A first in hand look at G.I. Joe: Retaliation figures launches today with Kamakura!

Over the span of the next few days, GeneralsJoes will be bringing you an exclusive look at some upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation figures, courtesy of Gyre Viper.

Both Gyre Viper and I thought long and hard about showcasing these images, considering product isn’t due on store shelves for a little while yet, but ultimately a desire to inform the community won out.  The G.I. Joe online community has been extremely divisive in regards to Retaliation toys ever since information began leaking out.  Concerns about articulation, marketing strategy, and overall figure quality was brought to the forefront.

With an ultimate goal of informing the community and giving these toys closer scrutiny, Gyre Viper decided to bring these figures to light.

There is so much great information that can be gathered here…figure construction, figure quality, articulation enhancements (as well as subtractions) and it just seemed with so much community based indecision over the past month or so, this was a great time to do something for the community.  I strongly believe a closer look at these figures shows that even with the disagreement among the fandom, Hasbro has done some terrific things design-wise and execution-wise, and I think Gyre Viper’s decision to showcase these figures for the G.I. Joe community as a whole was a good one.  Shifting the discussion from missed articulation to a focus on fantastic new designs and sculpting is a good plan, and I’m hoping these images showcase that.  It’s not all peaches and cream, and there are some concerns to be voiced here, but the important thing is being educated and well informed, which is what we are hoping to accomplish here.

Once again, thanks to Gyre Viper for getting these out in the open and giving back to the community.  Hopefully these images spurn some good, healthy discussion and discourse and prepare us for more of what’s to come.

I’m starting off slow, with just Kamakura right now, but will ramp up over the next few days, bringing you guys all six figures in the two upcoming 3-Packs.  Of course this also means the launch of the G.I. Joe: Retaliation Review Page.  Click there, or just click the link directly below to check out this exciting first look!

Lorenzo di Bonaventura talks up ninjas and The Rock for G.I. Joe Sequel

With casting revelations about Jinx and the Blind Master it should surprise no one that the G.I. Joe sequel will certainly feature an element of Ninja action.  While this might make some fans a little squirrely, you can’t argue that ninjas have been at the core of the G.I. Joe mythology since the beginning (especially in the Marvel Universe) so it does make a measure of sense to keep them on the radar for the sequel.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura spoke recently and reinforced that fact, making mention of a “Snake Eyes story” as well as a “Joe Story” which almost seems to indicate this might feature a bit of a Snake Eyes origin tale, or it will at least branch off somewhat from the main G.I. Joe military angle.

For anyone who was concerned that perhaps The Rock was just there as a quick cameo, you do not have to worry about that either, as Di Bonaventura assures us that he will be a main focal point of the sequel and will be one of the lead characters.  Check out the embedded video from Collider below.