Korean online game Cyphers features Storm Shadow as a playable character

In a strange marketing move by Hasbro, they have allowed a Korean video game producer “Neople” to license their Storm Shadow character for use in an online game called Cyphers. One look at the video announcement shows that it’s Storm Shadow from the film universe, which makes sense considering what a superstar Lee Byung-Hun is in his native country. That’s obviously what drove the licensing arrangement to begin with, though it does seem strange to see that single character allowed for use.

From what I can tell, Cyphers does not have an English translated version, so this will be fun mostly for Korean game players, but I thought it was a pretty interesting news tidbit regardless.

Check out the promo video below, and you can check out the website for the video game right here.

Channing Tatum confirms that he requested “out” of G.I. Joe sequel

When it was first leaked that Duke might pay the ultimate price in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, there was much speculation that this was on the request of Channing Tatum himself. His star had risen dramatically since he appeared in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and the prevailing thought was that he didn’t want to be tied down to the second film. However, throughout all the interviews leading up to the film’s debut, he seemed to debunk that thought and said that Duke’s death just made sense within the context of the story.

Many had their doubts.

Turns out those doubts were spot on, as Channing Tatum spoke with Entertainment Weekly to promote 22 Jump Street and confirmed his own distaste for doing sequels in general:

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This movie comes pretty quick on the heels of the first one. Do you both avoid sequels?

Tatum: I try not to do them. I did not want to be in the sequel for G.I. Joe.

You die almost immediately in it.

Hill: He’s like, “just kill me in the first five minutes”.

Tatum: “Go on without me, I’m good.”

While I have my own internal commentary for an actor that would determine the fate of a childhood cartoon hero to many merely because he doesn’t want to play the role, I think Paramount could have worked around the issue themselves with some creative re-casting.

All that being said, it is interesting to see the truth finally revealed. That would confirm that a Duke resurrection for G.I. Joe 3 (at least with Tatum in the role) isn’t happening. Thanks to Andrew Hall of the G.I. Joe Discussion Group on Facebook for the heads up.

What’s on Joe Mind Episode 94 brings Bill Ratner and Arune Singh back to the mike

We are painfully aware that we’re not recording quite as often as we did in the past, but we’re trying to make every one of them count!

For Episode 94 we excitedly welcomed back two long time friends of What’s on Joe Mind, Bill Ratner (the voice of Flint) and Arune Singh (Executive Director of Television Communications, Marvel Entertainment) to have some very different discussions.

Mr. Ratner provides awesome detail about G.I. Joe history, while also breaking down his exciting new endeavor at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.  Meanwhile, Arune celebrates Transformers return to movie screens this summer (and the debut of the IDW comic book) with a spirited discussion about how a G.I. Joe/Transformers team up could work.

As always, check out the latest episode on Podbean, or through the embedded player below.  Show notes after the jump!

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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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