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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Sideshow Collectibles G.I. Joe “Triple Rewards” Program

As part of their online ComicCon, Sideshow Collectibles is offering a special “Triple Rewards” Program on select G.I. Joe merchandise!

Click the link to check out which products qualify!

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*Terms and Conditions apply. Sideshow Collectibles triple reward point offer can only be redeemed on select items and can only be redeemed on NEW orders. This triple rewards point offer will expire on July 18, 2014 at 11:59PM (Pacific Time), or while supplies last.

Sideshow Collectibles has discharged G.I. Joe…at least for now

The Year of the Snake has provided some of the best G.I. Joe Sideshow product we have seen to date, which is why it’s such a shame that G.I. Joe’s obscurity from retail has now extended to Sideshow Collectibles 12″ offerings.  At least for the next six months.

Sideshow Collectibles has announced that they will have no new G.I. Joe related news at SDCC this year, which means nothing of note until 2015 at the earliest.  As someone who just bought Major Bludd and is slated to get Destro in the mail on Wednesday, I’m disappointed by the news, but not necessarily surprised.

A quick perusal on the G.I. Joe section at SideshowToy.com will show you that many of their offerings are still in stock, and most of those offerings have been there for a while.  So, stay tuned, perhaps something cool will be coming next year, but for now, anyway, the disappearance of G.I. Joe at the 12″ scale has been extended to all formats.  Sound taps now.

Thanks to YT24 on Twitter for the heads up.

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Very cool behind the scenes look at Sideshow Collectibles

There are only fringes of these videos that deal directly with G.I. Joe, but any kind of “behind the scenes” perspective when it comes to toy making is pretty interesting.  These are no different.

The folks at Sideshow Collectibles were interviewed by Tested.com and a pair of very revealing videos were released showing those interviews.  A great look at pre-production design, and preparing something for production.  These two videos focus on the Premium Format figures specifically, so expect to see some Crimson Baroness cameos.  Check out the videos on SideshowToy.com or embedded below.

Rest in Peace, Don Levine

The word came out a few days ago that Don Levine had passed away at the age of 86 from cancer.  Along with a few other peers, Mr. Levine helped develop the very first G.I. Joe figure model in the 1960s and was not only one of the father’s of G.I. Joe, but one of the fathers of action figures as a whole.  With G.I. Joe being the first “action figure” in toy history, Mr. Levine obviously has played a monumental role in the childhood of every single person reading this page.

Mr. Levine’s contributions to the pop culture landscape will forever be remembered, and my deepest condolences go out to his friends and family.

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G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals JoeCon Challenge Coin and Spy Island Map

I know I’m a day late and a dollar short on this one, but I thought it deserved a mention.  Over on GIJoeCon.com and the G.I. Joe Con Facebook page, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has revealed the G.I. Joe Challenge Coin that will be available at the 2014 JoeCon in Dallas.

Also, another accessory for the 12″ set was shown, too, in the form of a great looking map and map case.  According to the GIJoe Con Facebook page it may be a map of Spy Island, but folks have also drawn some parallels to Cobra Island.  Another possible link between the 12″ and Real American Hero universes?  Hmmm…

Check out the mirrored images below.

G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals full 12″ Boxed Set for 2014 JoeCon

…And it’s pretty flipping awesome.

For any fans who have been complaining about Hasbro leaving the 12″ fan in the dust when designing the 50th Anniversary product, you cannot accuse the Collectors’ Club of the same thing.  They’ve designed a really nice 50th Anniversary homage to the original Green Beret, and included a great Adventure Team figure in the set to boot.  Some really nice gear, and of course, that pesky 4″ Joe Colton in there stirring up trouble.

Check out all the details of the 12″ Convention Set right here, and I’ve mirrored an image below.  Now, fingers crossed we get a peek at Repulsor and DAWG today to help round off the Real American Hero set!

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Bloomberg TV interviews Derryl DePriest about G.I. Joe, past and present

Straight from the floor at Toy Fair, 2014, Bloomberg Television sat down with Vice President and G.I. Joe historian Derryl DePriest to talk about G.I. Joe’s history and it’s present incarnation.

I’ll be honest, it’s not a softball interview.  The host asks some hard questions about G.I. Joe’s military ties, about the role model it sets for boys, and about what the brand is doing to innovate, and to his credit, DePriest answers those questions, but quite artfully.

I find a lot of these interviews to be somewhat “more of the same” but this one stood out…it’s a good five minute watch, check it out.

Hot Toys G.I. Joe: Retaliation Roadblock is incoming!

Anyone who pre-ordered the Hot Toys 12″ G.I. Joe: Retaliation Roadblock figure has likely already gotten their shipping notice, but if you haven’t for some reason, expect it soon!  Mine is slated to arrive on Thursday, and I’m pretty fired up for it.

Meanwhile, HotToys.com has posted a plethora of new images of the upcoming figure, and even a YouTube video showing how to change his uniform!  Anyone who has messed with these intricate 12″ figures before knows the challenge involved in doing that, so check it out, it might be helpful.

You can still order your very own G.I. Joe: Retaliation Roadblock from Sideshow Collectibles!  Click the banner below to order, and then check out the mirrored images and embedded video below.

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Episode 89 of What’s on Joe Mind drops some Hot Toys goodness!

Among many other things…

Quite awhile ago, we had the unique opportunity to interview a couple of the guys from the Hot Toys Podcast, and while it took us a little while to get this posted (apologies Jim and Eamon) with G.I. Joe: Retaliation Roadblock on the precipice of release, it seems apt to get this out there now.

Along with talking with those fine folks, we cover all of the G.I. Joe news and information, and even touch on the big “NO JOES in 2014″ topic that seems to be rearing it’s ugly head over the past week.

As always, hit up Podbean or check out the embedded player below, and show notes are after the jump.

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