now, click the Continue Reading link below to explore a little of Springfield’s history.

After you read it (or before) check out GIJoeCon.com to see how you can go see Cobra in their natural habitat in Springfield, IL!

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GeneralsJoes Reviews GIJCC FSS 3.0 Spearhead and Vypra

I’m not entirely sure why I latched onto the character of Vypra so many years ago when I first started my fanfiction and dio-story universe, but for some reason the character appealed to me (mostly because she was such a blank slate and was a new, fresh character way back then). She still does, and she played a pretty key role in my dio-story wrap up, Darkness Falls.

For that reason I was excited to get this update, just to see what sort of interesting new twist was put on the character, and while I was a bit discouraged that she was (more or less) a Jinx repaint, there were some key changes and additions that I really love.

Check out the G.I. Joe Collectors Club review page for the full review, or just click the links below.

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