His name comes up all the time on most fans “most wanted” lists, and unlike a figure like Pythona, you would think Billy could be done relatively easily with many existing parts. So what’s stopping someone like the G.I. Joe Collectors Club from doing it?
According to the Q & A at last year’s JoeCon (and it seems like every year’s JoeCon) the Club doesn’t know what version of Billy the fans might want. The Boy Scout assassin version (no thanks)? Storm Shadow’s ninja apprentice? A Devils Due-esque version in military gear and long hair? Where do you stand?
Well, if you’re a member of the G.I. Joe Collectors Club, skinny has put up an unofficial poll to gather some fan consensus about what version of Billy we might want to see. It’s pretty well known that the Club pays attention to fan requests, especially at their site or on their forums, so you should definitely check out the forums, and place your vote.
You never know, you might help shape FSS 3.0 or 4.0!
Over the past several weeks, Newsarama has been doing a great interview series called “YO, JOE” and has featured many great IDW top talent, including Fred Van Lente, Mike Costa, Chuck Dixon, and now the godfather himself, Larry Hama. Larry’s work on IDW’s G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero title has been stellar over the past couple of years, and I love that Newsarama is doing a featured piece on it.
The interview itself is fantastic, too. As many of us know, Mr. Hama has a distinct opinion about his place in the grand scheme of comic publishing, and this interview perfectly captures that attitude. He even answers some questions simply by showing some great notes from recent issues of Real American Hero. It’s a great read, everyone should go check it out at Newsarama.com.
Welcome to another exciting installment of What’s on Joe Mind! It’s tough to believe we’ve gone through 87 regular episodes (not to mention almost 40 special editions) but here we are.
We talk to the fine folks from Cobra’s 1st Legion Cosplay group, get to some good old fashioned G.I. Joe news and go through our favorite figures and vehicles from 1987. Check out our Podbean page or hit the embedded player below. Show notes, as always, are after the jump.
This has got to be one of my favorite times of the year…when Hasbro takes their foot off the pedal it falls to the fans to continue celebrating the history and the life of G.I. Joe, and the guys at Codename Iowa do some spectacular work in this regard.
Their event Assembly Required launches in Des Moine, Iowa on November 16, 2013, with free attendance, thousands of dollars worth of prizes, special guests, and the opportunity to purchase some very unique and interesting G.I. Joe posters and prints. The guys behind this event are amazing artists and that talent shows through in all of their poster offerings, and this year is certainly no different. For each event they cover a different year, and this year we get 1985! How can you go wrong.
Read more to see my full coverage of these excellent prints and posters.
Yes, it’s been a while since the guys from What’s on Joe Mind got an episode out, but trust me, this one was worth waiting for.
We bring on several industry experts all crammed into one three hour marathon of G.I. Joe goodness. Andrew, Erik, Trina, and Dave from Boss Fight Studios lend their expertise to the episode as well as David Lane from the G.I. Joe Collectors Club. This is an episode you do not want to miss.
I’ve seen my fair share of G.I. Joe lunch boxes, new and old, so when I saw that Entertainment Earth had a new “retro” G.I. Joe lunch box, I took it with a grain of salt, as I’ve seen a lot of them already.
Imagine my pleasant surprise when I saw the awesome ’87 era catalog artwork on a great looking vintage metal lunch box… definitely reminded me of the old school plastic version, but a lot cooler.
Even when official news from Hasbro is sparse, the best thing about an online community is the way we can all come together and form our own regional groups and have our own individual conventions to celebrate our fandom.
Across the pond, Dave Tree has been putting together an excellent show combining his love of G.I. Joe, Transformers, and Star Wars, and this year he’s adding some elements from Masters of the Universe and more. Roll Out Roll Call is in it’s fourth year, and as always you can find it in Southampton at the Jurys Inn.
This year along with celebrated guests (including a few key members of the What’s on Joe Mind podcast) a few of the founding members of Boss Fight Studios will be making an appearance! As you may or may not know, Boss Fight Studios is made up of several ex Hasbro employees and freelancers who have spent much of their toy design careers neck-deep in the G.I. Joe world. They’ll be at Roll Out Roll Call doing sketches, live sculpting, and many other exciting events.
Along with this, they will have a special exclusive Roll Out Roll Call 4 print! Based on the artwork from Marvel Comics’ G.I. Joe #1, this excellent exclusive art print is available primarily at the show, with extras hopefully available for sale afterwards. Be sure to like Boss Fight Studios on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and take a peek at their awesome exclusive art print below. Also check out the Roll Out Roll Call page for all the latest and greatest information on the upcoming show.
The G.I. Joe news front has been somewhat quiet in recent weeks, so some of the parts of Episode 85 of the What’s on Joe Mind podcast dip back in time just a little bit. But then again some of the discussion here is timeless. We speak to former Hasbro designer Rick Schad who gives us some great insight into his time on G.I. Joe, and of course, with it being episode 85, we pick our favorite figures and vehicles from 1985! Vintage love for you.
Check out episode 85 at Podbean.com (or the embedded player below) and the show notes can be seen below.
First and foremost, a big thanks to James McFadden for realizing this information and posting about it over on the Hasslein Books blog. It’s tough to think that it’s really been three decades since the first installment of the MASS Device hit TV screens everywhere.
I was an eight year old kid living in Plymouth, NH at the time and clearly remember those advertisements with Duke vaulting through laser fire and macking on Scarlett about his “green sheets”, and I was forever enthralled. While it would be Larry Hama’s immortal comics in the 80′s that fully captured my G.I. Joe childhood, the spark was ignited by the MASS Device and the Revenge of Cobra, and those two mini-series still stand apart as some of the best examples of 80′s animation in history.
Happy Anniversary to the Sunbow G.I. Joe series! I’m sure I’m not alone in hoping that the next generation gets an equal chance to relive G.I. Joe magic through animation some day.
The last G.I. Joe: Battleground PVP Event has been met with some pretty vocal criticisms, mostly for the perceived uneven gameplay and buggy software that appeared to permeate the entire event. Well Mobage and DeNA are doing what they can to erase bad memories with a couple of exciting announcements over night.
First of all, folks have noticed a grayed out area called the “Florida Everglades” and that grayed out area is now active, offering a wealth of more missions for both G.I. Joe and Cobra! Included in those new missions are some exciting new character cards for folks like Sneak Peek and Muskrat, and judging by the announcement image, Desert Scorpion and Recoil are in the wings as well.
To go along with the new map, G.I. Joe: Battleground is offering Double XP on all missions throughout the entire weekend, so take some time to level up your backlog of characters.
You might want to focus on levelling up the G.I. Joe side, though, as Mobage also warns us that Cobra La is coming! A new event is apparently on the horizon, and based on the shaded images, looks like we’ve got Falcon and Pythona to look forward to (among others I’m sure).