Another day, another G.I. Joe: 50th Anniversary review! Just as first reports of this line being found at retail have hit, the reviews are moving full steam ahead.
Today I’ll be covering the “Battle Below Zero” vehicle set, which contains the Cobra Wolf w/ Ice Viper against the Ghost Hawk w/ Snake Eyes! Check out my G.I. Joe: 50th Anniversary Review Page, or just click the links below.
It’s tough to argue that probably the most pre-eminent issue of G.I. Joe was issue #21. The silent issue not only kick-started the Snake Eyes/Storm Shadow rivalry, but also redefined the art form of comic story telling, and inspired many others to attempt the same feat (with varying degrees of success).
IDW Publishing is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of this landmark comic event with a special “remastered” and oversized edition of this issue:
“SILENT INVASION! The story that defined a generation – G.I. Joe #21 – remastered from the original art and lovingly recolored to the highest of contemporary standards. This wordless issue introduced the world to Snake Eye’s mysterious nemesis Storm Shadow and his Arashikage Ninja – and they’ve never looked better. Plus, catch an unprecedented glimpse of Larry Hama’s original layouts and Steve Leialoha’s finishes, and a look behind the scenes of the comic’s creation – and at its enduring legacy! Contains all-new commentary by Larry Hama!”
The additional commentary by Larry Hama sounds worth the price of admission in and of itself. Check out the Pre-Order information on Amazon, this looks like a fun one.
Okay, this is going to make my daughter happy. Ever since I’ve gotten her fully invested in the G.I. Joe Kre-O craze she’s been asking when The Baroness is coming… well, the time is now near!
Over on the Leaky Suit Brigade, reports are that the Ninja Arashikage Dojo is in stock at his local Toys “R” Us.
This is great news as we’ll finally get our Destro and Baroness mini figures along with the Cobra HISS, Commando Snake Eyes, Hard Master and a couple of Gray Ninjas. Check out the post right here, and both the boxed image and the press image below.
Retail price appears to be $75, which is steep, to be sure, but there’s a lot to love in that box!
We heard about this last week, and now we have it all on video, and uploaded it to YouTube. It’s unknown whether that’s truly Ray Park under the mask (though I seriously doubt it), but man… Snake Eyes can pitch with some style, and he’s apparently a Southpaw! Check it out below.
Some additional details:
Paramount has confirmed (as well as several social media sites) that Ray Park was actually the one in the uniform throwing out the first pitch, which is awesome. Big ups to Ray for doing that! We also have some great images of the event below the video.
G.I. JOE FAVORITE SNAKE EYES TO THROW OUT CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH AS THE OAKLAND ATHLETICS TAKE ON THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS AT OAKLAND COLISEUM ON JULY 30TH
Blockbuster Hit Film G.I. JOE: RETALIATION Debuts on Blu-ray™ & DVD July 30th
and on Digital July 16th
WHAT: To celebrate the July 30th Blu-ray and DVD debut of the worldwide hit G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, SNAKE EYES, one of the original and most popular members of the G.I. JOE team, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch when the Oakland Athletics host the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, July 30th. In G.I. JOE: RETALIATION SNAKE EYES is portrayed by actor and martial arts expert Ray Park, whose additional credits include Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace, X-Men and the television series “Heroes.”
Based on Hasbro’s popular G.I. JOE brand, G.I. JOE: RETALIATION stars Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum and Bruce Willis as the original G.I. JOE. The heart-pounding thrill ride will be available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo fully loaded with declassified special features, as well as on Blu-ray 3D, Digital and VOD.
WHEN: Tuesday, July 30th, 6:55 p.m.
WHERE: Oakland Coliseum
7000 Coliseum Way
Oakland, CA 94621
The gap in product over the past few months has created a double-edged sword…on the one side, it’s a bit of a bummer that only a scant handful of new G.I. Joe product has been available at mass retail throughout 2013 to date. But on the other hand, it has freed up some income for some other purchases that might not have been made if the movie product had hit hard and heavy.
I couldn’t be happier that I was able to make some room in my bank account to support a new found Hot Toys habit. I’m just simultaneously disappointed (and relieved) that it took me this long to discover them.
I know, drought is probably an exaggeration, considering FSS 1.0 shipments just came a week or two ago, but the fact remains that there doesn’t seem to be much G.I. Joe related enthusiasm out in the larger geek world these days. Meanwhile, the Hot Toys G.I. Joe: Retaliation Snake Eyes is on the verge of release domestically, and the Hot Toys Facebook page has posted some 75 images from various Asian bloggers.
Amazing doesn’t even begin to cover this figure. It looks like Ray Park got hit by a shrink ray. I’ve never owned a Hot Toys product before, and I’ve been told that this figure will probably change my life forever…time will tell (yes I have one on pre-order), but until then, soak in some of these images. This thing looks incredible. Check out all of the images on the Hot Toys Facebook page, and I’ve also mirrored some of the images below.
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!
Wow…somehow I did it. I really didn’t think I’d be able to make this all happen, but I managed to get all of the G.I. Joe Kre-O sets reviewed in a single week. Yeah, I’m patting myself on the back for that one, deal with it. Check out the G.I. Joe Kre-O review page for all of the details on these terrific sets, or hit up the direct links below:
Also I was able to get the Battle Platform review updated with images of the RAM motorcycle. I apologize for that little snafu, but all is right with the world. Thanks to all the folks who gave me a heads up.
We’re counting down to the final week, so it only makes sense for these TV spots to keep coming! For folks who are concerned about seeing too much of the film before the film’s release, though, don’t worry…there isn’t much new footage here, but just enough to make things interesting. One TV Spot has Snake Eyes running down some stairs, rattling off gunfire, while another has a great shot of Cobra Commander’s helicopter. Check out these three new TV spots embedded below.