No Gung Ho for Paramount G.I. Joe?

The MTV Movie Blog had a very quick sitdown with Brendan Fraser recently, to follow up on rumors that production was moving forward on a sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.  While the actor didn’t have any concrete information about the sequel, he did reveal that Gung Ho did not pass legal authorization at Paramount, and couldn’t appear in the original film for that reason.  It’s unknown what the hold up was or why it couldn’t happen, but there you go.

Check out the very quick interview below.

Great pictorial reviews for the Senior Ranking Officer 3-Packs

The guys at The Terror Drome are continuing their great “Pictorial Reviews” this time tackling the very recently released Senior Ranking Officer 3-Packs, exclusive to Toys “R” Us.  These sets each have their own unique identity with some pluses and minuses…personally, I really like the green camouflage redeco of Sgt. Stone, and I like Speed Metal as well, even if he is just a minor repaint and head swap.  Love the Destro in the COBRA pack as well, very reminiscent of his video game appearence, which is great.

Anyway, you can check out the Joe review here, and the COBRA one here.  Images are hosted below.

Toys “R” Us Exclusive Senior Ranking Officer 3-Packs found at retail

Paul Ernst from Fighting-118th.com has found the Toys “R” Us Exclusive Senior Ranking Officer figures at a local Toys “R” Us, and reports about it on his site here.  They retail for $14.99, and look to have some pretty nice repaints in the packs.

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Brendan Frasier’s cameo REALLY confirmed – Stephen Sommers reveals

IESB.net has a great interview with G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA director Stephen Sommers, covering many different angles and talking about all facets of the film, but near the end, he finally reveals Brendan Frasier’s role in the film.  The quote in question is below:

“IESB: It will, the universe has been established and you don’t have to do too much of the origins anymore of who’s who you can just go right at it. Now, we all knew Brendan Frasier had a cameo and I tried to catch the name, who is he playing?

SS: It’s Sergeant Stone. There’s a half a dozen actors in the film that I’ve worked with before, at least 4 or 5 from the Mummy movies, I like to work with nice people. I don’t work with assholes. They are all nice, there are a lot of other actors I’d like to bring in, there are a lot more G.I. Joe characters to go!”

Some folks thought this was a certainty already as it was, but it’s nice to hear some final confirmation from the film’s director as well.  Click here for the full interview.

A friendly reminder about Marauder “Gun Runners”

So it’s been a while since I’ve talked about Marauder “Gun Runners”, and I figure I’m way overdue.  I’ve been reading joy all over the internets about finding Rise of COBRA toys, but I’ve also been hearing some complaints about the accessories and the weapon choices.  Well, as usual, Marauder can come to the rescue.

It took me like 10 minutes to find guns that totally rock the Rise of COBRA figures, and I’ve showed a very small gallery of those below.  Weapons used in the images are:

There are so many other cool weapons that I could have used as well, but these were among the first four I grabbed.  Do yourself a favor…if you pick up some RoC figures and don’t like the weapons, take 10 minutes and hit up Marauder…it’ll make your life better!

Rumored Toys “R” Us 3-Packs are Senior Ranking Officer packs?

A few days ago we reported that a group of revealed repaints were being reported as parts of Toys “R” Us 3-Packs, and we now have further elaboration on that.  Apparently these are part of some new “Senior Ranking Officer” packs, and an image of these appears over on The Terror Drome.  I’ve also mirrored the image below.

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Source of rumored repaints – Toys “R” Us 3-Packs?

The Terror Drome reports of some information gleaned from overseas auctions indicates that many of the recent revealed repaints are of Toys “R” Us exclusive 3-Packs.  Keep in mind that this is merely rumor so far, and is not the least bit confirmed, but there are a round number of figures that fit that theme.  The rumored figures are as follows:

  • Grunt (Woodland camo repaint of Wave 1 Zartan)
  • Sgt. Stone (Green repaint)
  • Destro (Blue and red repaint)
  • Elite Viper
  • Neo-Viper (Blue repaint)
  • Speed Metal (Accelerator Suit guy with Serpentor head)

I must say, if this news is true, I’m happy to hear it.  With the rash of revealed repaints, I was pretty worried that the main line might get heavily diluted with minor color changes that meant little or nothing to the plot, but I’m happy to see these being relagated to exclusives.  It’s also pretty neat to see a couple of new characters mixed in here like Grunt, Speed Metal, and Elite-Viper.  A good thing for TRU, but also good for the collectors who want to keep the main line for the original stuff.  Check out the recent images mirrored below.  I’ve also included some past pics that are of higher quality, just to give a good reference point.

Thanks again to WildWeasel from The Terror Drome for the scoop.

A plethora of images for upcoming Rise of COBRA action figures

I’ve always wanted to use the word “plethora”…  :shifty:

Over the past 24 hours, new images of Rise of COBRA figures have started popping up all over the ‘net.  The more I see these movie figures, the more I’m starting to fall in love with them.  Check out the following links for some new images that you might enjoy:

Sgt. Stone is quickly becoming one of my favorite new figures…he makes a much better Flint figure than Flint does!  Thanks to HissCommander of The Terror Drome, kingsurly crab and jumper11 from HissTank.com!

Loose Sgt. Stone images posted online

Cmderinchief from JoeBattlelines and the Coil Club has posted some images of the recently revealed “Sgt. Stone” figure from the upcoming Rise of COBRA action figure line.  Originally thought to potentially be a single card General Hawk, it was revealed last week that he appears to be a totally new character, and rumor has it he is the subject of Brandon Fraser’s cameo appearence in the film.  Time will tell if that is truly the case.

At any rate, the images are mirrored below!  Enjoy.

Single pack “General Hawk” NOT “General Hawk”? – Sgt. Stone revealed!

Ever since ws_toys put up the auction for a supposed single-pack “General Hawk” figure, Joe fans all over the ‘net have been wondering if that’s what or who he really is.  The figure looked very “non-Quaid” like and totally different than the Hawk that was coming with The Pit.   Well, ws_toys has changed up his auction a bit, and now this same figure is being referred to as “Sgt. Stone”.

Who is this “Sgt. Stone”?  Does he have a role in the film, or is he simply a totally new, random character?  Is it supposed to be Flint, or some homage to Lt. Stone?  This perhaps brings up more questions than answers, but regardless, check out the auction right here and judge for yourself.  Images of this mystery character are below.

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Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!