12 for ’12 – GeneralsJoes Top 12 What’s on Joe Mind Episodes of 2012

So did you think 2012 was a slow year for G.I. Joe?  While the fine folks behind the What’s on Joe Mind Podcast did drop down their recording schedule a bit to accommodate a slow trickle of Joe news, there were still many exciting G.I. Joe events to talk about.

From animated voice actors to movie news and toy reports, What’s on Joe Mind covered the gamut of G.I. Joe news and events for the year.

Even with a much slower recording schedule in the back half of 2012, it was tough to pick out 12 isolated episodes, but with Gary and Mike’s help, somehow I made due.

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation Trailer #3 – What did we learn, what’s new?

Initial reaction upon viewing the third theatrical trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation is that… there wasn’t a whole lot of new angles to this thing.  Of course, that’s expected.  We’ve already seen a few domestic and international trailers, and a few TV spots.  At this point it’s going to be tough to get new footage out there without starting to reveal key components of the story.

However, we did a few cool new snippets of action.

  1. The opening scene of Jinx and Snake Eyes walking across the mountain and hooking their grappling hook was something we hadn’t seen before.  We also know at this point that they are heading into a battle with Storm Shadow.  One assumes that they probably win this battle and that it’s Storm Shadow they are carrying in a glorified “body bag” as they swing away from the Red Ninja.
  2. Scenes with the ambush on G.I. Joe and the president are all taken from previous trailers, though they’re cut somewhat differently and more quick-paced, leading me to believe this trailer is more focused on action than plot exposition.
  3. We see a President with a sense of humor, poking some fun at North Korea, and the opening of the weaponized briefcase is a bit more elaborate than we’ve seen in previous footage.
  4. London’s destruction seems more developed and a bigger focus here as well, with several shots of the country exploding from various different angles.
  5. Fantastic scenes of Cobra invading domestic soil seem to be a bit longer as well, with an extra unfurl of the Cobra flag over the nation’s capital, and what feels like an extra second of the HISS Tank menacingly rolling down the street.  My eyes might be playing tricks on me, but it felt like these scenes were a bit longer here than in previous trailers.
  6. The Roadblock/Duke exchange about needing a new catch phrase kicks the music up a notch and we get a series of very well-cut scenes with some new footage.  Cobra Commander striding towards the camera is an excellent one, as is a great shot of the Cobra helicopter flying away from the camera with some thrusters in back.
  7. We see the Ripsaw tearing stuff up with rocket launchers, and SPOILER ALERT!!11! Cobra’s Mass Driver satellite gets nuked in orbit (it’s the only way to be sure).  These all feel like scenes that we have not witnessed previously.
  8. Trailer closes with some more Bruce Willis/Joe Colton wise cracking, but focusing on his retirement with some nice Lady Jaye/Colton head-bashing mixed in.

Overall I thought it was another great trailer.  I’m not sure if Jon Chu himself is directly involved in the editing of the trailers (I suspect he is) but if so, his background in dance choreography and action mixing with music helps immensely in selling these films.  Loved the music, loved the transitions, loved the chosen action sequences.  No this trailer did not give us a wealth of new insight about the film, but with some added footage and some tweaked editing, it was a really fun 1:44 of G.I. Joe, and it feels like it’s been way too long since we had that.  Check out the embedded trailer below, and a gallery of screen shots at the bottom.

Below are some screen caps…I do apologize, they are not of the best quality, but did reveal some neat details I hadn’t necessarily seen before.  Do with them what you will.

G.I. Joe Retaliation Trailer #3 explodes on Yahoo Movies

I am on the road,  but wanted to get this news out… full analysis coming this afternoon.  For now,  hit up the latest and greatest G.I.  Joe: Retaliation trailer on Yahoo Movies!

Yes I just watched it on my phone,  and yes my ass has been suitably kicked.  Be back here for proper discussion in about 90 minutes!

EDIT – Because of the obnoxious auto play, the trailer is now hosted after the jump.

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A first look at the NEW G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer tonight on ET!

Hooo buddy!  Let the excitement kick off again!  Hot off the GIJoeMovie Twitter feed, it looks like we all have a reason to watch Entertainment Tonight again, as the first look at the brand spanking NEW G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer will be hitting tonight!

Tune in at 7:30pm Eastern Time tonight.  Yo Joe!

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!