So did Boss Fight Studio just drop a bomb about upcoming HACKS series?

It seems to have flown somewhat under the radar, but over on the Boss Fight Studio Facebook Page, Catrina, one of the members of BFS made what appears to be an innocuous post:

On the surface it doesn’t look like much, but check the hashtag… “‪#‎HicSuntDracones‬”.

For those unfamiliar, the term Hic Sunt Dracones was often placed on ancient maps showing the presence of danger. Translated from Latin, however, it literally means “Here Be Dragons”..

Could this be some kind of hint that we may be getting dragons in the Vitruvian HACKS line?  They have shown off several fantasy related designs as follow ups to the Greek Mythology concept.

Very interesting….stay tuned!  I know I will.

New Image of upcoming Captain Action 4″ Figure and Silver Streak

Through the Kickstarter craze of 2014 we heard about two properties primed for relaunch in 2015, both of which had Boss Fight Studio along for the ride. Both Eagle Force and Captain Action are bracing for Kickstarter launches this year, and the folks from Zica Toys have posted a new image of Captain Action with his trusty vehicle, the Silver Streak.

According to the Zica Toys Facebook Page, we should be expecting the Kickstarter to launch “soon”.

Check out the image below, and let’s get ready for an exciting year!

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What’s On Joe Mind Special Edition 43 – BOSS FIGHT!

It’s been only about a week since the unfortunate delay of Boss Fight Studio’s Virtuvian HACKS line was announced. There have been many rumors and hypotheses for what might have happened, so the WOJM guys decided to go right to the source.

Erik and Dave from Boss Fight Studio joined Justin, Gary, and Mike to talk about the delay, and yes, to also get excited about what’s still to come.

Also, as a special surprise, they revealed artwork for a never before seen HACKS Wave 2 Barbarian action figure! You can check out that image below the Show Notes.

Check out the Special Edition on our Podbean Page or embedded below.

SHOW NOTES

Erik and Dave from Boss Fight Studios stop by to update us on Vitruvian HACKS, Eagle Force and Caption Action.  We also spend an unhealthy but comical amount of time talking about Conference Championship Weekend in the NFL (before the Patriots cheated again), Zorro the Gay Blade and Hall & Oates…yes, you read that right – Hall & Oates.  Enjoy!

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Boss Fight Studio Virtuvian HACKS Delay

When the Marauder Task Force delay was announced a short while ago, I saw some folks wondering if perhaps this didn’t bode well for the Vitruvian HACKS line, though at that point no one really knew what the issue was or if they were even using the same factory.

As luck would have it (bad luck) it appears that Vitruvian HACKS is suffering from the same unfortunate fate.

A Kickstarter update was sent out to supporters today announcing that production of the HACKS figures was going to be delayed by “a few months” as a result of not only the QC examination, but also compounded by the upcoming Chinese New Year.

It’s a disappointment to be sure, but I think everyone would agree, we’d rather wait an extra few months to get the product we really want rather than rush to market and end up with sub-standard product.

To ease the pain of this announcement, Boss Fight has also posted a first look at their spectacular Tartarus Guard, which I’ve included in this post. It’s an absolutely amazing looking new figure and will either excite you or enhance the disappointment that we still have a few months to wait before Virtuvian HACKS invades our toy shelves. You can read the full text of the delay announcement after the images.

Hey again, backers!

Thank you all, once again, Boss Fighters! You helped us unlock nearly 50 items this summer!

Up to this point, we have been optimistically targeting February as our initial ship date. However, due to current circumstances, which we will discuss below, we are going to have a slight delay in the shipment of our figures.

Along with the Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Kickstarter, many of you also contributed to the Marauder Task Force Kickstarter. The factory being used for both has been exceeding our expectations on nearly every level and what we have seen from them has been extraordinary. There were a few minor issues in the production of the Marauder product, which are being resolved. Our product will be produced at the same factory, and until those issues are cleared up for the MTF, our product will be pushed back. We are working closely with Marauder and the factory, and we’re optimistic that things will be resolved successfully and quickly.
Both Boss Fight Studio and Marauder are committed to providing the highest quality product possible and we are working together tirelessly to make sure the product for both teams meets or exceeds our very high expectations.

Next, because our items are being moved back slightly, our factory time is going to be pushing into Chinese New Year and the Spring Festival, which take place from February to March this year. For those of you who aren’t aware, this is a month-long celebration. During this time, our factory closes to allow the workers to celebrate with their friends and families.

When we started the V-HACKS project, we were offering 3 waves of 4 figures and 2 different Kickstarter exclusives, for a total of 15 items. As the Kickstarter moved ahead, full-steam, however, we added more figures, some completely new sculpts, along with some accessory packs, finishing with an amazing 50 different items!
Of course, when we inputted the time-line for our finished product, we had calculated for maybe reaching 30 items, but even reaching those stretch goals seemed unrealistic to us. We had no idea just how excited our backers would be for our figures! Even though we were given the opportunity to design, sculpt and produce so many additional items, we were still very hopeful that we would be able to deliver them by our February deadline. At this point, however, that is proving to be impossible.

We are estimating a few months’ delay and as we move along, we will be able to be a little less vague about exactly how long we are looking at.

We hope you all understand. We want you to be able to have the highest quality product we can provide. We will keep you updated as we receive more information and will make sure you are involved in every step of our progress. We know how excited you are. We are too!

Thank you all for all of your support!

Boss Fight!

Eagle Force Soldier for upcoming Eagle Force resurgence revealed!

The next potential big thing in Kickstarter appears to be Eagle Force, and today we get another exciting reveal from the upcoming toy line.

Over at HISSTank.com they have shown off concept art of the Eagle Force Soldier, a good guy troop builder!  Fresh Monkey Fiction promises to have four different army builders available with the new campaign, and if they all look this cool, we could be in for a world of hurt (on our wallets).

With design work by Boss Fight Studio, this new Eagle Force iteration should have a strong fanbase to build from, and actually seems to be hitting a lot of G.I. Joe high notes.

In related news, Fresh Monkey Fiction also posted a panel from an upcoming comic story featuring some back story to Eagle Force’s big return. 

Should make for some interesting storylines to lead off 2015.

Check out the two images below.

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Entertainment Earth – Great Selection for Holidays or yourself!

This is pretty last minute, but even if you don’t have others on your shopping list, Entertainment Earth has a ton of great collectible toys to buy for yourself, too!

All sorts of awesome new stuff whether you’re a G.I. Joe fan or just a toy fan in general.  They have excellent prices on the new Batman Animated figures from Mattel, and they have G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary figures in stock as well.  Check out the banners below.

G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary

G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary Battle Below Zero Vehicle SetG.I. Joe Blowtorch vs. H.E.A.T. Viper 2-Pack, Not MintG.I. Joe 50th Anniversary Action Figures 2-Packs Wave 1 Set

Batman Animated (in stock now!)

The New Batman Adventures Batman Action FigureBatman The Animated Series Catwoman Action FigureThe New Batman Adventures Two-Face Action FigureThe New Batman Adventures Mr. Freeze Action Figure

Batman Animated pre-orders for products coming in January!

Batman The Animated Series Joker Action FigureBatman The Animated Series Robin Action FigureBatman The Animated Series Man-Bat Action FigureThe New Batman Adventures Poison Ivy Action Figure

Batman Animated pre-orders for products coming in May and July!

Batman: The Animated Series Riddler Action FigureBatman: The Animated Series Batgirl Action FigureBatman: The Animated Series Batman Action FigureBatman: The Animated Series Penguin Action FigureBatman Animated Series Batman Adventures Harley Quinn FigureBatman Animated Series Batman Adventures Robin FigureBatman Animated Adventures Killer Croc & Baby Doll Figures

What’s on Joe Mind Episode 97 is now online

It’s been a little while, but the WOJM are back with a new episode featuring all of the latest news and G.I. Joe intel… from like a month ago. Oops.

In all seriousness, it’s not like G.I. Joe news has been hot and heavy these past few weeks, and we touch on some great topics, even broaching the hot-button issue of G.I. Joe Shattered Glass! We also talk about 50th Anniversary releases, the Kre-O Terror Drome and many other great topics.

As always check out the latest episode embedded below or at our Podbean Page.

SHOW NOTES

Not exactly a timely episode, but hey, not a lot is going on. No worries, #98 is right around the corner. You may be wishing for it after you hear Chuck ramble in the opening segment. We basically catch up on some old news, discuss COIL Con V and have a small roundtable on the Club wanting to experiment with Shattered Glass and more TF/Joe Crossovers…which make Gary very grumpy. Enjoy the funk!

News and Intel

Hasbro is rebranding “The Hub” – What does it mean?
G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary Wave 2 is released
G.I. Joe Kre-O Terror Drome hits!
GeneralsJoes Reviews the Terror Drome
TFCC Marissa Fairborne and Afterburner
SyFy “Face Off” with a G.I. Joe themed episode
Skinny’s recap of the Face Off Episode

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Transformers Legacy Package Art book on sale at Amazon.com!

No, you didn’t accidentally hit the wrong toy website this morning, I really am talking about a Transformers book.

Why?  Well, first and foremost the authors Jim Sorenson and Bill Forster have also worked quite a bit in the G.I. Joe realm with the Field Manual books, and I consider Jim a good friend, so I’m happy to send some traffic his way.

But this is a bit self serving, too…  I think we’ve all been clamoring for a package art book for G.I. Joe for a long time, and while much of that art may have unfortunately been lost to the sands of time, I think strong sales for a book like this on the Transformers side might convince some folks that more G.I. Joe artwork themed books would be in demand as well.

So, check out their book, consider buying it…after all, even for Joe fans, you can’t argue the cultural and historical significance of some of the art in this book and it would make a fantastic conversation piece.  Click the banner below to buy it up.

Exclusive First Look at a grizzled Captain Eagle from the return of Eagle Force!

When the whispers first came of a return of 1980s Mego property Eagle Force, I was intrigued.  Debuting in the early 80′s the original Eagle Force was a die cast line of 2.5″ action figures that unfortunately hit retail just as Mego was going under, and as such, never had a chance to truly reach their potential.

There is some crossover appeal between Eagle Force and G.I. Joe, as various customs have appeared throughout the community celebrating those die cast figures.  But honestly, I hadn’t had an attachment to them as a child, so while I was intrigued, that’s about as far as it went.

Then the rumors started circulating that they would be 4″ military figures, and would feature modern construction and be highly articulated.  Okay, my “intrigue” just went full on into “anticipation”.

Finally, the word came out that not only would Eagle Force’s return feature a 4″ modern military aesthetic, but they would also be designed and sculpted by Boss Fight Studio?  Well, if there’s a stronger word than “anticipation” I now had it.  I’ve been eagerly camped out at the Eagle Force Returns Facebook Page, just waiting for some new information to hit and now I’m very proud to say, thanks to the folks behind Fresh Monkey Fiction, I’ve been allowed to reveal the first ever look at Captain Eagle from the exciting Eagle Force return!

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To say that he’s everything I hoped for would be a massive understatement.  This is a guy who has been through the ringer and has come back for more.  It’s immediately apparent that RIOT has made their presence known again, and Captain Eagle must come back into action to do battle for the safety of the world!

A joint venture between Fresh Monkey Fiction and Zica Toys, with design and sculpting by Boss Fight Studio, the return of Eagle Force certainly looks like something to celebrate in 2015!  Do what I’ve been doing and set up shop at the Eagle Force Returns Facebook Page and at EagleForceReturns.com and keep those eyes peeled, because if this first piece of concept art is any indication, we are in for one hell of a ride next year.  The Kickstarter will be launching in Q2 of 2015, and I’m already starting to save my pennies.

IDW Publishing previews for G.I. Joe: RAH #207 and Transformers/G.I. Joe #3

It’s a two for one sale this Wednesday at your local comic shop as IDW releases two new G.I. Joe themed comics this week!

Transformers and G.I. Joe #3 hits on the same day as the exciting new issue of Real American Hero.  Check out previews for both issues below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #207

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

Crimson Guard members have been infiltrating the nation for months now… and Cobra Commander prepares to spring his plan on an unsuspecting G.I. JOE!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Variant Cover by Larry Hama!

Transformers VS G.I. JOE #3

Tom Scioli & John Barber (w) • Scioli (a & c)

CYBERTRON INFESTED! The Transformers’ homeworld is crawling with tiny green invaders from the planet Earth—the G.I. JOE team! Also this issue—Funeral for a Friend. Many AUTOBOTS and G.I. JOE soldiers have fallen in the line of duty—but you’ve never seen a send-off like this!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • WAKE THE DEAD!!! In 3-D!!!
  • Not actually in 3-D—but you will not believe your eyes! Guaranteed!
  • The biggest thing ever gets bigger!
  • Interconnected Variant Cover by Tom Scioli!