It’s here! GraniteCon weekend had arrived in Manchester, NH and it’s looking like there will be tons of fun to be had. A plethora of G.I. Joe themed guests and the folks from Boss Fight Studio have some awesome things planned.
With Byung Hun Lee out doing the interview circuit for his new film The Magnificent Seven, it’s natural that some questions would come up regarding his role in the G.I. Joe movie franchise. Speaking with LRM, the Korean actor said that:
“…that there’s a possibility to do the third one, but I think they’re waiting for the actors’ schedules. They’re arranging the schedules for the actors, especially Dwayne Johnson.”
While it is nice to hear some talk of the next installment in the G.I. Joe film franchise, I don’t think it surprises anyone that they’re building the next installment around Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Already one of the most popular actors on the planet when he filmed G.I. Joe: Retaliation, somehow the onetime wrestler has skyrocketed even further, recently pulling down the honor of the highest paid actor in Hollywood. If G.I. Joe has the inside track to leverage Johnson’s billing for a third film, they would be painfully stupid not to do so.
At this point that means a bit of a waiting game. When you’re one of the most popular action heroes of the current moment, a wait list generally forms, and Johnson right now has a hell of a long one.
Now the real question is, how does this play into the whole Hasbro Cinematic Universe discussion? We’ve heard rumor upon rumor that Hasbro is trying to develop something for 2018, would that something include Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson? That would feel like a logical step to take, but at this point it remains to be seen whether that would be considered “G.I. Joe 3″ or something else entirely.
For many, many years a G.I. Joe film franchise was considered to be in development hell, and there was much rejoicing when it finally got the green light for 2009. Two moderately successful films later, it almost feels like we’re back in that in-between area. Hopefully news comes out in the next 12 – 18 months that changes this perception.
GraniteCon is coming to Manchester, New Hampshire September 17th – 18th and for any G.I. Joe fan, it promises to be an action-packed show!
Larry Hama will be in the house as will Adam Riches, Robert Atkins, Buzz Dixon, Tom Feister, Brian Shearer and many, many others will be there.
Jeff Kline, the executive producer of the G.I. Joe: Renegades animated series will be there as will tons of writers and artists. Even Adrian Paul from the awesome Highlander television show. This thing is gonna be a blast.
The folks from Boss Fight Studio will be selling at the show, and at 2:30pm on Sunday, yours truly will be hosting a fantastic panel entitled G.I. Joe: Drawing a Real American Hero and featuring Larry Hama, Adam Riches, Robert Atkins, Tom Feister, and Brian Shearer.
I’ll be on the floor all weekend and joined by fellow What’s on Joe Mind co-host Mike Irizarry (all the way from St. Louis!) and Full Force co-host Chris McLeod (from freaking England for crying out loud). It’s going to be a GREAT time and I really hope I’ll see lots of eager G.I. Joe fans in attendance.
Check GraniteCon.com for the latest information on the show, and I’ll see you all next weekend!
Coil Con 7 is happening next month, and the crew behind is has offered up another one of their exclusive figures for GeneralsJoes to reveal!
Long time G.I. Joe Collectors should be very familiar with this character, a Funskool exclusive from several years back using Sgt. Slaughter parts, the infamous SuperCop became a cult sensation among G.I. Joe collectors. Thanks to some ambitious online retailers at the time, many domestic collectors got an opportunity to add SuperCop to their collections.
For those of you who haven’t, though, here’s your chance to get an awesome looking modern version, plus it dovetails nicely with the Coil storyline the Coil Con folks have developed.
Check out the first preview of the figure below and keep watching Coil Con on Facebook for more updates.
This is it, Joe fans! The last day you can order the most recent Figure Subscription Service from the G.I. Joe Collectors Club. Don’t miss your only chance to add great characters like Raptor, Sneak Peek, Salvo, Scoop, Ambush, and others to your modern era roster!
If you like what you’ve seen with the FSS, don’t wait! Place your order today, there won’t be another chance.
IDW Publishing has dropped some very cool news with the announcement of a new ongoing title spinning out of their “Revolution” event happening now!
Once Revolution wraps, a brand new ongoing title “Revolutionaries” will make its debit featuring a unique combination of characters from the various Hasbro franchises working in concert with each other. Comic Book Resources dropped the scoop yesterday, with IDW sending out an official press release today.
So why is this exciting? Well, Revolutionaries will feature some serious connective tissue to all manners of G.I. Joe continuity, including Action Man, a new character named Mayday, as well as some other really cool news. According to John Barber:
Well, the first issue reprints — for the first time — the Joe Kubert “Sgt. Savage and His Screaming Eagles” G.I. Joe mini-comics. That’s a set of characters I don’t really have a personal connection with, those came out while I was, let’s say, between ages where I was into G.I. Joe toys. I don’t know what people think of those characters, but it’s really bonkers stuff. I mean, they had little in-pack comics and they got Joe Kubert to write, draw, color and letter them. The legendary Joe Kubert! The premise of Sgt. Savage is pretty nuts, but within that storyline is a group called I.R.O.N. — the International Robotic Operations Network — who show up in issue one of “Revolutionaries.” Meanwhile, in “G.I. Joe Extreme,” there was the Iron Klaw, and in “Action Force” there was Baron Ironblood. Is there a connection?!?
He also mentions that an event in Kalistan is what kicks off the whole Revolutionaries title, and any G.I. Joe fan worth their salt knows Kalistan was the country that Iron Klaw ruled while secretly also creating the insidious terrorist organization called S.K.A.R.
Sounds like some very cool side elements being brought into this world. Check out the article on CBR for some more great insight and the full press release is below.
Revolution Paves Way For Revolutionaries
Revolution Paves Way For Revolutionaries
A New Team of Hasbro Characters Unite To Form REVOLUTIONARIES
San Diego, CA (September 1, 2016) – REVOLUTION was only the beginning! Once the dust settles on Revolution, IDW’s groundbreaking event series that catapulted a new comic book universe into existence, heroes and villains will rise from the ashes to form new alliances and take on even greater challenges in this brave new comic world.
REVOLUTIONARIES will be born.
A G.I. Joe, a man of action, and a few Cybertronians thrown in for good measure, will form the basis of a team unlike any ever conceived before.
REVOLUTIONARIES, the latest addition to the first wave of post-Revolution titles, will further explore and shape the fledgling comic universe which encompasses TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE, ROM, MICRONAUTS, ACTION MAN, and M.A.S.K.: MOBILE ARMORED STRIKE KOMMAND.
This series will reunite Revolution writer John Barber and artist Fico Ossio and will team characters from every corner of this action-packed series, showcasing a full slate of mind-blowing guest stars, including both old favorites and exciting new additions. In addition to the regular players of Action Man, Blackrock (Transformers), Mayday (G.I. Joe), and Kup (Transformers), Revolutionaries will feature a rotating cast of teammates, opening the door for dream team-ups from issue to issue. These Revolutionaries will band together over the course of the unraveling central storyline, a mysterious plot, that serves as the backbone throughout the series.
Join the REVOLUTION on September 14 when the debut issue arrives and prepare for the next stage of evolution with REVOLUTIONARIES this December.
Any kid who collected G.I. Joe in the 80s was probably intimately familiar with Micro Machines as well, and apparently there’s a mobile game out that mimics the feel of those classic Micro Machines video games based on the tiny car toy line.
Well, according to a YouTube video and the app entry on the Apple Store, the latest update features seven classic G.I. Joe vehicles!
At this point the game appears to be for ios only (BOOOOO)… check out the YouTube video below and the description afterwards. Thanks to skinny for the scoop!
Published on Aug 25, 2016
G.I. JOE UPDATE: Take to the tracks in seven classic G.I. JOE combat vehicles. Dominate the desks in the H.I.S.S. Tank, try arena combat in the Cobra RAGE or take on toy town with all-conquering Rolling Thunder. As well as a whole new set of vehicles to collect, we’ve a brand new track: ARMY ACTION. Race through a track strewn with plastic soldiers and tanks, avoid the downdrafts of military choppers and, if you survive, take on the minefield – YES, a literal minefield!
The legendary MICRO MACHINES gameplay returns in this all-new multiplayer combat racer from Codemasters!
This app offers in-app purchases. You may disable in-app purchasing using your device settings.
MASSIVE RACING ON A MICRO SCALE!
Race across 17 fun-filled tracks including breakfast tables, desktops, pool tables and kitchen sinks in a vast array of tiny, but powerful, MICRO MACHINES.
Original creators, Codemasters, have lovingly updated the classic MICRO MACHINES gameplay for mobile devices. All the rivalry, excitement, humor and fun of the games that first appeared in the 1990’s is back!
COLLECT THEM ALL!
Assemble your collection of all 70 vehicles from hot rods to muscle cars, fire trucks, police cars, sports cars, tanks, hovercraft and loads more.
BATTLE WITH NERF!
For the FIRST TIME ever MICRO MACHINES features awesome battle arenas. Pick up real NERF blasters to take down the competition and rule the arena!
LOCK AND LOAD
Enter one of the 3 event types and equip your vehicles with one of the 60+ upgrades from shields to flame throwers, axes and shrink rays.
BECOME A WORLD CHAMPION
Represent your country in solo and Facebook leaderboards or join your friends, work colleagues or team mates and take on the world together!
JOIN OUR CLUB
Join or create your very own MICRO MACHINES club, make your mark on world leaderboards and compete each week to win great prizes and unlock cool customisations.
We’ve been hearing about it for a while, and the time has finally come! Eagle Force makes its triumphant return on Kickstarter.
In fact, Kickstarter’s approval process was a bit quicker than anticipated, and the special forces team from the 80s actually debuted yesterday. It was a seriously strong debut as well, already clocking in over $65,000 in just 24 hours! Holy guacamole!
I’m very proud to say I’m doing some work alongside Fresh Monkey Fiction writing some of the bio’s for the characters and I am ecstatic to see this strong early response. Keep on hammering, folks, there’s a ton of great stuff in the stretch goals, and Eagle Force looks like a TON of fun.
We’ve got gliders, we’ve got a playset… it’s like the 80s all over again.