I actually posted these reviews a while ago, but stupid me forgot to announce the reviews out on the main page.
Check out my 50th Anniversary Review Page or the direct links below:
I believe I may have specifically stated in my G.I. Joe: Retaliation Ultimate Firefly review that Hasbro could never produce another Firefly and I’d be happy. While that might hold true, I can’t argue with the greatness of this Firefly update, and I’m glad that Hasbro elected to ignore my previous statement in that other review.
Granted, this figure pretty much is Ultimate Firefly with some minor additions, but those minor additions make a huge difference and make for a figure that is really cool, even though it’s 95% repaint.
First of all, it helps that the figure they repainted was an excellent one. Ultimate Firefly is widely regarded as one of the nicest figures Hasbro has produced, from the excellent sculpting and great articulation throughout. Somehow Hasbro took the existing figure (which was already terrific) and made some minor additions to it that took it even further.
Great elbow articulation and added wrist motion are both awesome pieces of the existing Firefly mold, which allow him to hold weapons really nicely and achieve some impressive poses. The sculpting in the figure is stellar, with the layered commando turtleneck and shirt, all pretty basic looks, but done so well on these figures. The legs are where this Firefly seems a bit more evolved, however. Rather than the Lifeline parts, we have what appears to be a new holster and knife sheath on the right leg and new pouches on the left. These small changes make a big difference, and I really like what they add to the figure.
Looking at the paint scheme, it seems like Hasbro was almost trying to emulate the o-ring Firefly from 2005 without the red, which is essentially just his familiar camouflage pattern in reverse. If I had any complaints about the Ultimate Firefly it would have been that his camouflage was too light, and the figure looks more gray than camouflage. That’s not an issue here, where the camo is much more clearly defined by color, and it’s a really nice urban look. He looks darker and more deeply camouflage, which is cool, even if he doesn’t directly match his original ’84 rendition.
I have seen some images where Firefly’s lower limbs look dramatically different colors than his upper limbs, but I have to say the difference isn’t that striking in person. I wouldn’t have even noticed it if others hadn’t pointed it out. There is a bit of sloppiness to the camouflage paint, missing some of the crispness of some lines and making the camouflage pattern look somewhat imperfect. Not a huge deal, but something worth mentioning. Also, my figure has a significant paint flaw near the eye holes of the mask which shows a big blotch of flesh colored paint. Another paint related QC issue that bears mentioning. By and large, this second iteration of 50th Anniversary figures has considerably better QC than last year’s did, but there have been some rampaint paint issues that do bear mentioning.
Hasbro didn’t just stop with some additions on the figure itself, though, they added some terrific new accessories, too. Firefly comes with what appears to be a brand new silenced sub machine gun and saboteur themed backpack (with a great knife sheath on it). He’s got his familiar webgear, with the bombs glued on as they were with the Collectors Club Wreckage figure. The backpack is really nicely detailed with intricate paint apps on the newly sculpted piece of equipment. He also comes with the two knives for the sheaths, the same two mines that the Pursuit of Cobra version came with (one of which fits on the backpack). There’s a pistol for his new holster on the right leg, too, the same pistol that’s come with many different figures at this point.
I didn’t think it could get much better than Ultimate Firefly, and in truth, since this figure is just sort of an evolution of that one, it still hasn’t. But as someone who isn’t so connected to the aesthetics of vintage characters, this new paint scheme is a nice look for the character, even if just a reversal of his original colors. Even with a bit of sloppiness on the camouflage blobs and facemask, the figure looks good, and I really love the new additions.
The reviews continue this week for the recently released G.I. Joe: Retaliation “Super Wave” 3.5 which contains a whopping 12 brand spanking new figures. Using a great mixture of new tooling and existing tooling, this robust assortment is chock full of movie accurate figures, terrific accessories, and lots of stuff for collectors to love.
Today I’m taking a look at the self-proclaimed “Ultimate” Roadblock and Firefly, both from this wave, and both based on their G.I. Joe: Retaliation film appearances. Check out the G.I. Joe: Retaliation Review Page, or hit the links below to go direct.
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.
Holy wow. The TOP TEN. We have broken 10 days, G.I. Joe fans. The film looms above us coming up at the end of March, and it’s tough to believe that we’re already only 10 days away. Twitziller keeps the momentum going with one of the key scenes from the first trailer.
It’s amazing how spot on Twitziller is with some of these things and how you don’t really think about it until he mentions it. Not just that, but it’s equally amazing that the film makers were able to latch on to key elements of the G.I. Joe mythology and technology this way. Because he’s exactly right, motorcycles have always played a huge role in the G.I. Joe mystique throughout the years. From the RAM to the Silver Mirage, and all the way up to the Venom and Ninja Cycles from Valor Vs. Venom. Even if motorcycles don’t get much use in a “real world” military setting, they are simply too cool to ignore, and fun as heck to play with.
Firefly’s Cobra motorcyle is a bit unique of course, and by the looks of things can only be used once in its explosive capacity. That sort of crazy, out of the box thinking is what makes the Cobra technology so cool.
“Hey Destro… make me a $100,000 motorcycle that turns into missiles and EXPLODESSSS!”
“Yes, Cobra Commander…”
With the film premiere in Korea and Australia complete and things moving forward towards the UK and the United States, apparently the set visit reports, which were previously embargoed, have been green-lit and are ready for launch! We have a bunch of various websites reporting on these visits and writing up different articles in regards to G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Let’s go through them:
Screen Rant made their set visit before the film’s delay, now quite a while ago, and do a great job breaking down the visit and summarizing various interviews with cast and crew. They visited Fort Pike, the NASA facility in New Orleans and write up a fantastic run down of various things we can expect based on their experiences.
Wow, the folks at Latino Review go all out for this set visit. There’s a full blown video blog with El Mayimbe, Frosty (from Collider), and George from Arcade Sushi, and they break down the visit as well. The links you see above are various different things that Latino Review brings to their site with the set visit, including tons of cast interviews, the video blog itself, and a whole lot more. I think they really nailed this one.
Collider also posted the video blog recap that Latino-Review mentioned above, but dove into their set visit report, too, breaking down 25 (yes TWENTY-FIVE) things to know about the upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation film. Now, granted, they didn’t go as crazy as Twitziller with his 40 reasons to catch G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but 25 ain’t no slouch. It’s a great article that you should definitely check out. Also, as you can see above, they have posted a plethora of actor interviews straight from the set of the film.
You know what I love about these set visits? Everyone is really doing something different. Latino Review loads up on the interviews and does a video blog… Collider runs with 25 things to know, and ComingSoon.net goes old school with some great G.I. Joe themed filecards, which each link to a different interview, up to eight in total. A very unique way to present that. I dig it.
IGN also made a visit, and does a terrific set visit report, too. Rather than posting separate interviews with each cast member, they take some interview highlights and weave them into the content of the story itself, which is an effective tact, to be sure. It’s very thorough and well presented.
As you all can see there are a ton of details here, a ton of links, and a veritable avalanche of G.I. Joe: Retaliation content. Let it envelop you! Two weeks to go!
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:
Almost seems like Paramount and Twitziller were on the same page today. Both chose to focus on Firefly today, and the effect is similar. Paramount’s 19 second vignette shows off some great new footage, and some spoken word as well… is it just me or does that first “Firefly….” sound like it might just be Cobra Commander speaking?
We see streams of rocket fire, nasty explosions, and Firefly “making things go boom”. Who can complain? Check it out embedded below!
Over on HissTank.com the always reliable TheGabrielAngel has posted some very cool stereoscopic 3D posters from G.I. Joe: Retaliation. These posters feature some new looks at Cobra Commander, Firefly, Roadblock, and Joe Colton.
The only hitch? You need 3D glasses to get the effect, and without them… they look pretty funky.
Now, if you were at JoeCon and got one of the awesome What’s on Joe Mind “Things are always better in 3D” 3D glasses we were handing out for free… well you’re golden! Otherwise, track some down, because these posters look pretty awesome. BCYOJOE also scared up a tutorial on making your own.
The images are hosted below, thanks again to TheGabrielAngel for posting these up.
Wow, this is some really great stuff here. Over on HissTank.com TheGabrielAngel has posted some photographs courtesy of Andrew Menzies, which showcase some of the set pieces from the G.I. Joe: Retaliation film. Certainly we’ve seen the scenes throughout the various trailers, teasers, and TV spots, but the still images are impressive to say the least. Some great detail that might have otherwise been missed.
We get a virtual tour through the Arashikage Monastery, the Presidential Ballroom, and apparently a Tokyo Skyscraper Dojo. Check out the mirrored images below, and a big thanks to TheGabrielAngel from HissTank for digging these up. Some other great images can be found over on Andrew Menzies site, under the “G.I. Joe 2″ Projects area.