Lead writer for Hasbro Cinematic Universe reveals not one, but two terrible ideas for the film series

Many fans of G.I. Joe and Hasbro properties in general have been quietly getting excited for whatever may be to come with the upcoming Hasbro Cinematic Universe.  The idea of a film “relaunch” bringing together G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K., and several other Hasbro properties just seems like an idea too good to be true and an awesome way to potentially bring in a new generation of Hasbro action figure fans.

But then you read an interview with one of the lead writers, Akiva Goldsman and suddenly you’re not so sure.

Over on the Wall Street Journal (of course the full interview is hidden behind a paywall) apparently Goldsman has revealed some early ideas for this Hasbro Cinematic Universe.  Now, these are just ideas, so perhaps we shouldn’t get too worked up, but hey, we’re toy collectors, like Bruce Banner said, I’m pretty sure we’re always worked up.

Thankfully AgentsofMASK.com pulled over some of the key quotes from WSJ…well, thankfully, because at least we can read them.  Not to thankfully, because honestly, if this is the direction things are going in, I’d probably rather they just didn’t.  Here’s the quote in question:

Among the ideas they came up with were a “G.I. Joe” film set in World War II and a new version of M.A.S.K., the 1980s-era secret-agent series, that doesn’t feature the adult superspies seen in the cartoons but rather a multicultural group of youths in Detroit who come upon “magic technology” similar to what fans may remember. “That’s a story relevant for today, but if you remember the cartoon or the toy, we trigger your memory and you take a look,” Mr. Goldsman said

So, wait.  First you’re going to take the G.I. Joe universe and drop it back 40 years, effectively removing every important character, or making them irrelevant by sending them back to World War II.  Then, instead of a highly trained technology task force, M.A.S.K. is going to be a group of kids who stumble on magic technology?

Sorta like the Power Rangers?  Is that what we’re working with here?  Is that what these ace writers are bringing to the table for the Hasbro Cinematic Universe?

I know… this is one interview, effectively years before an actual movie is getting made, there’s absolutely no reason to get worked up.  A hundred things are thrown at the drawing board throughout the process and not all of them stick.  I truly hope neither of these two ideas stick.

I mean, one would think that Hasbro is bringing their brands together to try and create a more cohesive universe that looks and feels familiar.  Neither of these two concepts feels the least bit familiar, and let’s all hope these were early ideas that were quickly discarded.

Thanks to AgentsofMASK.com for pulling out some of the intel.  If anyone has a subscription to the Wall Street Journal and wants to toss the entire interview my way, I’d love to read the rest.

I think.

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Massive IDW Publishing Humble Bundle is on sale now!

IDW has listed their latest Humble Bundle and it’s a HUGE one.  Listed as a Transformers: Revolution Humble Bundle, if you pay at least $15, you get a metric ton of online comics allowing you to go back and catch up on a number of different IDW Publishing G.I. Joe, Transformers and other titles, leading right up to the latest Revolution storyline.  Over $400 worth of comics for only $15?  Yeah, that’s pretty much a no-brainer.

Check out their latest Humble Bundle here, but you’ll want to act fast, the deal is gone in six hours!

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New G.I. Joe 2016 line pre-orders available at Big Bad Toy Store

If you don’t have a local Toys “R” Us, or are just tired of the hunt, good news!  Big Bad Toy Store has posted pre-orders for the 2016 G.I. Joe 2-Packs and 3-Packs online!

Check out the BBTS G.I. Joe section right here!

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G.I. Joe Collectors Club posts Pre-Orders for G.I. Joe/Transformers Sets

We first heard about this at JoeCon this year, and now the Collectors Club has posted their Transformers/G.I. Joe boxed set up for pre-order with an estimated ship date of December!

Along with the boxed set itself, the Only Human versions of Arcee and Hot Rod are also available.

Check out the latest G.I. Joe Collectors Club pre-orders right here.

Eagle Force Returns down to the last critical hours…

Less than 36 short hours are left in the Eagle Force Returns Kickstarter and it sits now at $176,000 which is a fantastic amount, but still leaving some of the stretch goals on the table.

Take one last look, now’s the time to get in on the ground floor!  I can tell you there are some fun things in the works for Eagle Force, and it all starts right here.

Head on over to Kickstarter and consider throwing in some cash, there isn’t a whole lot more time to do it.

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As an added bonus, here are a bunch of the bio cards that have been posted as Kickstarter updates as a way to get familiar with the Eagle Force characters.  Lots of history here…  like I said, get on while the universe is just being built.  Lots of great stuff here and still to come!

Support Eagle Force Returns on Kickstarter now!

First sighting of 2016 G.I. Joe 2-Packs at Toys “R” Us!

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!  Three weeks before the announced November, 2016 release timeline, Ryan over on the G.I. Joe Discussion Group on Facebook has found the first indications of the 2016 G.I. Joe line.  Featured in his image is the Heavy Duty/Stiletto and Zombie Viper two packs.

Pretty exciting to see new G.I. Joe product on the shelves again, so let’s do our part to remove them from the shelves, shall we?  Go get ’em!

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Eagle Force Grimm Reapers Stretch Goal unlocked – surge towards the finish line!

As we get towards the finish line of the Eagle Force Returns Kickstarter Campaign, Fresh Monkey Fiction has announced the early unlocking of the Grimm Reaper Troopers!  That puts this figure as part of the All In package as well as able to be purchased as an army builder 4-Pack!  It’s an excellent looking trooper with a really cool backstory to boot.

Also, details will be coming soon on a contest for a R.I.O.T. Hideout playset.

Let’s finish this thing strong, folks!  Come on, only 2 weeks left and a lotta stretch goals still to go.

Dime Novel Legends Reveals additional items

As the days tick down towards Dime Novel Legends new action figure Kickstarter, their latest figure has been revealed in the form of the Fire Brigadier!

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This adds to an already impressive lineup of figures that have been revealed to date.  The Kickstarter is starting soon and it looks like a great one!  Check out the rest of the figures below.

The Full Force Series 3 Episode 5 is online

Chris, Dave and Eddie are back with their latest episode of The Full Force podcast!  They look at all the latest news and happenings from the world of G.I. Joe and give their unique British twist on things.

Hit up their latest episode at Podbean, or embedded below.  Make sure you check out The Full Force on Facebook for the latest show notes, too!

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Congratulations Eagle Force… now let’s crash some stretch goals!

As of late last night/early this morning, the awesome looking Eagle Force Kickstarter has been successfully funded!  BOOSH.

I am thrilled to see that things are moving forward here, but I can’t help but scroll down and check out those stretch goals that are still hovering out there.  Characters like Ultima Thule and Redwing…  fantastic troopers like the Grimm Reapers and Arctic Troopers.

So much cool stuff to still unlock, let’s keep hammering at this!

Yes, I’m being selfish.  I wrote many of the bio’s for these characters and I want to see them brought to life in plastic.  Help me support my dream!  Bill, Craig, Joe and many others have put together a terrific assortment of great individual characters who not only carry the nostalgia from the 80s, but are really fun modern military figures as well.

Recently new additions have been revealed, such as the Goldie Hawks…

Join me in supporting Eagle Force on Kickstarter so we can open up the world of Eagle Force to collectors everywhere.