I know I’ve been lagging a little bit behind on my reviews for the most recent G.I. Joe product, but now, with huuuuuuuge thanks to Chris from The Full Force podcast, we have a video review for the Duke vs. Tombstone 2 Pack! This video was a huge undertaking as Chris combed through years of history to look at nearly every single version of Duke that exists.
Anyway, hit up the GeneralsJoes YouTube Page for the latest review, and I promise written reviews (and more video ones, too!) are on the way.
Okay mark this in that “things I never thought I’d see column”. Kotaku revealed today an upcoming game from Ubisoft entitled Toy Soldiers: War Chest, in which a bedroom full of actual toys come to life and fight against each other, shooting rainbows.
Yes, you read that right.
But that’s not the best part. Mixed in these makeshift pretend toys, Ubisoft apparently acquired some actual toy licenses, featuring Masters of the Universe and… G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.
You’ll have to sit through almost the entire video to get a good look at what a vintage o-ring figure looks like in its 3D rendered glory, but all I can say is “holy what” and “awesome”. This looks kinda insane, and I’m still struggling with how Hasbro and Mattel came to an agreement for two of their largest inhouse brands to face off against each other in video game form.
As a Masters of the Universe Classics and G.I. Joe fan, I’m all for it, though my current lack of next Gen video game systems leaves me grumbling.
Check out the trailer below, and join me in my mouth hanging wide open at exactly how this all came together.
According to Kotaku, there are still some armies left to reveal… I don’t even know what’s going on here.
While I’m still pretty hesitant to believe the hype behind a possible return of Channing Tatum as Duke to the G.I. Joe film franchise, director Jon Chu certainly doesn’t dissuade the interviewer from making that proclamation in a recent interview with MTV News.
The short interview and article is low on details, but high on buzz words and speculation, which is totally cool with me this soon in the process. It mentions that Chu and new script writer Evan Dougherty are hard at work nailing down the script, which Chu promises takes the franchise “to another level”.
Now, to Jon Chu’s credit, when asked about Duke’s potential return, he only says “you never know” and uses Storm Shadow’s return as an impetus for fueling more speculation. It’s a smart move, as Tatum’s name is an automatic headline generator. We’ll see what happens as we get closer to production.
There’s already been plenty of discussion about whether or not this version of Duke is truly “ultimate”, and I guess it depends on your perspective. I think going by the movie universe he certainly qualifies, looking pretty much like a movie version of the character should look with an extremely movie accurate uniform.
Whether or not you agree with the terminology or the overall aesthetic, this figure is pretty fantastic. Check out my G.I. Joe: Retaliation Review Page, or simply click the link below.
This morning brings us even more exciting video from the production of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, this time in the form of a 14 minute long behind the scenes video. Mingled among this video is plenty of scenes from the film itself. I would warn against watching this too much for folks who are avoiding spoilers, but for folks like me who are just sucking these things up, it’s a pretty excellent 14 minute experience.
Thanks to chorvacommander of HissTank.com for digging this up. Check it out on YouTube or embedded below.
The hits just keep on coming… these aren’t TV Spots or trailers, they look to be Celebs.com interviews with the G.I. Joe: Retaliation stars, including everyone from Ray Stevenson to Elodie Yung, Dwayne Johnson, DJ Cotrona, and Adrianne Palicki.
There doesn’t appear to be much new actual film footage in these interviews, but the interviews themselves are still very enlightening, but keep in mind some movie spoilers might be contained. Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below to check them all out. Thanks to Skinny from SerpentorsLair.org for the keen eye.
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!
Over at MovieFone we have another G.I. Joe: Retaliation clip featuring Duke! Channing Tatum’s character has been somewhat elusive and the source of many questions over the past few months, so it’s interesting to see an entire clip focused purely on him. There is some cool new footage scattered throughout, though.
EDIT: Some script problems were killing the MovieFone Clip. Here’s a clip straight from Paramount International of the gun scene:
If you want to check out the MovieFone one, with additional Tatum-speak, hit MovieFone.com.
I’ve been thinking about how to structure and organize these reviews, and I decided that there really wasn’t enough detail to break the reviews of wave 1 down to individual figures. They were much better tackled as a whole. I’m sure folks will let me know if they’re not happy with that format.
Throughout the rest of this week I will endeavor to cover every G.I. Joe Kre-O set that’s been released so far! It might be too tall an order, but I’m going to give it my best shot as we roll towards the theatrical release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
Less than two weeks…is this even possible? I think it’s really going to happen this time. Twitziller thinks so, too, and he gives us the 13th reason why the film will be worth the wait.
I think Twitziller has been trying very hard to avoid throwing Rise of Cobra under the bus during this process, and I appreciate that. Rise of Cobra was certainly far from perfect, but it had its fun moments as well. Even the most ardent Rise of Cobra supporters, though, will agree that the costume design could have used a LOT of help. I’m a huge fan of Sigma 6 as folks know, but that uniform design really should not have been considered for the first ever representation of G.I. Joe on a movie screen. I didn’t mind the reactive armor look, but it just didn’t scream “G.I. Joe” in my eyes. The combination of spandex and khaki pants on Snake Eyes really didn’t work either (not to mention the lips) and don’t even get me started on Cobra Commander.
I should say that I actually really loved the design of the Rise of Cobra Cobra Commander, but as the first installment of the G.I. Joe franchise, they needed something more traditional.
Well, from all appearances, G.I. Joe: Retaliation has taken many of the complaints about costume design from the first film and completely scrubbed them from people’s minds. The almost seamless transition of standard military combat uniform and state of the art layered body armor works extremely well in all cases. These soldiers look like they’re soldiers, but they also look separate from more “normal” soldiers, much in the way you’d expect a real world G.I. Joe organization to look. And, again… Cobra Commander this time around is pretty much perfection. The battle helmet is down perfectly, and his black leather trenchcoat offers just the right amount of sinister bad ass. I didn’t even mention Snake Eyes, who looks infinitely better than he did in the first film as well.