Another cool looking toy product on Kickstarter – BMOG Attacks!

While it’s not strictly G.I. Joe related a fun looking new toy concept has emerged on Kickstarter, and in fairness has been up there for a while, and it has some very cool ties to another Hasbro brand, Transformers.

Some fine collector and designer folks from the online community have created a proof of concept for a new idea called Bio-Mechanical Ordnance Gestalts, or BMOG.  These really cool looking collectible toys are essentially weapons that can combine together into creatures in many different fascinating ways.  The really cool thing is that the peg system is based around a 5mm standard that is compatible with many old school toys including Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and even Starcom.

They are really close to their funding limit, only needing less than $3,000 more, and just figured I’d spread the word.  Some of the folks behind it have also worked alongside Fun Publications and the G.I. Joe/Transformers Collectors Club.

Anyway, check out the project right here, it looks like a lot of fun, and could use some of our support to push it through to the finish line.  The way the retail toy world works we need to support these independent projects any chance we can get!

 

Hasbro and Harmony Gold reportedly settle lawsuit over SDCC Exclusive Jetfire

Okay, that might be an assumption.  I’m certainly not a legal expert, but thankfully some folks who are more well versed in law have passed along word of an official judgement that appears to involve an out of court settlement between Hasbro and Harmony Gold over the controversial ComicCon exclusive Jetfire Skystriker repaint released this past summer.

According to the e-mail I received:

“Back on the 23rd, before Hasbro’s answer to the complaint was due, a Stipulation was filed by both parties requesting the case be dismissed. The Stipulation was granted and signed as an Order. Typically, at that early a stage in the litigation, a settlement was reached out of court with the terms to remain private. Order attached, but it doesn’t say more than that.”

 

The actual agreement can be found on PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) but you need a membership to access it.  Thankfully someone went through the hard work for me.

Below are attachments of the document dismissing the court action, with appropriate personally identifying marks obscured.

Big thanks for the tip!

GeneralsJoes reviews Shout Factory’s Predacons Rising on Blu-Ray

Transformers Prime just wrapped up its illustrious and ground-breaking three season run on The Hub, but three seasons wasn’t quite enough to tell the whole Transformers tale.  To truly close off this multi-season epic story arc, Shout! Factory has produced a DVD/Blu-Ray exclusive movie feature entitled Predacons Rising!

Taking place shortly after the huge events in the series finale of Transformers: Prime, Predacons Rising changes the landscape of the Prime universe forever.

Hitting retal on Blu-Ray and DVD October 8th, GeneralsJoes is proud to present a review of this excellent release right here.

Check it out in the Miscellaneous review section, or the direct link below.

The GIJCC gives you an opportunity to buy ComicCon Exclusive “The Epic Conclusion”!

For folks who weren’t able to get their hands on the 2013 ComicCon exclusive G.I. Joe and Transformers “The Epic Conclusion” there is another opportunity that has just been announced! The G.I. Joe Collectors Club and Transformers Collectors Club have been allocated a limited number of these exclusive sets!

Rather than do a “First Come First Served” chaotic sales event, the Club will be offering a “lottery” to Club members to win an opportunity to purchase these limited edition sets. All of the information is contained in the e-mail they sent out to club members. I have reprinted that email below:

There is some very exciting news!

We have been allocated a very limited number of the 2013 Comic Con GI Joe and Transformers “The Epic Conclusion” Vehicle/Figure sets from Hasbro. We are offering this set to our club members, both Transformer and GI Joe, but in order to be fair to everyone due to the limited number we received, we have decided to have a lottery drawing for the opportunity to purchase this set. If you want to be included in this lottery drawing, you must send an email to Lottery@FunPubinc.com ONLY. Send only one email with “LOTTERY” as the subject.

Please do not contact our office or email any other email addresses regarding the lottery. Multiple emails will void your entry. These items are limited to 1 item per membership if you are selected in the lottery drawing. You must be a current active member to participate. The email that you send does not guarantee that you will get an item; this just includes you in the lottery drawing. The price on this item is $150+shipping. The cutoff for sending your email will be Friday, July 26, 2013 at 9am central time. We will not accept any emails after this time. Once the names have been drawn from the emails received, you will be contacted by email and given further instructions on how the order will be processed.

Again, please DO NOT contact our office for any reason regarding this lottery drawing! Thank you and good luck!

So good news for Club members! Send your email in now and get your chance to own this exclusive ComicCon item! You can check out the GeneralsJoes review of that item right here.

GeneralsJoes Reviews ComicCon 2013 Exclusive G.I. Joe & Transformers Set

As we’re all in the midst of our San Diego ComicCon frenzy, over at GeneralsJoes I’ve posted reviews for the 2013 SDCC G.I. Joe & Transformers exclusive set! These reviews are all broken down into several separate reviews in order to properly cover all of the different elements of the set.

Check out the links below to read the review!

First review of SDCC 2013 Exclusive – The Epic Conclusion!

As many folks might have seen, early samples of the 2013 ComicCon G.I. Joe and Transformers exclusive have started shipping out to lucky collectors throughout the United States. Well, over on the 788th Armored Divisionwe have our first full-fledged review. That was fast!

It’s a great review, going in depth into each element of the set with some great images and details throughout. Good stuff by Kevin, the owner at the 788th Armored Division. Check out the review right here.

Overseas auctions show first in hand images of SDCC Exclusive G.I. Joe

Just a few short weeks ago, we got our first glimpse of wave 3.5 thanks to some strategically placed auctions, and now we’re getting a good look at the first in hand images of San Diego ComicCon figures from the same place. A number of different auctions have appeared, showing us our first real in hand looks of Jetfire, Hound, Bludgeon, Baroness (with Ravage), and Snake Eyes.

To be honest, I’m liking these in hand images even more than the pre-production images we’ve seen. The Baroness has a serious J Scott Campbell vibe, which is awesome. Snake Eyes doesn’t thrill me, but the base figure is still pretty incredible, even if I’m not sure he’s worth being a ComicCon exclusive.

Overall, this set is truly inspired. A great choice of characters and a ton of play value for a very reasonable price. I’ve linked the auctions below, and mirrored the images below that.

USA Today reveals information about 2013 G.I. Joe ComicCon Exclusives!

While other brands and toylines were revealing their coveted San Diego ComicCon exclusives, G.I. Joe fans were sitting on their hands saying “what about us”?!

Well, no longer!  USA Today writer and geek extraordinaire Brian Truitt reveals today via USA Today that the 2013 San Diego ComicCon exclusive G.I. Joe set will contain a Skystriker redeco into Autobot Jetfire, a VAMP redeco into Autobot Hound, as well as Snake Eyes, the Baroness (with Ravage) and Bludgeon!

At JoeCon 2013, John Warden mentioned that this year’s set would “fill in some gaps” of past ComicCon sets and indeed it has, finally giving  us some Autobots to battle against the Decepticons of the past two years.  The USA Today article also posted a great gallery of all of the necessary images as well.

Check out the great USA Today article for all of the juicy details, and take a peek at the mirrored images below.  That Jetfire looks GREAT.  Awesome retooled thrusters on the back…and that Ravage?  Woah.  Another fantastic entry into the G.I. Joe/Transformers ComicCon Lexicon!

EDIT – Thanks to the crack staff at YoJoe we now have much larger images of the exclusives!

Fascinating insight into Hasbro’s model shop on Gizmodo

Last week Gizmodo posted a very cool video about the design and construction of Transformers, but I didn’t post it, just because…well, it was Transformers.  However, today, they’ve followed up that video with another video, this time a peek into Hasbro’s model shop.

This is where some of the magic happens, folks.  Figure sculpting, paint, construction…a lot of that happens in the Model Shop.  For folks who went on tour at Hasbro in 2010 during JoeCon, we got a very quick walk through and it was some of the most interesting stuff we saw in the entire process.  The way industrial design, artistic flair, and electronics all merge together into one fascinating department of toy magic.  Pretty awesome.

There are many steps before a toy gets to this point, from concept work, input drawings, etc…  but the Model Shop is awesome in its own right as well.  Check out the video on Gizmodo, or embedded below.  Watch for a Storm Shadow cameo!

And for good measure, here’s last week’s Transformers video as well, now that some of my butt hurt has worn off:

GeneralsJoes reviews Transformers: Prime Complete Season Two on Blu-Ray

Yes, it was G.I. Joe: Renegades that brought me to The Hub, but Transformers: Prime has kept me here with the absence of G.I. Joe animation.  Getting steadily better with each episode, we now have the second season of Transformers: Prime out on Blu-Ray!

Shout! Factory was kind enough to supply me with a review copy, and you can check out the review in my Miscellaneous section, or  via the direct link below.