G.I. Joe: Retaliation prep revisited – The History of Roadblock

So, the cool guys at the Cold Slither Podcast Tweeted out a link to one of my old articles covering the history of Roadblock for folks who needed to bone up on their G.I. Joe history before catching G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

That kicked a reminder at me that maybe I should get that post back up on top since G.I. Joe: Retaliation has officially opened and there might be people wondering just who this Roadblock dude is.  You can see the original post right here, but I’ve also reposted it at the Read the Rest of the Story link below.

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Some insane insight into new Snake Eyes design from Robert Atkins

Even if you’re not an IDW fan, I really hope you’re spending some time at Robert Atkin’s blog, because he has been knocking it out of the park recently with some great insight and preview artwork for his upcoming stint on Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow.  But as good as his posts have been, they almost pale in comparison to what he released today.

Again, this is all from a comic artist point of view, but this is an amazing look into the process of designing a G.I. Joe character and it’s pretty astounding just how much thought and behind the scenes detail work goes into it.   Atkins spends two fairly long blog posts going into pretty much every angle and every part of the inspiration for the updated uniform for Snake Eyes in the IDW comic.  Part G.I. Joe: Resolute, part G.I. Joe: Renegades, and part real world military, Atkins does some incredible documenting of the build up to this Snake Eyes design.

It is really, really awesome.  Even if you’re not big into comics, or big into IDW, this is the kind of thought process that most folks use when creating these figures, and I cannot thank Robert enough for spending some time outlining it.  Some great art, some great ideas, and it’s really terrific seeing the process fleshed out like this.

Check out the links below to get the whole lowdown on the updated IDW Snake Eyes design!

With G.I. Joe, it takes a lot to make you go “woah”

So for a while I was talking up this fantastic gathering of fellow geek bloggers who had all joined together to form The League of Extraordinary Bloggers, with big thanks to Cool and Collected for headlining the whole thing.  Unfortunately the past few weeks have kind of been a whirlwind, especially with the Retaliation figure reveals, so I’d missed out on submitting my tale with the rest of the League.  I was a bit bummed, but once I saw this week’s topic, I just knew I had to contribute.

The topic of this week’s League mission is the following:

What media announcement had you throwing fist pumps and doing roundhouse kicks in the air? Did the final result live up to your dreams?”

Now, as usual, I’ve got a distinct G.I. Joe twist to this one.  Click the “Read the Rest of the Story” link below to check it out.

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G.I. Joe: Renegades vs. G.I. Joe: Resolute – a comparative essay

My only regret about the following article is that Monte didn’t write it for me.  :D

In all seriousness, ever since G.I. Joe: Renegades appeared comparisons have been rampant (unfair as they might be) between Resolute and Renegades.  Which was better?  Really thinking about it, the comparisons are ridiculous, considering they were both designed for completely different purposes and entirely separate audiences…how can an episodic animated series written for 7 – 10 year olds be realistically compared to a high-octane 60 minute superficial feature designed to resonate with the violent tendencies of 30-something year old fanboys?  Seems like a ludicrous comparison to make, but many folks made it, just the same.

Think about it for a minute…would you expect the syndicated Robocop cartoon to match the visceral brutality of the R-rated film?  Of course not.  It’s for kids.  I think the same can be said of Renegades.

Still, the comparisons are out there, and they will be made endlessly, so I might as well put some focus on one of the better thought out ones I’ve read.  Monte Williams, big friend of GeneralsJoes has decided to have his say, and it’s a fantastic one.  Eloquent as always, well research and well written, you can check it out on Autobotic Asphyxiation.

It certainly doesn’t hurt that I agree with him.  Another nice one, Monte, thanks for sharing.

More cool G.I. Joe artwork at CG Hub

A few days ago, thanks to Greg and notpicard, I shared some Rise of Cobra concept art via CG Hub…well, again, thanks to notpicard, who dug a little deeper, we’ve found some other G.I. Joe related artwork from various sources.

Stuff from the 25th Anniversary, G.I. Joe: Resolute, and the Pursuit of Cobra.  Pretty neat stuff here.  The users are Wesley Burt and Jarreau Wimberly, and they have some very cool art posted apparently used for Hasbro product.

Keep in mind a lot of the art there is just fan art, but there are some things certainly done for Hasbro proper.  Check out the mirrored images below.

They should just hire Dan Norton for everything

So, anyone who has been following my Twitter feed, or listening to the Whats on Joe Mind Podcast knows that I am seriously marking out right now for the new Thundercats animated series and toyline from Bandai.

Well, believe me, I’m trying very hard not to turn GeneralsJoes into a Thundercats fanpage, posting every single video clip and news tidbit that comes out.  But you know, this is a G.I. Joe page, after all.  But, you know, when MTV Geek interviewed Dan Norton about his work on Thundercats, and debuted his awesome looking updated Jackalman, I figured I could at least tie it in somehow.

After all, Dan Norton was also one of the many masterminds behind the design work for G.I. Joe: Resolute, which was definitely the highlight of that entire production.  Which just begs the question…if you’re reinventing an 80′s property, why the hell would you NOT hire Dan Norton?  Check out the gallery I’ve posted with Mr. Norton’s Resolute designs, and check out his great interview on MTV Geek.

Also, if you love Thundercats and want me to talk about it a little bit more, let me know in the comments.  A couple positive comments might just persuade me.

GeneralsJoes ubiquitous “10 Best G.I. Joe toys of 2010″ List

You know, looking back at 2010, it was a pretty paltry year for G.I. Joe, quantity wise.  When you think back 12 months to the end of 2009, we had been absolutely inundated with toys, essentially from July straight through to December, non stop.  It was crazy.  Then 2010 hit, and there was a sudden lapse in the beginning of the year…a miniature flood of product in the middle of the year, then another short lapse, and we’re now in another mini flood.  It seemed to come in bursts.

However, unlike 2009 where we got absolutely drowned in product, yet much of it was the same sort of stuff regurgitated ad nauseum, 2010 gave us much smaller quantity, but a far better quality of toys.  The Pursuit of Cobra hit and hit hard, and made a LOT of Joe fans forget all about their misery over the end of the 25th Anniversary line a year ago.

So, wading through this list of toys, I decided to take some time to pick my ten favorites, which are very likely NOT your ten favorites, but hey, that’s what gets discussions started, right?

Click the “Read the Rest of this Entry” link below to check out the full list.

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Keep up to date with G.I. Joe Animation on GeneralsJoes YouTube channel

Folks who have been visiting the site have seen a healthy number of G.I. Joe related video clips, and believe me, that will continue when G.I. Joe: Renegades emerges in late November.  I will certainly be posting the video links on the site, but if you want to keep up to date with the latest G.I. Joe animation video, check out the GeneralsJoes YouTube Channel.

I’ve already got a playlist set up there for the entirety of G.I. Joe: Resolute, and will be setting up various playlists once Renegades kicks off as well.  I’ve already got a couple of Renegades clips mirrored there:

Check it out and enjoy!

Top Ten Storyline events in Real American Hero History

So news has been pretty light, and site updates have been sparse.  But I’ve taken the time to write something up that’s been rattling around in my head for a while now, and try to generate some discussion.  There’s been lots of debate and argument across the net recently regarding newer Joe concepts…how about going back in time a little ways and trying to debate some classic era discussions?

Since 1982 there have been many permutations of the G.I. Joe universe.  Obviously the two most impactful ones were the Marvel comic book and the Sunbow animated series.  But in looking back on nearly thirty years of history, which were the most impactful storyline “events”?  That’s not so easy to discern.

First of all, what does “impactful” mean?  An impact on the fandom?  The G.I. Joe mythology?  The general public?  I dunno.  I kind of went with my gut on some of these and chose the events that resonated with me personally.  I will tell you that #10 on the list was a tough call.  I had a hard time judging that one above some others, but in the end, I felt like the writer of this particular series deserved a spot on the list, and the events (plus the artwork) was important and cool enough to earn its place.

Anyway, check out the list after the break.  Agree or disagree in the comments section.  Debate is welcome!

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SMALLJOES.com – * GI JOE: Pursuit of Cobra + Lanard rarities *

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Hi folks, another short newsletter for you while we await the arrival
of the GI JOE: Pursuit of Cobra wave 2 items.  It looks like the Bravo
vehicles have already started shipping from Hasbro’s warehouse so
we may expect those in about 7-10 days.  Get your orders in!

Sometime after August 4th it appears that we erroneously removed the
wave 2 figure sets of 6 pre-order from the site.  The pre-order has
been added back to the site so those of you wanting the set of 6 can
now get it at $46.99.

http://smalljoes.com/cgi-bin/pgen.cgi?CatId=2&Stage=5

GI JOE: Resolute 7-figure sets are now in stock.  $69.99 for both sets
ordered together.

http://smalljoes.com/cgi-bin/pgen.cgi?CatId=12&Stage=5

The latest GI JOE comics are always in stock!  Recently added are
GI JOE #21 and Larry Hama’s GI JOE: A Real American Hero #157.  Lastly,
don’t miss Hearts and Minds #3 featuring the Interrogator and Deep Six.

http://smalljoes.com/cgi-bin/pgen.cgi?CatId=79&Stage=5

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