Great new images of unreleased Cobra HISS Launcher ROC PIT Repaint

A couple of years ago at the G.I. Joe Convention, Hasbro revealed some concept work for an unreleased repaint of the Rise of Cobra PIT Playset. While the Pit itself was mostly looked down upon by the G.I. Joe fandom (a treatment I don’t fall in line with), I think most fans found the Cobra repaint(s) pretty intriguing.

To this point, though, we only had blurry phone pics of a slideshow to base that opinion on. But no longer!

Thanks to the Eagle Eyes of Brian Hickey, a gallery with some larger, clearer pictures has been linked on the Facebook G.I. Joe Discussion Group, and I’ve mirrored them below. As much as I enjoyed the original RoC Pit Playset, this Cobra repaint does indeed look even more bad ass.

Look, I may be a bit biased… my memory of the Pit is my then-four year old daughter spending three hours putting the stickers on with me, and it’s one of my fonder G.I. Joe memories, but even without that, I think the Pit has some fun qualities, especially if fans can think of it more like an updated Mobile Command Center, and not so much like the ultimate G.I. Joe headquarters.

At any rate, check out the images of the Cobra themed repaint below.

GeneralsJoes Reviews FSS 3.0 Shipment #1

Do I need to maintain spoiler control still?

It’s been a week since the information got out onto the web about who was in the first shipment of the G.I. Joe Collectors Club FSS 3.0…  and some might say a week isn’t quite enough time.

So, for the sake of trying to keep a level of surprise for folks, I won’t mention WHO is in the shipment on this page, but if you click over to the G.I. Joe Collectors Club Review Page you can see who came first, and check out reviews for both figures.

You can also click the links below:

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GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary Snow Job & Arctic B.A.T.

Hot on the heels of the Social Clash 2-Pack, here is a review for the Arctic Ambush featuring Snow Job and the new Cobra Arctic B.A.T.!  As one of the only really new concepts in this year’s 50th Anniversary selection (even though it uses old parts) fans seemed interested in the figure.  I will admit, I was a bit surprised at how much I liked it, all things considered.

Check out the 50th Anniversary Review Page to check out the latest reviews, or click the links below.  Wrapped up 50th stuff just in time for FSS 3.0 to start hitting… good timing, huh?

GeneralsJoes Reviews 50th Anniversary Lady Jaye and Baroness

Okay, I’m a little behind the 8 ball on this one, but I should get all caught up this week.  It took me a little while to get my hands on the second wave of 50th Anniversary figures, then there were the Holidays and job changes, and all sorts of crap you don’t care about…  but we’re past that now.  :)

For now, enjoy the reviews for the 50th Anniversary “Social Clash” (good grief I hate that name) 2-Pack with the links below or via the 50th Anniversary Review page.  The “Arctic Assault” pack is coming soon, too!

G.I. Joe Collectors Club FSS 3.0 is incoming!

Get ready for some new toys, Joe fans!

The G.I. Joe Collectors Club just sent out notifications that FSS 3.0 figures have arrived at their warehouse and are ready to ship.  This is great news for folks who have been starving for some new G.I. Joe toys.  We should receive the first shipment by January 23rd, and the second shipment will be going out the final week of the month to get caught up.

Yay!

I estimate my chances of having a new Hit & Run figure by the end of the month at 16.7%!  Check out the full text of the email below, but please don’t check my math…it ain’t my strong suit.

Happy New Year!

Yesterday we unloaded the container for the FSS 3.0 figures.  We are working on getting out the first wave to you this week.  You should receive the first wave by Jan 23rd.  The second wave will go out the last week of the month.  This will get us caught up from all of the shipping and port delays.

For those of you on the subscription billing, we have set the two billing dates:  February 2nd and March 16th.  Please make sure your CC is good standing before those dates.  You can change your information in thesystem so you don’t miss out!   If you are planning on moving before the end of May, you can update your shipping information at the same link above.

Thanks for your support and we hope you enjoy your new figures!

Brian

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G.I. Joe not appearing at Toy Fair 2015 – What does it really mean?

This has been reported in several places already, but just wanted to add my perspective…

It was revealed yesterday by Hasbro Public Relations that there would be no G.I. Joe presence at Toy Fair this year. My first reaction is actually one of thanks… I appreciate the advanced heads up just so the fandom (and those of us who cover the show) know ahead of time whether or not its worth making the trip.

It just so happens this year I have a full-weekend software deployment that weekend, so I wouldn’t have been able to attend anyway.

Secondly, I’m hoping this doesn’t come as too much of a surprise to anyone. Mark Weber, in his interview with the G.I. Joe Collectors Club specifically said they’d have more information to reveal at JoeCon in Springfield, IL…the lack of even a mention of Toy Fair was an indicator to me at the time that February in New York City would be a G.I. Joe free zone.

I really don’t think this dampens any enthusiasm for the coming year. We can assume that 2015 will be more or less a repeat of 2014, product-wise, with the big push coming next year in concert with the third film.

Of course that does bring up the question of the third film… this makes me believe that perhaps that third movie will appear later in 2016. Obviously if production hasn’t really started yet (and there’s no reason to think that it has) then we’re still a little ways off, plus I would think they’d leverage Toy Fair (though SDCC is a possibility) as a place to debut toys for the new film. If they debut those toys next February, we can expect them not to hit retail until mid-year at the earliest, likely in concert with the film release.

However, if Hasbro does choose SDCC to preview movie toys, it could happen earlier, but the timeline is feeling mighty compressed as it is. Regardless, we should hopefully have a better idea come April what the short and long term future holds for G.I. Joe.

Ten things for G.I. Joe fans to look forward to in 2015

I know it’s been somewhat doom and gloom in the G.I. Joe realm over the past few months, even with the releases of 50th Anniversary product and continued rumors of the third G.I. Joe film, but hey, you know what?  Things aren’t all bad.

As 2015 gets kicked off, it’s important to think back on recent history, and look forward on what’s to come.  And when you really look at it, the future has some brightness for G.I. Joe fans.

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Top 10 G.I. Joe Stories of 2014

I set out to write this article, and was immediately surprised by the fact that there was actually some stuff happening with the G.I. Joe brand in 2014.  I know the fandom is eager to jump and say that G.I. Joe was high and dry in this momentous year, and from a practical perspective, it was, but even so, there were lots of things happening this year worth exploring.  Not on any grand scale, however.

I suppose that’s a commentary on the state of G.I. Joe these days, where it remains somewhat relevant, but just barely.  And one is forced to ask what’s worse? Being totally irrelevant, or being just relevant enough to cling around, but not relevant enough to try and push harder.  It’s like the brand is stuck in this murky middle ground where it’s got the slightest hint of popularity enough for Hasbro to keep it hanging on, but not enough to get a real push.  Yet, until it fades away completely, it likely won’t get a full rejuvination either.

All that being said, there were still some discussion points throughout 2014, and here are my top 10.  I’m going to try very hard to maintain a sense of positivity and optimism, because dammit I still love G.I. Joe, even if the rest of the world currently couldn’t give a crap.  :)

Check out the list after the break.

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These Draxhall Jump G.I. Joe vs. Cobra Concepts are an early Christmas Present

Being a G.I. Joe fan during the 2002 – 2005 era was an exercise in enthusiasm, excitement, and on occasion bitter disappointment. Those formative years of the new era of G.I. Joe were surrounded by an extremely vibrant fandom who latched onto G.I. Joe’s new retail presence and celebrated through Devils’ Due comics, the G.I. Joe convention, which now catered more to the 3 3/4″ fans, and a lot of folks embracing the excitement and wacky nature of G.I. Joe for the first time since the 80′s.

From a conceptual standpoint, Hasbro was developing an impressive resume of characters from the old days as well as new characters, establishing almost a perfect formula of vintage and modern. The only problem was, back then, the toy design process was a bit hit or miss, and the actual product wasn’t measuring up to the concepts. Seems we’re at an opposite place now, where we have this process to develop fantastic figures, but conceptually there seems to be a struggle. If only we could get the JvC enthusiasm and marketing muscle with the modern design technology…

But I digress.

Over at their new podcast, Nerdrahtio, Sam Sears and Tom Mathias spent some time speaking with Sam Wells, formerly of Devils’ Due Publications, who shares some magnificent concept art from the Joe Vs. Cobra, Spy Troops, Valor Vs. Venom, and even DTC days. Back then, Draxhall Jump was doing amazing work building these terrific character designs, which unfortunately ended up somewhat limited in execution. But looking back at these spectacular concepts, it can’t help but make G.I. Joe fans wish for “what might have been”. Not only that, but there is a wealth of unreleased characters featured in the artwork as well. Amazing looking stuff, truly.

Still, kudos to both Sams and Tom for sharing the information. I’ve mirrored a couple of images below, but you should check out Nerdrahtio.com for the rest. You will NOT regret it. While you’re there, listen to that first episode as well, a great interview with Mr. Wells along with discussion about the concept art shown.

YoJoe.com Top 10 G.I. Joe toys of 2014!

Alongside the stalwart cohorts at YoJoe.com, we’ve put out our list of Top 10 G.I. Joe toys from 2014.

I know to many Joefans, 2014 felt like a lost year, but looking back on it, there were some great things to enjoy, and the crew at YoJoe runs them down.

If I did my own list it would be pretty different from this, but that’s the cool thing about bringing different opinions to the table…

Check it out at YoJoe.com!