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 SuperFanArt.com and hopefully could be just the beginning of something impressive. Check out the site, and check them out at ComicCon as well.

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GeneralsJoes reviews G.I. Joe: 50th Anniversary Destro and Leatherneck

It’s a big day over at GeneralsJoes Headquarters as, for the first time in well over a year, we’ve added a new review category to the menu!

That’s right, today we start reviewing the G.I. Joe: 50th Anniversary line available soon from Toys “R” Us and Big Bad Toy Store!

First and foremost, I must give full credit to Gary “Gyre Viper” Goggles who as kindly supplied advanced samples of the figures so I could get reviews posted and make sure fans had an early indication as to what expect when these items hit retail shortly.  The results… well, they’re mixed, to be honest.

Where most of the online complaints so far have focused on gold deco, there are some more pressing QC concerns, specifically with plastic quality and paint applications.  Let’s just say there’s a reason the figures are so affordable.  But there’s some good stuff here, too.  Check out my brand spanking new G.I. Joe: 50th Anniversary Review Page, or just follow the links below!

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Also, don’t forget to check my blogroll over on YoJoe.com where I’m featuring “First Looks” at other 50th Anniversary product.

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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 RepackedPodcast.com! Teaser poster below courtesy of CinemasComics.com.

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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 Podbean.com or embedded below and check out the Show Notes after the jump.

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Darkness Falls Episode 16 – Steel on Steel is online!

Like it or not, ninjas are a big piece of G.I. Joe lore, and in this installment of Darkness Falls, Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, and Scarlett take the edged weapon fight straight down Cobra’s throat.  As Black Dragon and the Night Creepers scramble to distance themselves from the quickly scattering Cobra forces, they run into a determined trio of G.I. Joe operatives…  what happens next will shock you!

Check out the Darkness Falls section for the latest installment, or click the link below.

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First look at 50th Anniversary Leatherneck on YoJoe.com!

Joining his “Eagle’s Edge” 3 Pack partner, there’s a new “first look” for the upcoming 50th Anniversary Leatherneck figure over on YoJoe.com!

The work on the reviews for upcoming 50th Anniversary figures continues, with much thanks to community champion Gary “Gyre Viper” Goggles, who has so very generously sent along some early production samples for review.

Leatherneck is based on the G.I. Joe: Retaliation “Battle Kata Roadblock” tooling and wears those parts exceptionally well.

A full review will be coming next week, but until then, enjoy a first look on YoJoe.

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G.I. Joe: Battleground finishes off Arise Maximus Arise Trilogy!

This has been a really fun sounding series of events as G.I. Joe: Battleground launches Arise, Maximus Arise Part 3! Any event that dabbles in the Valor Vs. Venom universe is all good in my eyes!

Emboldened by their recent victories under the powerful V-troop overlord, and goaded by a meddling Cobra Commander who sees profit in chaos, prominent Cobra agents launch terror operations across the globe! A bruised-but-unbeaten G.I. JOE team races to meet them, but are any Joes capable of dealing with the impressive first-strike and combat capabilities of Cobra’s Supreme Ninja Master, the Night Creeper Leader? And how can you fight an assassin who can take the form of your own allies…? Zarana is out there…

Battle it out in the exciting conclusion to the three-part “Arise, Maximus, Arise” event series with today’s Global Warfare event, on now!

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First look at 50th Anniversary Destro at YoJoe.com!

A big thanks to enthusiastic G.I. Joe fan Gary “Gyre Viper” Goggles who was able to get his hands on some early samples of the G.I. Joe: 50th Anniversary product and was kind enough to send it along! I’ll be working on reviews throughout the weekend to be posted next week, but until then, I’ve posted a little sneak peek at the 50th Anniversary Destro on YoJoe.com!

Feel free to ask questions and I’ll try to answer them as best I can as I work towards getting reviews ready to be posted.

Enjoy!

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Sideshow Collectibles G.I. Joe “Triple Rewards” Program

As part of their online ComicCon, Sideshow Collectibles is offering a special “Triple Rewards” Program on select G.I. Joe merchandise!

Click the link to check out which products qualify!

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*Terms and Conditions apply. Sideshow Collectibles triple reward point offer can only be redeemed on select items and can only be redeemed on NEW orders. This triple rewards point offer will expire on July 18, 2014 at 11:59PM (Pacific Time), or while supplies last.