G.I. Joe: Battleground mobile game on the verge of worldwide release!

At least I assume so..  word from Mainframe over on JoeCustoms.com is that the mobile game has been released for Android systems.  However, he is located in the Philippines, and when I tried to download it, I got an error saying it was “not available in my country”.  So, it sounds like it has been released in some regions, but not everywhere yet.

Stay tuned mobile game fans, it looks like we’re on the verge of some G.I. Joe: Battleground action!  Until the game is live everywhere, enjoy some more screen grabs below:

Holy horse crap, I actually saw RAPTOR in one of those images!!!  I think I love this game already.

EDIT: Grabbed this list of features from the game, and it looks very cool…it mentions that characters from all era’s of G.I. Joe will be in here, including G.I. Joe: Renegades…so perhaps even, dare I hope… SIGMA 6?!?  Uh oh.

FEATURES

★ Take charge of G.I. JOE’s finest soldiers or rule the Cobra organization with an iron fist
★ Customize and upgrade your squads with combat skills and powerful vehicle attacks
★ Over 100 unique characters from the G.I. JOE universe (and growing!) to collect and train
★ Compete against the world in special events featuring massive boss fights and player vs player combat
★ Gorgeous character art from the talented artists behind G.I. JOE based comics and action figures
★ Featuring characters from Real American Hero to G.I. JOE: Renegades and every series in between

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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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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.

G.I. Joe Convention Day 3 – the 2013 Product Slideshow!

I’m between seminars at the moment, but wanted to at least get the slideshow images posted from the 2013 Product demonstration.  Many of these items will be in the display and I will get those images posted throughout the day as well, but wanted to get this AWESOME stuff up first.  Highlights:

  • Micro Force Quarter-Sized collectible figures in blind bags.  Over 80 figures to collect and trade.  Foot holes are compatible with normal vehicle foot pegs for display!
  • Alpha sized Night Landing vehicle with Cobra Eel.  Cobra Eel figure is the canceled Rise of Cobra Ripcord which is extremely detailed, highly accessorized and uses the figure design that was sculpted to resemble the Sigma 6 Sigma Suits
  • Night Viper is moved up to Wave 3
  • Very movie accurate “Ultimate Firefly” with mini-HISS in Wave 3
  • Very movie accurate “Cobra Trooper” (Cobra Combat Ninja) in Wave 3
  • Movie accurate “Ultimate Duke” (with Data-Viper Predator Drone) in Wave 3
  • Comic accurate/toy accurate Snake Eyes ’85 w/ Timber totally newly tooled in Wave 4
  • Crimson Guard in Wave 5 with customizable label sheet

More details as they emerge!  Follow me on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Tweets and posts from the SyFy panel and the GIJCC panel later today.

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: 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.