Gentle Giant plans for G.I. Joe have been confirmed – Jumbo O-Ring figures incoming!

Just yesterday we reported about the mysterious advertisement on the Gentle Giant Facebook page and hypothesized about what it might mean… now we find those hypotheses confirmed! Gentle Giant is indeed doing jumbo sized versions of the vintage o-ring figures! They’ve revealed a few of them at ComicCon already, with images courtesy of HissTank.com. The following figures have been revealed:

- Zap
- Stalker
- Grunt
- Snake Eyes
- Rock n Roll

My opinions on these? Mixed, to be honest. I love what they’re doing, and it’s a fun idea, but I’m not sure these will draw me in. Eventually I’ll likely end up with a few, but I don’t see myself going whole hog, especially on the straight arm versions. I will admit, though, it’s great that they come with their gear. That’s a cool touch.

Very cool to see someone investing in the brand, though, I hope they catch on with the collecting community! Thanks again to HissTank.com for the images.

EDIT - Big thanks to Matt from Twitter and AwesomeToyBlog for snagging some more great images! They’re added to the gallery below.

GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: 50th Anniversary HEAT Viper & Night Viper

The exciting 50th Anniversary reviews continue today with both HEAT Viper and Night Viper!  A concept case winner and a repaint of one of the most desirable Cobra army builders of the past few years… where can they go wrong?

Check out the G.I. Joe: 50th Anniversary Review Page, or click the links directly below.

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The Repacked Podcast talks G.I. Joe vs. Transformers with Justin and Benson!

Here’s another podcast to add to your “listen” pile! Last week I spent some time with Craig “The Scream Man” Moore and Benson “BWTF” Yee to talk about the latest Transformers film (kind of) but more importantly to spin that out to how a G.I. Joe vs. Transformers film franchise could work. And even better, should it even be attempted? Benson, a devoted and diehard Transformers fan brings some awesome stuff to the table, while Craig and I just try to keep up.

It was a lot of fun to record, and I think fans of both franchises should give it a listen.

Check it out at RepackedPodcast.com! Teaser poster below courtesy of CinemasComics.com.

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What’s on Joe Mind Episode 95 is online! We talk about it all in this one

I know a lot of folks have been commenting that we don’t record new episodes nearly as often as we used to… but the good side of that is, when we do, they end up being 3+ hour marathons covering all sorts of different topics! Episode 95 certainly falls into that category, talking Boss Fight Studio, the late Don Levine with business partner Kirk Bozigian, and voice actor Michael Dobson. Expect the same level of back and forth blather, and relive the excitement of the final 36 hours of the Vitruvian HACKS Kickstarter campaign.

Listen to the latest episode on Podbean.com or embedded below and check out the Show Notes after the jump.

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New in hand images of G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary

The time is coming near! First we got a peek at the G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary product on eBay, and now they’ve started appearing overseas. Courtesy of ACToys via HISSTank.com more in hand images for the upcoming G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary. Some of the images show some more detailed paintwork and quality control than the eBay images showed, though Lady Jaye’s eyes are still looking a bit sloppy. Thankfully, the camouflage on Leatherneck looks to be a bit better, with some on his legs, even if none appears above the waist.

Check out the images below, and start getting ready… looks like retail offerings are coming real soon!

I will fully admit I haven’t been all that riled up about the 50th Anniversary offerings, but at least some of them are looking pretty nice, especially Leatherneck and Destro. Even Beachhead is a good sight better than the original 25th Anniversary version. Cool to see some more in hand images, and nice to see battle stands and file cards making a triumphant return.

Big thanks to ACToys and HISS Tank for the info!

Confirmation that SDCC “Danger at the Docks” will be available at TRU after SDCC

I feel like I’ve had this conversation a number of times, but I know the lack of a real “official” report left the seed of doubt firmly planted in many fans’ minds. But rest assured, today Toys “R” Us has confirmed, via this section of their website that the G.I. Joe “Danger at the Docks” SDCC Exclusive will be available via TRU.com after its debut at the show.

So for folks who aren’t able to hit up ComicCon, this great looking set will be hitting the TRU website (and if past years are any indication, brick and mortar stores as well).

It’s okay to celebrate now! I’ve mirrored some great press images of the SDCC Exclusive Danger at the Docks set below.

We have a creative team for the new IDW “G.I. Joe” ongoing!

With thanks to Comic Book Resources for the initial announcement, IDW Publishing has named Karen Traviss the writer for their upcoming relaunch of the G.I. Joe comic.

G.I. Joe comes back to the front lines in September, featuring a team led by Scarlett in a story arc called “The Fall of G.I. Joe”.  According to the solicitation Cobra is now positioned as the “good guys”, becoming a new world peace keeping force and Scarlett needs to hold together the scattered remnants of the G.I. Joe team.  Steve Kurth will once again be handling the art chores.

I like the idea of Karen Traviss being tapped as the writer.  She has a long and established history of science fiction and military writing, including properties like Star Wars and Halo, not to mention she’s a #1 New York Times Bestseller.

To see some of her work, check out her Author Page on Amazon.com.

Check out the full solicitation info below, courtesy of Comic Book Resources:

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G.I. JOE #1
Karen Traviss (w) • Steve Kurth (a) • Jeffrey Veregge (c)
DOES THE WORLD NEED G.I. JOE? Cobra had become an international peacekeeping force… and the future of G.I. JOE looks bleak. SCARLETT leads what’s left of America’s ultimate fighting force—but will she be able to keep hew team together? Real-world action and politics collide… and nothing will be the same.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
• THE FALL OF G.I. JOE BEGINS! Hard-hitting real world action!
• Bold new era begins with the master of military fiction, Karen Traviss (Halo, Gears of War, Star Wars: Republic Commando)! 
• Scarlett commands the G.I. JOE team… but for how long?
• Foil-enhanced cover!
• Variant Cover by David Williams!

No Cobra operative is safe… from G.I. Drone!

First and foremost, this video is NSFW and NS for a younger audience, but it’s pretty funny regardless.  One of the most common ongoing jokes in G.I. Joe spoofs is “what if G.I. Joe were actually super violent like real war!!?!” but nonetheless, this Robot Chicken skit is still pretty hilarious.

Check it on YouTube or embedded below.

What’s on Joe Mind Episode 94 brings Bill Ratner and Arune Singh back to the mike

We are painfully aware that we’re not recording quite as often as we did in the past, but we’re trying to make every one of them count!

For Episode 94 we excitedly welcomed back two long time friends of What’s on Joe Mind, Bill Ratner (the voice of Flint) and Arune Singh (Executive Director of Television Communications, Marvel Entertainment) to have some very different discussions.

Mr. Ratner provides awesome detail about G.I. Joe history, while also breaking down his exciting new endeavor at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.  Meanwhile, Arune celebrates Transformers return to movie screens this summer (and the debut of the IDW comic book) with a spirited discussion about how a G.I. Joe/Transformers team up could work.

As always, check out the latest episode on Podbean, or through the embedded player below.  Show notes after the jump!

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G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary Pre-Orders listed on TRU.com

With a sale date list of August 13th, items from the G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary line have started showing up on ToysRUs.com.  Whether people jumped on them early or if they just haven’t listed everything yet, I’m not sure, but as of this moment, the HEAT Viper/Blowtorch 2 Pack, Low Light/Night Viper 2 Pack, the Cobra Trooper 3 Pack, and the Cobra Wolf are listed for pre-order.

Scroll all the way to the bottom of this page to check it out and get your orders in!

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