The Ten biggest G.I. Joe news stories of 2013

The dichotomy between 2013 and this upcoming new year couldn’t have been more stark than it was when I was researching the Top 10 biggest news stories for the past year.  We went from anticipating a new film, lots of new Hasbro release toys, the emergence of Kre-O, and many other potential new G.I. Joe events from the upcoming year to a year of total uncertainty.

Today marks the beginning of the 50th Anniversary of the G.I. Joe brand, a brand steeped in history and cultural relevance, and it seems to be a real shame that such an event would go mostly ignored by Hasbro, who wouldn’t exist as an entity today without G.I. Joe’s presence throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.  A damn shame that nearly four full decades of success relegates a once remarkable brand to the potential dustbins of history and pop culture insignificance.  G.I. Joe as a brand helped build you, Hasbro.  It would be nice if you would at least spend some efforts trying to return the favor.

Rant over.  :)

Click the “Continue Reading” link below to see my list of the Top 10 biggest G.I. Joe news stories of 2013, let’s all cross our fingers that there are enough reasons to be writing up a similar list this time next year!

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What’s on Joe Mind Episode #88 4 Hour Holiday Spectacular!

Yes, we know the episodes have been a little more sporadic lately, but hopefully this four hour marathon makes up for it. We spend a healthy two hours talking to resident toy expert Mark Bellomo about G.I. Joe and the toy industry in general, and complement that great interview with some looks at recent G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club announcements, plus a look back at 2013 and a look ahead to next year.

Check out our Podbean page to listen to this latest episode, or just use the embedded player below, and take a peek at the show notes after the jump.

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What’s on Joe Mind Special Edition #37 – G.I. Joe: Retaliation Commentary!

Somewhat surprising to us, many folks have been asking if we could do a screening of the G.I. Joe: Retaliation film with our own commentary…well, since G.I. Joe news is so slow, we figured what better time than now! Join Gary, Justin, and Mike as they watch the entire G.I. Joe: Retaliation Extended Action Cut on Blu-Ray and give their thoughts and opinions throughout the entire film.

We tried to keep sports metaphors to a minimum, but no promises about childish humor.

Check out the embedded player below or our Podbean page for the latest special edition, and enjoy!

Don’t have G.I. Joe: Retaliation yet? Take advantage of this deal from Amazon!

I would think most diehard G.I. Joe fans would own G.I. Joe: Retaliation on Blu-Ray at this point, but if you don’t have it, now is your chance.

Amazon.com has the Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack for EIGHT BUCKS.  Yep, just $7.99.  Hit the banner below and go get it!

What’s on Joe Mind Episode 84 is online!

It feels like it’s been forever, probably because…well, it’s been forever, but the latest episode of the What’s on Joe Mind podcast is officially online!  Nearly three hours devoted to some great G.I. Joe discussion with a healthy injection of Kre-O/Lego love from Brickarms, and some great Marvel SDCC talk with our old buddy Arune.

As always check out the episode on our Podbean Page, or it is also embedded below.  Click the “Read More” link for the Show Notes.

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You saw the movie… you loved Cobra Commander… now wear his jacket!

We heard early rumor about the possibility of licensed apparel from G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but there hasn’t been nearly as much as one might think.  Mostly a result of the film delay, I’d imagine, but still the lack of great G.I. Joe: Retaliation clothing was a little bit distressing.

Entertainment Earth! to the rescue!  Well, sort of.

It’s not your typical licensed apparel, this is a full blown replica of the awesome trench coat that Cobra Commander wore in the motion picture.  At $829.00 this won’t be something you wear to your next power lunch, but it’s an awesome high end collectible for the discerning G.I. Joe: Retaliation fan.  Set to be released in January, 2014, you can hit up Entertainment Earth! to get your own.

Order G.I. Joe Cobra Commander Leather Trench Coat Replica from Entertainment Earth!

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AMC Theaters Presents special G.I. Joe: Retaliation screenings to support Charity

Yes, the home release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation has hit, but AMC Theaters are offering a very special opportunity to see it again on the big screen! Not only that, but every showing supports charities across the country. Very limited showings also feature a special exclusive poster and a $5 discount for the Blu-Ray/DVD Combo pack.

Check out the full press release and some exclusive images after the jump.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: Retaliation “Extended Action Cut” on Blu-Ray

It was a little bit tough keeping track of all the various releases of the G.I. Joe: Retaliation film, but the one that really seemed to be rising to the top for most G.I. Joe fans was the Best Buy exclusive “Extended Action Cut” Blu-Ray. And one watch of the film really exemplified that to me.

The Extended Action Cut features nearly 13 minutes of additional footage, and while you might not think so, that 13 minutes made a world of difference. Yes, I’ve already reviewed the standard release Blu-Ray, but now, I’ve also reviewed the Extended Action Cut and also did a little breakdown of the most important (in my view) footage that was included in the film.

Check out the G.I. Joe: Retaliation Review Page, or click the link below to access it directly.

Awesome breakdown of all the additional footage from Retaliation Extended Cut

The DVD and Blu-Ray release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation hit this past Tuesday along with a special “Extended Action Cut” featuring nearly 13 minutes of additional footage, which has made a huge difference to the flow of the film, in my opinion.  But many fans want to know exactly what new footage is there before they pull the trigger and buy it.

I started collecting some stuff together for my Extended Action Cut review, but then Fred from JoeBattleLines directed me to Movie-Censorship.com which has a spectacular breakdown (with screen captures) of all the additional footage and scenes.  It even compares some stuff that was in the theatrical release with stuff that’s different in the Extended Action Cut besides just added footage.

Check it out at Movie-Censorship.com!

Video from G.I. Joe: Retaliation Target Exclusive Blu-Ray

Anyone who has been paying attention (and even many folks who haven’t) are noticing that there are a ton of different variations of the G.I. Joe: Retaliation Blu-Ray or DVD release.  Between Best Buy, Walmart’s Steelbook, and all regular mass release items, it’s been tricky keeping it all straight.

The Buyer’s Guide that I wrote up has been helping (I hope), but still the Target exclusive Blu-Ray has been a bit foggy.  Well, Paramount has kindly provided video, which I have embedded below.

“Brothers Beyond Blood” focuses on the history of the Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow conflict and how that has translated into the film universe.  Check it out!