YoJoe.com’s guide to Revolution is essential reading

It seems with every new comic day there are new issues tying into IDW Publishing’s Revolution storyline.  Even I’ve had a hard time keeping it all straight.

Thankfully, over on YoJoe.com, their comic aficianado antarctica is diving headlong into the Revolution story and has posted several updates in the YoJoe comic section.

You can see a number of links in this Revolution One-Shots forum post, which will direct you to all sorts of other pages with full information and summaries on all the one-shot comics released to date.  There’s also a general Revolution forum post as well, which links to a number of different comic book recaps for all of the associated Revolution stories.

It’s a great resource for anyone who wants to dive into Revolution and keep up to date with all of the associated titles.  Huge thanks to antarctica and YoJoe.com for providing this great resource!


Hasbro “HasCon” officially announced for September, 2017

We knew it was coming, but I wasn’t aware it would be happening so soon!  Hasbro announces today their first ever “HASCON”, launching September 8 – 10, 2017 in Providence, Rhode Island!

As someone who lives on the East Coast, this is great news for me, and I plan on being in attendance for this one for sure.  The full website is live at Hascon.Hasbro.com with all the latest details of the show and you can read the full press release right here.


Hasbro to Create the Ultimate Entertainment and Play Experience by Bringing Its Iconic Brands to Life with First-Ever ‘HASCON’

First-of-Its-Kind Convention Will Bring Fans and Families Together for Three Days of Immersive Entertainment Experiences, Talent and Character Appearances, Panels and More in September 2017

PAWTUCKET, R.I.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Today Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), a global play and entertainment company, announced it is creating the first-ever HASCON fan and family convention in September 2017. The massive event, which will be held in Providence at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin Donuts Center from September 8-10, 2017, will treat attendees to three unforgettable days featuring a celebration of Hasbro’s powerful characters and stories, including live interactive experiences, exclusive products, talent appearances, panels and much more.

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From bringing the first action figure to life with G.I. JOE, to creating a world where robots are truly ‘more than meets the eye’ with TRANSFORMERS, Hasbro’s brands have always overflowed with rich stories and dynamic, multi-faceted characters, providing an incredible platform to capture the imaginations of fans of all ages. The premiere HASCON event will bring the magic of decades of storytelling under one roof for the ultimate, immersive Hasbro fan and family experience. Hasbro’s top properties, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, MAGIC THE GATHERING, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, G.I. JOE and many others will be reimagined through dynamic stage performances and unique opportunities for fans to engage with their favorite characters. In addition to interactive experiences designed to offer attendees a glimpse into Hasbro’s imaginative storytelling in action, visitors will have the chance to see first-look previews of Hasbro’s biggest television and movie series, attend panels and meet-and-greets with celebrities and creative talent associated with Hasbro brands, take part in Hasbro Gaming competitions and purchase special limited-edition Hasbro products.

“Hasbro is home to many of the world’s most recognizable brands, each of them with their own group of passionate and engaged fans,” said John Frascotti, President of Hasbro Brands. “HASCON will deliver an extraordinary peek behind the curtain of our brands, storytelling, and iconic characters while giving us the opportunity to invite fans and families to our hometown for the most memorable, unified Hasbro experience ever.”

For all of the latest information on HASCON 2017, please visit http://hascon.hasbro.com

About Hasbro
Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. The Company’s Hasbro Studios and its film label, Allspark Pictures, are building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Through its commitment to corporate social responsibility and philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to make the world a better place for children and their families. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).


Creating G.I. Joe Volume 3 is on Kickstarter now!

If you’re even a moderate fan of G.I. Joe or 80s action figure lines, then the Creating G.I. Joe books are like a treasure trove of toy design concepts.  Each volume (and there have been two so far) dives beneath the surface of the design process for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, revealing concept art (some of it never seen before!) some alternate designs for your favorite characters, and a ton of vintage toy intel.

They are great reads, and if Volume 3 is anything like Volumes 1 and 2, you’ll love digging into the past to see just how the Real American Hero phenomenon was born.

Check out Creating G.I. Joe Volume 3 on Kickstarter now!


Lead writer for Hasbro Cinematic Universe reveals not one, but two terrible ideas for the film series

Many fans of G.I. Joe and Hasbro properties in general have been quietly getting excited for whatever may be to come with the upcoming Hasbro Cinematic Universe.  The idea of a film “relaunch” bringing together G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K., and several other Hasbro properties just seems like an idea too good to be true and an awesome way to potentially bring in a new generation of Hasbro action figure fans.

But then you read an interview with one of the lead writers, Akiva Goldsman and suddenly you’re not so sure.

Over on the Wall Street Journal (of course the full interview is hidden behind a paywall) apparently Goldsman has revealed some early ideas for this Hasbro Cinematic Universe.  Now, these are just ideas, so perhaps we shouldn’t get too worked up, but hey, we’re toy collectors, like Bruce Banner said, I’m pretty sure we’re always worked up.

Thankfully AgentsofMASK.com pulled over some of the key quotes from WSJ…well, thankfully, because at least we can read them.  Not to thankfully, because honestly, if this is the direction things are going in, I’d probably rather they just didn’t.  Here’s the quote in question:

Among the ideas they came up with were a “G.I. Joe” film set in World War II and a new version of M.A.S.K., the 1980s-era secret-agent series, that doesn’t feature the adult superspies seen in the cartoons but rather a multicultural group of youths in Detroit who come upon “magic technology” similar to what fans may remember. “That’s a story relevant for today, but if you remember the cartoon or the toy, we trigger your memory and you take a look,” Mr. Goldsman said

So, wait.  First you’re going to take the G.I. Joe universe and drop it back 40 years, effectively removing every important character, or making them irrelevant by sending them back to World War II.  Then, instead of a highly trained technology task force, M.A.S.K. is going to be a group of kids who stumble on magic technology?

Sorta like the Power Rangers?  Is that what we’re working with here?  Is that what these ace writers are bringing to the table for the Hasbro Cinematic Universe?

I know… this is one interview, effectively years before an actual movie is getting made, there’s absolutely no reason to get worked up.  A hundred things are thrown at the drawing board throughout the process and not all of them stick.  I truly hope neither of these two ideas stick.

I mean, one would think that Hasbro is bringing their brands together to try and create a more cohesive universe that looks and feels familiar.  Neither of these two concepts feels the least bit familiar, and let’s all hope these were early ideas that were quickly discarded.

Thanks to AgentsofMASK.com for pulling out some of the intel.  If anyone has a subscription to the Wall Street Journal and wants to toss the entire interview my way, I’d love to read the rest.

I think.


Massive IDW Publishing Humble Bundle is on sale now!

IDW has listed their latest Humble Bundle and it’s a HUGE one.  Listed as a Transformers: Revolution Humble Bundle, if you pay at least $15, you get a metric ton of online comics allowing you to go back and catch up on a number of different IDW Publishing G.I. Joe, Transformers and other titles, leading right up to the latest Revolution storyline.  Over $400 worth of comics for only $15?  Yeah, that’s pretty much a no-brainer.

Check out their latest Humble Bundle here, but you’ll want to act fast, the deal is gone in six hours!


New G.I. Joe 2016 line pre-orders available at Big Bad Toy Store

If you don’t have a local Toys “R” Us, or are just tired of the hunt, good news!  Big Bad Toy Store has posted pre-orders for the 2016 G.I. Joe 2-Packs and 3-Packs online!

Check out the BBTS G.I. Joe section right here!


G.I. Joe Collectors Club posts Pre-Orders for G.I. Joe/Transformers Sets

We first heard about this at JoeCon this year, and now the Collectors Club has posted their Transformers/G.I. Joe boxed set up for pre-order with an estimated ship date of December!

Along with the boxed set itself, the Only Human versions of Arcee and Hot Rod are also available.

Check out the latest G.I. Joe Collectors Club pre-orders right here.

First sighting of 2016 G.I. Joe 2-Packs at Toys “R” Us!

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!  Three weeks before the announced November, 2016 release timeline, Ryan over on the G.I. Joe Discussion Group on Facebook has found the first indications of the 2016 G.I. Joe line.  Featured in his image is the Heavy Duty/Stiletto and Zombie Viper two packs.

Pretty exciting to see new G.I. Joe product on the shelves again, so let’s do our part to remove them from the shelves, shall we?  Go get ’em!


The Full Force Series 3 Episode 5 is online

Chris, Dave and Eddie are back with their latest episode of The Full Force podcast!  They look at all the latest news and happenings from the world of G.I. Joe and give their unique British twist on things.

Hit up their latest episode at Podbean, or embedded below.  Make sure you check out The Full Force on Facebook for the latest show notes, too!


Revolution #1 Review – IDW Publishing

It started off as strange, obscure hints several months ago…a Revolution was coming.  Then word came out and things really heated up with lots of discussion revolving around this big combined Hasbro universe event bringing together diverse brands into one cohesive world.

So it’s official… the Revolution has arrived.  It started with Rom and with Revolution #1 this month (though technically the prelude kicked it off a couple of weeks ago).  So was it worth the wait?  Is it an event worthy of the Revolution title?

Read below to find out, though fair warning – Spoilers are aplenty!

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