From rock star to obscurity and back again – the history of Roadblock

For G.I. Joe fans who have been following the property for only a few short years, this may come as a surprise, but believe it or not, there was a time, not very long ago, where Roadblock wasn’t a household name.  In fact, he wasn’t even on Hasbro’s radar.  A victim of lost trademarks, it seemed inevitable that Roadblock would simply fade from the consciousness of the G.I. Joe faithful and no longer be a major part of ongoing canon.

Sure didn’t turn out that way, huh?

I must give credit to long time Joe buddy Todd of Magnum 6 Delta for prompting me to put this post together, and considering the G.I. Joe: Retaliation motion picture on the horizon, and the potential for redefining the core characters of the Real American Hero brand, the timing couldn’t be better.  Click the “Read the Rest of this Story” link below to check out the full article.

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Korean G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer features .04% more Storm Shadow

Okay…don’t ask me how this happened, because I remember watching this trailer a couple of weeks ago, and I could have sworn I also posted a story for it, but apparently I’m smoking something.  Or I was smoking something.

Regardless of my potential drug habit, this Korean version of the initial G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer hit the ‘net at least a couple of weeks ago, I believe, and is mostly unremarkable, with the exception of a few brief glimpses of more Storm Shadow.  In Korea, Byung-Hun Lee is pretty hot stuff, so it only makes sense that the trailer for that market would have more Lee and less shirt.  Ya know, for the ladies.

Check it out embedded below, and I apologize for somehow missing this.  You’ll also find it mirrored on the G.I. Joe: Retaliation Film SuperPage as well.

Black Dragon appearance in upcoming Resident Evil film?

I know the design for the Black Dragon helicopter is based on the concept for the V-22 Osprey, which was a dual-propellor aircraft being conceived for the American military that never really evolved to the point that the government anticipated.  But I was under the impression that while it was inspired by the Osprey, it wasn’t necessarily a direct representation of it.

Well, I was cruising Super Hero Hype looking at the new Avengers action figures, which are totally going to help contribute to my bankruptcy in 2012, and I saw this image for the upcoming Resident Evil: Retribution:

Now is it just me, or are those pretty much clones of the Black Dragon helicopters?  Those slanted vents on the wings (which don’t seem to be present on the Osprey) and the sleek, aerodynamic designs…not to mention the bombs coming from the under-wing containers, just like the Cobra aircraft.

Probably a coincidence, but a pretty damn cool one, I think.  I always love seeing these cross-platform connections.  Check out more about Resident Evil: Retribution over on Super Hero Hype.

Adrianne Palicki talks G.I. Joe: Retaliation with MTV

The well of G.I. Joe: Retaliation news has been a bit dry over the past few weeks since the trailer, so undoubtedly I want to jump on every little tidbit I see.  The folks over at MTV had a chance to talk with Adrianne Palicki, who is playing Lady Jaye in the upcoming G.I. Joe motion picture sequel, and she seems pretty jazzed about being the middle of the G.I. Joe fracas.

Speaking about the G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer, Ms. Palicki says

“It was a pleasant surprise, because this is a reboot. It’s scary going into the shoes that have already been worn. We wanted to do something really unique and special. With such an amazing group of talented actors, you don’t want it to fall flat. How many people reached out, it’s unbelievable to hear the comments that they’re so excited, that the trailer is better than the first movie was. Just really cool reactions that you’re going, “OK, hopefully we don’t let you down.” I really don’t think we will. I think it’s going to be a really fun ride for everybody.”

Well, technically it’s not a reboot, but we’ll give her a pass on that one.  If anyone had any doubts about the enthusiasm and energy that Jon Chu brought to the table, Palicki puts those to rest as well:

“Jon Chu, he’s this genius. The thing that’s so special about him is that he might be the biggest G.I. Joe fan on the planet, so that really came in our favor. He’s young and interesting and full of ambition. We really did things that were super exciting and super scary, and I really feel everything’s going to come out really, really well.”

I’m very impressed with how the cast members appear to be handling this film.  For The Rise of Cobra, there seemed to be many allusions to a more “goofy” era of G.I. Joe, but I sense a bit more hard-edged and gritty realism here.  Much more of a traditional action film.  I think that’s a good place to be as we come in on the good side of six months from the film’s debut.

Check out these comments and many more over at MTV.com.  G.I. Joe: Retaliation hits US theaters June 29th, 2012.

Top Ten…err… Eleven… significant G.I. Joe events of 2011

I figure there are lots of folks probably doing the whole “Best of” lists for 2011 (myself included eventually!) so I figured I’d take a somewhat different approach.  Rather than considering only the “best” or “worst” I figured I’d take a look at significance.  And because I’m wishy washy, I couldn’t narrow it down to just 10, I had to sneak an 11th in there just for discussion purposes.

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Celebrate Christmas with What’s on Joe Mind Rise of Cobra Retrospective

Yes as a Christmas present to ourselves the What’s on Joe Mind crew is taking the week off. But that doesn’t mean you get a break from us yet.

Hot on the heels of the G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer and two years removed from the Rise of Cobra, an email encouraged us to go back in time and reflect on the first Joe film. Our recollections might surprise you.

As always check out this special edition of What’s on Joe Mind on our Podbean page or hit up the embedded player below.

Happy Holidays from What’s on Joe Mind!

Ten Things that G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Did Right a list by Monte

The reaction to Monte’s last list, a rundown of overrated and underrated action figures from the modern era, garnered such a great reaction, that I immediately pestered him for more.  Lucky for me, he had something pretty much done already, and was only too eager to pass it along.

As the Joe fandom is already in a frenzy over G.I. Joe: Retaliation, many fans and many online pundits are quick to point out the glaring flaws from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.  I think most folks out there would acquiesce that there were some serious flaws, and Monte certainly does not disagree.

But rather than dwell on the faults we all know well, he elects to dive deeper and find ten things that G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra did right.  And he nails it.

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer to appear on big screen with Mission: Impossible 4

Tired of squinting at your TV screen to see the G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer?  Well, those days are numbered…

According to Jon Chu’s very active Twitter account, we have confirmation that the G.I. Joe: Retaliation teaser/trailer (I still can’t believe it’s just a teaser!!) will appear in movie theaters before Mission Impossible 4 and the Dark Knight Rises preview!  Incredible news!

The Dark Knight Rises preview is going to be the hottest ticket in town and the idea that all of those viewers right in our wheelhouse will get exposed to the awesomeness of G.I. Joe: Retaliation is fantastic news.  I think this is a great move promotion wise by Paramount, especially with such a strong trailer to present the continuation of the G.I. Joe film universe.

I followed up with Mr. Chu on Twitter as well, and he responds that once Mission Impossible 4 hits regular theaters, the trailer will appear there as well.

The news just keeps getting better.  It’s early, but I’m already getting a very good vibe from G.I. Joe: Retaliation…so far, they’ve been doing things all right.

Meanwhile, while you’re waiting, check it out on YouTube.  I’ve only seen it 1400 times or so.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer – 10 Questions and/or Answers revealed

Ahh…  G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  The gift that keeps on giving.

Caught up in the “Wow” moments of last night, it was tough to sit back and look at what we saw and make judgements about the events transpiring and what they mean for the film.  I will be laying some trailer related spoilers out here, so if you’re avoiding the trailer for some weird reason, you may not want to read ahead.

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Scratch Sienna Miller off the Rise of Cobra Sequel cast list

I think many of us suspected that Sienna Miller might not return in the sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, but even if we weren’t certain about that, an interview with Britain’s “Time Out” magazine pretty much confirms it outright.  As reported by IMDB, Miller feels as if she “compromised values” in her role as The Baroness in the G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra film.

The actress says “I’m not very good at fighting. And I’m not very good at guns. And I’m not particularly aggressive. I had to wear sunglasses because every time I shot my gun I would blink. I was completely out of place, like this little midget running round in black leather winning fights, which was just absurd. They did a wondrous job with my wardrobe to make me look threatening…”

From the sounds of it, she wasn’t really invested in the initial film, and certainly doesn’t seem to be interested in returning to the Hollywood Blockbuster realm.  She continues on with “…G.I. Joe (was) a great pay cheque. If, financially, I’m okay – which luckily I am – there’s no point in doing stuff that’s not right for me. It’s too much time away from home.”

So yeah.  I’d say her days in black leather are done.  Well, at least in the G.I. Joe franchise. :shifty:

I have no problem with this.  Granted, I think she was actually very good in her role and I was pleasantly surprised, however I hated the way The Baroness was written into the first film as Duke’s fiancee and Cobra Commander’s sister, so I think if they are going to separate from Sienna Miller, chances are all the better that we might get a more “proper” Baroness this time around, if she appears at all.

Big thanks to GeneralsJoes reader m6d for the intel.  Once again, check out the entire article on IMDB right here.