Is now the right time for G.I. Joe “Shattered Glass”?

Anyone who follows the Transformers Collectors Club has heard about the “Shattered Glass” phenomenon by now.  Essentially it’s a “mirror universe” situation where the good guys are bad guys and vice versa.  Based loosely off of the “Mirror, Mirror” episode of Star Trek, it is a very interesting storyline idea, and seems to have worked somewhat effectively for Transformers.

The question is, does it work the same way (or could it work the same way) for G.I. Joe?

Brian Savage posed that very question during the Collectors Club round table at the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention, and to my great surprise, the majority of people in attendance raised their hands in favor of a Shattered Glass element to the G.I. Joe Collectors Club toy offerings. So where is this coming from?  For folks who haven’t been reading the G.I. Joe Collectors Club newsletter, in the very fun Adventure Team comic by Todd Pleasant and Rod Whigham (yes, that Rod Whigham) has shown the Adventurers passing through the Bermuda triangle, and into a parallel universe where Cobra is the leading governmental entity, and has recruited some G.I. Joe operatives to serve under them (most notably Flint, Lady Jaye, and Wild Bill).  So the question comes up, does this formula work for the toys?

My opinion?  No, no it doesn’t.  At least not right now.

The Collectors Club has been finding a very successful formula recently for their exclusives and convention offerings.  They have been able to walk that line between paying homage to the vintage elements, pulling from other mythologies (Extreme, Action Force, and Adventure Team) and adding some neat new things to create a great synergy between all of those.  This year’s Convention set was a primary example.  We got some cool ECO Force vintage figures, new style Outback and Clutch figures, and a cool zombie storyline all woven together to create some really fun toys.  What happens when Shattered Glass gets injected into that?

Pete Sinclair with the Collectors Club was quick to say that Transformers fans were negative about Shattered Glass at first, but seem to have come around…but Transformers also has a myriad of other mainstream toy lines to collect.  If Transformers fans don’t like Shattered Glass, they can always just buy retail (or third party for that matter).  If G.I. Joe fans don’t like Shattered Glass, and the Club is devoting significant resources to Shattered Glass, those G.I. Joe fans are simply out of luck.

I realize that Hasbro and the Collectors Club have done a number of updates and hundreds of new toys under the G.I. Joe banner over the past several years, but they are still just scratching the surface.  There are still many more different paths the brand could take.  I just don’t believe, at this point, that Shattered Glass is among them.

What are your thoughts?  If you feel strongly one way or another, I strongly suggest you contact the Collectors Club.  Get them on Twitter, on Facebook, or on their forums at GIJoeClub.com.  Share your concerns (if you have them). The vote at the Convention seemed pretty clear to my eyes that the Club was preparing to move forward on this.  If you have strong feelings, please express them.  The Club needs to know one way or the other.

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Hasbro’s Mike Vogel comments about last week’s Community episode

Many folks have been wondering just how closely Hasbro and Dan Harmon worked together on last week’s “G.I. Jeff” episode of Community, and the answer, apparently is “very closely”. During an interview with IGN, Dan Harmon revealed that he had Hasbro’s permission to go down this road, and Ad Week just posted a short comment from Hasbro’s Mike Vogel, who reiterated that they worked together, and that Hasbro was quite happy with the end result.

Check out the full article on Ad Week, and make sure to check out the G.I. Jeff episode on Hulu.com!

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The Full Force Podcast – Episode 5 is Online!

For folks looking to bone up on their UK G.I. Joe knowledge or just get into the G.I. Joe spirit leading up to “JoeCon Week”, the latest episode of the Full Force podcast is now online!

In this ‘better late than never’ episode, the gang chat about (old) news, review a very ‘cool’ figure, look at a related item in ‘From the Vault’ and get Erik Arana from Boss Fight Studios to build a version of said ‘cool’ figure himself. It is a packed episode full of the usual toilet humour and genius insight that one finds hard to get elsewhere. Open your ear trumpets and get ready to be blown……….away!!   FULL FORCE!!

Check it out on Podbean.com and make sure you’re checking the Full Force on Facebook for their show notes and some great photos from the episode!

Amazing landmark for YoJoe Pro Users!

Attention YoJoe readers and YoJoe Pro users! A few days ago we made a huge landmark, surpassing 5,000 users of YoJoe Pro, who are managing over ONE MILLION G.I. Joe items in their collections! This is a fantastic mark to reach and a huge thanks to every single one of the YoJoe faithful who have used YoJoe Pro in any of its myriad forms in order to organize their collection, as well as buy, sell, and trade!

For folks who haven’t used YoJoe Pro, why not?!

Sure, there’s somewhat of a lapse of G.I. Joe product at retail, but that’s a perfect opportunity to dive into your existing collection and start filling in some of those holes, or even just get it more organized. Join the over 5,000 other YoJoe Pro members who are using the terrific resources of YoJoe to manage their own collections.

The full details can be found at the YoJoe Pro section right here. Create your account and get to it!

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Disclaimer – Yes, GeneralsJoes is affiliated with YoJoe.com, but that doesn’t mean the YoJoe Pro resource is any less helpful.  Check it out for yourself!

 

TV Spot posted for Community’s “G.I. Jeff” masterpiece

Yeah, it looks like a masterpiece.  I’m actually pretty stunned at how accurately they are allowed to portray some of these Sunbow items…  we have full blown Rattlers, Skystrikers, HISS Tanks, and even Snake Eyes cruising on a RAM motorcycle!  This is craziness, but only in the best possible way.

Check it out on the NBC Youtube page below:

Preview for IDW G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200!

The day is finally here!  After what seems like a forever long wait, the landmark 200th issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero arrives on Wednesday, and in celebration of its arrival, you can check out the preview below.

With Larry Hama on writing duties and SL Gallant continuing his impressive art streak, we see a massive G.I. Joe armored division going head to head with Cobra forces in the Utah desert.

Check out the preview below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200—GEM OF THE MONTH

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Gallant, Herb Trimpe (c)

This is it: the landmark 200th issue in this long-running series! G.I. JOE returns to the Pit, but things are not as they expected at their homebase. HAWK and DUKE prepare to take the team into a new era, as COBRA’s plans and new threats require a fresh approach.  Join the adventure in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200 and prepare for the next 200!

FC • 48 pages • $5.99

Bullet points:

  • This is it! The landmark 200th issue of A Real American Hero!
  • Extra-sized issue, with bonus content!
  • Variant cover by Larry Hama!
  • Variant Cover by Herb Trimpe!

G.I. Joe “World Content Guidelines” posted for Amazon Kindle World submissions

I’ve been checking the site at least once or twice a week to see when they posted this, but Troy discovered it today and posted it on the G.I. Joe Discussion Group on Facebook.  I posted very excitedly about the Kindle Worlds prospect about a month or so back, and the past four weeks have done little to muffle that excitement.

Now, on the Kindle Worlds Blog, they have posted their “World Content Guidelines” to submit G.I. Joe oriented stories to the Kindle World format.

Kindle World is a revolutionary new licensing agreement where authors can write stories based on existing properties and sell them through the Kindle Worlds store on Amazon, keeping a share of the money earned by their sale.  The full details can be read on my previous post about this initiative.

For the full G.I. Joe “World Content Guidelines” click “Read More” below.

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Preview for IDW’s G.I. Joe #14

Paul Allor’s run on G.I. Joe continues this month, and looks to continue strong as we get back to G.I. Joe’s perspective this month.  With a return of Steve Kurth and a step back towards the more familiar look and  feel of the previous several issues.

See a day in the life of Hashtag as we get a look at her first days on the Joe team and her return to action!  Check out the preview below.

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Paul Allor (w) • Steve Kurth (a & c)

SIREN’S SONG! The G.I. JOE team goes toe-to-toe with COBRA’s newest agent! SIREN knows all of COBRA’s secrets—and with the eyes of the world on DUKE and the squad, how will they break her spell?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

Bullet points:

  • Siren—a student of the darkest recesses of COBRA’s past—strikes!
  • Variant Cover by Freddie Williams II

What’s on Joe Mind – Episode 90!

It’s been a bit of a break since we posted our last episode, and it seems like the world of G.I. Joe has turned inside out and backwards since then.  Excitement about Toy Fair blitzed the online community, only to be defused by the rumor that Hasbro will not be in attendance at JoeCon, and an underlying uncertainty about the future of our favorite brand.  We also had a chat with none other than BJ Ward, the voice of Scarlett from the Sunbow animated series!

Well, to celebrate the sure fire collapse of all toy related patriotism, Gary took a strike from the show and is absent from Episode 90.  Actually, Chuck is, too, but we figured that was more due to laziness.

However, Mike and Justin called in the reserves as Dave from Toy World Order and the immortal Erik Arana from Boss Fight Studio joined us on the program!  Check out the latest episode on Podbean or embedded below, and hit up the Show Notes after the jump.

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Interesting new “Deluxe mini light and sound HISS Tank” for pre-order at Amazon

Well, this is certainly an interesting little item.

Up on Amazon.com there is a pre-order for a G.I. Joe: Cobra H.I.S.S. Tank: Includes Light & Sound!
made by Running Press Miniature Editions.  They apparently design and market miniatures of pop culture brands.  Looks like G.I. Joe (and Cobra) have officially fallen within their wheelhouse.  This kit also comes with a mysterious 48 page illustrated book.  Curiouser and curiouser…

Pre-Order this bad boy on Amazon
.  I know I will.