GeneralsJoes Reviews IDW G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #190

I feel very sad and disappointed that I didn’t get this review done more quickly, as this was an amazing issue of A Real American Hero.  This was pure Hama greatness, almost as if pulled from the 80’s, with some great hints of Special Missions tossed in for good measure.  This isn’t a “feel good” story of G.I. Joe, it’s wrought with many of the same government tensions and political frustrations as you may have witnessed with the old Special Missions series, yet it’s not obvious, it’s just a part of the story.

Every day that a new Real American Hero issue is released is a day that I’m one happy G.I. Joe fan.  Check out the full review after the jump.

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SyFy and Facebook sites are live for G.I. Joe: Special Ops

Maybe these went up yesterday along with the story by USA Today, but somehow I missed it?  Either that, or they just went live today and WOW!!  Spectactular.  If the concept art is any indication whatsoever of the kind of character design we’ll be getting, this game may already have knocked aside Avengers Alliance as my current addiction.

You can hit up the SyFy site and the Facebook Page to check out a wealth of concept art, and even sign up to play the Beta when it becomes available.  So cool!  Check out some mirrored images below from the SyFy gallery.

Guys.  TRUBBLE BUBBLES.  Low Light.  AGH!!

This looks SO COOL.  If this is truly a tactics game along the lines of Final Fantasy Tactics, or G.I. Joe: Renegades Tactics, then I will be so in love with this.  Very cool.

GeneralsJoes, RealAmericanHero.com, and Terror Drome team for “Best of” 2011

Frustration from the glut of merchandise clogging retail pegs and blocking the release of subsequent waves of highly-anticipated figures seemed to be the theme of 2011. When new G.I. Joe figures finally made their way into our collections, the countless accessories, innovations in articulation, and intricately-detailed sculpts made the class of 2011 among the best we’ve ever seen in the 25th Anniversary-style era. Hasbro surprised with the release of the Sky Striker as part of the 30th Anniversary line, disappointed with the cancellation of the G.I. Joe: Renegades animated series, and energized with the trailer for the live-action movie sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Not to be outdone, licensees such as IDW Publishing and Sideshow Collectibles continued to impress with their offerings of G.I. Joe merchandise, an indication of the strength of the G.I. Joe brand. In retrospect of 2011, A Real American Hero, Generals Joes and The Terror Drome team up to bring you the best of G.I. Joe 2011.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews Shout! Factory G.I. Joe Series 2 Season 1

Rejoice, G.I. Joe fans!  DiC has arrived!

Yes, the infamous DiC series of G.I. Joe animation is widely panned from a critical perspective, and doesn’t match up with the Sunbow stuff, but the fact remains those of us who are long time Joe fans have been without a reliable source of DiC animation ever since it debuted.  And yes, even though it has its share of quirks, there is some indelible charm with DiC’s offerings, even if it’s just smiling at all the 90’s characters who fans have rarely seen on their TV screens.

Well, Shout! Factory has now released Season 1 from the DiC era and it is marvelously goofy.  I’m not sure what’s better, watching Sandstorm knock over a rock mountain that takes out a Desert Scorpion, or later in that episode, watching Sandstorm again hang-gliding from the roof of a Cobra castle.

Yes, Sandstorm as in Dusty’s coyote.

Glorious.

Check out my review of the DiC Season 1 DVD set right here.  Priced very affordably at $19.99, it’s worth your time, goofy or not.

 

GeneralsJoes Reviews BBTS Exclusive Spirit, Low Light, “Gnaw” and Zanzibar

Florida Everglades.  0310 Hours.

Already things were going South.  Desperately attempting a covert approach, the Marauders had been spotted and Burn Out had razed their team with his flamethrower.  As Barbecue separated to take on the aggressive Dreadnok, the team split apart, hoping to flank their disorganized enemy.

Only it turns out the enemy was not so disorganized.

Spirit wove seamlessly through the brush, almost becoming one with the jungle as he paced himself South, trying to find a way around the cackling Dreadnok.  His movements were smooth, slick, and silent, but even the quietest of hunter gives off heat amongst the cold leaves of the surrounding trees.

A quick shot rang out, which Spirit was a bit too slow to avoid, and took a bullet at his left hip as he dove to the ground.  Low Light, who had been following close behind, immediately dropped to a crouch and raised his rifle to his eye, quickly spotting the familiar curled hat of Australian poacher Dreadnok “Gnaw”.  The snarling ruffian let his rifle slope a little towards Spirit as he moved away.  The Native American Joe caught Gnaw’s scent now, and silently chided himself for not noticing it sooner.  He also quickly noticed amongst the thick brush, he had no immediate outlet, and could almost feel the heat of the infrared scope on his forehead.

Low Light squeezed off a shot, striking his target, the broad side of Gnaw’s rifle, shattering it.  The poacher shouted profanity and spun around, whipping a knife from a sheath in the small of his back.  Low Light jacked back the magazine, loading another round in the chamber, but another shot rang out to his right and struck him in the shoulder.  Grimacing, the sniper slammed to the thick jungle ground as the Dreadnok pirate Zanzibar was on him, casting aside his old school pistol for a blade of his own.  But Low Light was ready.

Ten yards away, Gnaw gracefully eased forward, his knife glinting in the moonlight, but suddenly his prey was upon him and Spirit descended like a jungle demon.

Finish your own adventure on my 30th Anniversary Review Page or click the links directly below!

Pre-Order this set at Big Bad Toy Store today!

G.I. Joe themed video reviews by chuckdawg on YouTube

So anyone who has been listening to the What’s on Joe Mind Podcast is familiar with Chuck at this point…but what folks might not know is that he has been doing video reviews over on YouTube for a while now.  The latest one puts a prime focus directly on the Pursuit of Cobra Low Light.

Keep in mind, he continually complained about not finding a PoC Low Light for the first few episodes of the Podcast, and when he finally got one, HE DIDN’T OPEN IT FOR A FREAKING MONTH.  He’s sick, I tell you.

Well, he finally got tired of us complaining about it, and not only did he open it, but he recorded it.  You can see the video embedded below, and can also check out Chuck’s YouTube Channel right here.

Pursuit of Cobra Wave 4 on Pre-Order at HasbroToyShop

Well, if a week can be considered a pre-order, anyway.

Thanks to GeneralsJoes reader m6d for passing along word that Hasbro Toy Shop now has Pursuit of Cobra Wave 4 listed as “coming soon”.  You can order them now, and they will arrive anywhere from 2/1 through 2/14 depending on your shipping choice.  Check out the links below:

Go get ’em!

Addendums to the latest PoC Wave 4 Reviews

I’ve received some corrected information in regards to my Wave 4 Pursuit of Cobra reviews from various different sources, so I just wanted to say “thanks”! and point out the added info.

In my review of the Wave 4 Low Light I indicated that he had new arms.  This is NOT the case.  His arms are, by and large, the arms from the PoC Jungle-Viper, but the forearm pegs of the Jungle Viper have been replaced by new forearm pads with the smooth texture.

Also, I received some complaints about the lack of a goggled picture of Low Light, which for some reason I forgot to include in the review.  Well, it’s now been posted, so check out the review again, or just check out the image below.

GeneralsJoes Reviews Pursuit of Cobra Wave 4

No scattered reviews this time around…we’re diving right into the whole assortment!

My G.I. Joe: Pursuit of Cobra Wave 4 figures arrived very late Friday evening, and I spent several hours this past weekend diving right into reviews.  I know I’ve been accused of hyperbole in the past, but I will say without hesitation that these four figures are among the coolest figures in the entire run of the Pursuit of Cobra line, and with a toyline like this one, that is really saying something.

These figures are awesome.  Simply awesome.  Check out the Pursuit of Cobra Review Page or hit the links below directly:

These are four excellent figures.  It really makes me look forward to seeing what Hasbro has up their sleeves for 2011.  Based on how much they’ve improved over the past 12 months, I can only imagine what greatness we have in store for us over the next 12.

G.I. Joe: The Pursuit of Cobra Wave 4 on sale at SmallJoes!

Just arrived at SmallJoes, the fourth wave of G.I. Joe: The Pursuit of Cobra!  Every one of these figures is great, so I highly recommend picking up the set of four.  A great price and there are no bad figures here.

All of the links are below:

My figures should be arriving in my mailbox today.  Can’t wait to tear into these things and get reviews posted!  Keep your eyes on my Pursuit of Cobra Review Page to see when the reviews get posted!