G.I. Joe: Retaliation 2013 Calendar IN STOCK and on sale

We saw a sneak peek of this calendar several months ago, and I just got word from Calendars.com that it is now officially in stock!  Not only is it in stock, but it’s on sale for $7.49.

Featuring the familiar Roadblock, Cobra Commander, Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow…errr…  Clutch… and…uh… Mouse!  Yes, that’s right, no Duke and no Flint, but we’ve got Clutch and Mouse.  Not to mention “Special Ops”.

Sarcastic humor aside, awesome to see some G.I. Joe: Retaliation material for sale, and you bet your ass I just bought mine.  It’s a 16 month calendar, so maybe there are some other characters that didn’t make the “back cover” cut.

Check it out here on Calendars.com!

First images of G.I. Joe: Retaliation Wave 2 3-Packs revealed

EDIT – Some of my part breakdowns were horrifically inaccurate.  They have been adjusted to reflect more accurate source material!  I apologize.

Invariably when plans change and retail offerings don’t pan out as expected, some items generally hit the production chain and end up in the after market stream in Asia.  It happened a few years ago with the first run of Pursuit of Cobra figures, and it is happening now with G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

Occasionally, these after market samples will be the first time we get a glimpse at some of these figures, as is the case here with viperkingdom.  While folks who went to Toy Fair got a brief and fuzzy glimpse of the second wave of G.I. Joe: Retaliation 3-Packs, this is the first real up close and quality series of images, and I gotta say, these look to be right up there with the impressive first run.  More new characters, some great parts choices and some interesting character tweaks.  Check out the mirrored images below, and I’ll do some parts breakdowns as well.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation “Tactical Ninja Team”

  • Sgt. Airborne (Previously cancelled Data Viper body, cancelled 30th anniversary Law alternate head, Renegades Ripcord helmet and Para-Viper webgear)
  • Agent Mouse (looks like a  new head and vest, the cancelled 30th Anniversary Lifeline alternate helmet with G.I. Joe Trooper body with some different arms)
  • Night Ops Snake Eyes (PoC Snake Eyes body, cancelled Jungle Strike Storm Shadow webgear)

G.I. Joe: Retaliation “Cobra Invasion”

  • Firefly (New head, torso, and webgear with 30th Anniversary Lifeline arms and legs)
  • Cobra Para Trooper (Shock-Trooper in red with Retaliation Cobra Trooper parachute pack)
  • Storm Shadow (mostly a Rise of Cobra Storm Shadow) repaint

I know many folks are likely going to complain about more repaints and rehashes, but holy crap I think these two sets look pretty amazing.  Airborne is fantastic and it will be really awesome to get that Data-Viper figure in hand finally.  I love the G.I. Joe Trooper, and since Mouse pretty much IS a G.I. Joe Trooper it makes sense for this figure to be built off that.  Not really sure about that bright vest, but…  Snake Eyes has the perfect base figure, and I am loving the fact that they are finally using that cancelled PoC Storm Shadow webgear!  I have to admit, though, the colors of the webgear and the base figure clash big time.  The straps are just a bit too bright for the sheer black underneath.

Firefly looks astoundingly cool.  A great modern update to the original, with a great use of PoC/30th Anniversary parts.  The Para Trooper is probably my least favorite.  I really like the Shock Trooper, but that torso looks really plain even with the parachute pack on top.  Too much blank area.  Storm Shadow is okay, and looks like a more movie-accurate version compared to the Wave 1, but overall, I much prefer the futuristic and sleek look of the first version in Retaliation.

All in all some very cool pieces, especially for being more or less kit bashed together.  If these end up being $20 for three figures like Wave 1 is, that is a freaking bargain, especially because these look to have more new characters and new imaginings than Wave 1 did.  Good stuff.

Thanks much to Kenny2274 on Twitter for the heads up!

G.I. Joe sequel is looking for a few good rodents?

Well, one rodent, anyway.  Apparently, according to Hollywood Insider, the G.I. Joe Sequel is on the hunt for a young up and comer to play “Mouse”, a new character for the film.  Take this with a grain of salt, I suppose, but according to the site, Mouse is a central character to the film and is described as a “teen hunk”.

Umm…  wha?

Don’t get me wrong, I am fully on board with the film, and I’ve loved pretty much every casting decision I’ve heard to this point, but I’m really not sure what’s up with this.  There is a character named “Mouse” in G.I. Joe lore, he was with Sgt. Savage and the Screaming Eagles, but he’s hardly a “central character” and if they are really and truly casting someone just to entice young girls to see the movie, I really have no idea what to expect with this.  The code name of “Mouse” from Sgt. Savage was an ironic one, as the character was fairly large and muscle bound, but that does not sound like the case here.

You can see a (short) profile on JMM’s Comic Page.

As I said, I’ve been on board to this point, and I’m going to stay on board, I just really hope at least some of this news is incorrect.  I see no reason to create a “central character” and make them an 18 year old heart throb just to appeal to a young girl demographic to come see an action movie.  Can’t there be a better way to help ticket sales than that?

We’ll see…

While waiting for verification of this info, see Mouse in somewhat limited fashion in the Sgt. Savage and the Screaming Eagles cartoon episode:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2axz4X68V4

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va9nf5Eirqs

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuFxRJ3nXIU

That’s a lotta muscle right there.