Hasbro reveals G.I. Joe Kre-O Wave 5 at ComicCon!

That’ll teach me to crash early last night! Thinking that the Gentle Giant 12″ vintage figures represented the G.I. Joe news of Preview Night for SDCC, I logged off early last night, then woke up to the intel that Kre-O Wave 5 was revealed for the first time!

Looking like another fantastic line up by Hasbro, this fifth series gives us the following mini figure Kre-Ons:

  • Zarana
  • Bullet Man (!!!)
  • Lifeline
  • Outback
  • Stinger Driver
  • Dial Tone
  • Techno Viper
  • Ninja Ku
  • Leatherneck
  • Tele Viper
  • Iceberg
  • Battle Damage B.A.T.

The info and images come from HISSTank.com and Toy Ark. Along with Series 5, we also got some great in person looks at the upcoming Terror Drome, which looks… frankly… like the best thing I’ve ever seen in my life, perhaps including my two children.

Check out all of these great images below!

Gentle Giant plans for G.I. Joe have been confirmed – Jumbo O-Ring figures incoming!

Just yesterday we reported about the mysterious advertisement on the Gentle Giant Facebook page and hypothesized about what it might mean… now we find those hypotheses confirmed! Gentle Giant is indeed doing jumbo sized versions of the vintage o-ring figures! They’ve revealed a few of them at ComicCon already, with images courtesy of HissTank.com. The following figures have been revealed:

- Zap
- Stalker
- Grunt
- Snake Eyes
- Rock n Roll

My opinions on these? Mixed, to be honest. I love what they’re doing, and it’s a fun idea, but I’m not sure these will draw me in. Eventually I’ll likely end up with a few, but I don’t see myself going whole hog, especially on the straight arm versions. I will admit, though, it’s great that they come with their gear. That’s a cool touch.

Very cool to see someone investing in the brand, though, I hope they catch on with the collecting community! Thanks again to HissTank.com for the images.

EDIT - Big thanks to Matt from Twitter and AwesomeToyBlog for snagging some more great images! They’re added to the gallery below.

GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary “Battle Below Zero” Set

Another day, another G.I. Joe: 50th Anniversary review!  Just as first reports of this line being found at retail have hit, the reviews are moving full steam ahead.

Today I’ll be covering the “Battle Below Zero” vehicle set, which contains the Cobra Wolf w/ Ice Viper against the Ghost Hawk w/ Snake Eyes!  Check out my G.I. Joe: 50th Anniversary Review Page, or just click the links below.

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Gentle Giant’s Facebook page posts a mysterious G.I. Joe advertisement

Hmmm… well, San Diego ComicCon is just around the corner, and it seems that perhaps the folks at Gentle Giant might have something up their sleeves. I think we’re all aware of what Gentle Giant has done with Star Wars figures (like, make them really huge and sell them for $70 – 80).

Could they be considering the same move for G.I. Joe?

Over on their official Facebook page, Gentle Giant has posted a YouTube video of the original advertisement for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero back in 1982. This may seem innocuous, but let’s not forget that ComicCon is this week (typically a place to announce exciting new product) and by all accounts what Gentle Giant has done with Star Wars has been deemed a success. Not only that, but a while ago, HISSTank.com cited sources that reported the same thing for A Real American Hero.

However, let’s not jump to conclusions. Jumbo Star Wars figures are a hefty $70 – 80 retail, and I seriously doubt Gentle Giant could produce jumbo sized vintage G.I. Joe figures, complete with full articulation, for the same price as Star Wars. It doesn’t seem feasible. But Gentle Giant is also known for statues and other collectible items as well.

Very interesting…

Looks like Joe fans should stay tuned for ComicCon this week, we may get more news than we bargained for. Check out the Gentle Giant Facebook Page for the post, and thanks to Matt from Awesome Toy Blog for letting me know it was posted there.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: 50th Anniversary HEAT Viper & Night Viper

The exciting 50th Anniversary reviews continue today with both HEAT Viper and Night Viper!  A concept case winner and a repaint of one of the most desirable Cobra army builders of the past few years… where can they go wrong?

Check out the G.I. Joe: 50th Anniversary Review Page, or click the links directly below.

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Preview for IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1

Perhaps one of the most divisive comics in IDW’s history launches their first issue tomorrow at local comic shops everywhere! John Barber and Tom Scioli bring us the next generation of Transformers and G.I. Joe joint history. Check out the preview below.

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!

GeneralsJoes reviews G.I. Joe: 50th Anniversary Destro and Leatherneck

It’s a big day over at GeneralsJoes Headquarters as, for the first time in well over a year, we’ve added a new review category to the menu!

That’s right, today we start reviewing the G.I. Joe: 50th Anniversary line available soon from Toys “R” Us and Big Bad Toy Store!

First and foremost, I must give full credit to Gary “Gyre Viper” Goggles who as kindly supplied advanced samples of the figures so I could get reviews posted and make sure fans had an early indication as to what expect when these items hit retail shortly.  The results… well, they’re mixed, to be honest.

Where most of the online complaints so far have focused on gold deco, there are some more pressing QC concerns, specifically with plastic quality and paint applications.  Let’s just say there’s a reason the figures are so affordable.  But there’s some good stuff here, too.  Check out my brand spanking new G.I. Joe: 50th Anniversary Review Page, or just follow the links below!

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Also, don’t forget to check my blogroll over on YoJoe.com where I’m featuring “First Looks” at other 50th Anniversary product.

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