GeneralsJoes Reviews 50th Anniversary Gung Ho and Shadow Guard

Saving the best for last?

Like his fellow Marine, Leatherneck last year, Gung Ho was overdue for an updated modern figure, though many would argue Gung Ho’s need was far more drastic than his 1986 era teammate. I would agree.

I think most of us would also agree that Gung Ho’s update meets all of those lofty expectations.

Check out my 50th Anniversary Review Page for the latest, or click the links below.

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G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary Gung Ho

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So this is it…as much as Destro and Leatherneck were the stars of the show for the first go round of the 50th Anniversary, this second wave was all about Storm Shadow and Gung Ho, with most of the focus squarely on G.I. Joe’s first Marine.  So, what’s the verdict?

Pretty excellent, in truth.  Nearly perfect, I dare say.

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Leveraging the sculpting skills of Fred Aczon, now of Boss Fight Studio, Gung Ho is a work of art from a sculpting standpoint.  I believe the figure is brand new from head to toe, standing tall and wide in stature, as the classic character should. Interestingly, he’s not quite as tall as Leatherneck or Destro, but stands somewhere in between those two and more “normal” sized figures.  I still find it amazing that Gung Ho was deemed important enough to be included in the first 25th Anniversary 5-Pack, but somehow not important enough to be re-released in his classic visage ever since.  There were a few other versions of the character interjected into various lines, but none that really did the character justice.  This one does, in spades.

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The new head sculpt is chock full of great character, with the handlebar moustache and the familiar Marine cap.  The torso and arms look great, and the legs are great, too, allowing Gung Ho to stand tall and sturdy.  Leg joints and plastic quality feel better than we got with Destro last year with a functional holster and knife sheath on the boot.  At this point we have several different great legs for these tall characters, and kudos to Hasbro for not just re-using Roadblock or Destro this time around.

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Paint applications are good, looking very much like the classic ‘83 version of this character in a similar powder blue camouflage.  The Marine Corps tattoo on his chest is incredibly well done, too.  It’s huge on his chest and covers some serious real estate, not just kind of tossed on there as the ‘07 version was.  This Gung Ho is prouder than ever of his Marine Corps heritage!

Accessories

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The Joe Marine comes with a ton of gear including a great looking newly tooled vest, a re-released grenade launcher, mini gun w/ backpack, pistol and knife.  He also has Duke’s smaller, paratrooper format M-249 SAW heavy machine gun for good measure.  Yeah, Gung Ho is pretty strapped, and the gear is really nice.  I would have loved to have seen a slightly more normal assault rifle for standard military operations, but who can complain?  I’ve got plenty of extra gear to go around.

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Just as the tall and imposing Destro and Leatherneck figures were last year, this rendition of Gung Ho is the star of the second series of 50th Anniversary figures, and he deserves his place in the limelight.  There is almost no possible place for complaint with the figure, as its design and execution are both top notch, giving us one heck of a great new version of the G.I. Joe Marine.  Sure, it took us eight years to get a new version of the classic Gung Ho character, but some might say it was worth the wait.  He is truly stellar.  My hope at this point is that they take this figure and redeco him in some more realistic camouflage for the Marvel issue #39 era of jungle operations.  This version of Gung Ho would look pretty spectacular in more realistically colored camouflage.

Hasbro G.I. Joe Panel Recap

Fresh off the Hasbro panel at the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention, we have official announcements of upcoming Toys “R” Us and San Diego ComicCon product for the year!

High level – this is all 3 3/4″ – 4″ product, exclusively at Toys “R” Us and through the same TRU ComicCon platform as last year, though the SDCC Exclusives will not be coming to brick & mortar at this point.

Click the continue reading link below for the details, and I’ll be getting pictures from the actual Hasbro displays as soon as humanly possible.

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New G.I. Joe: Battleground Event – Operation: Takedown starts tonight!

For folks who have been neck deep in G.I. Joe: Battleground like I have been, an exciting event is beginning tonight at 5:00pm Pacific Time! The Cobra Battle Simulator just ended, and we’re now being thrust into Destro’s secret armory to try and take down the Scottish arms dealer himself!

Full details, including the excellent card artwork can be seen below.

G.I. JOE: BATTLEGROUND continues its sizzling opening month debut with the new Operation: Takedown in-game event. Beginning today, Wednesday, July 17 at 5 pm PT through Wednesday, July 24 at 7 pm PT, players around the world can assault Destro’s armory in an attempt to take down Destro himself.Please see below for details on the event storyline and new characters images.

About the Operation: Takedown Event

For too long Destro has been allowed to operate his arms manufacturing with impunity. He has grown so wealthy and powerful from this operation that he’s made this armory into a lavish and deadly home base. Working from international intelligence reports, the JOES have formed a Strike Force led by the courageous Dusty and stalwart Gung-Ho to launch an assault on Destro’s armory! Join the JOES on this dangerous takedown operation of one of COBRA’S most powerful and ruthless leaders. Be careful though, Destro won’t go down without a fight, and he doesn’t like unannounced visitors.

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Exclusive cards only available during this event can be seen below… don’t miss out!

No Gung Ho for Paramount G.I. Joe?

The MTV Movie Blog had a very quick sitdown with Brendan Fraser recently, to follow up on rumors that production was moving forward on a sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.  While the actor didn’t have any concrete information about the sequel, he did reveal that Gung Ho did not pass legal authorization at Paramount, and couldn’t appear in the original film for that reason.  It’s unknown what the hold up was or why it couldn’t happen, but there you go.

Check out the very quick interview below.

HasbroToyShop has new vehicles in stock and ready to go

Thanks to JoeBattleLines for pointing out that HasbroToyShop.com has the following vehicles in stock and ready to ship:

Don’t forget that “GIJoe10″ saves 10% off your order!

Wal-Mart Exclusive 2-Packs sort of available online

Wal-Mart.com has posted the upcoming exclusive 2-packs up for sale on their online store, however they sold out very quickly.  Sometimes they have a tendancy to relist, though, so check out the links below to see if any of them are still available!

News on the 12″ side of things (that isn’t Sideshow related, for once)

A few different interesting 12″ pieces of news today…  first of all, the Terror Drome is reporting about some images of a 12″ Stalker and Gung Ho that are very military in nature and really don’t seem to fit into the whole movie aesthetic.  Are they figures that were slated for release in the normal line before the Rise of COBRA infusion, or are they still to come?  Gung Ho could almost pass for his Resolute/video game version, so that’s something to watch for.

Check out the images below:

Also discovered by The Terror Drome is Entertainment Earth’s pre-order listing for the first wave of Rise of COBRA 12″ figures, including COBRA Commander.  This is the first time ole’ toasty’s been seen in twelve inch form:

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Very nice images and reviews for upcoming Wal-Mart 2 Packs

Courtesy of Broken Arrow and JediDefender.com, Alyosha has posted some nice reviews over on HissTank for the upcoming Wal-Mart exclusive 2-Packs featuring Gung Ho vs. Copperhead, Tunnel Rat vs. Monkeywrench, and Shockblast vs. Night Creeper.  These are some awesome looking items, and should set aside the fears of many about classic themed stuff appearing in the Rise of COBRA line.  Check out the images below.

Electronic Arts tapping 45 years of history in production of The Rise of COBRA

Continuing their great coverage of the upcoming G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA video game, IGN has posted another production blog with one of the folks working on the project.  This time around it’s Matt Marsala, Senior Producer on the title.  He posts a nice long article, with several very cool vehicle images scattered throughout, including the very familiar Snowcat as well as a new up-and-coming vehicle called the Cougar!

Several very interesting quotes are also in the article, including:

It was at this point that Hasbro “opened the vault”, granting us access to reference not seen in a very long time. Once they understood what it was that we were trying to do, they were very accommodating in giving us access to the reference we needed, including some of the more obscure reference that we found almost by accident…”

The best quote, though, involves many of the potential characters we may see as playable characters or at least guest stars throughout the game:

Given endless time and budget, we could have done much more, but given the time constraints of being on shelves when the movie is released, I’m quite happy with the final character roster. In addition to the five core G.I. JOE characters from the film (Duke, Scarlett, Heavy Duty, Ripcord, and Snake Eyes), we also included four COBRA bosses (Storm Shadow included) that unlock as playable characters after you’ve defeated them. The rest of the character set is rounded out by some other classic characters, including Kamakura, Shipwreck, and Gung-Ho, among others. There are also about a dozen more supporting non-playable characters that will help keep the story moving along, provide you with support in sticky situations, and give you info on the enemies you’ll encounter along the way. This includes characters like General Hawk, Tunnel Rat, Breaker, and Wild Bill, to name a few.”

To the best of my knowledge, this is our first mention of Tunnel Rat, Shipwreck, and Kamakura as being even remotely linked to the video game.    The article also mentions vehicles, talking about the Armadillo/Armored Panther, the Snowcat, and HISS Tank!  Take some time and read the full article here, and also check out the various images mirrored below!

Every day I get more fired up for August…this is gonna be a great ride throughout the rest of the year.