So Toys “R” Us has this computer listing for a Spec Ops Tomahawk and…wait…WHAT?

That was kind of my reaction when this news floated across the Internet this morning, courtesy of HissTank member Master Chief.  His eagle eyes dug into some SKU listings of G.I. Joe product, which I am mirroring below:

 786245 Movie 3.75″ figures $9.99
788551 Movie Delta Vehicle $21.99
786216 Ninja Showdown Set $24.99
786253 Ninja Mask $9.99
786274 Movie Alpha Vehicle $13.99
788535 Blade of Justice $16.99
788640 10″ Kata Battler $21.99
788713 Movie Bravo Vehicle $15.99
788772 Snake Eyes Ninja Set $27.99
788802 Battle Kata Weapon $15.99
863851 Ninja Chucks $9.99
867591 Ninja Command Blaster $29.99

828516 Micro Force Blind Bag $3.99
828613 Micro Force Starter Set $7.99

Now for the interesting items (all are Hasbro items):
655875 Ninja Army Special Ops $3.99
913370 Special Ops Starter Pack $4.99
835442 Special Ops Vehicles $24.99
913230 Special Ops Tomahawk $42.99

As Master Chief says, a lot of this is stuff that we already know, but what is this “Special Ops” stuff?  Sure, it’s the name of the online Facebook game, but I’m not sure that particular corner of the G.I. Joe marketing bracket has really been lucrative enough to garner it’s own branch of toys.

Based on price point above it almost seems like some of these pieces are gaming related.  They don’t appear to be Micro Force, since there’s a separate listing above for Micro Force already.  A low price point on the Ninja Army and the Starter Pack is very interesting…  although perhaps the Starter Pack and the Starter Set could be considered different?

Of course what’s drawing the most attention (as it should) is that listing for a Special Ops Tomahawk.  That certainly sent the G.I. Joe world on its ear today, understandably so.  The Joe design team has mentioned a few times that another classic vehicle was being planned for this year, similarly to the Skystriker, but I’m not sure anyone would have guessed the Tomahawk was a possible subject.  I know I wouldn’t have.  The tooling and expense required for a vehicle like that doesn’t seem feasible under a reasonable MSRP.  But, really, we’ve seen G.I. Joe reuse names a ton over the years…this could be something entirely unrelated.

Regardless of what it is, things are certainly looking a little more exciting for Toy Fair next week.  You can bet I’ll be in attendance to get all of the pics and information that I can!

Thanks again to Master Chief on HissTank for sparking this interesting speculation!

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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G.I. Joe: Special Ops Open BETA now on SyFyGames.com

I’m not 100% sure if it’s totally Facebook-free, but the SyFy game, G.I. Joe: Special Ops is now being hosted on SyFyGames.com.  It is still the Open BETA, but the game has been updated and upgraded, and you no longer have to hit up Facebook to get at it.

Check it out over on SyFyGames.com and let’s hope they’ve fixed some of the lag and bugginess of previous versions of the Beta.

Trailer online for G.I. Joe: Special Ops online and Facebook game

During the Hasbro presentation at GIJoeCon this past weekend we were treated to a special trailer for the upcoming online game G.I. Joe: Special Ops!  Over on their Facebook page, SyFy Games did the same thing so the rest of you guys can check it out as well.

Hit up G.I. Joe: Special Ops on Facebook, or take a peek at the embedded video below.

More detailed information about G.I. Joe Convention seminars

Granted I haven’t been paying a lot of attention online over the past 24 hours, but to my knowledge these further details about Convention seminars haven’t really been discussed.  Starting on Friday and running through Sunday, the various seminars and panels have been a destination for Convention goers every year.  Looks like this year is no different.  In fact, it looks like we have some VERY exciting news coming up for the Hasbro panels with two special announcements and reveals!  Excellent.

Be sure to stay tuned to GeneralsJoes.com for the latest and greatest.

Here are some details on the seminars we’ll be seeing, according to the write up in the 2012 Convention Comic:

Behind-the scenes of G.I. Joe: Retaliation – Hasbro (Saturday 10:00 – 10:50am)

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of G.I. Joe: Retaliation!  Hasbro GI Joe designer, Logan Lubera, will share his experience of being embedded directly on the set of the new movie!  Find the inside scoop on how Logan and Hasbro partnered with Paramount Pictures, director Jon Chu, and actors Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis to bring an authentic GI Joe experience to life on the big screen.  From script development to costume, vehicle, and weapon design, Logan will share his ultimate G.I. Joe adventure and answer your questions about the making of the movie!

Insider’s Guide t0 the G.I. Joe 2013 Product Line…including a special SNEAK PEEK! – Hasbro (Saturday 11:00am – 11:50am)

Join Hasbro’s lead G.I. Joe designer John Warden and Global Marketing Leader Derryl DePriest in a roundtable discussion where they will answer your questions about the 2013 line and give first hand insight into what is going on with the brand both present and future.  Be the first to hear not one, but TWO exciting new announcements for the G.I. Joe product line.  You won’t want to miss this exciting reveal!

G.I. Joe Collectors Club (Saturday 3:00pm – 3:50pm)

Join the Club staff as they answer your burning questions about the club, figure creation, manufacturing and the announcement of future exclusives!  Panel hosts – Brian Savage, Lanny Lathem, David S. Lane, and Pete Sinclair.

IDW’s G.I. Joe: Real American Heroes (Saturday 4:00pm – 4:50pm)

What’s coming up on IDW’s G.I. Joe, and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero titles?  Editor Carlos Guzman will discuss new storylines in store for the G.I. Joe books and the return of fan-favorite characters.  There’ll be some new surprises as well…after all, Oktober is Coming!

GIJCC Magazine and Comic Q & A (Friday 12:00pm – 12:50pm)

For the latest scoop on the GIJCC Magazine and an inside look at this year’s Convention comic “G.I. Joe VS Cobra Issue 5: Operation Bear Trap”, be sure to check out this panel hosted by David S. Lane.

G.I. Joe: Special Ops – Bringing the battle between G.I. JOE and COBRA Online (SyFy Games/Hasbro) (Saturday 1:00pm – 1:50pm)

Get an inside look at the conception, creation and development of the G.I. JOE: Special Ops game.  Learn about how the SyFy Games (publisher), Artplant (developer) and Hasbro teams joined forces to create the first-ever multiplayer online game for G.I. JOE.  Hear how the characters were selected and created for a 3D digital world as well as which characters will be added to the game next!

Of course, there are also many other great seminars being shown, like the 1982 panel from Kirk Bozigian, the Costume Play panel from Cobra’s Finest, Operation: Shooting Star! which showcases how some of the awesome 90′s era themed brands came about.  There are also the voice actor panels, Mark Bellomo’s informative presentation, and the Art of G.I. Joe with Rod Whigham and Larry Selman.  The full schedule of events for the Convention weekend and the seminars can be found at GIJoeCon.com right here.

G.I. Joe Convention official schedule has been posted

We’re within a week of the kick off for the 2012 G.I. Joe Collectors’ Convention, and the Collectors’ Club has posted the full schedule of events right here.  This helpful document breaks down when various folks can pick up their convention packages, and also gives a lowdown for the seminars, of which there are many!

Below are some of the highlights:

  • Friday 12:00pm – 12:50pm: GIJCC Magazine Comic Panel – David S. Lane, Pete Sinclair

I really think that the GIJCC Newsletter comic has been making some terrific strides lately, and I’m looking forward to hearing what Dave and Pete have to say about it.  From the obvious Pursuit of Cobra influences and the great GIJCC character tie-ins, it’s an enjoyable read every month.  I’d love it if they collected them into a singular volume.

  • Saturday 10:00am – 10:50am: Behind the Scenes of G.I. Joe: Retaliation - Hasbro

This sounds like it could be very interesting as well.  I would imagine, since this is a Hasbro seminar, we’d be looking at Retaliation mostly from the toy design perspective, but any sorts of “behind the scenes” stuff is all good with me.  I will definitely not be missing this one.

  • Saturday 11:00am – 11:50am: Insider’s Guide: G.I. Joe 2013 – Hasbro

Hmmm…  so we have a “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” themed panel as well as a “G.I. Joe 2013″ panel?  Veeerrry interesting…  does this mean we might see some potential 2013 product that isn’t G.I. Joe: Retaliation related?  A peek at the future beyond the movie?  That would certainly be awesome.  This is a BIG one to look forward to. Plan your weekend around this.

  • Saturday 1:00pm – 1:50pm: Syfy Games presents G.I. JOE: Special Ops

I will admit I never would have suspected we’d see a panel devoted purely to Special Ops, but I’m looking forward to checking it out!  Been hacking away at the Beta a bit, and it will be cool to see what else might be planned down the road and I’d love to hear about when the final release is expected.

  • Saturday 3:00pm – 3:50pm: G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club Roundtable

Always a very informative panel, getting some sit down time with Brian, Lanny, Dave, Pete and the GIJCC gives us some great insight into the design of the convention set, the reasons some decisions were made, and sometimes we even get a little peek at the future.  With the Figure Subscription Service looming on the horizon I suspect this will be a destination for many fans.

  • Saturday 4:00pm – 4:50pm: IDW’s G.I. Joe: Real American Heroes

Comic fans, mark your calendars.  IDW will be in attendance and ready to talk about the future of their G.I. Joe comic universe for 2012 and beyond.  Hoping to hear some info here about future plans for G.I. Joe, Cobra, Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow, and G.I. Joe: Real American Hero here.

There are a number of other panels of course, with great discussions with Kirk Bozigian, package artwork talk, some insight with the voice actors as well as the always enlightening Mark Bellomo discussion Sunday at 1:00pm.   All in all, it looks like a fantastic weekend of G.I. Joe nirvana, and I cannot wait to hit New Orleans!  Again, find the full schedule of events right here!

G.I. Joe: Special Ops online game Beta is LIVE!

Yes, that’s right, folks!  We have an online G.I. Joe game to play.

Just on a whim, I hit up the SyFy.com G.I. Joe: Special Ops site this morning and clicked “Play Beta” and guess what?

The game started, that’s what!  It loaded up through Facebook, so I’m not sure if the non-Facebook version is available yet or not, but it looks like at least for Facebook users, you can try out the Beta of G.I. Joe: Special Ops RIGHT NOW.

Keep in mind, a Beta version of the game will potentially have some technical glitches, so don’t think this is the finished version.  Go out there and kick the tires, though.

Stop reading, and hit it up!

What’s on Joe Mind Episode 56 is online now

Did you ever want to go back in time?  Back to the simpler times…  back to the times before we found out G.I. Joe: Retaliation was delayed for nine months?

Now you can!  Hot on the heels of the biggest G.I. Joe story in years, we give you Episode 56 of What’s on Joe Mind where we discuss none of it!  In our defense, we have valid reasons for that, considering we recorded it before the news hit.  Regardless, there were still plenty of great things to discuss this episode, as we bring on Gary “Gyre-Viper” Head from the JoeDeclassified SpecOps Podcast to talk a little bit about the JoeDeClassified project and what convention attendees might expect to see at the booth.

Arune Singh from Marvel Comics joins us as well as we continue our pushed towards JoeCon and G.I. Joe: Retaliation… err… crap.  As always, hit up our Podbean Page, or just check out the embedded player below.  Show Notes as usual are after the jump.

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On the plus side… SyFy game G.I. Joe: Special Ops still posting updates

I’ve heard some folks ask out loud that if G.I. Joe: Retaliation was being pushed back until next March, what did that mean for the G.I. Joe: Special Ops game that has been announced to launch in June?

Apparently things are still on track over at SyFy.com as they have just posted another update, this time featuring legendary G.I. Joe and Cobra stalwarts Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow!  Once again, fans of G.I. Joe: The Pursuit of Cobra will be thrilled as this version of Snake Eyes looks to be ripped right from the store pegs and Storm Shadow is chock full of classicy goodness as well.

Check out the latest images below, and keep watching SyFy.com for the latest intel.

Lady Jaye and Cobra Viper added to G.I. Joe Special Ops roster

Quickly becoming one of my favorite things to check up on, the G.I. Joe: Special Ops online game has added two more familiar faces to the roster today with Lady Jaye and the Cobra Viper.  Taking elements from various continuities, G.I. Joe: Special Ops seems like it’s trying to sample the best from everything.  Lady Jaye wears a tactical vest and is an established hard ass, yet she totes around javelins, and wears her hair long sort of like Adrianne Palicki.

The Cobra Viper looks a lot like the Viper we all know and love, but with a distinctly Sideshow Collectibles twist.  Thjey seem to be bringing a lot of very cool elements together. Now we just have to see how the game plays!  Check out the SyFy G.I. Joe: Special Ops website, and also check out the mirrored images below.