Ohh buddy. Now personally, I loved the first Sideshow Collectibles Cobra Commander. The hood and the trenchcoat kind of set the stage for what they were going for with some slightly modernized interpretations of the classic G.I. Joe mythology. But a lot of folks out there lamented the fact that we were without a proper Battle Helmet Cobra Commander.
Looks like Sideshow is definitely out to correct that oversight. We’ve seen little hints and clues that this figure was on the horizon, but today via the official Sideshow Twitter account it was confirmed that there is a new 12″ Battle Helmet Cobra Commander on the horizon, and we got a nifty little image as well. Keep following Sideshow on Twitter and Sideshow on Instagram for the latest G.I. Joe and Sideshow Collectibles intel, and see this new preview below.
First of all, a big thanks to Chief over at JoeCustoms.com for the Cobra Commander hook up! I was running towards the end of this daily review trend leading up to G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and this figure arrived just in the nick of time! Then my hands were so jittery from the excitement of seeing G.I. Joe: Retaliation tonight I could barely type.
Oh, the humanity!
Regardless, the review is done and posted in the 30th Anniversary section, or you can hit the direct link below. Thus wraps up my Discount Store “Running Change” versions of these figures. NEXT!
Larry Hama has always established that G.I. Joe isn’t necessarily about war, action, ninjas, or gun battle…at its core, it is about the characters. It is the personality of the characters that keeps them alive and keeps them viable throughout the years.
I would maintain that this remains true in Hollywood as well, and that the translation of these characters into film is equally important for the movie to remain timeless. After all, we don’t all remember the fantastic Aliens movie because of the gun fights, right? We remember it because of characters like Hicks, Ripley, and Hudson. THEY are what made that film, not splattering acid blood all over the place.
So now that things are starting to take shape around G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which characters am I most looking forward to seeing in action? Let’s break it down after the jump:
The two largest G.I. Joe Kre-O sets from the first series caused some mixed reactions with me…some very positive, but some not so much. You’ll have to check out the reviews to see which was which. G.I. Joe Kre-O week continues on GeneralsJoes on my G.I. Joe Kre-O Review Page, or the direct links below!
Now, come on… if Veronica Mars can take in $47 million dollars or some ridiculous amount like that, certainly Cobra Commander can get some love from the people of the World?
That’s right, after G.I. Joe’s latest operation destroyed Cobra Island, Cobra Commander is taking a different approach to rebuilding. No more pyramid schemes….no more ransom demands with weather control devices. This is straight up crowd-funding.
It seems like just yesterday we were starting at the number “40″ and counting down the reasons to see G.I. Joe: Retaliation when it hits theaters… and now here we are, with only two very short weeks left to go. Amazing. Twitziller goes in a very blunt and clear direction this time around. As he has been doing every Friday, today is all about a particular character:
You’ll notice there is no fancy title and no thorough description of a reason for this choice. Do you want to know why?
Okay, these featurettes have been flying hot and heavy over the past few days, so let’s catch a breath and get them all gathered up in one place shall we?
We’ve had “behind the scenes” we’ve had TV spots, and we’ve had the great 20 second character profiles. All of them, when assembled, make for some very cool pre-film hype. I can tell you, I’m flipping out over here right now. Lots of great footage, I can’t even believe we’re almost within 2 weeks of this thing.
Click the “Read the Rest of the Story” link below to get a nice, well-organized rundown of all of the character profiles that have aired so far:
Apparently Paramount was not satisfied to simply reveal video today, they also wanted to blast out a few promotional images as well. We get great high quality pictures of the White House, Storm Shadow, and Cobra Commander flanked by his troops. More coolness from Paramount and G.I. Joe today! I first saw the images on Comingsoon.net, check them out mirrored below.
We originally saw this featurette recording from a smart phone camera as it aired on WWE Raw, but now IMDB has the video in HD quality, and it is awesome. Yes, the same footage, yes the same music, but with some added behind the scenes stuff, this is a really great look at the film.
Between the character vignettes, the TV spots, and now this… wow. G.I. Joe: Retaliation video overload. Unfortunately the video is not embeddable (yet), but check it out at IMDB.com.
Big thanks to John from JoeArmory for the heads up.
It’s quick and dirty, but I geeked out so hard over the Cobra Commander vignette that I had to do some quick screen grabs just to relish the awesomeness that is the G.I. Joe: Retaliation Cobra Commander. LOOK AT HIM. As an added bonus, note that Firefly apparently helps Storm Shadow free Cobra Commander. You can see him running around in one of the images below.