Huge Amazon sale on G.I. Joe and other DVD’s & Blu-Ray’s

Thanks to Twitter user The Snackist for letting us know that is currently having a huge sale on its G.I. Joe (and other ) DVD’s!  Many of them are at rock bottom prices.

If you haven’t caught up on your G.I. Joe media recently, this is a great chance to grab some DVD’s and back up to date.  G.I. Joe: Resolute, G.I. Joe: Renegades, DiC, and Sunbow are all on sale.  Check out some of the links below!

Lots of great G.I. Joe themed trade paperback collections, comics, and other media as well.  Check it out!

Also, the Amazon shop in general has some great DVD/Blu-Ray deals today…  might be worth checking out.


The time is now – All Sunbow G.I. Joe: ARAH Episodes Online NOW!

We’ve heard the news…  Vimeo and Hasbro have reached an agreement to post all of the G.I. Joe animation online, and IT HAS BEGUN.

Starting immediately, the entirety of the Sunbow classic animated series will be online for your viewing pleasure, able to be purchased by episode, or by entire series.  Check out the trailer below, and get ready to relive your youth!

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G.I. Joe Animation Panel at Long Beach Comic Expo is online

February 28th – March 1st, the Long Beach Comic Expo was held, and one of the panels focused on G.I. Joe animation in the 80s.  The panel featured many of the voice actors who brought our favorite characters to light, and the entire panel is now online.

It’s in full HD and over an hour long, and you’ll feel like you were right in the room.  Check it out below, and thanks to Skinny on Twitter for the heads up.

Recap of the Transformers/G.I. Joe double feature Sunbow-Con

Over the weekend, an exciting opportunity for fans in the LA area emerged when it was announced that the Egyptian, a theater in Los Angeles, was going to be showing G.I. Joe: The Move and Transformers: The Movie as an animated double feature.  Along with the films themselves, many of the creative team would be in attendance as well, featuring voice actors, writers, and directors.

Several folks from the online community were in attendance including Diana from the G.I. Joe Discussion Group on Facebook, who was spreading the Duke love and handing out JoeDeclassified postcards to passer by’s.  Comic expert and veteran Josh was there as well.  From all reports, it was a fantastic time, with this being only the second time in history that G.I. Joe: The Movie was seen in a theater.  It was a unique opportunity to see these two films surrounded by the folks responsible for them, and also share some G.I. Joe and Transformers love with fellow fans.

Diana has posted several images and a video from the event, so please check out some of those below.  Over on Facebook, Sunbow writer Flint Dille is also calling upon folks to push for a sequel to this event, so throw some support his way, too.  Looks like a fun time was had by all!

NBC’s Community set to air “G.I. Jeff” themed animated episode

The word has been out there for a little while that NBC comedy show Community would be airing an episode based on “G.I. Jeff”, which has some obvious ties to our favorite Real American Hero.

The Community Twitter account even posted an image of G.I. Jeff, which is animated in nature and bears a striking resemblance to a certain First Sergeant.

But wait… it gets better!  According to the Twitter account of Mary MacDonald Lewis, her, Bill Ratner, and Michael Bell all play roles in this animated episode!  They are, of course, the voices of Lady Jaye, Flint, and Duke from the Sunbow series.

No air date has been listed yet, but it certainly sounds like Joe fans are going to want to tune in for this one!


Jim Sorenson updates his blog with some Field Manual out takes

Much to many folks’ surprise, Jim Sorenson’s G.I. Joe: Field Manual (Volume 2) hit Amazon this week and has shipped to many folks already.  Jim reached out to us, and we were able to get him on the What’s on Joe Mind podcast last night, so expect another great conversation with Mr. Sorenson to emerge on the Internet very soon!

During our conversation, Jim mentioned several outtakes that didn’t quite make the cut for the second volume, including twisted Mike Irizarry’s favorite…  “sick kids”.  Yes, for some reason Mike gets a level of joy out of sick kids.  True to his word, Jim went to his blog this morning and immediately posted some outtakes from volume two, including the now infamous “sick kids”.  He provides some excellent background to the outtake, and some great information about Volume 2 as well.

While you’re reading the blog, you should seriously consider hitting up Amazon and picking up the second volume of the G.I. Joe: Field Manual.  There’s tons of Season Two artwork as well as a ton of stuff from the DiC series.  That’s right, you get to marvel at the designs of awesome and obscure 90’s G.I. Joe characters without having to actually watch the cartoon.  It’s the best of all worlds!  Click the banner below to buy Volume Two, and make sure you continue hitting up Disciples of Boltax for information about this book and others.

What’s on Joe Mind Episode 80 – Bill Ratner and Lanny from the GIJCC break it down

Yeah, we know this episode was a long time coming, but hopefully it was worth the wait!  I can’t quite describe how excited we were on the podcast when Bill Ratner actually reached out to us and wanted to come back on to discuss the events at JoeCon.  So moved was Mr. Ratner by the reaction of the fans at JoeCon, that he really wanted to come and talk about it, and we could not have been happier to be the conduit for that conversation.  Much less of an interview, and more a great conversation with a voice acting legend, it was a great discussion.

But that’s only the tip of the iceberg for this episode.  Along with Bill Ratner, we also had a very unique opportunity to talk to Lanny from the G.I. Joe Collectors Club.  Fresh off of the experiences at JoeCon, and neck-deep in the Figure Subscription Service 2.0 reveals, we get some terrific design insight and some very honest discussion about Lanny’s collecting background, experience, and his work with the Collectors Club.  It was a terrific talk, to be sure.

Along with both of these great guests, we’re also joined by Kevin Watts, who comes on to talk about the New Jersey Collectors Convention and their 2013 Salvo exclusive!  Yes, this episode truly has it all.  Check it out on Podbean, or via the embedded players below.  Don’t forget to click the Read the Rest of the Story link below for the show notes.


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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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What’s on Joe Mind celebrates Episode 74 with Lady Jaye herself!

All it took were a few words, and you could instantly recognize the voice from our youth.  Mary MacDonald-Lewis joined us for a fantastic action-packed interview, bringing some of her classy Sunbow Lady Jaye style to the show.  We talk about her experiences with the animated series, her real life relationship with Bill “Flint” Ratner, and whether or not she thinks Adrianne Palicki can fill her shoes.

Also joining us on this episode is Carson from the epic G.I. Joe site, 3DJoes!  He talks technology and what drew him to build his site and where he thinks it might go in the future.  Along with this we cover news, and get fired up about G.I. Joe: Retaliation!  Come join us on Podbean, or use the embedded players below.  As always click the “Read the Rest of the Story” link for the show notes.



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Discount store repaints hit eBay, and another hidden homage?

In a clear sign that these discount store G.I. Joe figure repaints are likely on the way to retail stores, eBay seller viperkingdom has posted them all up on eBay.  This second wave is full of some great homages to the classic Joes…some obvious, some not so much:

Now most folks have identified some of the clear inspiration for these figures.  Cobra Commander is based on his comic deco, while Storm Shadow uses T’Ginzu from Ninja Force as his base.  Duke’s interesting uniform color pulls inspiration from the animated Sunbow Breaker.

Shipwreck looks like a great OG13 base, and Snake Eyes looks to be based on the unheralded and extremely underrated Toys “R” Us Heavy Assault Set 6-Pack version from the new sculpt era.  But perhaps the most interesting here (and maybe the most overlooked) is the Cobra Trooper.

Many folks have identified the Cobra Trooper as having a comic inspiration, with the light blue and tan.  But it goes beyond that, at least from my view.  I’m sure folks remember those animated commercials way back in the day.  Well, the Cobra Troopers in those animated commercials look exactly like these figures, all the way to the blue mask.  It’s a very obscure and really neat homage for Joe fans who are interested in that type of thing.

I’ve mirrored the original gallery of images courtesy of Gyre-Viper from JoeDeClassified, and I’ve also included some low res images from those old school commercials.  I think the inspiration is clear.  Very cool stuff.

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And below some very low resolution screen shots of those animated Cobra Troopers…notice the blue masks, blue gloves, and yellow straps?  Pretty cool.

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