Total HACKS is looking amazing fresh from Roll Out Roll Call

Along with the great Vitruvian HACKS reveals, Paddy and Brian showed off an amazing first look at their Total HACKS book, what looks to be a fantastic collection of everything Vitruvian HACKS, from figure bios to short stories and dioramas! Anyone who purchased their Total Retaliation book as a good idea of what to expect here, and the slides they showed off looked amazing.

Check out the video stream embedded below, and make sure you’re following the Total Retaliation & Total HACKS Facebook Page for all the latest updates and information!

Boss Fight Studio’s Roll Out Roll Call Presentation Slides

Earlier this morning, Boss Fight Studio stunned the collecting community with a series of really great reveals through their panel at Roll Out Roll Call.

I asked, and they were kind enough to allow GeneralsJoes to host the official images from their slideshow in far better detail than I was able to grab via screen capture.

HUGE thanks to the Boss Fight folks for allowing me the opportunity to share these with everyone, and make sure you’re setting your alarms for 12:01am to pre-order Wave 5 and the chrome Blanks at BossFightShop.com!

If you want some more details about the slides below, make sure you check out my in depth recap of the panel.

Thanks again to the Boss Fight crew for letting me host these fantastic slides!

If you like what you see from the Zombie Labs stuff above, too, make sure you’re checking out Dream Concepts on Facebook.  For Legends of the West hit up Chicken Fried Toys.  Lots of great stuff to come!

Boss Fight Studio news galore from Roll Out Roll Call

Over the past two days in London, Boss Fight Studio has participated in a pair of streaming panels from Roll Out Roll Call, and as a part of these  panels they’ve revealed a ton of great details on upcoming product from their Vitruvian HACKS toyline as well as other lines that they’ve worked on.

All of the streaming videos are available at the Boss Fight Studio Facebook Page, but some of the highlights can be seen below:

Boss Fight Studio Reveals Video Stream

Vitruvian HACKS Wave 5

Pre-Order starts tonight at midnight on BossFightShop.com!

Vitruvian HACKS Wave 6

Four figures included in Wave 6:

  1. Eos Warrior (female fire trooper in translucent yellow/orange with “candy red” shiney armor.  GREAT Phoenix deco on the shield and armor.
  2. Anakritis Gorgon (an interrogator Gorgon trooper with a neon Garter snake deco)
  3. Achilles (a sculpted metal protective boot for his right ankle, and an extremely intricate shield tampo design)
  4. Berzerker Gorgon (a male Gorgon described as a variation of Eurayle’s disciple.  Some very cool cobra-themed tattoos on his back)

Series 2 and Series 3

Boss Fight broke down some nice details about the upcoming Fantasy wave and Retro Sci-Fi Series, revealing an initial look at some 3D sculpts and some inputs on these two upcoming series.

Blanks and Skeletons

More Blank colors were revealed, including transparent, “sky” blue, and it was revealed that the silver/chrome Blank will go on pre-order TONIGHT with Wave 5!

Also a new stone deco Skeleton will be coming soon as well.

Vitruvian Crew

Boss Fight Studio also announced and revealed some concept art for the crew of the “Vitruvian” a time-hopping spaceship that serves as the crux behind the Vitruvian HACKS universe.  The crew will contain a few key characters including:

  1. Gary Goggles (awesome tribute to deceased G.I. Joe historian Gary Head, who is also the historian of the Vitruvian)
  2. Space Leonidas (Leonidas was retrieved just in time from the battle of Thermapolae and instead of being a military style guy, he’s more of an Olympian.  Shorts, cross trainers, energy style weapons)
  3. Carmen “Merc” Mercado (60s era Bolivian revolutionary who serves as the Vitruvian’s main mechanic)
  4. VI (The Vitruvian’s Artificial Intelligence system that is essentially armored hands and feet connected by translucent pink “energy” to resemble human form.  She’s snarky and sarcastic, but is the essence of the Vitruvian ship.

Graphic Novel

Along with their toy product, Boss Fight Studio is working with comic/animation writer Christopher Hicks and comic artist (HACKS package artist as well) Les McLaine on an upcoming graphic novel!

While they’re not going to be using Kickstarter for future toy product, they ARE going to be using Kickstarter for the graphic novel to ensure that the artist and writer can be paid ahead of time for their work.  As part of the graphic novel Kickstarter, both Talos and the Celestial Warrior 2-Pack will be available again as “Kickstarter Exclusives”.

One of the stretch goals of the graphic novel Kickstarter is the VI Vitruvian HACKS figure herself.

Zombie Lab

Boss Fight Studio also revealed a first look at this exciting new upcoming Kickstarter campaign “Zombie Lab”, which was initially revealed during MegaCon.  In a pretty stunning surprise, they actually had some concept art of the upcoming line, which features some pretty fantastic design concepts!

  1. Zombie Labs will be fully sculpted and engineered by Boss Fight Studio to be HACKS compatible!
  2. Zombie Lab will feature CIVILIAN FIGURES which can be swapped out as Zombies!  That’s right, we’ll be getting HACKS Compatible CIVILIANS.
  3. The zombie figures will feature sculpted divots in their flesh where different weapons and accessories can be lodged or stuck to look as if the Zombie is being stabbed or hacked with an axe
  4. Some of the zombies have removable “guts” that clip into open wounds in their bodies
  5. One of the zombies actually had an attachment to give it four arms instead of two
  6. Lots of different head and weapons options

Again, if you want to check out the entire videos, head on over to the Boss Fight Studio Facebook Page and it sounds like we’re in for a few years of amazing upcoming product!  I couldn’t be more excited.

Vitruvian HACKS Blind Bag unboxing video review

As soon as I heard that Boss Fight Studio was doing blind bags, I knew it would make for a pretty cool video review, so the instant I got my box in the mail, I set up the camera and started recording.

I had no idea what I was getting before the video started going so if you want to see my reaction and how the blind bags are sold and shipped check out my video on YouTube!

Thanks again to Chris from The Full Force for helping in put these together.

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Generals Joe and Tell Video Review featuring Pythona!

It’s taken me a little while, but I was finally able to get some video shot for the G.I. Joe Collectors Club 2016 Incentive Pythona figure!

Thanks to Chris from The Full Force, the latest Generals Joe and Tell Video Review has now been posted to my YouTube Channel.  Check it out below.

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GeneralsJoes looks at the Vitruvian HACKS Cloud White Blank

With the successful shift from pre-order to “in stock” status at BossFightShop.com, a few new blank colors were added to the Vitruvian HACKS library, including Cloud White.  A perfect template for customizers, I decided to take a good look at the Cloud White blank, testing some different armor combinations.

Take a look at my review of the Cloud White Blank at the Vitruvian HACKS Review Page, or at the direct link below.

If you like what you see, buy the Female Blank or the Male Blank at BossFightShop.com.  They are IN STOCK NOW!

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The Full Force Series 3 Episode 3 – Roll Out Roll Call is HERE!

Only a few short days before Roll Out Roll Call 2016 hits London, and The Full Force Podcast is talking all about it.

Not only that, but the guys talk JoeCon and cover all the latest G.I. Joe and Action Force news and info.  Head on over to the What’s on Joe Mind Podbean page to download the latest episode, or you can listen to the embedded feed below.

Also, make sure to check out the Full Force Facebook Page for all the show notes and goodies from this episode.

FULL FORCE.

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G.I. Joe Resurgence returns with a vengeance

By far one of my favorite customizing events is G.I. Joe: Resurgence, a very elaborate and well thought out group of customs posted to Oreo Builder’s blog as well as elsewhere throughout the Internet.  Billed as a refreshed and new concept G.I. Joe for the next generation, the figures are all at once great homages to the past as well as some really fresh, new ideas.

The third installment of Resurgence kicks off today with three great initial entries, including Croc Master, Swamp Fox, and Underbrush.  A great story is woven together among the customs with some really interesting filecards as well.

Keep following Oreo Builder to see the latest installments, and meanwhile, I’m going to go drool over that awesome Croc Master some more!

GeneralsJoes Reviews GIJCC 2016 Incentive Pythona

Less than a month after reviewing the Figure Subscription Service version of Billy, I’m back with a review of another long-overdue action figure release in the form of Pythona, the evil Cobra La assassin!

I can honestly say I wasn’t sure this day would ever come…I figured Pythona was too obscure for Hasbro to produce, and would be too costly for the Collectors Club, and would be forever stuck in some weird limbo of never-produced action figures.

I’m very happy to say that I was wrong, and equally happy to say that despite cost and tooling limitations, the Collectors Club might just have nailed this one.  Check out my full review over at the G.I. Joe Collectors Club review page, or the direct link below.

Check out Pythona’s illustrious debut…

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IDW Solicitations reveal details of upcoming Revolution

The latest round of IDW Publishing Solicitations has been uploaded and this brings us to September, 2016 and the kick off for IDW’s exciting new Revolution initiative!  Rather than just focusing on the G.I. Joe side of things (well, because there’s no G.I. Joe/Revolution tie-in for September, just the latest Real American Hero issue) I’m going to try and cover all relevant Revolution titles that might intersect with the G.I. Joe universe in some meaningful way within the first five week series.

Looking through the issue descriptions below you can see some things starting to take shape… Dire Wraiths infiltrating G.I. Joe, a mysterious decades long plan by Miles Mayhem.

Check out the details below.

Revolution #1 (of 5)—GEM OF THE MONTH

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Tradd Moore (c)

THE REVOLUTION BEGINS! Explosions rip across the Earth—and all signs of blame point to OPTIMUS PRIME and the TRANSFORMERS! G.I. JOE refuses to go quietly—and they assemble heroes big enough to stop the invaders! ACTION MAN and M.A.S.K. fight for humanity—but where do ROM and the MICRONAUTS stand? Celebrating more than a decade of stories by IDW and HASBRO, this unprecedented bi-weekly event draws everything together—and leaves nothing standing. The REVOLUTION is here—TAKE A STAND!

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Revolution #1 (of 5)—Brandon Peterson Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Brandon Peterson (c)

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Revolution #1 (of 5)—John Byrne “Official Handbook” Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • John Byrne (c)

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Revolution #1 (of 5)—Propaganda Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • James Biggie (c)

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Revolution #1 (of 5)—Imaginary 2-Pack Toy Variant: Optimus Prime and Scarlett

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Adam Riches (c)

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Revolution #1 (of 5)—Blank Sketch Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Blank Sketch (c)

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • A universe of characters is born through REVOLUTION!
  • Not a reboot! Not a relaunch!
  • The TRANSFORMERS forever changed!
  • The return of G.I. JOE!
  • The MICRONAUTS in our universe!
  • The DIRE WRAITHS with ORE-13!
  • And if that isn’t enough… introducing Miles Mayhem!
  • Written by the writers of MICRONAUTS and TRANSFORMERS!
  • Illustrated by burgeoning superstar Fico Ossio!
  • Epic-length kick-off story plus a whole host of back-up materials!
  • Variant covers by Ken Christiansen, Guido Guidi, and Art Baltazar!

Revolution #2 (of 5)—GEM OF THE MONTH

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Tradd Moore (c)

ROM—A MURDERER?! That’s what OPTIMUS PRIME and the TRANSFORMERS think—and right or wrong, there’s only one outcome: all-out war! Meanwhile, G.I. JOE turns to the one person who can save the world from ultimate destruction—MILES MAYHEM!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #2 (of 5)—Brandon Peterson Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Brandon Peterson (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #2 (of 5)—John Byrne “Official Handbook” Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • John Byrne (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #2 (of 5)—Propaganda Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • James Biggie (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #2 (of 5)—Imaginary 2-Pack Toy Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Adam Riches (c)

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

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M.A.S.K.: Revolution #1—SPOTLIGHT

Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas (a) • Tommy Lee Edwards (c)

The origin of M.A.S.K.! Miles Mayhem’s decades long plans are finally coming to fruition, but will the revealed secrets he has hidden from Matt Trakker create a new enemy bent on Mayhem’s undoing? A special story tying directly into REVOLUTION!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

M.A.S.K.: Revolution #1—Subscription Variant

Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas (a) • Dan Schoening (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

M.A.S.K.: Revolution #1—Blank Sketch Variant

Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas (a) • Blank sketch (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • The triumphant return of M.A.S.K.!
  • Special one-shot connected to the REVOLUTION Series Event! Do not miss this issue!
  • All-new M.A.S.K. ongoing series coming later this Fall!
  • Variant Ken Christiansen cover, part of a 13-part connected cover! Connects with all 13 Revolution issues and one-shots!

Micronauts: Revolution #1—SPOTLIGHT

Cullen Bunn (w) • Chris Panda (a & c)

LOST IN MICROSPACE! Plagued by scavengers, harried by agents of BARON KARZA, and guided by the mysterious TIME TRAVELERS—the MICRONAUTS make a HUGE discovery—one that will transform everything they thought they knew about their universe.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Micronauts: Revolution #1—Subscription Variant

Cullen Bunn (w) • Chris Panda (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Micronauts: Revolution #1—Blank Sketch Variant

Cullen Bunn (w) • Chris Panda (a) • Blank Sketch (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • REVOLUTION is here—and the diminutive denizens of Microspace play a big role!
  • A key one-shot connected to both the ongoing saga of the MICRONAUTS—and the world of REVOLUTION!
  • Variant Ken Christiansen cover, part of a 13-part connected cover! Connects with all 13 Revolution issues and one-shots!

Rom: Revolution #1—SPOTLIGHT

Chris Ryall (w) • Ron Joseph (a) • Ashley Wood (c)

A REVOLUTION tie-in one-shot! ROM’s enemies, the DIRE WRAITHS have infiltrated G.I. JOE at the highest levels, clashed with the TRANSFORMERS over ORE-13, and now… stalk a lone stranger? Why would evil aliens bent on world domination terrorize one anonymous person? The answer is bigger and more sinister than you’d ever imagine!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Rom: Revolution #1 Rob Liefeld Variant

Chris Ryall (w) • Ron Joseph (a) • Rob Liefeld (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Rom: Revolution #1 Blank Sketch Variant

Chris Ryall (w) • Ron Joseph (a) • Blank Sketch (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • A REVOLUTION tie-in!
  • The DIRE WRAITHS’ plans stand revealed, with major implications for the ongoing ROM series!
  • The birth of a major new threat for ROM!
  • All that and a permanent change to ROM’s status quo, too!
  • Variant Ken Christiansen cover, part of a 13-part connected cover! Connects with all 13 Revolution issues and one-shots!

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Revolution: The Road to Revolution 100-Page Special #1

Simon Furman, Chuck Dixon, John Barber, James Roberts, Mairghread Scott, Karen Traviss (w) • Robert Atkins, Brendan Cahill, Guido Guidi, E.J. Su, Steve Kurth, Andrew Griffith, Alex Milne, Sara Pitre-Durocher, Sarah Stone (a) • Pop Mhan (c)

Ten years of TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE comics have led to this month’s REVOLUTION! This bargain-priced bonanza presents five key stories that have paved the road to the universe being born this month! From the first-ever IDW Transformers comic to the Karen Traviss G.I. JOE, the building blocks of this universe have been growing for years!

FC • 100 pages • $7.99

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Action Man #4

John Barber (w) • Paolo Villanelli (a) • Chris Evenhuis (c)

X MARKS THE SPOT! Will ACTION MAN and his allies put aside their differences long enough to stop DOCTOR X and save the world? Or will the bad Doctor’s master plan tear apart young ACTION MAN’s career before it starts?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Action Man #4—UK Theme Variant

John Barber (w) • Paolo Villanelli (a & c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • The new ACTION MAN’s first adventure comes to a soul-searing conclusion!
  • Leads into this month’s REVOLUTION event!
  • Variant cover by Andrew Currie!

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #232: Snake In The Grass, Part 3

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

COBRA continues the search for their rogue agent. And an operation gone wrong costs a G.I. JOE member the one person they care about the most…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #232: Snake In The Grass, Part 3—Subscription Variant

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • John Royle (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Street Fighter vs. G.I. JOE, Vol. 1—SPOTLIGHT

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Emilio Laiso (a) • Mike Choi (c)

On a hidden island in international waters, 16 combatants enter a secret tournament… one that pits Street Fighter vs. G.I. JOE! M. Bison and Destro have joined forces, and taking them down will require the world’s finest warriors: Ryu, Snake Eyes, Guile, Scarlett, Chun-Li and Duke.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 140 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-744-4

Street Fighter vs. G.I. JOE, Vol. 1—Direct Market Exclusive Edition

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Emilio Laiso (a) • Zach Howard (c)

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 140 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-759-8

Bullet points:

  • “Street Fighter x G.I. Joe delivers exactly what it promises…” –IGN
  • Advance solicited for October release!