YoJoe reveals cancelled 50th Anniversary Rock n Roll

There have been many rumors and tales told about what “could have been” for the past year’s 50th Anniversary line from Toys “R” Us, many of them involving vehicle sets that were canceled due to the retailer’s request for a more scaled back exclusive line.

YoJoe hits us with some tangible proof that many of these items were in the production chain when canceled.  An anonymous YoJoe supporter has uncovered what looks to be an early sample of a Rock n Roll figure with many similarities to the concept case version from a few years back.

Using parts from G.I. Joe: Pursuit of COBRA and G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the figure looks very cool and I love the camouflage pattern on the legs.  He’s got a new head and a pretty cool aesthetic, all told.

With the Collectors Club slates to release their own version of Rock n Roll v2 as a membership figure for 2018 it will be interesting to see how similar or different it is to this one.  Check out the YoJoe forums for the full details, I’ve mirrored a couple of images below, but you’ll find many more over there.

G.I. Joe: Battleground “What’s Mine is Mind” PVP Event starts tonight!

If you’re like me, you’ve kind of been enjoying the couple day break between events, and taking the opportunity to level up some characters and get teams squared away for the next big rush.  It also helps that DeNA and Mobage have been loading up on Double XP days between the events as well.

Well, the time for rest is over, and everyone’s favorite event type… PVP launches tonight!  Featuring exciting new cards for Tiger Force Beachhead and Rock n Roll…and while Beachhead looks really awesome, he’s one of those pesky Legendary cards.  Check out the event details below with some screen caps for these great looking new cards!

About the What’s Mine is Mined Event

Cobra is running strip-mine operations across the globe. What’s their goal? Cobrinium – a new super-metal that will fund their machinations for decades. Only G.I. JOE can stop them! Deploy worldwide as G.I.JOE and put an end to Cobra’s insidious ploy, or stand your ground as Cobra and teach the Joes what it means to face the enemy.

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Sideshow Collectibles FREE G.I. Joe action figure with purchase!

For anyone who has been on the fence about buying a G.I. Joe figure from Sideshow Collectibles, this just might put you over the edge.  Until the end of the month, Sideshow Collectibles is offering a free “mystery figure” to any collector who orders an in stock participating G.I. Joe item.

That’s right…buy any participating in stock G.I. Joe item, and you get a free item included!  Participating items are listed below, I’d love to hear what folks are receiving:

Sixth Scale Figures

Zartan

Rock n Roll

Crimson Guard

Exclusive Crimson Guard

General Hawk

Black Dragon Ninja

Exclusive Black Dragon Ninja

Environments

Pit Command Center

Urban Threat – Condition Red!

Recovery at Serpent Temple

Arashikage Temple

Dioramas

Cobra Commander Diorama

Exclusive Cobra Commander Diorama

Flint Vs. Zartan Diorama

Exclusive Flint Vs. Zartan Diorama

Terms & Conditions  (Click here)

Free G.I. Joe Figure Giveaway Terms And Conditions!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS (Click here)
The FREE ‘G.I. Joe Mystery Figure’ is selected by Sideshow and is available to collectors who place a qualifying order for an IN STOCK G.I. Joe Collectible from October 16th – 31st, 2012 at 11:59PM (Pacific Time), or while supplies last. Gift Cards, Rewards, discounts (unless otherwise notated), FLEXPay, coupons and gift certificates CANNOT be used in conjunction with this promotion, even if checkout allows it, and can only be applied to new orders, and can only be used once per customer/account. The free mystery item cannot be exchanged for an alternate choice and it cannot be returned for credit or cash value. Please read below for detailed participation information!

How To Redeem:
The option to add the Mystery Gift will appear on the check-out pages of qualified In-Stock orders. Upon check-out, customers must select the ‘Yes’ box if they would like to receive the FREE ‘Mystery Gift’ or the ‘No’ box if they would like to decline the offer.

Receiving Your Promotional item:
While every effort will be made to ship both items together, it may not be possible to pack your FREE item with your purchased collectible. Your FREE ‘Mystery Gift’ may arrive after your product purchase has shipped. Additional shipping fees will apply on your FREE ‘Mystery Gift’ if it is shipped separately.

International Participation Welcome!
International collectors (including EU regions) will be responsible for VAT, duties or import fees on the shipment of the promotional item. Due to customs requirements, the promotional item will need to be assigned a value of at least US$1.[Request a Ship Quote here]. Once you select the ‘Yes’ box and submit your order, you accept responsibility for all fees incurred on the entire shipment.

Weeping in the toy aisles? Don’t forget about Sideshow Collectibles!

I know there has been an obvious G.I. Joe vacuum at retail, but don’t forget…all is not lost in G.I. Joe toy land.  Those great folks over at Sideshow Collectibles still have tons of G.I. Joe products in stock and ready to ship!

Excellent figures like the Crimson Guard, General Hawk, Cobra Viper, Zartan, Rock n Roll, and many other great dioramas and statues are in stock at Sideshow Collectibles, so satisfy your G.I. Joe itch with some 12″ goodness.

Click the banner below to see what they’ve got in stock and use some of that “mad money” for some really cool conversation pieces for your G.I. Joe collection.

G.I. Joe items IN STOCK NOW!

Guest Review – Sideshow Collectibles Rock n Roll by Mysterious Stranger

Unfortunately as I’ve mentioned many times in the past a majority of the Sideshow Collectibles’ offerings are simply out of my price range.  Thankfully I have some good friends who devote some serious money and time to the Sideshow line and eagerly provide me with reviews for the site.

This makes me very happy.

The unique thing in this case is that long time friend of GeneralsJoes Mysterious Stranger has been a huge fan of Sideshow’s offerings and also claims Rock n Roll as his all time favorite G.I. Joe character.  So posting his review here only makes sense.  Check it out in the Sideshow Collectibles Reviews category, or the direct link below.

And posting this makes me realize that I really need to dedicate a specific page to Sideshow reviews and not just the category.  They need to be easier to find.

Guest Review – Sideshow Collectibles 12″ Rock N Roll

Big props to GeneralsJoes Twitter friend Chad Lawless who has come through in a big way and sent along a very thorough review of the recently released Sideshow Collectibles 12″ Rock N Roll.  Featuring a set of new muscular arms, some fantastic accessories, and a great design, Rock N Roll is a terrific addition to the Sideshow Collectibles’ G.I. Joe team.

Check out the link below to see this great guest review, and  follow Chad Lawless on Twitter for more G.I. Joe insight as it happens.

GeneralsJoes Kick Ass Custom – the Return!

Well, we’ll see how long the return is for.  It’s been a long time since I added a kick ass custom to the front page, but I had some time to kill before my training this morning, so I figured I would throw something up here, especially work that is so well deserved.

Over at HissTank.com, member Wry1 has been doing both fan art and customs that have absolutely blown me away.  I’m not sure why I haven’t featured them on the site sooner, but I could hold off no longer.  It’s hard to just pick out one good piece, so I figured I’d just link his latest thread which features his takes on Scarlett, Ripcord, and Rock n Roll.  They are amazing.  If G.I. Joe was real world, current day military, this is what I’d want them to look like.

He goes in better detail over on the site, but for now, I’ve also mirrored a few of the images below.  They’re worth checking out.

Sideshow Collectibles video puts focus on Zartan and Rock n Roll

Leading up to San Diego Comic Con the folks at Sideshow Collectibles have released a great video going behind the scenes on their upcoming 12″ Rock n Roll and Zartan!  The designers go into some of the great tributes that are prevelant throughout the figures (Rock n Roll sports a surfing T-Shirt underneath his uniform) and show some of the amazing detail throughout each figure.

Quite an impressive look at a pair of very impressive figures.  Check out the embedded video below, or hit up Sideshow Collectibles themselves.

Amazing Sideshow Collectibles 12″ Zartan and Rock N Roll available for pre-order!!

Either I haven’t been paying attention, or Sideshow totally snuck this up on us!  They originally announced that they would be debuting the 12″ Zartan at San Diego ComicCon, but here we are a week before the Con, and we get the pre-order!  WOAH.

Not only do we get the pre-order, but holy crap the figure is AMAZING.

Yet another painful shot in the gut, considering my Joe budget for the next year.  Wow.  I may have to find a way to get this guy.  Anyone looking for a spare kidney?  Check out the links below to pre-order and just look at that gallery.  Holy CRAP.

EDIT- But wait, that’s not all!  Not only do we get Zartan, but G.I. Joe Heavy Machine Gunner Rock n Roll just joined the Joe roster.  I think Mysterious Stranger just crapped his khakis.  Links are below!

G.I. Joe Collectibles Zartan 12-inch Figure – Sideshow Exclusive Version

G.I. Joe Collectibles Zartan 12-inch Figure

G.I. Joe Collectibles Rock n Roll 12-inch Figure – Sideshow Exclusive Version

G.I. Joe Collectibles Rock n Roll 12-inch Figure

 

UPDATE – Posted some mirrored images below:

Brendan Frasier is NOT Bench-Press

Big thanks to Mysterious Stranger who reports directly from San Diego ComicCon that he spoke with Hasbro reps on the convention floor, and they confirmed that Bench-Press is NOT Brendan Frasier’s “cameo” role in the film.  He also reports some other interesting information:

“Also, the figure was supposed to be the movie line Rock ‘n’ Roll but they had to change the name due to copyright issues.  Since they are now going into international territories with these figures the names have to clear internationally.  So Rock ‘n’ Roll wasn’t available somewhere and had to be changed.  Rather than just slap a new name on the figure they changed the character completely with a new bio, specialty and codename.  Unfortunately the Craig McConnel file name is an error on the card that got missed when it was produced.”

Thanks again to Mysterious Stranger for setting the facts straight.