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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GeneralsJoes Reviews Acid Rain Sol Commander and Winged Victory

Ever since Acid Rain toys first appeared, I’ve been dying to do reviews of some of them, and GeneralsJoes reader Daniel actually volunteered to let me borrow a few of his figures so I could do so!

I cannot thank him enough.  Getting my hands on the figures has proven to be an eye opening experience, as they feel of much better quality than I originally thought.  The articulation is pretty amazing, and while it does impact the aesthetics a little bit, I think it does so in an artistic way.

Anyway, check out my reviews!  I have them linked directly below.  These terrific looking Acid Rain toys can be currently purchased at Big Bad Toy Store!

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Assembly Required – Fantastic Minimalist Posters and a great G.I. Joe fan event

12_Crimson_GuardThis 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.

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GeneralsJoes reviews Shout Factory’s Predacons Rising on Blu-Ray

Transformers Prime just wrapped up its illustrious and ground-breaking three season run on The Hub, but three seasons wasn’t quite enough to tell the whole Transformers tale.  To truly close off this multi-season epic story arc, Shout! Factory has produced a DVD/Blu-Ray exclusive movie feature entitled Predacons Rising!

Taking place shortly after the huge events in the series finale of Transformers: Prime, Predacons Rising changes the landscape of the Prime universe forever.

Hitting retal on Blu-Ray and DVD October 8th, GeneralsJoes is proud to present a review of this excellent release right here.

Check it out in the Miscellaneous review section, or the direct link below.

GeneralsJoes reviews Codename: Iowa Minimalist Posters – Series 3

The guys at Codename: Iowa first approached me to review their minimalist posters a while ago, and I was surprisingly infatuated with Series 1 and 2.  I found myself really looking forward to Series 3, which would feature the all star Joe and Cobra cast from 1984.  I was curious how they were going to make it work, considering some of the more… “flamboyant” uniforms that characters starting getting in ’84.

Well, I got my set, and I got my answer.  Check out the full review in my Miscellaneous section, or the direct link below:

GeneralsJoes Reviews the D & J Toys Falcon and Viper Gliders

I’ve talked about D & J Toys on the site before, mostly focusing on their very cool Rise of Cobra PIT companion set, which took all of the cardboard pieces and reconstructed them into actual styrene components.

Now, I had a chance to get my hands on their Falcon and Viper Glider reconstructions, and came away really impressed.  These are very vintage in style, yet a lot more durable than you might be used to.

Check out the review in my Miscellaneous section, or just hit up the direct link below.  Good stuff from another great fan-based project!

GeneralsJoes reviews Transformers: Prime Complete Season Two on Blu-Ray

Yes, it was G.I. Joe: Renegades that brought me to The Hub, but Transformers: Prime has kept me here with the absence of G.I. Joe animation.  Getting steadily better with each episode, we now have the second season of Transformers: Prime out on Blu-Ray!

Shout! Factory was kind enough to supply me with a review copy, and you can check out the review in my Miscellaneous section, or  via the direct link below.

GeneralsJoes reviews Codename: Iowa’s Assembly Required 2012 Exclusives

Ever since I saw these  great looking posters online for the 2012 Assembly Required show, I’ve been dying to get a closer look.  Thanks to the awesome guys at Codename: Iowa I have had that chance, and I’m happy to say these offerings have more than met my expectations.

To celebrate Black Friday weekend, Codename: Iowa is offering the entire run of their 2012 exclusives for $175 on their Goodsmiths store.  That’s 31 minimalist posters, 2 screen print posters, 2 sets of buttons, and a t-shirt!  There are not many of these in existence, if you want them, now is the time.

* Minimalist posters *

  • These posters are minimalist designed based on the action figures that where found on store shelves in 1982 and 1983. Each poster is 12.25″ x 18.25″ printed on 100 lb. cover weight, acid-free paper. These two sets have a total of 31 posters. They come sealed in a clear bag with a display card showing all the characters on the back. Only 30 sets have been made and ever will be made in this format.

* Screen Printed Posters * 

  • 12.5″ x 19″ poster
  • 1 color screen printed on Neenah Classic Linen, 80 lb cover
  • Signed and numbered. Only 25 of each.

* Minimalist Button sets *

  • These buttons are minimalist designed based on the action figures that where found on store shelves in 1982 and 1983. Each set has 16 buttons on a custom card fashioned after the iconic packaging.

Other items you see in the review are promotional items like name tags, a keychain and other items not specifically mentioned in the review were all bonus items randomly packaged into the sets for sale.  Another very cool bonus from the Codename: Iowa guys.

These are truly one-of-a-kind items, so hit up my review at the link below, and pick them up at the Codename: Iowa Goodsmiths store.

To stay up to date on all of the Assembly Required 2012 happenings, keep looking at the Codename: Iowa Facebook page as well.

GeneralsJoes reviews G.I. Joe: Renegades Complete First Season on Blu-Ray

Who cares about The Avengers?!?  G.I. Joe: Renegades the Complete First Season is hitting store shelves from Shout! Factory TODAY.

All 26 episodes of this landmark G.I. Joe animated series complete and in high definition…and it looks glorious.  With big thanks from Shout! Factory for providing a review sample, so I had a chance to dissect this thing before release, and now I’ve posted my review right here.

Check it out in my Miscellaneous section, or the direct link below.  And even better, if you want to buy it, consider using my Amazon link and help support the site!  Enjoy.

GeneralsJoes Reviews Marauder “Gun Runners” Series 6!

It’s taken me a long time, but I’ve finally gathered together my thoughts for the sixth series of Marauder “Gun Runners” fantastic weapons and accessories.  From standard assault rifles to a plethora of modular accessories, grips, and scopes, Series 6 of Marauder’s offerings is simply fantastic.

Check out the full review in my Marauder “Gun Runners” section, or at the direct link below.