Huge Amazon sale on G.I. Joe and other DVD’s & Blu-Ray’s

Thanks to Twitter user The Snackist for letting us know that is currently having a huge sale on its G.I. Joe (and other ) DVD’s!  Many of them are at rock bottom prices.

If you haven’t caught up on your G.I. Joe media recently, this is a great chance to grab some DVD’s and back up to date.  G.I. Joe: Resolute, G.I. Joe: Renegades, DiC, and Sunbow are all on sale.  Check out some of the links below!

Lots of great G.I. Joe themed trade paperback collections, comics, and other media as well.  Check it out!

Also, the Amazon shop in general has some great DVD/Blu-Ray deals today…  might be worth checking out.


G.I. Joe and other Hasbro branded content relocating to Vimeo

Well, this explains Hasbro’s content’s disappearance from Netflix. According to Deadline, Hasbro is partnering with Vimeo to bring their content back to an online video platform after their deal with Netflix was not extended.

Beginning with Jem and the Holograms, Hasbro animated series from all era’s will be added to Vimeo to enhance their pay service. Episodes will be $2.99 to buy, .99 to rent, or entire series will be available for $40.00.

There will be 13 series altogether, including My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, G.I. Joe, Transformers: Rescue Bots, Transformers: Prime, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, G.I. Joe: Renegades, Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters, Littlest Pet Shop, Pound Puppies, The Adventures of Chuck & Friends and B-Daman Crossfire.

What do folks think is a pay-per-series deal better, or would you rather subscribe to a monthly service to get access to this content?

Regardless of the reasons, I’m glad stuff like G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and G.I. Joe: Renegades will be accessible to new viewers again.

Discovery is rebranding the Hub – what does it really mean?

Yesterday, word quietly came out that Discovery would be rebranding “The Hub”, the channel they operated alongside Hasbro for the past five years, in hopes of competing with channels like Nickelodeon and Disney. Overall, it would seem the experiment should be considered a failure, as after those five years, Discovery is apparently going to rebrand it as Discovery Family and tweak the format slightly to appeal to both children and families. This rebrand involves buying back some of Hasbro’s stake in the channel and at least from the surface, eliminating the connection to Hasbro’s apparently failed enterprise.

But what some folks aren’t talking about is that Hasbro still owns a significant piece of the channel, and still has the programming block from 9:00am – 3:00pm, so it’s not like Hasbro is just throwing up their hands and walking away.

Also, I do wonder just how much of a “failure” the enterprise should be considered. Look, I have no love for what Hasbro did to G.I. Joe: Renegades, and I think the Hub was the perfect platform to aggressively relaunch and remarket the brand. They totally and completely dropped the ball on that. They actually didn’t drop the ball, they threw it directly into the ground and stomped on it, and I think that stands as one of the most foolish things they’ve done over the past several years.

However, the Hub was the catalyst for keeping Transformers relevant with kids via Transformers: Prime, and even more importantly Transformers: Rescue Bots. Even moreso, the cultural phenomenon of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic likely would not have transpired if not for the Hub, and regardless of whether or not the Hub captured the market share it needed to be relevant (it obviously did not), I’m sure it sold a lot of toys and a lot of broadcast rights to Netflix, so perhaps there were enough nuggets of success in there

All that being said, I still remember how thrilled I was to hear about the emergence of the Hub. I remember calling Comcast and completely revamping my cable package so I could be sure I had the channel. The lead up to and events of the G.I. Joe: Renegades series were some of my most memorable times over the past several years. It’s a real shame that five years later essentially no evidence of those great several months will really exist. I would imagine this doesn’t spell good news for the chances of a future G.I. Joe animated series either. I don’t think the door can be completely shut on that, but the reduced Hasbro stake in the Hub certainly doesn’t do any of us any favors.

Check out the full article outlining this on and to remember the simpler days, check out my G.I. Joe: Renegades Super Section where I posted character outlines, episode guides, and all sorts of fun stuff.


Why fans of G.I. Joe: Renegades should give the Boss Fight Kickstarter a closer look

I know, I know… I’ve already got a banner up above and a widget over to the left, but what can I say?  I believe in the Boss Fight Studio folks’ and their product, and want to support it any way I can.

And, as a diehard G.I. Joe: Renegades fan, I’ve come across another reason to be excited as well.  Buried within one of the stretch goals are a number of “blanks”.  Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. figures with no armor, accessories, or extraneous details, perfect for customizers to build upon.  Or if you’re a G.I. Joe: Renegades fan…


Check out the “Bio Blue” blank figure above, and tell me that wouldn’t be a great base for a Cobra “Bio-Viper”.  In the G.I. Joe: Renegades animated series, the Bio-Vipers were insidious Cobra experiments.  With the transparent blue color the blank figure above looks like an awesome template for those Bio-Vipers.  The Wave 3 Blank Bodies are available with the $210,000 level stretch goal, which seems like a long way away, but it’ll hopefully come up closer than we think.  Already Boss Fight is nearly halfway there, and still 31 days to go!

Support the Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Kickstarter campaign!

G.I. Joe: Renegades and Sigma 6 return to The Hub

Seemingly lost to the sands of time for the past while, arguably the best animated series for the G.I. Joe universe ever, G.I. Joe: Renegades returns to The Hub today!

Anyone who hasn’t bought it on Blu-Ray (why the hell not?!) you can now see it on The Hub again.

I know it got a bad rap, and I know I lavish all sorts of praise on it, but please trust me, that praise is deserved.  If you haven’t seen it yet, just because you’ve listened to folks who didn’t like it, at least give it a shot yourself.  You might be pleasantly surprised.

As for the Sigma 6 animated series?  Yeah, that pretty much blows chunks, but if you like watching train wrecks, you can check that one out, too.  :)

Thanks to Nick and More for the info.

G.I. Joe coverage continues on – Interviews and Analysis

Throughout the crazy week of G.I. Joe: Retaliation prep and reaction, pop culture fan site BrainFreeze has been posting some great updates to their G.I. Joe themed articles!  These include interviews with some collectors (including yours truly!) and a great look at the animated series, review sites, and more.

It is really cool to see a site like this putting so much effort into pushing and publicizing G.I. Joe!  I have posted links below to all five parts, you need to check them out, they are really entertaining reads and a great look at some folks within our hobby and some aspects that make our hobby great.

  1. Introduction – “Knowing is Half the Battle”
  2. “There is a place called Kokomo” – Interview with Kokomo Toys
  3. Interview with Gary “Gyre-Viper” Goggles
  4. Interview with Toy Reviewer yo go re from
  5. A look at the Sunbow animated series
  6. Interview with G.I. Joe “Specialist” Justin Bell (hey, that’s me!)

There are much more to come, but these six articles are pretty fun reads!  You should check them out.  A big thanks to Axel for taking the time to get this all together and to get it all translated!  A great effort.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation prep revisited – The History of Roadblock

So, the cool guys at the Cold Slither Podcast Tweeted out a link to one of my old articles covering the history of Roadblock for folks who needed to bone up on their G.I. Joe history before catching G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

That kicked a reminder at me that maybe I should get that post back up on top since G.I. Joe: Retaliation has officially opened and there might be people wondering just who this Roadblock dude is.  You can see the original post right here, but I’ve also reposted it at the Read the Rest of the Story link below.

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What’s on Joe Mind Episode 73 HALO drops onto the Internet airwaves

Wow, nothing like a terrible pun to liven your Monday work day, huh?

So what’s with the HALO drop joke?  Only the fact that Episode 73 of What’s on Joe Mind features an interview with the indelible Khary Payton, the voice of Ripcord from G.I. Joe: Renegades!  Fans of quality animation will probably also recognize him as being the voice of Aqualad from the excellent Young Justice animated series as well.  I may have fanboyed over him a bit about that.  Keep in mind this interview was done a few months ago, before news of Young Justice’s cancellation broke, so this was a topic we did not bring up.

We also have the full audio from Hasbro’s G.I. Joe presentation at Toy Fair!  You’ll feel like you were sitting right in the auditorium, especially as Gary has a stroke when he sees the Kre-On Snow Job.  Check out this latest episode on our Podbean page, or also embedded below.  As always, the show notes are after the jump.


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What’s on Joe Mind Episode 72 Offends my delicate sensibilities

I promised myself I wouldn’t post about this episode…  the ridicule… the insult…  the depravity performed upon my favorite character in the G.I. Joe mythology was almost too painful to revisit here on my website.  But for the good of the listeners, I decided to be the bigger man.

Unfortunately a 103 degree fever and gut-punching flu bug kept me from participating in this episode, but that didn’t stop the boys and guest Ed Lydon from piling on poor Hit &  Run.  I’ll remember this, fellas.  As an aside, there is a terrific interview (that I did participate in) with Andrew Kishino, the voice of Storm Shadow from G.I. Joe: Renegades!  That almost makes it all worthwhile.

Listen to the latest episode via our Podbean page, or the embedded players below, and as always show notes are after the jump.



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12 for ’12 – GeneralsJoes Top 12 G.I. Joe toys of 2012

One would think this would be a pretty easy, straight-forward article, right?  I mean, we barely had a wave of figures released, and the vehicles were by and large unremarkable, so what is the point of this discussion?

Well, I kind of thought so, too, but then I started looking into what we got this year, and it became evident, that even with G.I. Joe: Retaliation’s short-lived shelf life, there was still plenty of topics to dissect and plenty to talk about in regards to 2012’s slate of G.I. Joe toys.

Now, a pair of items kind of had me in a quandry.  While technically the Slaughter’s Marauders and Dreadnoks 7-Packs were shipped in 2012, I still consider them 2011 product.  They were announced and solicited in 2011, and I received my sets in 2011, even though many folks got them in 2012.  For that reason I did not include them when considering this list.

Any thoughts from the peanut gallery on that?

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