Preview for IDW G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #223

Part five of the new COBRA World Order hits comic shops tomorrow, and you can see the five part preview below!

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #223: COBRA WORLD ORDER Part 5

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Stephen Mooney (c)

The Sleepers Awaken! COBRA’s covert agents, situated all over the world, activate and prepare to bring about the Cobra World Order. G.I. JOE scrambles to take them down—but it may just be too late!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • COBRA’s sleepers rise up—and enact the COBRA WORLD ORDER!

What’s to come from the G.I. Joe Collectors Club?

Well, it’s still a mystery, for the most part.  Folks are still suspecting that Fun Publications’ license with Hasbro will expire (and not be renewed) at the end of 2016.  So far we have neither seen nor heard anything to contradict this.

Over on the GIJoeClub Message Board, a thread has opened up with an inquiry into this, but still no information is imminent.

At this point the most succinct reply is to “Check the January newsletter” for more information on their membership plans.  This does continue to sound ominous, however, there is also a post on the forum there that mentions 2016 Club members being eligible to purchase FSS 5.0.  That, of course, begs the question… will there be an FSS 5.0 if the license expires in 2016?

Perhaps Fun Publications will just not be able to hold a convention, yet can still produce product?  Or if they launch FSS 5.0 within the 2016 calendar year, does that still fall within their license period?

Still many more questions than answers, though it sounds like once the January newsletter hits, we should get at least some information and some idea of what’s to come.

One thing is clear, and it was especially evident as I ran down my list of Top 10 figures for 2015, from a product standpoint, the Club going away would be unfortunate.  There was some great figures released through the FSS and Convention in 2015, and with the G.I. Joe fandom especially grasping for any crumbs, this seems like a bad time to take away whatever morsels we might get.

Stay tuned.

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G.I. Joe: Legacy Kindle Worlds Crossover begins with the Adventure Team!

A short while ago, we announced an exciting G.I. Joe themed Kindle Worlds crossover event entitled G.I. Joe: Legacy!  The idea was for four separate Kindle Worlds authors (Jim Beard, Bill Nedrow, Troy Osgood and myself) to write different installments of a G.I. Joe story taking place in different era’s of time, from the 1970s all the way up until the 21st century.

Well, Part 01, featuring the Adventure Team is online!  It’s a novella, very affordably priced at only .99 and will be kicking off this exciting G.I. Joe: Legacy project.  Look for the remaining parts to hit monthly over the next few months.  As one might expect, I’m handling the 90s.

Check out Jim’s Adventure Team installment here, it’s a great read, and very quick.  Good stuff, and I’m thrilled to be part of this project!

Happy New Year from GeneralsJoes

I’ll be the first to admit that it’s been a trying year both from a personal standpoint and the “hobby” standpoint.  Certainly great things have come throughout 2015, but losing a close friend (as well as close family) always puts a big red “X” through any particular year on the calendar.

As we put 2015 in the rear view mirror and look towards 2016 lets all remember that we are called a community because we are one.  My closest friends that I have in the world are all people I met through the G.I. Joe brand and at various G.I. Joe Conventions throughout the years.  The mere hint that something like that might not be a given past 2016 is deeply troubling to me, and hopefully troubling to other folks in the community as well.

I keep my hopes up and look towards the New Year with optimism.  Hopefully all of you have great things to look forward to as well.

Happy New Year!

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Top 10 G.I. Joe Toys of 2015

The last couple of years as I sat down to write this up, I think ‘oh, this will be easy this year…there was barely any product’!

Then I go through all of my reviews over the past 12 months and realize that for a line that is supposedly on prolonged life support, we still got some GREAT stuff in 2015. Really great stuff.

Now, I migrated to a new review system in 2015, one that makes calculating review scores a bit more granular. But, I’ll be honest… I still went by the seat of my pants on this rundown, and looked at these figures from the perspective of a 100 mile view. It can be tough to write up a review “hot off the presses” right when I get a figure in hand, because honestly, that’s often when I’m in love the most. It can be tough to be impartial that close to the newness of that toy for the first time.

So I whittled down the list and ultimately looked at figures that I could step away from for a little while and gauge my appreciation.

The results are after the break.

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The Full Force Series 2 Episode 6 is online

It’s a Christmas miracle! Those fine British folks celebrate the holidays with a Christmas themed episode covering all the latest end of year G.I. Joe and Action Force news and notes!

Also starting in this episode, the news will be brought to you by GeneralsJoes.com. Hear my dulcet tones as I reveal the latest news from the world of G.I. Joe and hand it off to the Full Force guys for discussion.

There’s a LOT to talk about with this episode, so make sure you head over to the Podbean site to check it out. The latest episode is also embedded below.

Keep your eyes on the Full Force Facebook Page for contest information and for the latest show notes.

FUULLL FOOOOOOORRRRRCE!

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Top 10 G.I. Joe News Stories of 2015

At any given time throughout 2015 it felt like a pretty slow news year for G.I. Joe, but as always, when you stop and look back, suddenly things don’t look quite so small.

Granted G.I. Joe product at retail was pretty much focused to a singular burst in late summer as the 50th Anniversary exploded, then faded, even though we got Convention product and FSS figures earlier in the year. With all that being said, it still feels like there were plenty of “banner moments” in G.I. Joe news for the year that was.

News was breaking right up until the last moment, and I’m actually a bit worried that if I post this prior to December 31st I might end up missing something!

Click the “read more” link below to check out the full list!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from GeneralsJoes

From everyone here at GeneralsJoes I just want to wish you all a very happy holiday season.  Whatever you celebrate, I hope you have some time to rest, reflect, and spend quality time with the people you love.

Stay safe and happy holidays!

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What does the future hold for the G.I. Joe Collectors Club?

A few months ago word emerged that Hasbro had signed a deal with an International convention holder focused on developing a worldwide “Transformers Experience” and many folks feared what that meant for an annual Botcon. I’ll be honest, I kind of glossed over it myself, thinking that it was probably an entirely separate type of thing.

I might have been wrong.

According to AllSpark, word has emerged that the G.I. Joe and Transformers Collectors Club may be ending their agreement with Hasbro by the end of 2016.

There is no official word on this, so take it with a huge grain of salt right now, but a look at the Terms and Conditions on the Collectors Club membership renewals reveals the following:

Please note that at this time we are only accepting memberships and renewals for the 2016 calendar year.  All memberships will end with the December 2016 issue.  For example:  if your  membership renewal has a February start date, you will receive the FREE membership figure in the late spring along with 11 monthly issues.   If your membership renewal has a March start date, you will receive the FREE membership figure in the late spring and 10 monthly issues.  

You read that right, all memberships, regardless of when they were signed, are destined to expire at the end of 2016. That certainly seems to indicate 2016 as some cut off date for the joint agreement between Fun Publications and Hasbro.

As I said, there is NO official word on this yet and likely won’t be for a little while, but some puzzle pieces are starting to fit together, and the picture they’re painting isn’t a great one.

I know what a lot of people will think. A lot of people will think that this is great news, they’re tired of Fun Pub, it’s time to move on. But I think those same people need to stop and think ‘what are we moving on to?’

Whether you like them or not, Fun Publications was reponsible for over 30 G.I. Joe items in 2015, more than doubling Hasbro’s own Toys “R” Us exclusive product. Once that agreement ends (if it indeed does) what does that mean for future product?

I don’t think it means anything good.

Stay tuned for more on this developing story.

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Previews for IDW G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #222 and Transformers vs G.I. Joe #10

Two new G.I. Joe issues from IDW Publishing hit comic shops tomorrow as the COBRA World Order continues in A Real American Hero #222 and the capers of the Transformers and G.I. Joe dive further into strangeness in Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #10.  Check out the previews below!

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #222: COBRA WORLD ORDER Part 4

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Phil Jimenez (c)

Cobra finally insinuates itself into the highest positions in the US government, while G.I. Joe approaches the highest powers in the pentagon for aid in the fight. But help comes from an unexpected ally that reveals the true nature of the COBRA WORLD ORDER!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • COBRA WORLD ORDER comes to a head—COBRA’S true plan is finally revealed!

Transformers vs G.I. JOE #10

Tom Scioli, John Barber (w) • Scioli (a & c)

REMEMBER US?! The most titanic tale of the twenty-first century takes an unexpected twist—BUT WHEN HAS TRANSFORMERS VS. G.I. JOE DONE ANY LESS?! Expect the unexpected—then throw your expectations out the window!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Boom!
  • BOOM!
  • BOOOOOOOM!