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 BrainFreeze.be – 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 OAFE.net
  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?

Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below to see my thoughts.

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

Whatever you think about the state of G.I. Joe throughout 2012, I don’t think anyone can argue that it was a slow year for news.  Quite the opposite!  Going from nearly daily reports of movie updates, to the downward spiral of G.I. Joe: Retaliation confidence, and finally finding some middle ground with the great regional gatherings of Joe fans and the countless great independent projects.

It was quite the interesting year for G.I. Joe, and in celebration of 2012, I’m picking the top 12 news stories for the year.  They may be good, they may be bad, but the end result is a collection of events throughout 2012 that paints a pretty cool picture when we look back on it.  Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below for the run down.

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12 for ’12 – GeneralsJoes Top 12 What’s on Joe Mind Episodes of 2012

So did you think 2012 was a slow year for G.I. Joe?  While the fine folks behind the What’s on Joe Mind Podcast did drop down their recording schedule a bit to accommodate a slow trickle of Joe news, there were still many exciting G.I. Joe events to talk about.

From animated voice actors to movie news and toy reports, What’s on Joe Mind covered the gamut of G.I. Joe news and events for the year.

Even with a much slower recording schedule in the back half of 2012, it was tough to pick out 12 isolated episodes, but with Gary and Mike’s help, somehow I made due.

Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below for the full list!

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What’s on Joe Mind goes back in time – The Pilot Episode Flashback!

This Special Edition has actually been online for a while, I just hadn’t gotten the link posted yet, because… well… honestly, I have no good reason.  I’m just a dirty scumbag.

For folks who have been listening for a long time, this will be a pretty neat blast to the past.  During this Special Edition, we look back on episode #0, the pilot episode…  otherwise known as Episode 0 BH (Before Hawk).  I will say it was pretty fascinating looking back on this episode and seeing what was “news” and what sort of conversation was sparked.  And hey, we brought Greg back!  Check out our Podbean page, or the embedded link below.  I’m also going to include a link back to our Special Edition .5, which is a remastered version of the very first pilot episode with better audio and some drop ins.  Check ‘em both out.

Special Edition #20

Join Chuck, Justin, Mike, and Gary, along with the RETURN OF GREG as we look back at our pilot episode.  Was what was important then, still important now?  Have our opinions changed?  How has the news and episode held up under the stress of time?  Its a fun and unique look into our past, done in a way only the WOJM guys could do it.  It’s a laid back, no pressure, special edition, so sit back, relax and enjoy a trip back to April 2011.

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Episode 0.5

Feels like the very first time, eh?  Yes, this is a remixed and remastered version of our original pilot episode published WAY back in April of 2011.  In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t seem that long ago, but when you dive into its topic matter, it seems almost like another time and another place.  What was the big topic of the day?  SKYSTRIKERS…yeah, that’s right, Hasbro just announced the price point for the 30th Anniversary re-release of our favorite Jet.  What else was hot in the news at the time?  How about Hasbro taking a big financial hit in its quarterly reports?  Feeling a loss at the Concept Case at JoeCon ’12?  Well, don’t forget about the concept presentation from JoeCon ’11.  Excited for Retaliation figures now?  How about Pursuit of Cobra wave 6 then?  Oh yeah, and how about 3 absolute strangers getting together to record the first, in what turned out to be, longest running Joe podcast to date.  Why is this coming out now?  You’ll find out in Special Edition #20…but you need to listen to this first.  It’s isn’t that much better than the original, but its shorter and hopefully the pain will be less too.  So kick that flux capacitor into action and let’s travel back in time to our first ever show!

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Amazon.com chops G.I. Joe: Retaliation & Renegades 4-Packs to $14.99

With thanks to GeneralsJoes reader Benjamin, Amazon.com has just dropped the price of the G.I. Joe: Retaliation and G.I. Joe: Renegades 4-Packs to $14.99!  This is a $25 discount over the original retail price, and in my opinion, it’s worth every penny.

Click the banners below to scoop this up!  Heck, buy a few while you’re at it.