12 for ’12 – GeneralsJoes Top 12 What’s on Joe Mind Episodes of 2012

So did you think 2012 was a slow year for G.I. Joe?  While the fine folks behind the What’s on Joe Mind Podcast did drop down their recording schedule a bit to accommodate a slow trickle of Joe news, there were still many exciting G.I. Joe events to talk about.

From animated voice actors to movie news and toy reports, What’s on Joe Mind covered the gamut of G.I. Joe news and events for the year.

Even with a much slower recording schedule in the back half of 2012, it was tough to pick out 12 isolated episodes, but with Gary and Mike’s help, somehow I made due.

Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below for the full list!

Continue reading

Amazon.com chops G.I. Joe: Retaliation & Renegades 4-Packs to $14.99

With thanks to GeneralsJoes reader Benjamin, Amazon.com has just dropped the price of the G.I. Joe: Retaliation and G.I. Joe: Renegades 4-Packs to $14.99!  This is a $25 discount over the original retail price, and in my opinion, it’s worth every penny.

Click the banners below to scoop this up!  Heck, buy a few while you’re at it.

Amazon exclusive G.I. Joe 4 Packs on “Lightning Deals” today

Currently, the fantastic Amazon Exclusive G.I. Joe Renegades 3.75 inch Figure 4 pack is on sale at a great price – only $25.89 for four pretty great figures.  Also, according to Amazon.com, the G.I. Joe: Retaliation 4-Pack will go on “Lightning Deal” at 3:00pm Pacific time (6:00pm Eastern) though no sale price is currently indicated.

Click the banners below to grab these items!

Also, if you want to check out my reviews of the G.I. Joe: Renegades 4-Pack, click the links below.  Thanks to Chuck and Mysterious Stranger for the intel!

  • Duke (Amazon G.I. Joe: Renegades 4-Pack)
  • Snake Eyes (Amazon G.I. Joe: Renegades 4-Pack)
  • Ninja Viper (Amazon G.I. Joe: Renegades 4-Pack)
  • Storm Shadow (Amazon G.I. Joe: Renegades 4-Pack)

GeneralsJoes reviews G.I. Joe: Renegades Complete First Season on Blu-Ray

Who cares about The Avengers?!?  G.I. Joe: Renegades the Complete First Season is hitting store shelves from Shout! Factory TODAY.

All 26 episodes of this landmark G.I. Joe animated series complete and in high definition…and it looks glorious.  With big thanks from Shout! Factory for providing a review sample, so I had a chance to dissect this thing before release, and now I’ve posted my review right here.

Check it out in my Miscellaneous section, or the direct link below.  And even better, if you want to buy it, consider using my Amazon link and help support the site!  Enjoy.

Official Press Release – G.I. Joe: Renegades Complete Season 1 on Blu-Ray

That headline makes me far happier than I care to admit.

After a pre-order showed up on Amazon, I think we all knew this was a done deal, but getting the official press release in my email box still put a big ass smile on my face.  Shout!  Factory is releasing the complete first season (and thus, the complete series) of G.I. Joe: Renegades on Blu-Ray!  Available for the first time (for most folks) in high definition, this collection gathers all 26 episodes of the landmark animated series, which was cut down far too soon.

Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below for the full Press Release details!

Continue reading

G.I. Joe Concept Vault Madness over at HissTank.com

I’ve always said that the Concept Case Survey was designed to be site neutral, hosted on a third party site (SurveyMonkey) and designed to be used by anyone, regardless of their affiliation.  But I did suspect that other sites would want to run their own surveys geared to their own membership, and that’s cool, too.

For those HissTank.com faithful, they’ve started rolling out “Concept Vault Madness” similar to their March Madness polls, where they pit certain figures against each other to try and pick a winner.

The way I see it, if we can pull data from many different sources for Hasbro to use, all the better.  Take a look at HissTank.com’s Concept Vault Madness, but then also make sure you swing by the Concept Case Survey as well to make your voice heard loud and clear.  ;)

If you are heading to HissTank for the Vault Madness, and need an image refresher, don’t forget the Identification Gallery.  That might prove useful.

Concept Case Survey Round 1 ENDS MONDAY July 23rd!

Just a reminder that the Concept Case Survey that has been available via SurveyMonkey will be closed on Monday July 23rd for the initial round results to be tabulated.  I did post earlier this week that the survey would end today, but in rethinking that, I figured it might be good to have another weekend for folks to make their voices heard.

I’m surprised that the volume of responses has continued to come in pretty heavily.  G.I. Joe fans are making their choices clear!  Thank you!

Take a peek at the Concept Case Identification Gallery, and then check out the Concept Case Survey right here, and make sure Hasbro hears us.

GeneralsJoes Concept Case Top 10 – Number 2

We’re getting down towards the end of this massive top 10 list, breaking down all of the coolest things we saw in the Concept Case at the 2012 G.I. Joe Convention.  Even though I strongly suspect that the G.I. Joe: Renegades vehicles have zero chance of ever being released (and according to JoeDeClassified’s interview with Derryl DePriest, he agrees with me) I can’t help but give them spots on this list.

I already talked about Flint’s Jeep with my number 4 ranking, but here at number 2 I had to focus on the big beast itself.

2 – G.I. Joe: Renegades Coyote

I think most of us fans of the G.I. Joe: Renegades animated series have been dreaming about the eventual release of the Coyote, but realistically I never expected it to happen.  Considering the quick dismissal of the excellent Renegades animated series by Hasbro, even considering that they would invest big money in tooling up a new, larger sized vehicle, seems totally out of the realm of possibilities.

That being said, I was so blown away by the look, feel, and playability of the Coyote vehicle shown in the Concept Case, that I just had to mention it within the confines of the Top 10 list.  I know it likely won’t be released, but it looks awesome, the press-button play feature is golden, and it would make the perfect endcap for a G.I. Joe: Renegades collection.  I think that is perhaps what is so painful about the whole G.I. Joe: Renegades situation.  The fact that we may not even get a complete Renegades team (where’s Roadblock, HASBLoowWW/??!1/?) and even if, by some massive stretch of the imagination, we do get Roadblock, there is probably a 2% chance we’ll ever see their trusty vehicle.  So close, yet so damn far away.

But that won’t stop me from looking at the pictures of the Coyote from the 2012 G.I. Joe Convention Concept Case and dreaming a little dream…

GeneralsJoes Concept Case Top Ten – Number 4

I’ve always been much more of an action figure and character guy than a vehicle guy, but even the cynical “vehicles take up too much damn space!” part of me fell in love with some of the vehicle concepts we saw at the G.I. Joe convention.  As someone fully in love with G.I. Joe: Renegades, the minute I saw the Coyote and the Jeep in that case, my rational mind was completely overwhelmed by my drooling fanboy mind.

Combine that with the fact that Hasbro designers cited MASK as an inspiration for these vehicles?  Sign me up.

4 – Flint’s Jeep from G.I. Joe: Renegades

I think most of us probably figured that the Coyote was in some form of production based on how heavily it was utilized throughout the G.I. Joe: Renegades animated series.  Heck, the massive transport truck was practically a character in the show.  But I’m fairly certain that the surprise I had at seeing Flint’s military Jeep in there was not only mine.  Deco’ed in pretty straight up military greens, with a small light on top, the jeep bares only a passing resemblance to the one used on the show, but more importantly looks like a nicely sized, exceedingly fun play toy.

Combine that with the fact that there is a great button-key system that flips the Jeep from mere transport to gun-toting vehicle of awesomeness, and you have a can’t miss proposition.  All I can do is think about what Major Bludd’s car from the animated series could possibly look at in toy form, and all I get all weepy inside.

It is a delicate balancing act between vehicle design, media accuracy, and play features, and by the looks of things, Hasbro hit every single right note with this one, and for that reason, it deserves one of the top spots on my list.

GeneralsJoes Concept Case Top 10 – Number 10

So in conjunction with the launch of the Survey that will hopefully gather some good data from G.I. Joe fans throughout the internet, I figured I would have a series of articles covering my own personal top 10 figures from the now infamous G.I. Joe Convention “Concept Case”.

Since the survey is running for two weeks, I’ve elected to feature one entry per day, Monday through Friday until the first round of the survey is done.  This is not designed to sway anyone to my particular viewpoint, just to show how I’m thinking and why.

Out of the vast number of great looking figures we saw on display, I narrowed my favorites down to ten.  Let’s kick this off.

10 – G.I. Joe: Renegades Scrap Iron

Everyone knows by now that I’m a huge G.I. Joe: Renegades mark, but I will admit that the figure showings in the concept case for G.I. Joe: Renegades were pretty underwhelming.  Sure, the unmasked Storm Shadow was pretty fantastic, but beyond him we had a preposed Duke and Snake Eyes (who were vehicle drivers in case you were not aware) and a random masked trooper alongside what appeared to be Duke in a Blast Suit.  No Roadblock, no Destro, no Baroness…

However, we did get a Scrap Iron!  It’s obvious this Scrap Iron was shown incomplete, as he was initially supposed to have a heavy armored vest by the looks of the figure.  Even without that component, though, this figure rocked.  Large, armor-covered arms and legs, great articulation as well as a new and different design, all topped off by a fantastic new head sculpt, appropriately scarred.  In all honesty, the figure itself was neat enough, but I was totally swayed by seeing a new character in G.I. Joe: Renegades form.  I still weep a little inside when I think about what might have been for G.I. Joe: Renegades, and this figure managed to twist that knife just a little bit deeper.

Check out the images below.