G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals 2016 Incentive Pythona!

Ohh yeah… I’ve been waiting for this one ever since it was announced at JoeCon earlier this year. Finally, after 28 years, for the first time ever, we’re getting a Pythona action figure!

Cobra La is a polarizing element of the G.I. Joe mythology, but fans at large seem to be unified in the fact that Pythona was a necessary addition to their G.I. Joe collections. Well, the Collectors’ Club has officially filled that void, and filled it pretty darn nicely.

Featuring what looks to be a new head, new hands, and possibly a new cloak (or perhaps the comic pack Storm Shadow cloak), most of the heavy lifting is being done with very intricate and detailed paint applications.

I’m pretty surprised with how nice it looks. I had some concerns that without significant new tooling this figure couldn’t be done right, but based on the Photoshop mock up at least, those concerns were for naught. This is a great looking figure, and it will feel fantastic to finally have Pythona in my display.

Check out the image below, and keep watching GIJoeClub.com for all the details. If you want Pythona, make sure you’re a member of the G.I. Joe Collectors Club as of March 16th. You’re not gonna want to miss this one!

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G.I. Joe: Battleground Operation Takedown Event featuring Golobulus!

Our short break from G.I. Joe: Battleground events has now ended, and the awesome Cobra La story continues! So far we’ve seen Pythona and the Royal Guard…well this latest Operation: Takedown event showcases Golobulus, who is making his move to topple the world powers!

For folks who have been playing G.I. Joe: Battleground, the formula is familiar. Based off of various boss fights or rampaging boss fights, you use your reloads to battle iterations of dangerous Cobra villains (in this case Golobulus) as you navigate through a special map. Keep your eyes open for Mainframe and Stalker, as they provide massive bonuses to your attack power!

Check out a small gallery of screenshots below and fire up G.I. Joe: Battleground! Let’s take down Cobra La!

Download G.I. JOE: BATTLEGROUND for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices for free at:Mobage | G.I. JOE: BATTLEGROUND

G.I. JOE: BATTLEGROUND Launches Wrath of Cobra-La Event

We’ve had a nice few day break from the whirlwind of G.I. Joe: Battleground Events, but according to DeNA, that break ends today!

It was hinted at a while ago, and today it’s official… Cobra La is back!

I love how they have built up this story over the past few events with Snake Eyes infiltrating Cobra and stealing documents, and Cobra trying to recover those documents, and now the existence of Cobra La is out in the open and its up to Falcon to stop them before it’s too late.

Wrath of Cobra-La Event Description

Thanks to the courageous efforts of Snake Eyes and other Joes, the Joes have discovered that Cobra-La did not perish as originally thought and that the threat of a Cobra-La resurgence is very real. Using data obtained from Shipwreck’s commando raid, the Joes were able to pinpoint the Cobra-La’s revival to a remote region of the Himalayan mountains. Now the Joes gather their most elite squads for an all-out assault on Cobra-La’s clandestine operation.

Are the Joes ready to face the dangers of Cobra and Cobra-La’s forces in their underground burrows and put an end to return of this ancient evil race?

Find out in this week’s event!

Play the New Event Today

Download G.I. JOE: BATTLEGROUND for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices for free at: http://mobage.com/games/g-i-joe-battleground

Check out the hosted image below, and the links to see Pythona and Falcon in their awesome animated glory.

G.I. Joe: Battleground launches new map, double XP and Cobra La Incoming!

The last G.I. Joe: Battleground PVP Event has been met with some pretty vocal criticisms, mostly for the perceived uneven gameplay and buggy software that appeared to permeate the entire event. Well Mobage and DeNA are doing what they can to erase bad memories with a couple of exciting announcements over night.

First of all, folks have noticed a grayed out area called the “Florida Everglades” and that grayed out area is now active, offering a wealth of more missions for both G.I. Joe and Cobra! Included in those new missions are some exciting new character cards for folks like Sneak Peek and Muskrat, and judging by the announcement image, Desert Scorpion and Recoil are in the wings as well.

To go along with the new map, G.I. Joe: Battleground is offering Double XP on all missions throughout the entire weekend, so take some time to level up your backlog of characters.

You might want to focus on levelling up the G.I. Joe side, though, as Mobage also warns us that Cobra La is coming! A new event is apparently on the horizon, and based on the shaded images, looks like we’ve got Falcon and Pythona to look forward to (among others I’m sure).

Download G.I. JOE: BATTLEGROUND for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices for free at: Mobage | G.I. JOE: BATTLEGROUND

G.I. Joe: Battleground launches Shipwreck’d PVP Event!

Well, we now know where the Cobra La hint fits into the grand scheme of things with G.I. Joe: Battleground!  DeNA revealed information today about a new PVP Event launching today, featuring Cobra La and a new Epic Shipwreck card!  Check out the full details below:

Description of Shipwreck’d PvP Event

After the Joes successfully decrypted the Cobra data obtained by Snake Eyes, they learned a frightening truth. Cobra-La is still alive, active, and seething with anger and hatred for G.I. JOE. In response to this grave threat, Joe teams from around the world have scrambled to launch various assaults against known Cobra intel centers to obtain information on the whereabouts of Cobra-La. One such perilous mission involves Shipwreck and a team of commandos finding their way onto a Cobra submarine. A close quarter firefight breaks out on the sub that threatens to blow up the nuclear powered titan with all combatants still on board.

Take up a side as Joe or Cobra and fight against other Squad Leaders. Will you side with Cobra to protect Cobra-La’s nefarious plans, or will you go with the Joes to unravel and put an end Cobra-La’s comeback?

Play the New Event Today

Download G.I. JOE: BATTLEGROUND for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices for free at: http://mobage.com/games/g-i-joe-battleground

Check out the hosted image below, and follow this link to see Shipwreck in his awesome animated glory.

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Cobra La hits G.I. Joe: Battleground!

While details are still sparse, apparently the players of G.I. Joe: Battleground will be getting a visit from the denizens of Cobra La!

The last worldwide event, Operation: Takedown just finished late last night, and upon its conclusion, the following splash screen appeared:

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At the moment it’s unknown whether this is for a new upcoming event, or if perhaps new levels for the main map will be unlocked, but whatever it is, get ready!

As always you can download G.I. JOE: BATTLEGROUND for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices for free at: Mobage | G.I. JOE: BATTLEGROUND

G.I. Joe: The Movie hits TODAY on DVD and Blu-Ray!

A scant twenty-three years after it’s initial broadcast, the infamous G.I. Joe: The Movie hits retail shelves today on Blu-Ray or DVD.  Produced by Shout! Factory, the movie finally rounds off the long awaited process many fans have gone through waiting for the entire collection of Sunbow features to be released to mass retail on DVD.

The ’87 animated movie will forever be a point of contention and talking point among the G.I. Joe fandom, so don’t miss your chance to own this DVD today.

GeneralsJoes will be reviewing this in its entirety very shortly, but trust me when I say it’s worth a look.  It holds up surprisingly well over two decades after it initially aired.  Granted, I thought it was pretty damn cheesy back then, and these days I’ve learned to better appreciate the finer arts of Sunbow ham, but I still don’t think you’ll be disappointed.  If for nothing else, Buzz Dixon’s excellent commentary.

Pick up your copy today!

You could produce the trailer for G.I. Joe: The Movie on Blu-Ray!

I’ve been promoting the Blu-Ray release of G.I. Joe: The Movie pretty heavily, just because I think it’ll be awesome to see some Sunbow action in high def.  But now Shout! Factory has given another reason to get excited about it.  They’re launching a fantastic contest where some enterprising Joe fan will get the chance to design and produce the trailer for the upcoming Blu-Ray release of G.I. Joe: The Movie!

Announced on ShoutFactory.com, the idea is that fans (or anyone, really) can submit their own trailer for G.I. Joe: The Movie, and the winning entry will be the actual, official trailer for the film.  Very cool contest.  I’ve messed around with trailer making before, but I’m not sure I’ll have time to do something like this.  Who knows, though.

You can click the previous link for a rundown of all the rules, or simply click the “Read the rest of this entry” link, and I’ll mirror the rules right there.

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Official Press Release for G.I. Joe: The Movie on Blu-Ray

G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO- THE MOVIE

SPECIAL COLLECTORS EDITION

2-DISC BLU-RAY™ + DVD COMBO PACK

and SINGLE DISC SPECIAL COLLECTORS EDITION DVD

featuring new transfers from hi-def masters, extensive bonus content, the special collectors edition fills the final placeholder inside the g.i. joe: a real american hero – the complete series deluxe footlocker case 

IN STORES NATIONWIDE JULY 27, 2010

FROM SHOUT! FACTORY

After countless defeats at the hands of the G.I. JOE team, the ruthless COBRA organization has taken a drastic leap towards global domination by joining the ranks of the ancient race of COBRA-LA. When DUKE falls in the line of duty, it’s up to SGT. SLAUGHTER, LT. FALCON, SNAKE EYES and the rest of the G.I. JOE team to prevent SERPENTOR, DESTRO and COBRA-LA’s GOLOBULUS from releasing a deadly spore into the Earth’s atmosphere and devolving the human race.

On July 27, 2010, the original animated G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero – THE MOVIE that has been long out of print will finally debut for the first time in a 2-Disc Blu-ray + DVD combo pack as a Special Collectors Edition from Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro, Inc.  Featuring the voice talent of Don Johnson, Burgess Meredith, SGT. SLAUGHTER and fan favorites Bill Ratner, Michael Bell and Chris Latta, G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero – THE MOVIE Special Collectors Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray + DVD combo pack contains exciting bonus content including fan-favorite PSAs, printable screenplay with the original movie ending, and audio commentary. The Blu-ray + DVD combo pack edition also offers viewers an exclusive option of viewing the animated movie presentation in widescreen.  G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero – THE MOVIE Special Collectors Edition is the final installment to complete last year’s G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero – The Complete Series DVD box set. The Special Collectors Edition

Blu-ray + DVD combo pack is priced to own at $26.97 and the single disc Special Collectors Edition DVD is available at $16.97 SRP.

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero – THE MOVIE Special Collector’s Edition

Synopsis

A 40,000-year-old race of snake people resurface, and with help of SERPENTOR, DESTRO, BARONESS and DR. MINDBENDER, they plan to eliminate all of mankind and rebuild COBRA-LA. Once rulers of Earth, the Snake people were driven underground by ice-age temperatures. While in exile, they developed a plant whose spores turn ordinary men into mindless, weak animals. The key to their plan is the G.I. JOE team’s secret project – the Broadcast Energy Transmitter. Only this device generates enough heat so that the spores can mature. Humankind’s very existence depends on the G.I. JOE team, but are they strong and smart enough to fight a warrior race with 40,000 years of experience?

BONUS FEATURES AVAILABLE SPECIAL COLLECTORS EDITION:

  • Audio commentary with story consultant Buzz Dixon
  • The final 8 “Knowing Is Half The Battle” PSAs that were not on the G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero – The Complete Series DVD box set.
  • Original Printable Screenplay –this script was written prior to DUKE’s miraculous recovery and, thus, DUKE is dead.  The script was not altered from this version on paper, but the audio session had an added line where Duke was going to survive the attack.
  • Art gallery
  • Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack Exclusive: Optional 16×9 Widescreen and 4×3 Full Frame Presentations

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About HASBRO

Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS) is a worldwide leader in children’s and family leisure time products and services with a rich portfolio of brands and entertainment properties that provides some of the highest quality and most recognizable play and recreational experiences in the world. As a brand-driven, consumer-focused global company, Hasbro brings to market a range of toys, games and licensed products, from traditional to high-tech and digital, under such powerful brand names as G.I. JOE, PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, CRANIUM and WIZARDS OF THE COAST. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com.  © 2010 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory is a diversified entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their careers sharing their music, television and film faves with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD offerings serve up classic, contemporary and cult TV series, riveting sports programs, live music, animation and documentaries in lavish packages crammed with extras. The company’s audio catalogue boasts GRAMMY®-nominated boxed sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. These riches are the result of a creative acquisitions mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit www.shoutfactory.com.

Cobra La in HD…who could ask for anything more?

We’ve already heard that G.I. Joe: The Movie is hitting Blu Ray Disc format, so you can enjoy the beauty of insect creatures Cobra La in high definition…but now, thanks to The Terror Drome and Amazon.com we’ve got actual dates and prices!

If you pre-order the Blu Ray from Amazon, it retails for $15.99, while the standard edition DVD is $11.99, and both have release dates of July 27th, 2010.  Shout! Factory promises to have a wealth of special features included with the release, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled here for all the latest news nuggets on the movie.

Bring yours home in a ditty bag…a little, bitty, ditty bag…