Preview for IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1

Perhaps one of the most divisive comics in IDW’s history launches their first issue tomorrow at local comic shops everywhere! John Barber and Tom Scioli bring us the next generation of Transformers and G.I. Joe joint history. Check out the preview below.

Transformers VS G.I. JOE #1—SPOTLIGHT

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

SPACE WAR I! Earth makes contact with an alien race—and G.I. JOE is on the front lines of first contact! But when the TRANSFORMERS arrive—their version of “peace” does not match our own…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

· Variant cover by Rob Liefeld!
· Launching out of the smash-hit FREE COMIC BOOK DAY comic!
· You’ve never seen TRANSFORMERS or G.I. JOE like this!
· Nothing you do can prepare you for the final page!

Hasbro to partner with fans on 3D Printing Initiative

Wow. This came out of nowhere today. Granted, we’ve heard rumbling of Hasbro’s interest in 3D printing and modeling for several months, but courtesy of the Shapeways Blog we are starting to get some fuller details about Hasbro’s future plans in that realm.

According to Shapeways, Hasbro will be officially opening up their Intellectual Property to fans who want to design products using the Shapeways 3D Printing service. While they are starting with just the My Little Pony license, I would imagine this could grow dramatically going forward, and the possibilities are simply astounding.

Imagine being able to design, print and sell a custom head sculpt through Shapeways with full Hasbro legal support? Is that really on the horizon? Hasbro and Shapeways are debuting this possible exciting new venture during San Diego ComicCon, I will certainly be paying close attention.

This new joint offering between Hasbro and Shapeways can be found currently at and hopefully could be just the beginning of something impressive. Check out the site, and check them out at ComicCon as well.


The Repacked Podcast talks G.I. Joe vs. Transformers with Justin and Benson!

Here’s another podcast to add to your “listen” pile! Last week I spent some time with Craig “The Scream Man” Moore and Benson “BWTF” Yee to talk about the latest Transformers film (kind of) but more importantly to spin that out to how a G.I. Joe vs. Transformers film franchise could work. And even better, should it even be attempted? Benson, a devoted and diehard Transformers fan brings some awesome stuff to the table, while Craig and I just try to keep up.

It was a lot of fun to record, and I think fans of both franchises should give it a listen.

Check it out at! Teaser poster below courtesy of


What’s on Joe Mind Episode 95 is online! We talk about it all in this one

I know a lot of folks have been commenting that we don’t record new episodes nearly as often as we used to… but the good side of that is, when we do, they end up being 3+ hour marathons covering all sorts of different topics! Episode 95 certainly falls into that category, talking Boss Fight Studio, the late Don Levine with business partner Kirk Bozigian, and voice actor Michael Dobson. Expect the same level of back and forth blather, and relive the excitement of the final 36 hours of the Vitruvian HACKS Kickstarter campaign.

Listen to the latest episode on or embedded below and check out the Show Notes after the jump.

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Eight hours left! Vitruvian HACKS Kickstarter – NEW STRETCH GOALS ADDED!

We all asked, and Boss Fight Studio answered!

With just eight short hours to go in this already landmark action figure Kickstarter campaign, the folks from Boss Fight Studio have unleashed three more vicious blows to our wallets! As we blew past the initial top mark of $325,000, four extra stretch goals were added, and as we approach blowing past the final one of those, they have hit us with three more!

That’s right, HACKS fans… we’ve got three more exciting stretch goals – the “Conjured Wraith” at $360K, the “Blood Red Armor” at $375K, and last, but certainly not least, the Underworld Queen at $400K!!

Can we get this thing to $400,000? This amazing Kickstarter event has already broken records for action figure Kickstarters, the only question now is, how far can this go? If you haven’t pledged yet, take this opportunity to jump on board! If you have pledged and want to add glow in the dark skeletons to your pledge, DO IT NOW. Let’s ride this train fast right until the end! Eight hours left. The “All In” pledge can now get over FORTY figures for just over $10 apiece! That is INSANE.

Also, don’t forget to attend the exciting virtual Boss Fight Studio “After Party” tonight on FacebookTwitter, and even in their Kickstarter Comments page. This is going to be a very exciting ride. Check out the images of these latest stretch goals below.

Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. “Ghosts of the Battlefield” unlocked – Accessory sets coming up!

It’s a truly exciting time for folks following the Vitruvian HACKS Kickstarter campaign. The “Days Remaining” have officially converted to “Hours Remaining” (a relief, I’m sure for folks who are tired of seeing it everywhere) and the next stretch goals on the docket are accessory packs!

Unlocked late last night was the “Ghosts of the Battlefield” Two Pack, an exciting set of Glow in the Dark warriors who are arch enemies, trapped in an endless “undead” world. Now, for folks who have gone “All In” we have some great accessory sets for all the ‘Blanks’ you’ve now amassed.

The great thing is, too, once the first Accessory Set is unlocked, it’s only a $5K gap between them so expect stretch goals to fall quickly as we ramp up towards STONE FIST!! Who knows, we may see other exciting stretch goals revealed within the last few days as well.

Check out the Kickstarter campaign right here and we are in the HOME STRETCH!


Anonymous Donor steps in to match pledges for Boss Fight Vitruvian HACKS Kickstarter!

Great news on this Saturday morning!

If you’ve been on the fence about contributing to the Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Kickstarter campaign, the time to get OFF that fence is now.

The folks from Boss Fight are reporting that an anonymous donor has said they will match every pledge up to $20,000 made between now and Friday (the final day of the campaign)!

So if you’ve been waiting to make sure your pledge counted, trust me, it counts now!  The quicker we can get to that $20,000 cap, the more momentum we’ll have going into the final days and the better chance we’ll have to get the Skeletons and STONE FIST!!! unlocked.

Spread the word, make your pledge now.  GO GO GO GO!

The days are winding down for the Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Kickstarter Campaign!

If you’re a G.I. Joe fan, you’re a fan of the guys from Boss Fight Studio, who have spent the last several years designing and sculpting some of your favorite Hasbro toys (including G.I. Joe). As you are likely aware by this point, they are running a Kickstarter Campaign for their new Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. toyline. These are highly articulated, highly customizable action figures, pulling from many different era’s and universes. The first assortment is from Greek Mythology, but they’ve promised some amazing stuff from Fantasy and Science Fiction as well.

As we speak right now, there are only NINE SHORT DAYS left in the Kickstarter Campaign. They stand at $187,000 +/- right now. But really, everyone has their eyes firmly on the Skeleton or Stone Fist stretch goals, which sit around $300,000 and $325,000.

NOW is the time to contribute! I know a lot of folks are waiting for some magic anonymous donor to come in and match pledges, but there’s no guarantee that’s going to happen. We need to show folks that there is interest here, and the best way to show that is to keep pledges coming in hard and heavy. Nine days towards $325,000 seems like a steep climb, but the end of the Kickstarter campaign is often the most frenzied, and I think we can do it. But we all need to step up NOW. If we’re too far away from the Skeletons when that last day approaches, it may keep others from kicking in. I don’t think we want that.

As a little nugget to encourage folks to sign on, Boss Fight Studio has revealed some great new artwork for the Naga Serpent Druid! This is a terrific concept that would be slated to come with their Fantasy line in Series 2. For obvious reasons there are a lot of things here to love for G.I. Joe fans. Check out the image below, and please consider contributing to the Kickstarter campaign, and doing it sooner rather than later.



Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Amazon unlocked and a big landmark stretch goal is CLOSE!

The fantastic Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Kickstarter campaign hit a big stretch goal today with their 700th backer, unlocking the highly desired Amazon Warrior! She gets automatically added to any “All In” pledges, and is available as a stretch goal for anyone who meets the $115 minimum.

Keep in mind, too, if you want to add the extras to your pledge, please do it BEFORE the Kickstarter ends! All you need to do is just adjust your pledge and add the amount in that you want to spend on extras, then when the Kickstarter ends, you simply choose the ones you want. Over on JoeCustoms, pluv posted a fantastic tutorial:

Now you may be asking why we’re pushing this so hard right now?

Well, it just so happens that the $165,000 stretch goal is very, VERY close. Once that stretch goal hits, not only do we get Medusa’s sister Eurayle and the Myrmidon Warrior unlocked, but also folks who go “All In” at the $500 level (or above) start getting much better deals. It’s a great chance for folks to bump up their pledges and get more for less!

So if you haven’t supported the Boss Fight Studio Kickstarter yet, please consider doing it! They all really appreciate the support.

Boss Fight Studio Twitter Q & A 9pm Eastern TONIGHT

Are you interested in the Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Kickstarter campaign, but have some nagging questions? Do you just want to pick the brains of some highly talented toy designers? Well, if you’re on Twitter, make sure you’re following Boss Fight StudioErik, and Trina tonight so you can pose them your questions! Starting at 9pm EST tonight, Erik and Trina from BFS will be answering Twitter questions from curious toy collectors and fans!

While you’re at it, check out the Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Kickstarter…get your questions answered and then make your pledge!