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!

Production paint samples revealed for Marauder “Task Force”

It seems like so long ago that the Marauder “Task Force” Kickstarter was breaking through $200,000 and unlocking some crazy stretch goals in those last 24 hours. It all went by in a blur, as have the several months since that event. Well, for the first time ever we now have a good shot of the production level paint scheme for this great looking figures! These samples should be exactly how the final versions look when we all get them in our grubby little hands by the end of the year.

One word: IMPRESSIVE.

Check out the image below, and keep checking Marauder “Gun Runners” on Facebook for the latest info. Expect some nice 360 degree videos of these samples to be shown soon!

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EDIT – You know, I was just going to report the story and move on…  but I just can’t.

These figures look incredible.  Absolutely incredible.  Boss Fight Studio didn’t just hit a home run, they nailed an extra-inning game winning grand slam.  These are straight-up spectacular.

Huge props to Kevin Watts and Ruben as well who hand-painted the original samples.  Everything about this project is ringing true for me, and I am absolutely giddy to get some of these in my hands.  Awesome stuff.

 

IDW G.I. Joe Solicitations for December, 2014

We’re back to three ongoing G.I. Joe themed titles during the month and all is right with the world. IDW Publishing has also released their solicitations for December, 2014, and you can check out the covers and short descriptions below. I am absolutely in love with that Gallant G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #209 cover. It’s a beaut!

Click the “Continue Reading” link to check out the full solicitation list.

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Transformers Collectors Club officially reveals FSS 3.0 Serpent O.R.

While most (if not all) of us saw the Serpent O.R. reveal from Botcon a few months ago, yesterday, the TFCC made it even more official and released the images of their upcoming FSS 3.0 entry for Serpent O.R. Based on the character from the Devils Due G.I. Joe vs. Transformers: The Art of War limited series, this figure looks pretty nice! It will be very interesting to see how his story intertwines with Marissa Fairborne. IDW writer Jim Sorenson recently revealed on Facebook that he was writing the bio’s for each figure, so there is certain to be some interesting back story here.

Check out the figure below, and make sure to check out TransformersClub.com to join FSS 3.0, time is running out!

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Entertainment Earth Daily Special – Transformers Generations

I know the G.I. Joe fandom and the Transformers fandom have a lot of cross over appeal, so I figured I would mention that today only, Entertainment Earth is having a great sale on Transformers: Generations figures!

Check out their Daily Deal right here, and check out the full range of Transformers toys while you’re at it.

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Addendum posted to Revoltech “Revolmini” Solid Snake review

I posted my review of the recently released Revoltech “Revolmini” Solid Snake a couple of weeks ago, but admittedly I wasn’t really sure exactly what the curiously shaped white object that came with the figure was.

Well, within moments of posting the review, I was thoroughly educated, and I’ve posted some new images and details in the Revolmini Review.

Essentially you can take off Solid Snake’s face and use the tool to change his eyes.

Yes, you read that right.  You can take off Solid Snake’s face.  Totally not creepy.

Actually, yeah, it’s pretty creepy.  Check out the review right here, but don’t look too long at Snake’s faceless husk, it’ll haunt your dreams.

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Photoshop mock up of TFCC Exclusive Marissa Faireborn with Afterburn

After showcasing the artwork for the upcoming Transformers Collectors Club Marissa Faireborn w/ Afterburn yesterday, the Club has now revealed an actual Photoshop mock up of the figure and vehicle.

As we all expected, they’ve used G.I. Joe parts to assemble the Earth Defense Command pilot, using Cover Girl’s headResolute Scarlett torso, with Rise of Cobra Scarlett arms and legs. Afterburn is a repainted G.I. Joe: Retaliation Wheelblaster motorcycle.

I’ll be honest, I’m not quite sold on the whole concept of this combined universe experiment yet, especially because it’s firmly rooted in the Transformers future continuity (and so doesn’t necessarily “play nice” with the Real American Hero universe) but I gotta say the formula for the figure itself is pretty darn nice. A great combination of relatively modern, and nicely articulated parts, and I’m really digging the color scheme.

It’s certainly an interesting experiment, and time will tell how far the Transformers Collectors Club dives into this human element. It could provide some really great complimentary action figures to go with your G.I. Joe universe as well. I’ll certainly be watching.

Check out the Photoshop mock up below, and if you’re interested, considering joining up with the Transformers Collectors Club. Whether or not this figure will be available to G.I. Joe Collectors Club members still remains to be seen. I think it would behoove the Club to do so, because I’m certain they’d get some sales from Joe Club members, including some folks who wouldn’t necessarily want to pony up the cash to be a member PLUS the cash for this figure. There are definitely some cross-sell opportunities if the Club plays their cards right.

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Transformers Collectors Club announces Club Exclusive Marissa Faireborn and Afterburn

As promised, the Transformers Collectors Club did indeed reveal information about a potential link between G.I. Joe and Transformers, and in what comes as a great surprise (to me at least) they’re using a 4″ figure as a template for this item!

The Transformers Collectors Club has officially announced Marissa Fairborne as a Club exclusive figure for 2015! Fans of the Transformers mythology may know that Marissa Fairborne was a member of the Earth Defense Command in the Generation 1 Animated Series, and was none other than Flint and Lady Jaye’s daughter! She apparently is coming with a repainted Retaliation motorcycle, labeled as “Afterburn”.

This is a fantastic surprise to me, and I’m pretty excited to see the final product. The artwork (by the terrific Robert Atkins and Jesse Wittenrich) has been released today, with actual product images coming tomorrow.

For the full details on Marissa Faireborn, check out her TFWiki Page.

You can check out the full press release and art below:

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Transformers Collectors’ Club brings the Humans!

Fort Worth, TX – August 14th, 2014 – Fun Publications, Inc., licensee for Hasbro’s official Transformers Collectors’ Club, is excited to announce their first ever 3 ¾ inch
human figure from the Transformers mythos… Marissa Faireborn!

Fans of the Transformers franchise will recognize Marissa as the Earth Defense

 Command (EDC) pilot from season 3 of the original Transformers cartoon. What G.I. Joe fans will recognize is the name, “Faireborn”. As Season 3 of the Transformers series took place a couple decades AFTER G.I. Joe, this crossover character was in fact, as intended by
Story Editor Flint Dille who worked on both Transformers and G.I Joe, the daughter of G.I. Joe members Flint and Lady Jaye!

In addition to this great action figure offering, Marissa will also be riding in to action with her Autobot ally, Afterburner! Both will be revealed tomorrow on the Transformers Collectors’ Club Facebook page. However, in the meantime we are thrilled to present the art for Marissa Faireborn w/ Afterburner by Robert Q. Atkins and Jesse
Wittenrich.

This figure, along with the motorcycle accessory, will be available for order through the Transformers Collectors’ Club early Spring 2015. For more information on the exclusive
figure offerings of the TCC, including Lio Convoy, Nova Prime and the TFSS 3.0, please visit Transformersclub.com.

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