First review of SDCC 2013 Exclusive – The Epic Conclusion!

As many folks might have seen, early samples of the 2013 ComicCon G.I. Joe and Transformers exclusive have started shipping out to lucky collectors throughout the United States. Well, over on the 788th Armored Divisionwe have our first full-fledged review. That was fast!

It’s a great review, going in depth into each element of the set with some great images and details throughout. Good stuff by Kevin, the owner at the 788th Armored Division. Check out the review right here.

Overseas auctions show first in hand images of SDCC Exclusive G.I. Joe

Just a few short weeks ago, we got our first glimpse of wave 3.5 thanks to some strategically placed auctions, and now we’re getting a good look at the first in hand images of San Diego ComicCon figures from the same place. A number of different auctions have appeared, showing us our first real in hand looks of Jetfire, Hound, Bludgeon, Baroness (with Ravage), and Snake Eyes.

To be honest, I’m liking these in hand images even more than the pre-production images we’ve seen. The Baroness has a serious J Scott Campbell vibe, which is awesome. Snake Eyes doesn’t thrill me, but the base figure is still pretty incredible, even if I’m not sure he’s worth being a ComicCon exclusive.

Overall, this set is truly inspired. A great choice of characters and a ton of play value for a very reasonable price. I’ve linked the auctions below, and mirrored the images below that.

What’s on Joe Mind shocks the G.I. Joe world with two episodes in a week!

OH MY GAWD!  THA UMBRAGE!  That’s right, Joe fans, producer and editor Gary put in some extra hours at the editing desk this week and was able to get out two episodes in one week.  It’s almost like convention season.

In truth, a big reason why we wanted to get this episode is out is that we speak with Frank Patz, who is hosting EternalCon in Long Island this weekend.  We wanted to get the word out there quick as this sounds like a great show featuring lots of toys, activities, and a special IMax screening of Operation Red Retrieval by big friend of the program Mark Cheng.  But wait, that’s not all!  On the heels of the dramatic ComicCon Exclusive reveals last week, we went right to the source and brought on USA Today Geek Pride correspondent (that should be his actual title) Brian Truitt.  We break down exactly how these ComicCon exclusives get revealed and talk lots of good G.I. Joe talk.  As always, check out the latest episode on Podbean, or the embedded players below.  Show Notes are after the jump.

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USA Today reveals information about 2013 G.I. Joe ComicCon Exclusives!

While other brands and toylines were revealing their coveted San Diego ComicCon exclusives, G.I. Joe fans were sitting on their hands saying “what about us”?!

Well, no longer!  USA Today writer and geek extraordinaire Brian Truitt reveals today via USA Today that the 2013 San Diego ComicCon exclusive G.I. Joe set will contain a Skystriker redeco into Autobot Jetfire, a VAMP redeco into Autobot Hound, as well as Snake Eyes, the Baroness (with Ravage) and Bludgeon!

At JoeCon 2013, John Warden mentioned that this year’s set would “fill in some gaps” of past ComicCon sets and indeed it has, finally giving  us some Autobots to battle against the Decepticons of the past two years.  The USA Today article also posted a great gallery of all of the necessary images as well.

Check out the great USA Today article for all of the juicy details, and take a peek at the mirrored images below.  That Jetfire looks GREAT.  Awesome retooled thrusters on the back…and that Ravage?  Woah.  Another fantastic entry into the G.I. Joe/Transformers ComicCon Lexicon!

EDIT – Thanks to the crack staff at YoJoe we now have much larger images of the exclusives!

Mysterious Stranger Sideshow Collectibles report from ComicCon 2012

Good morning!  Some technical issues got in the way, but I have now posted a report from Mysterious Stranger, who was kind enough to travel to San Diego and cover ComicCon for GeneralsJoes.  As we know now there wasn’t much in the way of new information from Hasbro, but Sideshow Collectibles was on hand with two brand new figures to show off (The Baroness and Major Bludd) as well as in hand samples of some other upcoming figures like Snake Eyes and the Crimson Guard.

Mysterious Stranger took plenty of pictures and spoke with some Sideshow Collectibles representatives.

Click the read the rest of the story link below to read the report and see the great images from the show.

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ComicCon news and information from Hasbro G.I. Joe team

I’ve been lax on the updates throughout the weekend, my apologies.  Promised the wife it was going to be a “work on the house” weekend, and it was!

While I certainly kept my eyes on ComicCon to see what exciting new things were slated for the rest of this year and next, there wasn’t a whole lot of new G.I. Joe information.  This isn’t surprising, considering JoeCon was such a short time ago.

However, some G.I. Joe sites who had folks at the show spent a few minutes talking to Hasbro, and got some great information.  I’ve linked them below:

YoJoe asked some great questions of Mr. DePriest, discovering that yes, Wave 1 G.I. Joe: Retaliation figures would be restocked next year, and they also dug into the whole Ross situation and the Dollar General exclusives.  Definitely hit up that link above, some really great information.

The Terror Drome also had reps in attendance who spent a few minutes with Derryl and they asked about the whole SDCC/HTS exclusive situation, but most importantly, the question about articulation on vehicle drivers got a great response:

DD: Yes. That’s the other thing I’ve heard. I know fans are not happy by far to put it mildly with the articulation that we did on the drivers. I want to look at getting those drivers back out with more articulation and you have my commitment that we won’t be doing these lesser articulated drivers anymore. Whether that means vehicles come with or without drivers, I don’t know that answer yet. But we’re going to try to correct that.”

So it looks like Derryl and Hasbro are going to either try to retrofit some of the drivers with better articulation, or just may end up dropping driver figures from certain vehicles going forward. The fans have spoken…  I just hope everyone remembers the outcry here when Hasbro starts selling vehicles without drivers in 2013 (if they do).  I’ve seen many fans say that they would rather buy a vehicle with no driver than a vehicle with a driver with restricted articulation, so we’ll have to see what 2013 brings us.

A big thanks to these folks for bringing the news to those of us who couldn’t attend.

ComicCon starts with a 1:6 scale sized BANG from Sideshow Collectibles!

It’s only preview night, but already we’re getting some G.I. Joe related intel hot off the presses!

Sideshow Collectibles has their booth rolling, and contained within are an incredible looking Baroness and Major Bludd!  The head sculpt and robotic arm on Bludd are especially bad ass, but Baroness is certainly no slouch either.  Both figures look amazing and are currently on display at booth #1929.

The folks over at HissTank.com have already begun posting images, and I’ve mirrored a few images from Sideshow on Twitter below as well.  I’ve got someone on site in San Diego who will be reporting back with his own share of intel and images as the weekend goes on.  You can check out HissTank’s images right here, and if anyone wants to send some others along, I’m listening!

Guest review of Sideshow Collectibles SDCC Lt. Falcon by Mysterious Stranger

Talk about your turn around time!  Good friend of GeneralsJoes Mysterious Stranger only got his Sideshow SDCC Exclusive Falcon a day or two ago, and he’s already turned around another great review of the figure!

While I’ve been sitting at my desk drooling over this figure, Stranger put his money where his mouth was and we continue SDCC week with another look at a great looking SDCC exclusive.  Check out the latest review in the Sideshow Collectibles category, or by hitting the link below:

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GeneralsJoes reviews the SDCC Exclusive “Shockwave” HISS Tank

In celebration of San Diego ComicCon, which is quickly approaching, I completed my review of the soon to be released SDCC Exclusive “Shockwave” HISS Tank!  Kindly supplied by Hunter PR and Hasbro, I was extremely fortunate enough to get my hands on this a couple of days early so you SDCC attendees know what you’re getting into and why you’re waiting in that six hour line!

Check out the review on my 25th Anniversary Page, and also at the direct link below.  I know this doesn’t really belong in the 25th Anniversary necessarily, I’m still struggling to find a place.

Hasbro Press Release for San Diego ComicCon events

I think most of us figured that San Diego ComicCon might not be chock full of G.I. Joe goodness, and the  Hasbro Press Release more or less confirms that.  Still, for Joe fans heading to San Diego, they will apparently have the G.I. Joe: Retaliation product there for gazing as well as some movie props!

Do not expect to see the Concept Case, though, we were told at JoeCon that was a JoeCon only event.

Check out the important (IE, the G.I. Joe related) portions of the Press Release below:

G.I. JOE

From action figures and animated series to movie and video games, the G.I. JOE brand from Hasbro has been an enduring pop culture icon for generations of fans. At Comic-Con, the Hasbro booth will provide G.I. JOE enthusiasts with an up close look at the entire upcoming G.I. JOE: RETALIATION line including newly announced items revealed at the G.I. JOE convention as well as the recently announced G.I. JOE MICRO FORCE line. The Hasbro booth at Comic-Con will be an opportunity for fans to see them in person before they hit shelves in the spring of 2013. The G.I. JOE: RETALIATION movie from Paramount Pictures is scheduled to hit theaters on March 29th, 2013 in 3D and starsDwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, Adrianne Palickiand more. As G.I. JOE fans know (and knowing is half the battle), the vehicles and costumes featured in the G.I. JOE vs. COBRA saga are just as important as the characters. As a special opportunity for fans, Hasbro will have props from the movie on display including the FIREFLY character’s motorcycle and the COBRA COMMANDER character’s iconic helmet.

Hasbro and the G.I. JOE publishers at IDW will also be celebrating the ongoing legacy and heritage of G.I. JOE comics by welcoming G.I. JOE comics legend, Larry Hama to its booth for an autograph session on Saturday, July 14 from 1:00-2:00pm. Tickets for the autograph session will be available at the Hasbro booth on Saturday morning beginning at 9:00am and G.I. JOE comics are available for purchase at the IDW booth (#2643).”

The full Press Release can be found right here.  Within the text of the Press Release you can also see when the IDW Panel is happening, for the latest comic news.  Larry Hama will be present and it’s just about the only G.I. Joe themed panel out there:

“IDW & Hasbro; Thursday, July 12 at 10:00-11:00am in Room 9

Join IDW Senior Editor John Barber (Transformers: Robots in Disguise), editor Carlos Guzman, and Hasbro’s Director of Global Publishing Michael Kelly as they reveal secrets and upcoming plans for Transformers, G.I. Joe, Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, and more! A new Transformers series will be announced—as will a new license! All this and special guests Larry Hama (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero), Chris Metzen (Transformers: Autocracy), Flint Dille (Transformers: Autocracy), Livio Ramondelli (Transformers: Autocracy), Andrew Griffith (Transformers: Robots in Disguise), Brendan Cahill (Transformers: Robots in Disguise), Mike Costa (G.I. Joe: Cobra) and surprise guests!”