A big thanks to enthusiastic G.I. Joe fan Gary “Gyre Viper” Goggles who was able to get his hands on some early samples of the G.I. Joe: 50th Anniversary product and was kind enough to send it along! I’ll be working on reviews throughout the weekend to be posted next week, but until then, I’ve posted a little sneak peek at the 50th Anniversary Destro on YoJoe.com!
Feel free to ask questions and I’ll try to answer them as best I can as I work towards getting reviews ready to be posted.
The latest PVP event ended a few days ago, so now it’s time for the next big surge! Cobra has discovered the location of The Pit, and it’s up to a few of the Original 13 Joes to stop them.
Flash, Grunt, and Zap team up to try and battle back Destro and Crimson Guard Commander.
As always the artwork on these new cards are fantastic, not just in execution, but in concept. I’m in love with the Crimson Guard Commander, the fact that they used the GIJCC Iron Grenadier Destro, and that the Epic version of Flash is his Rise of Cobra version? Solid GOLD.
Ever since I first saw him, I immediately knew I need to own this one. Even as I saw complaints emerge from throughout the G.I. Joe fandom, this was one key Sideshow Collectibles figure that I had been waiting for…and in my opinion they NAILED it.
Plenty of the great classic elements of the Destro character we all know and love, but with enough of an added Sideshow twist to really bring the character to life in this great Sideshow “universe” they have built. I love both unique head sculpt, I love that he has a trenchcoat or the familiar leather jacket. I love, love, LOVE the gauntlets. This is an awesome offering from Sideshow Collectibles and it is ON SALE NOW.
Check out SideshowToy.com to pick up your 12″ Destro and add him to your Cobra ranks. You will not regret it!
And hey, while you’re at it, pick up the bad ass Cobra Display Stand that Sideshow just posted, too. That’s pretty sweet stuff right there and only $14.99!
I feel like I’m in the minority here, but I am really in love with the upcoming Sideshow Destro. I’ve always loved the trenchcoat look, and Sideshow Collectibles added just enough modern elements while keeping the right classic elements (wrist rockets FTW!) to give us a terrific update to the Cobra Weapons Supplier.
Sideshow has posted a great preview of the upcoming figure, including a shot of an awesome leather jacket version of the figure, which might make fans longing for a more classic representation more happy.
Check out the preview right here, and stay tuned for Thursday, when the pre-order goes live!
Sure… just got back from a 140 mile round trip to hit Toys “R” Us today, and literally the minute I get back within spitting distance of home (empty handed, naturally) I get the Tweet from Kenny that reports that TRU.com has the G.I. Joe Kre-O Arashikage Dojo in stock!
Sale price is $69.99, but there is a special online promo. Enter the code save15 at check out and you get 15% off your order, which should cancel out those pesky shipping charges.
Keep in mind, Kre-O is Buy 1 Get 1 50% off in stores right now as well, but for folks like me who don’t have a local brick & mortar store, this will do nicely.
Thanks again to Kenny for the heads up. The link to the item is in the mobile site only, I cannot seem to find an equivalent link for the full site, but it still works.
Okay, this is going to make my daughter happy. Ever since I’ve gotten her fully invested in the G.I. Joe Kre-O craze she’s been asking when The Baroness is coming… well, the time is now near!
Over on the Leaky Suit Brigade, reports are that the Ninja Arashikage Dojo is in stock at his local Toys “R” Us.
This is great news as we’ll finally get our Destro and Baroness mini figures along with the Cobra HISS, Commando Snake Eyes, Hard Master and a couple of Gray Ninjas. Check out the post right here, and both the boxed image and the press image below.
Retail price appears to be $75, which is steep, to be sure, but there’s a lot to love in that box!
For folks who have been neck deep in G.I. Joe: Battleground like I have been, an exciting event is beginning tonight at 5:00pm Pacific Time! The Cobra Battle Simulator just ended, and we’re now being thrust into Destro’s secret armory to try and take down the Scottish arms dealer himself!
Full details, including the excellent card artwork can be seen below.
G.I. JOE: BATTLEGROUND continues its sizzling opening month debut with the new Operation: Takedown in-game event. Beginning today, Wednesday, July 17 at 5 pm PT through Wednesday, July 24 at 7 pm PT, players around the world can assault Destro’s armory in an attempt to take down Destro himself.Please see below for details on the event storyline and new characters images.
About the Operation: Takedown Event
For too long Destro has been allowed to operate his arms manufacturing with impunity. He has grown so wealthy and powerful from this operation that he’s made this armory into a lavish and deadly home base. Working from international intelligence reports, the JOES have formed a Strike Force led by the courageous Dusty and stalwart Gung-Ho to launch an assault on Destro’s armory! Join the JOES on this dangerous takedown operation of one of COBRA’S most powerful and ruthless leaders. Be careful though, Destro won’t go down without a fight, and he doesn’t like unannounced visitors.
Sideshow Collectibles has been having an online ComicCon lead up celebration, showcasing some of the items we can expect to see in San Diego next week, and their sneak peek today is the immortal Cobra Weapons Supplier…
Wow, this piece looks crazy impressive. The metal head sculpt is spectacular, and I like that they updated the look somewhat. I’m not sure how well the puffy red collar would work in the context of what Sideshow has done so far.
The only bummer to me about this is that my recent exposure to Hot Toys figures has sparked a renewed interest in high end 12″ items…and this Destro looks pretty boss. But of course if I get him, I’d want to get The Baroness, Bludd, Cobra Commander and Zartan…
At any rate, check out the update from Sideshow Collectibles right here, and be watching for SDCC updates next week, looks like we could get some interesting stuff to look forward to!
In celebration of San Diego ComicCon, which is quickly approaching, I completed my review of the soon to be released SDCC Exclusive “Shockwave” HISS Tank! Kindly supplied by Hunter PR and Hasbro, I was extremely fortunate enough to get my hands on this a couple of days early so you SDCC attendees know what you’re getting into and why you’re waiting in that six hour line!
Check out the review on my 25th Anniversary Page, and also at the direct link below. I know this doesn’t really belong in the 25th Anniversary necessarily, I’m still struggling to find a place.
We have to consider this more rumor material, just because there has been no official word from Sideshow Collectibles, only a snippet of art from the introduction to their new Production Peek video.
The production peek itself focuses on the Lord of the Rings product line, but if you squint and look closely at the rotating artwork used for the intro, a nice picture of some potential design ideas for Major Bludd and Destro are present there. Destro looks like he has a pretty new look, complete with his red collar, but with a much better textured shirt. Major Bludd looks like he comes with removable missiles for his backpack as well.
Keep in mind these may just be dead concepts, but it’s still a very cool look into the production process. The video is embedded below, and I’ve also screen grabbed a few images for a better look. Big thanks to the eagle eyes of the Flag Points Podcast Twitter account for noticing this!