From the “this is news?” department… G.I. Joe 3 delayed, waiting for the Rock

With Byung Hun Lee out doing the interview circuit for his new film The Magnificent Seven, it’s natural that some questions would come up regarding his role in the G.I. Joe movie franchise.  Speaking with LRM, the Korean actor said that:

“…that there’s a possibility to do the third one, but I think they’re waiting for the actors’ schedules. They’re arranging the schedules for the actors, especially Dwayne Johnson.”

While it is nice to hear some talk of the next installment in the G.I. Joe film franchise, I don’t think it surprises anyone that they’re building the next installment around Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.  Already one of the most popular actors on the planet when he filmed G.I. Joe: Retaliation, somehow the onetime wrestler has skyrocketed even further, recently pulling down the honor of the highest paid actor in Hollywood.  If G.I. Joe has the inside track to leverage Johnson’s billing for a third film, they would be painfully stupid not to do so.

At this point that means a bit of a waiting game.  When you’re one of the most popular action heroes of the current moment, a wait list generally forms, and Johnson right now has a hell of a long one.

Now the real question is, how does this play into the whole Hasbro Cinematic Universe discussion?  We’ve heard rumor upon rumor that Hasbro is trying to develop something for 2018, would that something include Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson?  That would feel like a logical step to take, but at this point it remains to be seen whether that would be considered “G.I. Joe 3” or something else entirely.

For many, many years a G.I. Joe film franchise was considered to be in development hell, and there was much rejoicing when it finally got the green light for 2009.  Two moderately successful films later, it almost feels like we’re back in that in-between area.  Hopefully news comes out in the next 12 – 18 months that changes this perception.

Stay tuned!


Funko POP G.I. Joe pre-orders at Entertainment Earth

It seems like Funko POP are all the rage right now, and G.I. Joe is being taken along for the ride.  Entertainment Earth has posted pre-orders for the first series of G.I. Joe themed Funko POP figures and they look pretty fun.

Check out the product links below.

Order G.I. Joe Snake Eyes Pop! Vinyl Figure from Entertainment Earth!
Order G.I. Joe Stormshadow Pop! Vinyl Figure from Entertainment Earth!
Order G.I. Joe Cobra Commander Pop! Vinyl Figure from Entertainment Earth!
Order G.I. Joe Roadblock Pop! Vinyl Figure from Entertainment Earth!

Hot Toys G.I. Joe: Retaliation Roadblock is incoming!

Anyone who pre-ordered the Hot Toys 12″ G.I. Joe: Retaliation Roadblock figure has likely already gotten their shipping notice, but if you haven’t for some reason, expect it soon!  Mine is slated to arrive on Thursday, and I’m pretty fired up for it.

Meanwhile, has posted a plethora of new images of the upcoming figure, and even a YouTube video showing how to change his uniform!  Anyone who has messed with these intricate 12″ figures before knows the challenge involved in doing that, so check it out, it might be helpful.

You can still order your very own G.I. Joe: Retaliation Roadblock from Sideshow Collectibles!  Click the banner below to order, and then check out the mirrored images and embedded video below.

Roadblock GI JOE Retaliation Sixth Scale Figure (Hot Toys)

Hot Toys debuts blogger images of G.I. Joe: Retaliation Roadblock

Throughout the release process, Hot Toys typically releases a series of images taken by bloggers who have had direct access to their action figure releases, and this holds true with their upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation Roadblock figure release. The Hot Toys Facebook page has unloaded with well over seventy images of G.I. Joe: Retaliation Roadblock and some of these pictures are blowing me away.

This figure, without a doubt, looks to be the flagship of the Hot Toys G.I. Joe: Retaliation line, with layered body armor, different shirts, a fully functional Battle Kata weapons system, as well as the M249 SAW and deadly movie accurate uniform. The face sculpt does look just a bit hit or miss in my opinion, but soup to nuts this representation of Roadblock is spectacular.

Check out the Hot Toys Facebook Page for the full gallery, and a bunch of the images are mirrored below.

Roadblock GI JOE Retaliation Sixth Scale Figure (Hot Toys)

The G.I. Joe: Battleground Congo Clash event launches tonight… with TRADING!

Yes, that’s right, G.I. Joe: Battleground players…the day many of us have been waiting for has finally arrived… according to the latest press release from DeNA, Card Trading functionality will be enabled tonight with the launch of their latest event: Congo Clash!

Congo Clash will give us some brand new event cards Lamprey, Roadblock, and another Legendary card: Serpentor!

Now I’ll be right up front…  not a big fan of the Legendary cards.  I’ve been playing this game religiously and diligently since it launched, and I still enjoy it immensely, but the concept of Legendary cards which are only available to the Top 30 players of a certain event really rubs me the wrong way.  We all know these card games are developed to make money, otherwise, why do them?  But I can think of other ways to reward players for spending cash other than designing extremely exclusive cards that those of us (some of whom DO spend money on the game) can never own.  I fear it will create a divide that allows the big spenders with rosters full of Legendary cards to basically walk over the rest of us.

But time will tell how it shakes out.  I’m keeping my mind open.  Meanwhile, I still loved the Major Bludd card from the last event, and I will happily pursue Lamprey and Roadblock as they look like two really awesome cards as well.  Details about the event below.

About the Congo Clash Event

On a routine flight patrol, the Joe’s Tiger Force has discovered a Cobra power base in the depths of the Congo. Tiger Force immediately engages in a heated firefight to destroy Cobra’s energy source in the region. In response to this threat, Cobra sends out Python Patrol to turn the tide of the battle in Cobra’s favor. Will Tiger Force or Python Patrol prevail and prove they’re the kings of the jungle? And more importantly, why is Cobra operating a power base out in the middle of nowhere? Find out when you play this week’s Congo Clash event!

New Trade Feature

Trading is now available in G.I. JOE: BATTLEGROUND! Players can now trade their favorite Joe and Cobra characters with each other. Trade and build the most powerful squads or trade to complete your collection of units. It’s time to look through all of your units to see which ones you need and what you’re willing to offer other players.


Download G.I. JOE: BATTLEGROUND for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices for free at:

Check out the images below and be sure to click the links to check out Lamprey, Roadblock, and Serpentor (!!) in fine animated form.

GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: Retaliation “Ultimate” Roadblock and Firefly

The reviews continue this week for the recently released G.I. Joe: Retaliation “Super Wave” 3.5 which contains a whopping 12 brand spanking new figures.  Using a great mixture of new tooling and existing tooling, this robust assortment is chock full of movie accurate figures, terrific accessories, and lots of stuff for collectors to love.

Today I’m taking a look at the self-proclaimed “Ultimate” Roadblock and Firefly, both from this wave, and both based on their G.I. Joe: Retaliation film appearances.  Check out the G.I. Joe: Retaliation Review Page, or hit the links below to go direct.


In hand images of G.I. Joe: Retaliation Wave 3.5 Roadblock

The time is getting near for the “super wave” of G.I. Joe: Retaliation to hit our shores and the fine folks over at AC Toys have started getting their stuff already. We’ve seen several in hand images of previous figures from this assortment already, and now they’re giving Roadblock his due.

I have to say, this upcoming Roadblock isn’t getting nearly the amount of love that I expected. Certainly, the Battle Kata Roadblock already represents a pretty decent movie accurate version of the character, but this new version is better in almost every way. More accurate uniform colors, no more huge oversized holsters, and a ton of awesome accessories. I am loving the looks of this upcoming Roadblock, even more than the Battle Kata version.

Check out the images on AC Toys, and I’ve mirrored some below as well. Thanks to The Terror Drome for spotting this.

Hot Toys G.I. Joe: Retaliation Roadblock Pre-Order is live!

Images were revealed a short while ago, and now the pre-order is live!  Sideshow Collectibles has posted their pre-order link for the upcoming Movie Masterpiece G.I. Joe: Retaliation Roadblock.  Yeah, this one looks pretty friggen great.

Check out the banner below to pre-order, and by using my affiliate link, you’re helping out the site as well, so thanks in advance!

Roadblock GI JOE Retaliation Sixth Scale Figure (Hot Toys)

Images and details for upcoming Hot Toys G.I. Joe: Retaliation Roadblock

It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen any more details about other Hot Toys G.I. Joe: Retaliation items, but Hot Toys satisfies our craving for more today, and I think it was worth the wait.  I got the news off of Toy News International, who posted out the images and details this morning.  These details can also be seen at the Hot Toys Facebook page.  Check out the details and awesome images below.


The 1/6th scale Roadblock Collectible Figure specially features:

– Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock in his military uniform and armor in the G.I. Joe Retaliation movie
– Approximately 30 cm tall
– Muscular body with over 30 points of articulations
– Three (3) pairs of interchangeable gloved palms including:
– One (1) pair of fists
– One (1) pair of palms for holding gun
– One (1) pair of relaxed palms

– One (1) military camouflage uniform with tactical armor vest
– One (1) black t-shirt
– Two (2) holsters

– One (1) machine gun
– One (1) pair of brass knuckles
– One (1) pair of daggers attachable to the brass knuckles
– One (1) knife attachable to the brass knuckles
– One (1) baton attachable to the brass knuckles
– Two (2) pistols attachable to the brass knuckles
– One (1) pistol with silencer

– One (1) wrist watch
– One (1) electronic device
– Figure stand with Roadblock nameplate and the movie logo

– Head Sculpted by Kim Kyung Ah
– Head Painted by JC. Hong
– Head Art Directed by Kojun

**Prototype shown, final product may be slightly different
**Product details could be subjected to change without further notice

Release date: Q4, 2013

G.I. Joe: Retaliation prep revisited – The History of Roadblock

So, the cool guys at the Cold Slither Podcast Tweeted out a link to one of my old articles covering the history of Roadblock for folks who needed to bone up on their G.I. Joe history before catching G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

That kicked a reminder at me that maybe I should get that post back up on top since G.I. Joe: Retaliation has officially opened and there might be people wondering just who this Roadblock dude is.  You can see the original post right here, but I’ve also reposted it at the Read the Rest of the Story link below.

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