Many folks have seen that the main G.I. Joe title from IDW Publishing has been noticeably absent from recent solicitation lists, and the rumors were circling that the book might be going the way of “Cobra” and “Special Missions”.
I reached out to Chris Ryall, Editor in Chief at IDW Publishing, and received the following reply:
“…the main title and Cobra are taking a small break. But will be back in a big way with a new team for THE FALL OF G.I. JOE. Coming, of course, this fall.”
So, this is pretty cool news. Not only does this indicate that the main G.I. Joe title is going to be returning, but we’re going to be getting another Cobra book as well at some point this fall.
Meanwhile throughout the summer we can focus on A Real American Hero and Transformers and G.I. Joe. I’m very glad to hear this. Fred Van Lente’s work on the main title had been pretty fun, and Allor’s two follow ups so far were no exception to that either… so I’m looking forward to seeing where things pick up this fall. Mr. Ryall also mentioned that they would be discussing this in more depth soon, so expect more information to come.
Big thanks to him for his response! For G.I. Joe comics fans, I would also encourage you to visit IDWPublishing.com and share the G.I. Joe comic love. Make sure you get some letters in there for Postbox: The Pit while you’re at it.
I’m just going to leave this right here…
If you want to get caught up, don’t forget to check out the GeneralsJoes Dio-Story Page and see what leads up to this point!
Straight from the floor at Toy Fair, 2014, Bloomberg Television sat down with Vice President and G.I. Joe historian Derryl DePriest to talk about G.I. Joe’s history and it’s present incarnation.
I’ll be honest, it’s not a softball interview. The host asks some hard questions about G.I. Joe’s military ties, about the role model it sets for boys, and about what the brand is doing to innovate, and to his credit, DePriest answers those questions, but quite artfully.
I find a lot of these interviews to be somewhat “more of the same” but this one stood out…it’s a good five minute watch, check it out.
Along with the press images already released and posted, Hasbro PR sent along a press release,
which confirms the SDCC Exclusive is the standard VAMP MK II with Flint/Black Night Landing with black and red Cobra Eel.
EDIT – In my rush through reading the press release late last night I thought it had mentioned ComicCon, but apparently I was drunk. I see no mention of that this morning and no confirmation of the brown VAMP being a ComicCon exclusive. I am looking into confirming this.
This is interesting information that is sure to annoy some collectors, with the standard deco for Flint being a very highly requested figure (in fact it was voted #1 at the 2012 Concept Case survey).
Check out the Press Release after the jump.
So throughout the whirlwind of reveals at Toy Fair today, it’s been a bit tough to get everything sorted out and really figure out what these new items represent and what the original genesis or inspiration of these items was. Interestingly, a lot of these things come from fan-centric sources, including concept cases and short ship Pursuit of Cobra offerings.
The full low down is after the jump, with in depth descriptions of each 2 or 3 pack as well as the source figures and where the inspiration might have come from.
Hopefully this will shed a little bit of light on this particular situation:
The fine folks with Hasbro Public Relations have posted the press images from the G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary and Kre-O reveals today. Check them out below, and I’ll break things down more in a moment:
EDIT – Looking at the image names, it would appear that the standard version of the VAMP MK II with Flint just may be a San Diego ComicCon Exclusive!
G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary
G.I. Joe Kre-O
The real issue I have watching Toy Fair from afar is that it’s tough for me to grasp all of the information from all of the different places without having my own personal perspective.
As such, I’ll direct to a few different sources for current information.
What we know right now is that we are getting G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary 2 Packs and 3 Packs along with vehicles as Toys “R” Us Exclusives this year. According to HISSTank.com this is what we can expect:
- Low-Light vs. Night Viper
- Snow Job vs. Arctic B.A.T.
- Blowtorch vs. HEAT Viper
- Cobra Trooper with Cobra Officer
- Lady Jaye vs. The Baroness
Three Packs (Unconfirmed)
- Cobra Trooper
- Cobra Viper
- Cobra Wolf with Ice Viper
- Arctic Sky Hawk
- G.I.Joe VAMP MkII with Flint
- Eel with Night Landing Craft
Also, according to HISSTank staff on hand, the figures shown are the concept case figures! That’s right, both Destro and Leatherneck are the same amazing figures from the Concept Case last year, and HEAT Viper apparently from the year before. Lady Jaye and Flint are also likely pulled from that year’s case.
This is… well… pretty freaking amazing news. But it doesn’t stop there. The G.I. Joe Kre-O love continues as well:
- Terror Drome with 856 pieces and 6 Kre-Ons (including Gung Ho, Hawk, Mainframe, Serpentor, and Xamot). That only adds up to 5 Kre-Ons, so one has to think that maybe we’ll get Tomax, too?
- Outpost Defense with 97 pieces and Storm Shadow (in his G.I. Joe outfit!) and Beach Head.
- Firebat Attack with 292 pieces comes with Firebat and Wolverine.
- 24 Mini Figures including Nunchuk, Atomic Man, Scrap Iron, Lowlight, Doc, Night Creeper, Torch, Budo, Nemesis Enforcer, Zartan, Snow Serpent, Cobra Eel, and Chuckles (among others).
News reports come courtesy of JoeBattleLines.com, HISSTank, Toy News International, and from the awesomly insane Twitterati everywhere.
Press photos should be available tonight, and you’d better believe I’ll be all over that business!
Along with the blockbuster news of a G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary series of 2 Packs, 3 Packs, and Vehicle Packs, Hasbro also confirmed that G.I. Joe Kre-O would continue at Toys “R” Us this year. And not just continue, but explode!
We are getting 24 new mini figures, as well as a Cobra Terror Drome with 856 pieces and SIX Kre-Ons!
The new mini figures include Nunchuk Atomi Man, Scrap Iron, Lowlight, Doc, Night Creeper, Torch, Budo, Nemesis (Enforcer?!), Zartan, Snow Serpent, Cobra Eel, and Chuckles (among others).
Information has been pouring in from Twitter, Toy News International, and HISSTank.com.
Last week I told you folks about a great new project to support Wounded Warrior… G.I. Joe Cosplay group The Finest is releasing a calendar entitled Girls of the Finest, and they are donating proceeds to Wounded Warrior.
Well, funding for the calendar is now open on IndiGogo.com! Check out the link below:
“You can now contribute to the Girls of The Finest Calendar!”
This looks like a great project to support a great cause.
Ever since San Diego ComicCon last year it seems as if everyone has been casting their eyes forward towards New York City, just waiting for Toy Fair. During ComicCon last year it was mentioned that there were possible “surprises” in store for G.I. Joe fans come Toy Fair, but now as we stand a little more than a week away, what those surprises may be remains a very foggy and murky topic.
While we’ve seen some press releases and articles for many different new Hasbro toy lines that are destined to be debuted at Toy Fair, the word on G.I. Joe has been surprisingly mum, only being referenced as having a “Spotlight” for it during the Toy Fair event, and not necessarily any new product to be shown.
This morning an AP article has started making the rounds, and within the context of that article, apparently Hasbro has said they will announce their plans for the 50th Anniversary of G.I. Joe at Toy Fair next weekend. This has, understandably, gotten many fans all ramped up to see what we might have waiting for us on Saturday, February 15th (which is when the Hasbro event is slated to begin).
While I remain as excited as anyone else, I just ask that we temper our excitement a bit, and understand where G.I. Joe’s place in the current market is. More and more action figure lines specifically (and toy lines in general) are shifting to a more licensed model, where you must have a major motion picture or animated series in order to catapult something into the market place. I think we all know, G.I. Joe currently has none of that.
That being said, it’s evident from the Press Release that Hasbro will have something to say next weekend, but I would just ask that everyone key their expectations towards perhaps being more of a “say” and less of a “show”. Regardless of what happens next Saturday, I’ll admit to being pleased with a flurry of G.I. Joe related news and information flying around the Internet this morning, and hopefully Hasbro is seeing that the brand still has some pop culture interest and enthusiasm. At this point I’m not certain if I’m actually making the trip down to New York next weekend or not, but whatever happens, I’ll be following the news very closely and hope to hear something interesting.