As folks who have been paying attention probably know, I’ve been actively working on my next Dio-Story for several months at this p0int. I even documented some of the set building process in my “Behind the Curtain” series for this Dio-Story. I was feeling really good about how things were coming along and anticipated having much of the filming done at this point and ready to hopefully launch the dio-story by the end of the year.
Then the house move came about… and I haven’t mentioned this to too many folks yet, but in the process of moving, the load in the U Haul truck shifted, and almost all of my constructed dio sets were destroyed. My Cobra Temple awesomely constructed by Eric “Capolan” Vaughn? Crushed. The Cobra Commander throne room so crucial to the climax of the story? Done.
It was pretty depressing.
But I’m determined to continue moving forward on this, and as part of that, I’m reconstructing the interior to the Cobra Temple, going in a slightly different direction. Capolan’s Temple set was fantastic. I absolutely loved it, and it served me great, but as the story of Darkness Falls has evolved in my head, I needed a little bit more size and scope, so I started from scratch to rebuild the internal lobby of the temple. Yes, this means there will likely be some design differences and inconsistencies throughout the scope of the story, but I’m hoping some suspension of disbelief will allow folks to overlook that and just appreciate the story.
To give folks a bit of a taste of this new Cobra Interior, I documented the process, which will hopefully give people something to hold them over until Darkness Falls launches. Though that launch probably won’t happen until next year at this point. Click the “Read the Rest of the Story” link below to check out the process of constructing this new Cobra Temple interior.
I will say first of all, this is a direct response to the excellent write up by zedhatch (Toxie’s Universe on Twitter) over at The Terror Drome where he analyzes where Dio-Stories were in the fandom several years ago, where they are now, and exactly what happened along the way.
Zed has been doing dio-stories for a very long time, and has some good insight and experience on the subject, but I figure, considering what my own situation is and has been that I would write a companion piece to respond to some of this points and possibly bring up some of my own.
Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below for the full article, and thanks to Zed and The Terror Drome for speaking about this. It’s a subject that is obviously near and dear to my heart, and something I’ve been struggling with for a few years, so I love having the opportunity to read (and respond) about it.
Judging from all of the comments and requests I get, it seems like G.I. Joe fans are still very big fans of the dio-story concept. While my own time is too short at the moment still to produce one of these bad boys, that hasn’t stopped friend of GeneralsJoes Nas from doing his own thing.
Over on Gigamach Productions, Nas has produced a new Dio-Story that is showing some serious promise. He was kind enough to send me a printed copy he made up for ComicCon, but he’s got it all hosted online as well, and it’s definitely worth checking out.
A few left over stragglers from my image onslaught over the weekend. Set up in the middle of the Hasbro showroom at the Convention this year was quite the impressive diorama. A double sided display with two scenes on the near side and one large mountain scene on the far side, pretty much every element of recent G.I. Joe releases were captured. The far side brought the mountain side ninja combat into 3 dimensions, while the near side featured a Benzheen battle as well as a peek inside a Cobra base.
Some really great scenes throughout, and I took a ton of pictures.
Also included in this gallery are shots of various G.I. Joe: Retaliation posters that were scattered on display cases and the wall, many of which featured large sized artwork we had not necessarily seen, especially in such a big format.
Flash over at the TS118 site let me know about this a few days ago, but I was a bit lax in getting the “heads up” posted, but the awesome guys from TS118 are showcasing their incredible diorama and customizing skills at the 11th Philippine ToyCon! The below info was a heads up from Flash about this event:
“Back in October 2007, TS118 celebrated the 25th anniversary of the GI Joe 3.75 line in Robinson’s Galleria in Manila, Philippines. 5 years after, the group is back STRONG-er than ever with a display area sponsored by Solar UIP (local movie outfit who will show GI Joe Retaliation in the Philippines). Despite the Joe movie being pushed back to next year, the spirits of the true GI Joe fans from TS118 are not dampened, and instead, we are SPEARHEADING the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the 3.75 GI Joe line by participating and displaying a large collection of GI Joe memorabilia in the 11th Philippine Toy Convention in SM Megamall Megatrade Hall (5th level).
As part of the display, the group will showcase figures from all 3.75” scale versions (ARAH, 25A/30A, Valor Vs Venom, DTC, Spytroops, etc), Sigma 6, the original 12” line (1964-onwards), Sideshow Collectibles, 5 mini-dioramas, and for the centerpiece, the largest playset ever created in 3.75” scale and considered by many as the Holy Grail of GI Joe collectors, the vintage USS Flagg (never been in public display in the Philippines for the last 20-plus years).
The event will be during the weekend of June 15-17, 2012, and TS118 will be there in full force, wearing our latest TS118 blue t-shirts as homage to the GI Joe navy.”
This word comes in from those great G.I. Joe fans from TS118 who have provided images and details for some amazing dioramas over the past several years:
“TS118 has secured an agreement with Solar UIP (local movie outfit who will show GI Joe Retaliation in the Philippines) as of this week.
We shall be providing them action figure displays and dioramas for the promotion of the movie (June 10-30, 2012) and will be helping them in the premiere and regular screening set on June 20 (Thursday). We’ll also be their official partner for the upcoming 11th Philippine Toycon on June 15-17, 2012 where one of the main attractions will be the GI Joe movie.
Looks like the Philippines gets first peak on the new flick, but we won’t post any spoilers…”
This sounds like a pretty excellent coup! TS118 has always been very involved in the G.I. Joe and toy convention world in the Philippines, and now they’re branching out into the movie scene. This is awesome!
For fans from the Philippines, definitely something exciting to look forward to, and for the rest of us, I’m sure pictures will be online. Kudos to some devoted fans for getting their work out there and making the Retaliation premier even more exciting.
Make sure to keep hitting up TS118 for the latest details and information.
So every year the G.I. Joe Collectors Club holds a diorama contest, and from what we know, this year should be no different.
But what is different is that Todd from Kokomo Toys is sweetening the pot a little bit. If you’re planning on building a diorama for the Convention, consider adding a reference to Kokomo Toys somewhere within the diorama.
Todd will be checking out the dioramas at the Con, and if your diorama contest entry has something to do with Kokomo Toys or has the shop in it, he’ll give you either $100.00 for a first place prize and $50.00 for a second place prize, right on the spot!
If that’s not some great incentive, I don’t know what is. Big thanks to Todd from Kokomo Toys for coming up with this idea. A great one!
I know I’ve been mostly using this “blog format” as a say to report news or link to my reviews, and I’ve too rarely simply used it as its intended function…just to write and BS about some of my favorite things.
This is going to get long and elaborate, so click the “Read the Rest of this Entry” link below to dive right in.
This series has been a whole hell of a lot of fun.
While I will admit the stop motion was a bit rough at some earlier parts of VisorHUNgary’s work, he has absolutely hit his stride, and this latest stuff is really great. He has posted the latest installment of his Rise of Cobra era stop motion animation on YouTube. I am amazed at how well he does this. Some great special effects, seamless animation. Pure excellence.
His latest installment in “G.I. Joe: Cobra 3″ is Chapter 3, but I’m embedding parts 1 – 3 just so you don’t miss anything. Impressive. Keep in mind, this is the third part of his Cobra adventure, so you should check out his channel to watch everything you might have missed.
Please check out his full YouTube Channel as well, he’s got a bunch more great stuff there.
A while ago I showcased some pretty neat stop-motion videos from VisorHUNgary’s YouTube page, and I’m happy to report he has updated once again! G.I. Joe: Cobra Part 1 and Part 2 have been posted for a while, and now it’s time for Part 3.
You know, I thought the previous two parts were pretty neat. This one is incredible. His skills have obviously developed and evolved as he’s done more of these, and I am extremely impressed with how G.I. Joe: Cobra 3 (Part 1) is looking so far. The gun fire, the action, the relatively seamless animation. It’s really good stuff.
Check out the embedded video below, and be sure to hit up VisorHUNgary’s YouTube Channel to catch up on past installments of G.I. Joe: Cobra as well as some great Masters of the Universe stuff as well.