Boss Fight hits Hong Kong!

We’ve all heard vague references to those Asian factories which actually are the cogs that produce the toys that we all love so much. But rarely do we get a real first hand glimpse of what they look like and what goes on there.

Well, Erik and Dave from Boss Fight Studio are paying a visit to Hong Kong, checking out the factory that’s making the Vitruvian HACKS action figures, and has sent along some fantastic images of their experience! In those images we see some great early examples of Vitruvian HACKS parts and pieces, as well as a glimpse of a never before seen abdomen piece to connect a male body with the Gorgon snake tail!

Super cool.

Check out all these great images below, drool alongside with me and then start running circles around the room because you can’t wait until these are released. TEASE FIGHT STUDIO GO!

Rank and File G.I. Joe Reference Guide is now for sale online!

The time is finally here and the Rank & File Guide Vol. 1 is now available as a stand alone option. Vol. 1 is $20 plus shipping (U.S. or International). Domestic default shipping is Media Rate and International shipping default is First-Class Mail International. Email rahcguide@gmail.com for special instructions and additional rates may apply. The R.A.H.C. Guide is also still available and combo rates are available for both guides.

Visit: www.rahcguide.com to place your order today.

Order now, supplies are severely limited and supplies have been moving fast!

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G.I. Joe and other Hasbro branded content relocating to Vimeo

Well, this explains Hasbro’s content’s disappearance from Netflix. According to Deadline, Hasbro is partnering with Vimeo to bring their content back to an online video platform after their deal with Netflix was not extended.

Beginning with Jem and the Holograms, Hasbro animated series from all era’s will be added to Vimeo to enhance their pay service. Episodes will be $2.99 to buy, .99 to rent, or entire series will be available for $40.00.

There will be 13 series altogether, including My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, G.I. Joe, Transformers: Rescue Bots, Transformers: Prime, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, G.I. Joe: Renegades, Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters, Littlest Pet Shop, Pound Puppies, The Adventures of Chuck & Friends and B-Daman Crossfire.

What do folks think is a pay-per-series deal better, or would you rather subscribe to a monthly service to get access to this content?

Regardless of the reasons, I’m glad stuff like G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and G.I. Joe: Renegades will be accessible to new viewers again.

Exclusive First Look – Gentle Giants 12″ Jumbo G.I. Joe

EDITNow with higher resolution video!

I’ve seen a lot of questions out there surrounding the upcoming 12″ Jumbo releases of G.I. Joe figures from Gentle Giant. This video may help answer some of those questions.

Star Wars Celebration occurred last week, and dedicated G.I. Joe fan Page Wagner was in attendance, but while so many folks were focused on Star Wars, he spotted the Gentle Giant Joes and went straight for the good stuff.

He spent a few minutes talking to Gentle Giant about their upcoming G.I. Joe releases, and even got a chance to get a hands-on look at Grunt. He took video of this short Q & A session, and has made it available to GeneralsJoes exclusively.

Check out the embedded video below and big thanks to Page for thinking of me!

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Masters of the Universe Mini Comic Collection Pre-Order on Amazon

If you’re like me, it was the mini comics, not the Filmation cartoon that initially addicted you to Masters of the Universe at a young age. I have fond memories of eagerly peeling into those packages and cracking open that mini comic, digesting everything I could within that handful of pages.

Well, you can now revisit that feeling without combing eBay’s pesky auctions…and not just for 80s MOTU, but She-Ra and New Adventures of He-Man as well!  Heck, they even introduce the MOTU Classics Mini Comics as well.

Dark Horse Comics is publishing the Mini Comic Collection, gathering all those awesome mini comics of the old days into one fantastic looking hard cover collection, and the pre-order is on Amazon right now.

Set for a mid-November release, this book belongs in every MOTU fans’ hands. Check out the pre-order link below.

Rumors swirling about future Transformers: Combiner Wars releases

Over on TFW2005, forum member Mr. Chaos is revealing a list of potentially new Combiner Wars figures pulled from the computer listings of an unnamed retailer.

Take this all with a huge grain of salt, as none of it is confirmed, but the rumors certainly are intriguing.

I believe most Transformers fans already knew that Bruticus and the Combaticons were slated for an appearance somewhere within the Combiner Wars line, and these listings confirm that, with four of those Combaticons supposedly slated to appear as Deluxes!

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Following the formula of the Aerialbots and Stunticons, I think we can assume some repaints and retools, as well as some re-shelling, which is fine with me, because the cores of most of the Deluxe figures I’ve handled so far are excellent.

But here things get interesting… along with the above wave of Deluxes, a whole separate wave is listed (though no Voyagers appear in the system yet). This other wave consists of:

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This certainly raises some eyebrows! Classic Autobots as combiners? Could the three above figures work with some minor retooling and reshelling? Hrmmm…

Along with the above, some Legends figures were listed as well:

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Now, I’ll say right off, I’m not sure I’m “all in” on the Protectobots yet, but I will be all over those Combaticons for sure. And if the classic Autobots look good individually, too? Ouch. It’s looking more and more like my passing fascination with Transformers may not be so passing.

Check out the full reveal on TFW2005.

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Transformers: Combiner Wars Menasor

Combiner Wars is in full gear, with two waves of product at retail, and considering the main goal of this line was to provide toys that combine and interact with each other, the question must be raised…are the Combiner Wars gestalts as good as their individual pieces? Could the total be greater than the sum of its individual parts?

Unfortunately, in Menasor’s case, the answer is no.

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Solicitations for IDW G.I. Joe titles for July, 2015

Another quiet month for G.I. Joe solicitations as we just see G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #216 alongside the collected volume of G.I. Joe by Karen Traviss.  From what I hear, IDW does have some plans going forward, I can’t wait to hear more.  Until then, check out what we can expect for July, 2015.

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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #216

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

COBRA RISING! As G.I. Joe continues to mourn the loss of one of their greatest members, Cobra consolidates its power and brings long-departed villains back into the fold…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #216—EC Comics Subscription Variant

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Andy Suriano (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet Points:

  • Part of EC Comics cover month! Homage cover by Andy Suriano!
  • Variant Sketch Cover by Larry Hama!

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G.I. JOE: The Fall of G.I. JOE, Vol. 2

Karen Traviss (w) • Steve Kurth (a) • Jeffrey Veregge (c)

What can the G.I. JOE team do to combat a COBRA the world views as heroes? Political intrigue collides head-on with military action as the darkest chapter in G.I. JOE history unfolds! Collects issues #5–8.

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-355-2

Bullet points:

  • “Tense political thrills.” –UnleashTheFanboy.com

Offered Again!

G.I. JOE: The Fall of G.I. JOE, Vol. 1 • FC • $17.99 • ISBN: 978-1-63140-220-3

Hot Toys Avengers 2 Ultron Mark I available for pre-order

We got our first official images yesterday, and now on Sideshowtoy.com, the Hot Toys Ultron: Mark I is now up for pre-order!

Check out the pre-order at the link below, and take another peek at some great images of this amazing looking entry into the Hot Toys collection.

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Transformers: Combiner Wars Breakdown

Seriously, what kid in the 80s didn’t love the Lamborghini?

Lamborghini’s were prevelant in the Transformers line in those first few years, with both Sideswipe, Sunstreaker, and Breakdown all bearing the proud shield of the famous car maker. Even back then, Breakdown was my favorite of the three. My memory is hazy after all these years, and maybe it was just because of the size and feel of Breakdown, but he just felt like a more solid, better car than the two twin brothers. I recall Sunstreaker being obnoxious to transform, and Breakdown was right for my smaller hands.

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