January Solicitations for IDW’s G.I. Joe titles

Some cool, new G.I. Joe themed things are coming at us in 2015, and IDW has just released their solicitation list, featuring the premier issue of Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra, not to mention a possible revelation about exactly who is in that mysterious glass tube in G.I. Joe’s new PIT headquarters!

Check out the full solicitation list after the jump.

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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero – The Dreaded 6″ Discussion

If you’ve been perusing the online G.I. Joe community this week, you’ve no doubt seen mention of the possibility that there are some whispers of 6” scale G.I. Joe figures drifting in the winds. Heck, the 2015 San Diego ComicCon was even mentioned as a kick off point for these figures.

Is it true? Nobody knows at this point… but whether or not it is true, it does bring up some valuable discussion points.

I’ve received a lot of personal messages asking what I think about the whole thing (as if my opinion matters more than anyone elses). And, as usual, I can see both sides.

My first instinct is that G.I. Joe should try and focus on being the best toy it can be at one scale before it starts spiraling off into other scales. Over the past 50 years we’ve seen many different styles, formats, and figure scales, but things always seem to fall back to the old standby 12” and 4”, with 4” obviously being the dominant force in recent years. Well… dominant in relative terms at least.

So with 50 years of market data telling Hasbro that G.I. Joe is most successful at those two scales, why muddy the waters and introduce yet another scale and format to even further divide the fandom?

One might argue that G.I. Joe is having trouble finding a retail foothold at the $8 price point with 4” figures, even backed by a $400million film. Will $20 6” figures do anything to further the lifespan of the brand? Emphatically I say no.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a entirely bad idea all together.

Perhaps G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero could use a little spark, right? Perhaps, instead of wondering why Hasbro is trying to spread thin a brand that already is watered down, we need to consider the fact that since G.I. Joe isn’t a behemoth, maybe this is the time to start something new?

My only concern is that Hasbro at this point seems to be treating G.I. Joe as a short term prospect. Most toylines are short term prospects these days, but each assortment of these 4” figures is so specifically geared for a short term theme that you wonder if there are any long term plans. In recent years, G.I. Joe has obviously become a film-based toyline, with some cost-savings filler figures to fit in those gaps when movies aren’t in the theaters. I don’t see a 6” line changing that. I think we all know that the 6” line will simply revisit the vintage look at a larger (and more detailed) scale. In some instances I think that could be fun, and I think (again) short term that will provide some spark. But it’s a finite spark with a clear beginning and end. Unlike Star Wars there aren’t thousands of diehards who’ve been waiting 30 years for a 6” Ponda Baba. As soon as G.I. Joe starts dipping into 3rd tier characters (which will happen far sooner than many folks admit, I think) the 6” line will be on thin ice, and we’ll once again be faced with the whole “what’s next” approach?

G.I. Joe needs some serious revitalization. It needs some kind of Beast Wars, Sigma 6, or dare I say it, G.I. Joe: Renegades level support and effort (only maybe without friggen killing the landmark animated series before it even aired this time). A toyline can only survive on the regurgitated designs from 30 years ago for so long, and we’re reaching a breaking point.

Transformers has survived and excelled because it has successfully reinvigorated itself on a consistent basis throughout the past 30 years. Beast Wars led to Robots in Disguise, led to Armada, led to Classics, led to Generations, which has been further supplemented by fantastic comic books that Hasbro is actually using as inspiration for more toys, not to mention video games (yes I’m forgetting the films on purpose).

G.I. Joe has had one clear behemoth success, and it was three decades ago. Eventually we need to stop looking back and start looking forward, or the brand will always be taking things one year at a time, with no clear direction. While 6” figures might be a fun distraction and a quick spark, if Hasbro is serious about making G.I. Joe a player again, they must realize that’s not the solution to their problem.

G.I. Joe needs synergy. The same synergy that has worked so well for Transformers over the past few years, films notwithstanding. Get an animated series rolling, develop a video game with CARE, PRECISION and continuity. Embrace the comics! For the love of God, don’t be afraid to take some chances and put some resources behind it and maybe, just maybe give the thing half a chance to succeed or fail before you pull the plug. You might just be surprised as the results.

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Image courtesy of D & D Customs and HISSTank.com

IDW Publishing G.I. Joe #2 (Season 4) Preview

Karen Traviss and Steve Kurth continue the resurgence of the main G.I. Joe title from IDW this Wednesday, and you can check out a preview of the upcoming second issue below.

G.I. Joe #2

Karen Traviss (w) • Steve Kurth (a) • Jeffrey Veregge (c)

THE FALL OF G.I. JOE! Scarlett’s last chance to save the G.I. JOE team’s existence is threatened on all sides—the U.S. government, shady spy organizations, two warring factions in a nation in the throes of civil war… plus the benevolent peace-keeping forces of Cobra?!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Bold new era continues with superstar writer Karen Traviss (Halo, Gears of War, Star Wars: Republic Commando)!
  • SCARLETT commands the G.I. JOE team!
  • The world will always need the G.I. JOE team—right?!
  • Ask your retailer about the David Williams variant cover, connecting to variants for issues 1, 3 and 4!

Better late than never – GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe (S4) #1

The issue hit comic shops a good two weeks ago, and I am ashamedly slow on the draw, but I had to get my opinions of this new G.I. Joe relaunch from IDW Publishing down on digital paper.

I will admit right up front, I was hesitant to embrace this new theme for the comic, not because it seemed out of place, but because it seemed so far “in place”.  In other words, the same themes G.I. Joe has been running with over the past four years.  What could Karen Traviss do differently where others hadn’t yet explored?

As it turns out…  there were some unexplored avenues, and Traviss spanned those waters nicely.

Check out my full review over at YoJoe.com.

European G.I. Joe fans – check those local Burger Kings!

There were some weird snippets coming out a week or two ago regarding some G.I. Joe kids meals toys in foreign countries, but for some reason I kind of let it slip past my radar. But then more and more started popping up. First in Turkey, then in the UK, and finally, now in Norway.

These kids’ meals toys are available at Burger King and feature a “snowmobile” (looking suspiciously like a HISS Tank), a “jet” (resembling a SHARC), and a “vehicle” which doesn’t seem to resemble any single G.I. Joe item, but the driver kinda looks like Snake Eyes.

Some very bizarre, but interesting offerings overseas. Time will tell if they will end up back over here in the states at any point. Check out some great pictures below courtesy of some of the folks from the G.I. Joe Discussion Group on Facebook.

YoJoe contributor skinny also found a great YouTube advertisement for the program as well:

Darkness Falls – Episode 28 Toil and Trubble is now online

I was a little late getting last weekend’s update out, so I wanted to make sure this was up right on time.

Episode 28 is now online as G.I. Joe and Cobra smash headlong into each other in a blast of fire and rock…and Cobra has some unexpected tricks up their sleeves.

Check out the Darkness Falls section, or click the link below for the latest update.

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IDW Publishing announces NYCC Exclusive cover for G.I. Joe #1

We are excited to report that IDW Publishing has revealed some NYCC exclusives, including a great exclusive cover to G.I. Joe #1 by none other than fan favorite Robert Atkins! Featuring G.I. Joe’s new field commander, Scarlett, this exclusive edition is available only at NYCC, limited to 300 copies (only 5 per person). They will be selling for $10 apiece.

At the show you can also pick up a blank cover edition of the issue to have your favorite artist draw their own.

Check out the Atkins cover below, and be sure to make your way to NYCC, October 9th – 12th at the Javitz Center in New York City.

Full details can be found in the IDW Publishing NYCC Exclusives Shopping Guide.

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G.I. Joe Season 4 #1 Preview

Tomorrow marks the debut of the fourth “season” of an ongoing G.I. Joe title by IDW Publishing. Unlike what many folks out there are claiming, this is NOT a reboot, it’s simply a jump forward in time and continuation of the last ongoing G.I. Joe title. IDW numbers these series like television seasons, so if you think of this as the fourth season of an ongoing G.I. Joe television show, it falls into place a little better.

Check out the preview below.

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!

Darkness Falls Episode 22 – Blunt Force Solution

Things are looking pretty shakey for the G.I. Joe team!  Caught between Destro and Cobra, as well as in the midst of a sudden zombie outbreak, the Joes must find a way to get through these obstacles and still hit Cobra before Operation: Eclipse goes into effect.

Time is running out!

Check out the Darkness Falls section, or click the link directly to check out the latest chapter in the GeneralsJoes Dio-Story finale!

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