GeneralsJoes Reviews Codename: Iowa Minimalist Prints Series 5 (1986)

group-01What started off as a little get together for G.I. Joe fans in a certain region has now grown to a full fledged G.I. Joe celebration .

Every year, the folks from Codename: Iowa run a fantastic G.I. Joe themed gathering and convention entitled Assembly Required, which has attracted G.I. Joe celebrities like Ron Wagner, former Hasbro designer Matt  Brandenberg, and recently featured a fantastic display case from G.I. Joe DeClassified.  They have fun activities for adults and kids as well as items for sale, and of course, their now famous “Minimalist” prints.

Check out the full review for this latest excellent series of Minimalist prints after the “jump”!

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Get G.I. Joe Represented in the Action Figure Hall of Fame

I think we’re all familiar with the Toy Hall of Fame, which indoctrinated G.I. Joe as a brand a couple of years ago.  But for the first time ever, we have an established Action Figure Hall of Fame!

Right now it’s a digital only representation, but you can check it out at ActionFigureHallofFame.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter.  There are a few G.I. Joe offerings up on the first ballet, so I’m hoping Joe fans can all come together and push them right to the top.

Check it out and place your votes!

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No Cobra operative is safe… from G.I. Drone!

First and foremost, this video is NSFW and NS for a younger audience, but it’s pretty funny regardless.  One of the most common ongoing jokes in G.I. Joe spoofs is “what if G.I. Joe were actually super violent like real war!!?!” but nonetheless, this Robot Chicken skit is still pretty hilarious.

Check it on YouTube or embedded below.

What’s on Joe Mind Episode 94 brings Bill Ratner and Arune Singh back to the mike

We are painfully aware that we’re not recording quite as often as we did in the past, but we’re trying to make every one of them count!

For Episode 94 we excitedly welcomed back two long time friends of What’s on Joe Mind, Bill Ratner (the voice of Flint) and Arune Singh (Executive Director of Television Communications, Marvel Entertainment) to have some very different discussions.

Mr. Ratner provides awesome detail about G.I. Joe history, while also breaking down his exciting new endeavor at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.  Meanwhile, Arune celebrates Transformers return to movie screens this summer (and the debut of the IDW comic book) with a spirited discussion about how a G.I. Joe/Transformers team up could work.

As always, check out the latest episode on Podbean, or through the embedded player below.  Show notes after the jump!

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Awesome education about the world of toy production

If you’re a G.I. Joe fan on Facebook, but are not a member of the G.I. Joe Discussion Facebook group, you are really missing out on some great insight.

Some really fun conversations can be had there, but aside from that, we also get some really great perspective about toy making in general.

Today Gary “Gyre Viper” Head posted a fantastic conversation with a former Hasbro employee who gave him a terrific run down of how certain elements of toy production are performed, and even went through a rough timeline from concept to tooling and production.  These are some great insights into that magical world of toy building that have been somewhat lost in the ether of corporate oversight and management.  This is where the magic happened, and if you’re a toy fan, you owe yourself to check this stuff out.

Hit up this thread on the G.I. Joe Discussion Facebook group to see some great detail on the making of a vehicle from the Real American Hero line.  You’ll feel better for it after wards!

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Regular Joes Podcast Episode #39 – G.I. Joe hits 50 and 50 hits back

As excited as many Real American Hero fans were about some of the announcements at Toy Fair a short while ago, there is a segment of the community that felt a little bit left out.  So when three representatives from that community invited me onto their podcast to chat about Toy Fair reveals, I jumped at the chance, eager to see their perspective.  It certainly helps that Barry, Tod, and Dave are all great guys who are really closely invested in the G.I. Joe fandom and do regular work for the G.I. Joe Collectors Club!

Well, I couldn’t have had a better time.  All three of them are veritable geek experts (as listeners of their podcast can certainly attest to) and we talked about everything from G.I. Joe’s 50th Anniversary to Guardians of the Galaxy, Harold Ramis, and many other things in between.  It was a blast.

And folks looking for information about my dio-story may want to listen to… I break a bit of news on that front as well.  :)

Heck, we even talk a little bit about the Adventure Team Chronicles and “Shattered Glass” concept, considering podcast host Tod Pleasant is the writer of that particular adventure.

You can find the latest episode over on iTunes, and the show notes are below.

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In 1964 Hasbro introduced G.I. Joe, America’s Movable Fighting Man, and the Action Figure was born. As fans of G.I. Joe gear up to recognize their plastic hero’s golden anniversary, controversy, Joe’s frequent companion, one again makes an appearance. Is Hasbro giving Joe his due? Barry, Dave and Tod, the Regular Joes are joined by Justin Bell from the What’s on Joe Mind podcast to talk it out. Also, a salute to the late great Harold Ramis, with movie picks, and another round of Who Would Win in a Fight. Yo Joe!

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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.

Preview of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero from Comic Book Resources

Okay, now that my brain has stopped exploding from the combination of awesome witnessed in this preview, I can write a little post about it.

CBR sat down and chatted with Larry Hama about his run on G.I. Joe comics, and looked towards March and the release of G.I. Joe #200.  We get a little insight into what to expect with this landmark issue, but best of all, a few preview pages are shown including the best image I’ve ever seen:

SL Gallant + G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero + Sigma 6 themed Cobra Commander.

My soul is smiling.

Check out the whole article right here, and brace yourself for some great images of a Cobra army of HISS Tanks preparing to face off against the G.I. Joe team with some truly great old school vibe to it.  I’ve mirrored one image below, but the rest are over at CBR.

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Vimeo posts treasure trove of Larry Hama interviews and G.I. Joe Reference

Big props to skinny for tracking this down on Vimeo, but apparently a couple of days ago, Vimeo posted a wealth of content specifically related to Larry Hama, and as one might expect, there is plenty of discussion about G.I. Joe throughout.

The series seems to start with a “Meet Janice Chiang” introduction, who mentions that she’s known Larry for over three decades, and then if you look at the related videos, there are nearly FIFTY different interviews and snippets with the godfather of A Real American Hero.  Not all of the conversations are G.I. Joe related specifically, but he’s always an interesting guy, and there is plenty of great stuff here to watch and listen to.

Thanks again to skinny for pointing this out.  Check out the first video right here, and also check out a three part “How G .I. Joe Changed Comics” playlist here.

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Great photo set for cover of upcoming G.I. Joe: ARAH #200

Over on his Tumblr page, Chris Ryall, editor in chief for IDW Publishing has posted a fantastic photo set showing the progression of the cover artwork for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200.  It shows the initial sketch by Larry Hama, with pencils & inks by SL Gallant, and then the final cover image.

I love the dichotomy between the classic Duke and Cobra Commander and the Pursuit of Cobra HISS…very interesting to read, too, that Gallant is now officially the longest tenure artist on the title.  That is shocking, but very cool as well.  It certainly helps that I’m a huge fan of his work.

Check out the photo set below.